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    Hey guys I was just wondering if the following sci fi series were worth watching. I haven't seen these series yet and don't want to waste my time if they are mediocre:
    Heroes
    Bionic Woman
    Doctor Who
    Babylon 5
    Smallville

    and any others. SG1 is gone and BSG will be over soon. I still got Atlantis and a few others.... just wondering if there was some great series I'm missing out on.

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    I would say Heroes is a definate YESYESYES
    Doctor Who is pretty good, but it's difficult to guess whether someone will like it in advance of them giving it a go.
    I like Smallville personally, and there are a good few seasons to get your teeth into if you can find them cheap or want a lot to watch

    i havent seen Bionic Woman, and havent seem B5 for so long i can barely remember it.
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    I had a feeling I would like Heroes and I have a good friend who swears by Smallville... I've just never been into the whole 'superman' genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pileofcrap View Post
    I had a feeling I would like Heroes and I have a good friend who swears by Smallville... I've just never been into the whole 'superman' genre.
    i feel it's more than just "superman - the series" there's a lot of character depth, and some really good stories. i never really knew anything about superman beyond the movies until i saw smallville, so you don't need to be a big CD fan to watch it... also it is produced by the writers of Spider-Man 2
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    well my bud is going to be excited to hear I'm giving it a chance thanks for your input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pileofcrap View Post
    I had a feeling I would like Heroes and I have a good friend who swears by Smallville... I've just never been into the whole 'superman' genre.
    You'd take the recommendation of a random stranger over the endorsement of a friend? Interesting.

    Personally I can't stand Smallville. I don't like the Superman saga anyway, but I also don't think the show achieves the right balance between serious plot and complete cheese. It's too hokey for my taste and the growing trend of throwing special guest characters into the mix smacks of desperation. But that's just me. I know a lot of people who love it and either don't see it as being quite so cheesy or love it because of that.

    However, if you're really looking to fill your schedule and don't know which shows to pick, try skimming episode guides- they'll give you a good idea of what the stories are like (if you don't mind being a bit spoiled) and you can decide for yourself if it's enough to catch your interest. You can also try browsing fan forums or, in the case of Gateworld, the subforums. Skim through the various show folders and see what fans are talking about and how they're reacting to the respective shows. Are most of them having a good time? Is there any dissension in the ranks? Do the threads make you curious to tune in? And hey, listen to your friends- if you know someone who's a fan of a show, ask 'em if they think you'd like it. They're in a position not only to know the show, but to know you and your tastes.

    Asking random strangers is all well and good, but you'll get more informed recommendations from your friends and the best judge of all is you, yourself. Curious about Doctor Who? Watch a couple of eps. Rent the first season and see what you think. Heck, see if it's at your local library- I know it's in mine.

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    well it isn't that I wouldn't trust my friend just.. as I said before, I've never been into the whole superman thing and that's how he makes it sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pileofcrap View Post
    Hey guys I was just wondering if the following sci fi series were worth watching. I haven't seen these series yet and don't want to waste my time if they are mediocre:
    Heroes
    Bionic Woman
    Doctor Who
    Babylon 5
    Smallville

    and any others. SG1 is gone and BSG will be over soon. I still got Atlantis and a few others.... just wondering if there was some great series I'm missing out on.
    Heroes- yes, i never watched until recently, that was a month ago, I am now done the series
    Bionic Woman- had potential but its a waste of time
    Doctor Who- Not my particular type of show, good for the occasional watch
    Babylon 5- They keep telling me it gets better i am currenty stuck midway through season two.
    Smallville- Very good. Early episode are very predictable, last two seasons leaps and bounds have been made and it has gotten really interested.

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    I recommend Babylon 5 most definitely.

    I've only seen one episode of Doctor Who, so I'm not a very good judge of that yet.

    And, I haven't seen any of the others you've listed.

    If you like shows that are weird and original, you should check out FarScape.

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    arg I actually meant to put that in the list!!

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    My thoughts on each one.....

    Heroes - well worth watching the excellent first season, the second was a mess, but hopefully the third will get back on track
    Bionic Woman - a complete disappointment, and it has been cancelled anyway
    Doctor Who - BRILLIANT! Some of the finest writing sci-fi television has seen, great actors, fun stories. You can't go wrong by at least checking it out.
    Babylon 5 - never seen it, but I desperately want to
    Smallville - dreadful show

    If you're looking for something new to check out, I recommend Pushing Daisies. Excellent show that has just been renewed for a second season.

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    hmm haven't heard of Pushing Daisies. I'll look it up. Thanks

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    I reccommend Chuck...only a few episodes so far and it is definitely sc fi lite but oh so entertaining.

    As for others you may want to give a chance if you haven't already... Alias, Farscape, Eureka and Kyle XY

    Of your list however, I'd only truly reccommend Heroes. I consider Bionic Woman a waste of time.
    Doctor Who is entertaining but for me, more mindless than other thing's I've watched.
    I have nothing to say about B5 because I must admit I started watching the first episode got annoyed and turned off the DVD.

    As for Smallville....it's a show of moments. It has a few good moments but more often than not while watching I find myself imagining all the creative ways Lana Lang can die. It's not great, but it's not so bad as to stir up a genuine rant.
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    Babylon 5 is a great series, well worth watching.

    Heroes is also great.

