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# 11
10-09-2012, 01:35 AM
Not set in space but quirky and very well acted is 'A Town Called Eureka'.

Had two seasons on Sky then ventured over to sciyfy channel for a further three seasons. Very very good acting, storyline and overall plot makes it well worth watching. But again its not space based.
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# 12
10-09-2012, 10:49 AM
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Anyways, I'm looking to watch more specific type of sci-fi, mostly space adventures with either the same type of grit as the original Star Wars and Firefly. I love Star Trek but I've watched TNG, DS9, and Voyager over the summer so I'm not looking to something as thought provoking as Trek, but something with a little more focus on characters and adventure.
They don't make a lot of that. Sadly, to name for example the previous poster's contribution, most of what's called "SF" these days is only called that cause they don't know what to call it, but can't very well sell it as "random BS". Meanwhile, actual sci-fi tends to get cancelled after season 1.

Anyway, adventures in space, Babylon 5 was already pointed out to you. It's got a few strange bits, but it's generally very good. It was followed by a single season series called Crusade, which was rather crappy in my opinion, but did have Trek's space exploration and Star Wars' space wizards, so who knows? Also, Space: Above and Beyond is another oldie. One season only, military sci-fi. These are all also fairly gritty.

A bit less space, but pretty dark still, would be Total Recall: 2070. Also just the one season. Basically a sci-fi cop show. Personally I would add Charlie Jade to the list, a somewhat obscure, I believe South African/Canadian show dealing a private investigator and three parallel universes, which ran for one season. Doesn't feature space at all, though.

And hopping back in space, they did a show called Defying Gravity a year or two back, pretty near-future setting, follows a group of astronauts training and departing to go on a tour of the solar system for reasons they're not completely privy to. Now, pattern recognition test: Can you guess how many seasons that went for?

I'll have to leave it at that before I get into these cheap B-movie pre-makes that arrive ahead of every new hollywood sci-fi piece and drive myself to letterbomb SyFy channel.

Also, Dune. (Not a series, so much, as two miniseries. Still a solid six hours or so of something different. There's also a movie predating it, which I personally don't care for, and which tells the story of the first miniseries.)

Oh, and Iron Sky. Largely crowdfunded, done by the guys who did StarWreck (after you've watched B5, watch that one for a laugh, if you don't mind subtitles), though much more professionally (very well) done this time. Not recommended for Germans or Americans who haven't a great sense of humor, however. Be warned. No one gets out of that movie looking good.
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# 13
10-09-2012, 10:52 AM
Farscape, because ... muppets.
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# 14
10-09-2012, 11:00 AM
Is anyone here a Dune fan? Among my favourites was Sci-Fi's Children of Dune miniseries. Although, you don't get the whole impact of that unless you've watched the original Sci-Fi Dune trilogy (or if you are short on time, the Dune movie covers the important stuff).

As my wife puts it, "It's a soap opera in a desert." It's technically a space opera.
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# 15
10-09-2012, 11:03 AM
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Space: Above and Beyond (A show that was as great as Firefly, and unfortunately suffered the same fate.)
Doctor Who
Babylon 5
The Presidential Campaign (Wait. That's a horror movie. Never mind.)
The Wing Commander animated series
Cowboy Bebop
Space Battleship Yamato
...
and finally
...
Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Or Robotech, if that's all you can find. And Robotech is available on Hulu Basic.)
There's an animated Wing Commander ?

Agree to all them (S:AAB is better than Firefly IMHO) and will add Blakes 7 to your list.
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# 16
10-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Aside from what's already suggested,

War Planets: Shadow Raiders
Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles
Andromeda

And of course, Tripping the Rift
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# 17
10-09-2012, 11:36 AM
Red Dwarf.
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# 18
10-09-2012, 12:12 PM
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Is anyone here a Dune fan? Among my favourites was Sci-Fi's Children of Dune miniseries. Although, you don't get the whole impact of that unless you've watched the original Sci-Fi Dune trilogy (or if you are short on time, the Dune movie covers the important stuff).

As my wife puts it, "It's a soap opera in a desert." It's technically a space opera.
I'm a huge Dune fan... I list one of my main characters (and namesake) as having Caladan as a birthplace

My on topic recommendation,is Continuum
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# 19
10-09-2012, 02:32 PM
I would recommend Exosquad http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106842/

Great 90s cartoon space opera, which had great serialized storytelling, compelling characters and performances, and took itself seriously, something quite unusual in 90s cartoons.

Also if you're looking for great sci-fi, check out http://arrowheadmovie.com/

A group of independent Australian filmmakers are working on a sci-fi flick. They've made a short movie called Arrowhead: Signal which is really cool and they are fund raising to make the whole feature-length film. Pretty great stuff.
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# 20
10-12-2012, 07:14 AM
saw prometheus the other day, left more questions then answer, but it is a good tie up to alien films.
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