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View Poll Results: Just for fun, what is your favorite sci-fi television show? I admit,i'm quite the Stargate SG-1 fana
Star Trek:The Next Generation 5 26.32%
Star Trek (The Original) 1 5.26%
Stargate SG-1 2 10.53%
Stargate Atlantis 3 15.79%
The X-Files 3 15.79%
Battlestar Gallactica (That Original) 5 26.32%
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Babylon 5 was a 5-year, 110-hour novella for television. It is the only show of it's kind that has ever been produced for American television, though British TV has offered extended novellas at least a couple of times. You had to watch it episodes 1 through 110 in order to follow it. The storyline and character development were infinitely more interesting and complex than TNG, but you had to expend the effort to follow it.
I liked it.

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You were pullin' for the Shadows tho -- weren't you? [:D]

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You were pullin' for the Shadows tho -- weren't you? [:D]
I liked the political intrigue. It reminded me of Frank Herbert's Dune series in that politics played a central role in the plot.

That shocks everybody--that I liked it because of politics?

In contrast, I like Dr Who because of the satirical humor. My favorite Who was Tom whatsisname with the long scarf. There were lots of episodes when he was Who (!) that had contemporary cultural or political satire. Good writers.

Oh, I also liked Red Dwarf. More blatantly satirical, but also good writers.

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I tried getting into Dr. Who long ago, but I was too young and impatient to understand it at the time, and I was too distracted by the campy special effects. I know the show is highly regarded (it was a major inspiration to the creator of B5, for example) and realize the fault was with me and not the show. Maybe I'll take another swing at it one of these days.

Dune is another very complex, rich story on many levels. Both Dune and B5 use human failings (that is politics, right?) to their advantage, rather than sweeping them under the carpet like Star Trek would do.

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Yeah politics and star trek never really came into play. Politics have played a somewhat limited role in Stargate, however now with the creation of the Jaffa Nation and the chaos that is ensuing after the defeat of the Goauld, politics are going to be playing a much larger role in the show.

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Yeah, that one asshole politician you just wanted to strangle! He was VP for awhile as I recall.

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I tried getting into Dr. Who long ago, but I was too young and impatient to understand it at the time, and I was too distracted by the campy special effects. I know the show is highly regarded (it was a major inspiration to the creator of B5, for example) and realize the fault was with me and not the show. Maybe I'll take another swing at it one of these days.

Dune is another very complex, rich story on many levels. Both Dune and B5 use human failings (that is politics, right?) to their advantage, rather than sweeping them under the carpet like Star Trek would do.
There was on episode starring Tom ___ that I think you would enjoy.

Dr Who finds himself on a ecologically extremely hostile world. A community of descendents of shipwrecked human explorers maintains a tenuous tribal existence. So many generations have passed that they do not know their own history, only myths and legends of people associate with the heavens.

Before undertaking a dangerous venture, the tribal members would ritually move their arms and intone a certain phrase. Then they would feel empowered to take-up a risky mission.

Dr Who recognized the ritual movement and phrase as being a continuity and pressure check of a certain type of spacesuit.

The spacesuit check behavior looked remarkably like the ritual 'sign of the cross' that catholic, orthodox and certain protestent sects execute when they are invoking divine intervention.

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I dislike sci-fi. Life is interesting enough without having to resort to fantasy. That is the easy way out.
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I dislike sci-fi. Life is interesting enough without having to resort to fantasy. That is the easy way out.
Are you talking about sci-fi or drugs? One is entertainment, while the other is -- uh, well -- entertainment. [:D] I get it now -- you don't like entertainment.

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I dislike sci-fi. Life is interesting enough without having to resort to fantasy. That is the easy way out.
Are you talking about sci-fi or drugs? One is entertainment, while the other is -- uh, well -- entertainment. [:D] I get it now -- you don't like entertainment.
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