    Smallville is good but not to everyones taste

    Farscape is the best, this series is just unbeatable as far as I´m concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pileofcrap View Post
    Hey guys I was just wondering if the following sci fi series were worth watching. I haven't seen these series yet and don't want to waste my time if they are mediocre:
    Heroes
    Bionic Woman
    Doctor Who
    Babylon 5
    Smallville

    and any others. SG1 is gone and BSG will be over soon. I still got Atlantis and a few others.... just wondering if there was some great series I'm missing out on.
    Heroes = Very well acted. Some really cool characters and plot line. It just isn't my cup of tea but if you like super powers then you should really enjoy it.

    Bionic Woman = My personal opinion is worse than aweful.

    Doctor Who = Absolutely fantastic. It is however a case of you either love it or hate it really. Just give it a chance and keep in mind that things in the show aren't suposed to be explained they just are and work.

    Babylon 5 = Quite possibly the finest sci-fi show ever.

    Smallville = I like it but I lost interest after season 4. I'm enjoying season 7 though. It's alot of teenage angst though.

    Other than that I can offer you Farscape (not something I can really get into but very good at times.), Primeval (A British show I really enjoy.), Torchwood (a spin off to doctor who but you don't have to watch doctor who to follow it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pileofcrap View Post
    Hey guys I was just wondering if the following sci fi series were worth watching. I haven't seen these series yet and don't want to waste my time if they are mediocre:
    Heroes
    Bionic Woman
    Doctor Who
    Babylon 5
    Smallville

    and any others. SG1 is gone and BSG will be over soon. I still got Atlantis and a few others.... just wondering if there was some great series I'm missing out on.
    From reading through the relpies you've got, it seems like Heroes/Smallville will suit you if you like the superhero type shows, and B5 and Dr. Who will suit if you like more alien/classic scifi. I'm in the latter section- Dr.Who and B5 are both excellent, and for me, B5 is the pick of the bunch. Don't be put off by the roughness of the first season, however. Stick it out.

    Farscape is excellent as well. Truly worth the watch, IMO.

    Bionic Woman, though, just blah.

    ShadowMaat gave the best advice though - watch a few eps! At worst, you waste a few hours. At best, you find some new shows that you'll love.
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    Well from the list you gave us...

    Heroes - One of the best new shows out there, season two was a bit rough but season one will keep you on the edge of your seat. You definitely don't need to be into comics/superheroes to get into this.
    Bionic Woman - Complete waste of time.
    Doctor Who - Great show but I only recommend the new series for now (2005 and onward). The original is series is VERY long (its the longest running scifi franchise in the world I believe) so you might want to hold off on that. The new series is pretty witty, and it may take getting used to but you'll start to like it.
    Babylon 5 - Quite possibly one of the best television shows ever made. It started out rough but went on and ended with quite a few bangs. If your willing to commit to the show, you'll love it and become hooked. This should be at the top of your list.
    Smallville - Honestly from the 10 or so episodes I've seen, I didn't think it was that good. It seemed like too much of a teen soap mixed with a superhero twist, which is what turned me off from it. And this is coming from a teenager...

    As for other recommendations, well its hard to say since we don't really know what you've already seen. But here are a few I'll list anyway:

    Farscape
    - Extremely witty and fun, and very different from any scifi show you have seen (or will ever see). This one should also be high up on your list. It also starts Ben Browder and Claudia Black which I'm sure you already know.
    Firefly - Short-lived but sweet while it lasted. If you havent seen this yet I highly recommend buying the DVD set and watching it.
    Space: Above and Beyond - Another short-lived show that I loved to death.

    Oh, and I'm assuming you've already seen a lot of the Star Trek shows, because honestly, who hasn't?

    I suggest watching the first few episodes of each of these shows to get a taste (B5 would be an exception).
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    I'm a Doctor Who fan, so I might be biased-- but I think I can second most of the recommendations you've seen so far.

    Heroes will hopefully be coming back on NBC in the fall-- I haven't seen all of season one (I have seen all of season two) but this show even has comic books online and lots of network and fan support.

    Bionic Woman I watched this in the Seventies and couldn't get used to the changes they made to it. So I'd vote no.

    Doctor Who As I said before, I'm a big fan. Please note; there are two different actors who have portrayed The Doctor in "modern times"-- I have enjoyed both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. CE only did one year as the Doctor... DT is still playing the Doctor. You will find more episodes with DT.

    Babylon 5 is very very good-- I also wish I had seen more of this show. Sci Fi, could you start showing this (instead of stuff like ECW?????)

    Smallville too is still getting support from CW. I saw some episodes of this in syndication and they were shown out of order-- I'm sure it makes more sense to a regular viewer. I'd call it sci fi lite-- it had a lot of romance and I can see where a teen might like it more than I would, but it was OK-- I wouldn't miss Stargate SG-1 reruns for it.


    And then I'd like to add--

    Torchwood I have a huge crush on John Barrowman so I've been more lenient with all the romance (sex) and some of the weaker plotlines. Season two has turned out to be better than season one has been-- if you can have a friend tape a few of the episodes they would be an excellent spot to start out with.

    Firefly is going to be the next big purchase I make. It is excellent and so is the movie, titled "Serenity". The unfortunate thing is that there is only one season-- I think that was 13 episodes-- of this series. Plus the movie. And I want more.

    And if you've enjoyed Season 10 of SG-1 you should see Farscape. This is another one that I missed most of and need to rent or find another way to watch.


    Good luck in your search. You have some great viewing ahead.
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    I would strongly recommend Farscape, it is the best show ever. And second you have Firefly who is one to watch. ( of course BSG, SG1. SGA )

    Other then that, theres to little scifi shows to watch, but theres some cool interresting projects on the way

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