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8 Sci-Fi Series on Netflix Streaming You Should Watch

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Netflix Instant Streaming is awesome, you should be using it. Chances are you have some device in your house capable of playing back their content hooked up to a large screen. Ever since they unveiled their ‘Streaming Only’ plan I’ve ditched the discs altogether. My wife and I love getting hooked on a good sci-fi TV series, heres a list of some essentials that are available on Instant Streaming…

Lost (2004)

This is a no-brain-er around these parts. Lost was practically designed to be experienced commercial free in rapid-fire succession. I guess if you’ve never seen or heard of Lost then classifying it as ‘Sci-Fi’ might be a minor spoiler. Sorry about that!

Battlestar Galactica (2003)

When the end comes, there will only be Edward James Olmos and your screams. Up until a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have recommended this because Netflix didn’t have the first two episodes available to Watch Instantly. Well they have corrected this nonsense and you can now experience BSG in its glorious entirety. Stop being a dick and watch Battlestar, seriously. So say we all… dick.

Dr. Who (2005)

Dr. Who is one of those shows you either lover or hate, I don’t think there is much in the way of middle-ground. The first season is alright, but Season 2 is where things take off when David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) takes over as the Doctor.

Firefly (2002)

One of the finest shows ever made that got cancelled before it could find an audience. Joss Whedon did an amazing job blending Space and Westerns, even better than another certain someone who is often credited with making a Space Western. It’s a bit of an acquired taste and like most of Whedon’s stuff it relies heavily on campy humor, but if you open your heart… you might just find the best group of friends in the galaxy.

The X-Files (1993)

One of my favorite shows of all time. I can’t really recommend watching this past Season 5 or 6… it’s one of those things where asking the questions is a lot more fun than finding out the answers. Still, there are some amazing stories told in those early years and Mulder and Scully’s chemistry is addictive.

Eureka (2006)

I’ve recently come to love this show, and Netflix is to thank for this. This is definitely light sci-fi comedy and you have to go into it with the right attitude. It’s small-town campiness wrapped around the standard ‘problem of the week’ formula. Still, it’s got some really well written characters that you’ll find yourself genuinely caring about. That’s usually the sign of a great show for me.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

This show not only features a smoking hot SMG in her early 20’s, it also serves as a beautiful time capsule for the 1990’s. The music, the clothes… it’s a rare occasion where I feel nostalgic for that time, but Buffy takes me back. This was before Vampires looked like they listen to My Chemical Romance and Werewolves were fodder for Suburban Moms to rub one out over. “In Joss We Trust.”

Quantum Leap (1989)

It kind of blows my mind that this was a prime-time show in it’s day. It’s a pretty wild premise for a TV show, guy travels through time taking the place of people to make sure they fulfill their historical destinies. Actually if you go back to Lost… it sounds kind of similar [lol, spoiler?] This show also had some crazy cameos over the years too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Leap_(TV_series)#Guest_stars

Honorable Mentions: Farscape, Angel, Sliders, Stargate (There are like 20 of them on there)

Read Only Memory #3: The Return of Captain N

This short was a lot of fun to do, and one of those cases where it totally took a different turn in direction than originally planned. I have been wanting to make a short featuring Captain N for a really long time, but just never really got around to it. When I planned out a bunch of ROM episodes, this was one of the first ideas I came up with, because ROM finally gave me a reason to visit this character.

The joke was always that an old retired Captain N was desperate to return to Video Land, and as a result, a faulty NES would get the best of him. Originally I wanted the short to begin with a camera panning across a shelf with a bunch of pictures, showing Kevin growing older and having children. It would eventually settle on Kevin, complaining about how much he hated his married life, thus making him long to return to Video Land. When I started boarding this, I wasn’t quite happy with how things panned out for Kevin. I didn’t really like the idea of him hating his own children and his wife, so I rethought things.

I started this episode as the TV series Lost was wrapping up. With Lost on the brain, I started to relate Kevin’s longing to return to that of Lost’s hero Jack Sheppard. I thought it made for a really good parallel, and decided to model Kevin after Jack’s appearance in the pivotal episode ‘Through the Looking Glass’. As I took this path, things started to sort of spiral out of control and before I knew it I was in full on Lost parody. The intro of the short is almost shot for shot right out of Through the Looking Glass, and I essentially turned Kevin into Jack. It was a lot of fun putting more focus into Kevin’s obsession with returning to Video Land, instead of him just being tired of life.

One thing I didn’t want to lose sight of is that this joke was about Captain N. It might be skinned in Lost’s clothing, but I’m hoping that the original idea and gag still hold up. If you’re a fan of Lost, I hope you enjoyed the extra layer of in-jokes that came along with it. Thanks for reading and watching the short. See you all next month!

Shamoozal Radio Podcast #30 – 24 Trivia Torture

Our first podcast of 2010! We start out with a bit of talk about what we plan on doing for the entire year, and then move right into our 24 themed trivia in which the punishment is for us to put our fingers into a bug zapper. It was pretty brutal, thankfully yours truly only had to do it once while everyone else… well, you’ll see. We then move onto some thoughts about the current season of 24, speculate over Lost (mainly last Tuesday’s premier, so that convo is a little out of date now) and hope into a large helping of Nerd News and wrap it up with the normal Whore Daddy/Clutch section. Enjoy!


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