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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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Rachel

    on 22 Apr 2013 07:56

    Lexx.... How could anyone not like a spaceship like a huge dragonfly? Cool and funny, yet also for adult audiences. A classic cult series.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by R E ffolkes

    on 19 Apr 2013 21:20

    Getting back to the Evil Dead, didn't some of the cuts make some scenes harsher. I'm sure that when Ash is beaten with the poker the BBFC reduced the amount of blows which made it a lot more real as opposed to the over the top beating that he gets in the now uncut version ???
    Not as infamous as the Straw Dogs cuts in the 70's but I can't think of any other films were you could say the BBFC made a film tougher than it was meant to be !!

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by Gwendolen89

    on 19 Apr 2013 19:34

    Enjoy Farscape! (No, really, please enjoy it. It's a wonderful show and I'd be somewhat depressed if you tore it a new one).
    Additionally, I always really loved watching Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct in the early nineties, but I doubt anyone else did...

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by PJ Hughes

    on 19 Apr 2013 15:43

    Is this the winning contender for the blimey charlie prize: Star Wars yearly from 2015?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22197797

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by Revoltaire

    on 19 Apr 2013 14:54

    I'm not sure you would call it sci-fi in its strictest sense but the Prisoner does have many elements of the genre, especially aesthetically and its bizarreness. I think its one of the most inventive series ever made. It's very conceptual, thought provoking and didn't go on for ages, thus escaping self-parody, amongst other things that go wrong when this happens...

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by Feel The Magic

    on 19 Apr 2013 11:44

    Being of an age where special effects were pretty limited in SciFi series, it still didn't stop me from being hooked on the likes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (although the much later and shinier 'Seaquest DSV' with Roy Scheider was pants), Land of the Giants - both Irwin Allen products if memory serves - then of course there was Gerry Anderson - particularly Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray. The original Lost in Space was ludicrous at times, but always seemed to entertain, with such a great pantomime villain in the cast.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by jayfurneaux

    on 19 Apr 2013 06:48

    LEXX. Thanks to people mentioning this, I’d forgotten the name of this show. I watched it very late at night back in the 90s and loved it’s weirdness A living dead anti-hero, a heroine that’s a shape shifting vegetable – seriously, watch this; though I’ve never seen it repeated or on DVD…)

    Babylon 5. Under rated I thought, excellent in parts; but rushed its story arc & recast lead characters. Pity, it had potential to be a classic.

    From TV from my childhood. Lost in Space (“Danger, Danger, Danger”); Anderson’s Thunderbirds, Doomwatch & Blake’s Seven.

    The original TV series The Avengers with Patrick Macnee as Steed.

    Just hearing the theme music from Thunderbirds or The Avengers slaps a huge grin on my face.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by youngian

    on 18 Apr 2013 20:08

    The early 80s adaptation of Day of the Triffids was a fine production and partly because the bug eyed monsters were perepheral. Instead it got you asking questions about what you would do to survive and what opportunities could be salvaged from the chaos. And like Terry Nation's Survivors there was also a guilty pleasure in the scenario of all these unmanned shops with booty ready for taking. The supermarket scene in 28 Days Later looks like a tribute to this childhood glee.
    Day of the Triffids also had a terrific lead in John Duttine and what it lacked in special effects was compensated by the writing. There is poignant scene in which Duttine decides to halt scavenging missions to the city. His vivid description of what happens to a concrete city in the process of decay is even more memorable than mega bucks CGI movies.

    Mention also of two other dystopian British Sci Fis aimed at a younger audience; the Changes and Noah's Castle.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Aaryk Noctivagus

    on 18 Apr 2013 15:47

    Tim Scott (16)... I mentioned 'Babylon 5' in the original thread, I don't know if anybody else did though... and I had to shoe-horn the mention in because I was already an adult when I saw it :) My wife and I watch it from beginning to end every year on DVD.

    'Farscape' is a good series, but it never really captured me... though I adore the Robert Newton look-a-like nasty in the early seasons and Scorpius in the mid to later seasons. It didn't capture me... but I agree it was darn good Sci-Fi TV, beautifully played, written and designed and yes, totally original. Agreed that Claudia Black is a very underrated actor... regardless of 'Pich Black' and the later seasons of 'Stargate SG1'

    'Red Dwarf' is great value comedy science fiction... especially in the first seasons... I thought the cable TV last seasons were pretty unwatchable, but while it was with the BBC it was great value.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by information1st

    on 18 Apr 2013 10:52

    @ #28 Touchfinder - It's certainly a cultural sci-fi sitcom, and if you're not too familiar with that British milieu as well as the deliberately tacky aesthetic, I could easily see why someone would think it is not funny. That said, Red Dwarf has very witty writing, if you can appreciate that level of humor. It's main strength is taking creative license with ideas about scifi for humorous effect; the pessimistic, inward-looking British view comes through in this humor too I think (pre-internet). It works overall because it does not take itself too seriously and seems to work on the basis the audience are "in on the act"; it's all for laughs, even the acting?!

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