My favourite sci-fi show is Babylon 5. To me it's really like the "Lord of the rings" of the Sci-Fi genre. It has a grand story arc that developes through the entire show (which makes it interesting to rewatch because it is very cool when in the first season you see some clues about something that will happen several seasons later) and the characters are relly interesting - i don't know if i'll ever see characters like Londo Molari and G'Kar again in a television series. The first season may seem a bit cheesy but after that the show is pure gold. The effects are pretty dated (the show was made in the 90s and was one of the first shows that used cgi rather than models) but i still like them and i very much like the costumes - especially how the centauri like to dress up. For me it's the best sci-fi show i've watched.
Stargate SG-1 is very good too. Unlike Babylon 5 it's not too serious but it's pure entertainment. Looking back on the general idea of the show i don't even know what's so interesting about it - you have a network of stargates through which you can travel through the entire Galaxy and you have a team of explorers/soldiers who travel and encounter strange humans and aliens. But it kind of grows on you. I like all of the 10 seasons. However i didn't like Atlantis much (couldn't finish it) and i liked Universe even less.
Firefly - it's really really good. Its one downside - it has only season. Again not to serious but really hilarious and entertaining.
Farscape - very good, kind of strane, one of the most original sci-fi show i've seen. I guess it won't be suited to everyone's taste but in my opinion is one of the jewels of sci-fi. And the Peacekeepers are badass.
Star Trek - i know the opener said he's not into it but it really is a good piece of sci fi. The original series may not be for everyone because they were made in the 60s (though some of their episodes are some of the best sci fi pieces i've watched) but the rest of the series is pretty good. My favourite is DS9 because like Babylon 5 it has a grand story arc that moves through the entire series. It also has some of the best characters in all of the Star Trek shows - like Garak, Gul Dukat, Bashir nad O'Brian. And it also has a nice all out war going on through most of the series The rest of the Star Trek shows follow the single episode story arcs without much of a grand story arc (I don't kbow if Voyager's journey home can be considered a grand story arc). The Next Generation starts kind of slowly but after the second season is really good and has many fantastic episodes like "The best of both worlds", "The measure of a man", "Chain of command", "Q Who", etc. but compared to TNG, i prefer DS9 because i like the characters there more. Enterprise was in my opinion pretty good but it was never given a chance by the fans. Sure, there were some stupid episodes but there were many good ones too. In my opinion the first two seasons were completely on par with the rest of the Star Trek shows (in fact "Broken bow", the show's premiere was my favourite first episode) and Enterprise's fourth season had some of the best Star Trek episodes - i especially liked the 3 episode story arcs they developed. It was unfairly canceled too early.
Yeah....nah.....I just couldn't get into that one......a giant orbiting fondue set looking ashtray SITTING in space WAITING for the enemy to come to you.
When it comes to space I think the good guys should be going THERE and freedomizing everyone with phasers set to obliterate....not just sitting around and waiting for the bad guys to come and take your stuff.
From my point of view DS9 was the best Star Trek series. Yes it started out a bit slow but it developed over time and some time in the middle they also got a space ship with the Defiant which allowed more many more episodes outside the station basically.
Also this was probably the first bigger battle in the series and a major turning point for the story at the end of season 2:
The law enforcement officer from 2077 tells the 2012 Vancouver police that the terrorist revolutionaries she followed back in time are a violent (but multicultural) gang from Portland, a hotbed of vicious gang activity.
x2. I have good memories of Above and Beyond, certainly the earlier episodes.
The show was great. (I think it was even the most expensive show at that time.. which also killed it).
But it was a bit strange seeing that they still had F16s, next to Hammerhead space fighters at that air base
(Although Battlestar Galactica also had Humvees)
In that regardard 60s/70s series were more ambitious.. they at least built 1 / 2 mockups for the backround like the cars in UFO / Space 1999 afair