Episode 182: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Show Countdown: 20-11 August 27, 2013 Featuring Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono Standard Podcast Play Now Categories: Countdowns, Podcast # fantasy#Review#sci-fi
Scott Bakula is the only actor who, without makeup, has ever convinced me he was playing a character of the opposite sex. I remember one episode where Sam leaped into the body of an unwed pregnant teenager. He played her emotions so compellingly, I was completely drawn into his performance and it just didn’t matter he was a man, strange as it sounds. That’s what good actors can do.
I didn’t put down $900 for the complete X-Files, but the same reason is why I am never going to upgrade my “Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” DVD collections… too many gift cards from Christmases and birthdays invested in those suckers! Alas…
We have got to get you guys watching more Twilight Zone somehow…
Always dig a bi-weekly dose of The Sci-Fi Christian Podcast. This’ll be in my ears, shortly.
I missed out voting on this list. Durn… However it’s been great to hear the countdown so far. If I did vote, Twilight Zone would be my #1. I posted my thoughts about Twilight Zone (and the spiritual connections) in episode 150. Regarding the Outer Limits, it did indeed come after Twilight Zone and there was a conscious effort to create 1-hour ‘creature of the week’ stories. (One of which -in a roundabout way- was similar to the Watchman comic/movie.)
Regarding The X-Files, I’m not sure about the very beginning of the series, but later on they definitely pulled real life stories into the series and put their own spin on what the explanation was. At the time I was living in Los Angeles, so the following two stories resonated with me because we saw it first hand (alas Los Angeles somehow finds a way to make it into the national news every 6 months or so.)
“Drive” Season 6 Episode 2 – Televised high speed chases happen all the time in L.A. (remember OJ?) and this one was their attempt to explain why someone would continue to ‘run away’ when followed by 12 cop cars and three news helicopters. This was a tense episode and a plausible explanation why someone would do that.
“The Erlenmeyer Flask” Season 1 Episode 24 – in February 1994, Gloria Ramirez was admitted to a Riverside hospital in an extremely confused state. In the chaos to sedate her, they drew blood and the smell of ammonia began to emit from the blood and some nurses got sick from that. Gloria died and there are various theories why. In this episode – the season finale – this same thing occurs. Strangely enough they say the air date was May 1994 – so I wonder if they re-shot some scenes or simply created the whole episode after they learned about this in February.
One more (not specific to L.A.) was their explanation for someone ‘going postal’. In “Blood” Season 2 Episode 3 – normal people all of a sudden go crazy and begin killing people (after seeing subliminal messages in their workplace.)
Looking forward to seeing what the Top Ten are!