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An enterprising gentleman in the US has decided to organise troll bait top ten lists of the worst and best sci-fi title sequences LIKE EVER!!! To save you the effort of going there, they are, complete with YouTube links:
- Space: 1999
- The Six Million Dollar Man
- Doctor Who (Tom Baker and Eccles Cake versions)
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- The Greatest American Hero
- Battlestar Galactica (original series)
- Cleopatra 2525
- Battlestar Galactica (new series)
- Babylon 5
- Xena: Warrior Princess
- The Bionic Woman
- Land of Lost
Now, clearly the man has both atrocious taste in title sequences as well as a somewhat limited viewing range. Otherwise, how else did all those Star Trek sequences get in there? At the very least, the original series of The Tomorrow People should be in there, as should The Prisoner. On the other hand, he does correctly slam Charmed for mauling a classic Smiths track, and The Six Million Dollar Man titles are classics indeed.
What other title sequences should be in there, do you reckon? If we include serials, I’d definitely include The Day of The Triffids‘, and if we were to expand beyond SF, I’d add in Callan, Penn and Teller’s Bullshit (titles are about a minute in) and Touching Evil. But what would you include?
In the US: Sundays, ABC Family, 8pm
In the UK: Not yet acquired
What would you do if you knew the world was going to end? Maybe not today. But maybe some time next week if the Nigerians are to be believed. Or in six weeks if the Germans are right. But some time soon and with absolute certainty, anyway.
Would you give up your life and go on a round the world trek? Would you throw your inhibitions to the wind? Track down that lost love and make a go of it? Or would you just get on with your life and hope for the best?
Three Moons Over Milford tries to answer this question by dwelling on the inhabitants of Milford, a small town in Vermont.
In the US: NBC, Wednesdays 10/9c. Starting September 20th.
In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4/E4 for transmission in 2007
Until now, NBC has more or less resisted the temptation to steal other networks’ ideas for programming. Until now.
Here’s its attempt at 24. It’s actually not half bad. They’ve captured (I’m good with me puns, aren’t I?) most of the things that make Fox’s Jack Bauer power hour so good: the tension; the serial aspect, with each episode following on from the previous; the “police procedural” tone that in no way comes close to the actual way police do work; and the utterly ridiculous plots. But it doesn’t quite have the edge required to make it unmissable.
To avoid spoilers, I’m simply going to point you to the Variety article.