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Tuesday 16 April 2013, 15:39

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I posted recently asking you for your mind blowing moments in cinema and which SciFi series you reckon will stand the test of time. Here I pick out some of the myriad responses I received to these two questions.

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    I knew as soon as I'd written the Ringu comment it was waaaaay too spoilerish. Alas for eagle-eyed hindsight. :(

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    wait wait wait wait - YOU'VE NEVER SEEN an episode of red dwarf?!?! - go and watch the first 3 series now - NOTHING MORE

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    Babylon 5 is timeless for me.

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    Mark - do check out "Farscape", it is utterly mad. Please let us know what you think of it, as well as "Red Dwarf".

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    Mark's off to watch Farscape? Oh frell. I don't know if I could take a Kermodian rant about my favourite muppets.

    Only kidding Mark, you'll love it if you stick with it. The humour and storylines are great even if some of the special effects are a bit dodgy. It also has the very best on-screen couple ever.

    As for The Dwarf... go and watch the season 5 episode 'Back To Reality', you'll love it.

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    Comment number 6.

    For me the series to view would be Star Cops. Not the greatest effects. But powerful and believable characters. 9 episodes, cancelled to make way for the upstart Red Dwarf.

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    Early Red Dwarf yes. Farscape super yes! It took a while to get going but once it did it just kept getting better and wierder and darker. It has a really surreal dark humour about it, which I guess must be an Australian thing because it's shared by other Aussie genre TV like Round the Twist and Girl From Tomorrow.

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    Salem's Lot. My brother made my 11 year old self think it was Starsky and Hutch.

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    Comment number 9.

    I think Mark will enjoy Farscape and Red Dwarf. Cannot get my head around the fact he has never seen either show. Just remembered another series from that era called Lexx.

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    Comment number 10.

    Watch any of series 1-6 of Red Dwarf - avoid 7-10 (anything without Rob Grant).

    Enjoy Farscape! Once you get past the screaming title sequence and 'living ship' concept, it's awesome.

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    Comment number 11.

    Nice round up. Agree crowdsourcing some interesting moments. I'm not sure I understood the "Caw, Blimey, Charley!" moments; assumed they were Sin City: "Yeesh!" moments from the provided egs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7dxvzwSP_E

    I actually think that snare scene in Watership Down is hard to beat, starting with that silent rabbit scream.

    The recent sci-fi trailers (Elysium, Oblivion and Trek 2) all look dumb (slick) action. I was watching these trailers, thinking, "wow this is a lot of flickering change of boring screen grabs." Portentious lines thrown in as filler don't count as the thinking side either. Trek looks like: Hmm terrorism is a bid deal atm, let's make a sci-fi based on that with cast a-d all dancing around in fear of the next dastardly plot. I really hope it's a bit more than that as Trek 1 was very enjoyable; 2 seems new baddy with another grudge more of the same... ?

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    Far Scape is a must! Funny, silly, moving, imaginative and totally original.

    Great show. Get on it Mark!

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    Comment number 13.

    Doc, if you only check out one episode of Red Dwarf (never watched it?!) then make it 'Terrorform'; it features an inspired insult - you'll know it when you hear it.

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    Comment number 14.

    I love Red Dwarf! My favourite episode is 'Quarantine' in the 5th season.

    - I can't let you out.
    - Way not?
    - Because the King of the Potato People won't let me!


    I watched 3/4 episodes of Firefly and it goes in the 'Just not getting it' pile. One of teh problems with it is Joss Whedon. He simply can't not grasp the idea of an ending, or something leading to a climax. There's always a sub-plot or someone just changes they're mind about something that act as a 'get out of a seemingly impossible situation' situation which just looks bad writing/story telling.

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    Comment number 15.

    Farscape is fantastic. The world needs more Claudia Black.
    It may be childish but I still think that the moment in Red Dwarf with Hudzen 10 and the brick is comedy gold.

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    No one even mentioned Babylon 5. It was an excellent series with a slightly weak first season that escalated in to three brilliantly told seasons before finally ending with a rather lackluster fifth season. However, the over all set narratives (largely penned by series creator J Michael Straczynski), fully developed characters and book-like take on each of the seasons was what made this show so memorable.

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    Predictable, but for a good reason, Doctor Who is just superb. Ever since I was a small child I've wanted to travel in the Tardis, although I know in my heart i would never have been brave enough to actually step outside of those blue doors. To be honest, as a child Tom Baker scared me, let alone anything else that we met.

    I remember that my sister and I loved 'Chocky' back in the 80s. I don't recall a spacecraft though, just some weird drawings :)

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    Comment number 18.

    A recent ish 'how-did-they-do-that??' moment (suspect in-depth knowledge of how film worked) was 'Sherlock Jnr' a Buster Keaton film from the 1920's in which there are special effects as he plays a projectionist fantasising about being Sherlock.

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    Babylon 5 yes ... and the 5th season was not as good because they were told there would only be 4 so used up the story arc too soon.

    Doctor Who ... NO! Poorly written and acted children's fantasy with plot holes that you could drive a Firefly class freighter through (every episode).

    Farscape ... I bought the blu-ray set and got as far as season 4 before giving up. It had some merits but in most episodes see my Doctor Who comment. Mark, you'll not like it (probably).

    Blake's 7 ... Dear oh dear, one of the worst series ever made. Howard's Way in space. Terry & June go interplanetary. PANTOMIME! (Servalan is behind you.) You know that a broadcaster is embarrassed about one of it's production when it allows most of the cast (the entire cast on Blake's side of events) to be killed off in the last episode. They REALLY didn't want the fans to pressure for any more of it did they.

    Firefly ... excellent. Truly wonderful (except the brothel siege perhaps). The comment above about Whedon being unable to close an ending is just very wrong. Whedon's writing is uneven, granted, Avengers was massively overated, but Firefly impressed millions the world over with it's grasp of story telling and characterisation. You'd not have got me hooked on a very obvious copy of Cowboy Bebop otherwise. Watch 'Our Mrs Evans' and tell me Whedon doesn't know how to write.

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    Comment number 20.

    I was pretty surprised not to see Sapphire & Steel mentioned. Admittedly it did suffer from the same issue Doctor Who had back in the day; too many filler episodes per story. However it was to me, when I was younger, very unnerving.

 

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