Category Archives: John J. Joex

Sci Fi TV Trends: Space Shows and Fantasy Epics are Trending Up, Zombies and the Post-Apocalypse are Trending Down

As we head into the new year here are some of the trends in sci fi TV that I have noticed from the last year or so that look to carry over into 2018. Trending Up: Peak TV Believe it or not, Peak TV continues to roll on. We are currently at over one hundred airing, returning, and… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Defying Gravity

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Forgotten magic and hidden treasures from the worlds of sci fi TV What Is It?  This short-lived 2009 TV series followed the crew of the spaceship Antares on its near future mission to explore our solar system.  The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks covering the training period for the mission as well… Read More »

Sci Fi TV News: Ian McKellen Would Return as Gandalf in the TV Series, Syfy’s Krypton Set for March 2018, and More

One Gandalf to Rule Them All Amazon is moving forward with a Lord of the Rings prequel series and Sir Ian McKellen has expressed an interest in returning to the role of Gandalf that he is so well known for from the LoT and Hobbit movies. While on a recent episode of Graham Norton BBC 2 radio show,… Read More »

Classic Sci Fi TV: Space: 1999

Classic Sci Fi TV: Our ongoing look back at many of the classics of science fiction and fantasy television. What Is It? In this British made series, the Moon gets torn out of orbit Earth’s orbit when a nuclear waste dump erupts in a massive explosion, sending the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a journey through the stars.… Read More »

Extinct and Missions Are Two Science Fiction TV Shows Worth Watching

There are two science fiction shows (actual science fiction, no fantasy) airing/streaming this season that have not received a lot of attention but that should be finding themselves on people’s watch-list. One is Orson Scott Card’s Extinct which is running on BYU TV and the other is the French-made series Missions which is on AMC’s streaming service Shudder with English subtitles.  Both have… Read More »

Classic Sci Fi TV: The Invaders

Classic Sci Fi TV: Our ongoing look back at many of the classics of science fiction and fantasy television. What Is It? In this series, architect David Vincent uncovers a silent invasion by aliens that have taken up human form and goes on a crusade to stop the invaders and convince others of their threat. When Did It… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998)

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Forgotten magic and hidden treasures from the worlds of sci fi TV What Is It?  This TV movie was produced by the Sci Fi Channel back in 1998 in an era when that network still more closely embraced its science fiction roots and had not yet given in to wrestling, reality shows, and Sharknado (an… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Neverwhere

Sci Fi TV Genre Gems: Forgotten magic and hidden treasures from the worlds of sci fi TV What Is It?  This 1996 British TV series created by Neil Gaiman (and later adapted by him into a novel) ran six-episodes (it’s common for a British show to have a shortened run like this) and takes place in the world of… Read More »

Here’s Why You Should Be Watching The Orville

FOX’s new comedy / science fiction series The Orville (airs Thursdays 9 PM EST) from Seth McFarlane is just under halfway through its thirteen-episode first season and has been getting some good buzz from from the sci fi community. While many did not know what to expect from this show before it started, it has established itself as a Star Trek-like… Read More »

Return To Farpoint: Looking Back On The Bold Course Charted By Star Trek: The Next Generation 30 Years Ago

Thirty years ago on September 28, 1987 the two-hour pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint”, had its premiere on television. That episode not only returned the Trek franchise to the small screen after nearly a twenty-year absence (not counting 1973’s animated series), but it also began a major shift for sci fi as… Read More »