Recently, in the spirit of the 90’s, I’ve gone back and watched all of the great science fiction television that was pumped out during that period. wonderfully so, might I add. I’m genuine when I say I feel like most of the science fiction that was produced in the period were absolute genius.
I’ve been collecting as much media as I can in the last year or so, and television from the 80’s and 90’s has been a leading priority as I file through all of these shows, and eventually decide which titles to add to my collection.
I will give a brief list of the most recent additions, and some of which I think were revolutionary in the progression of Scifi story telling. Before I start, I also want to add that I feel this chunk of titles, most of which many people have yet to hear of, are absolutely underrated. It’s a damned shame that so many people are unaware that they ever existed. It’s simply disgraceful!
Anyway, on to my chunk of titles: a random selection of titles which I’ve recently added to my library of television and movies. (which is absolutely massive!)
(give me a break if some of these shows on the list deviate outside of the 90’s and bleed into the 2000’s)
Bablyon 5 (The best space drama science fiction series ever created before the re-imagined version of BSG which aired in 2004, which in my opinion completely broke the standards for storytelling. I think Babylon 5 laid the framework for the ideal ratio between episode subplot and series overall plot, they approached this and created a balance between the 2 with mastery, as if they’d done it 1 million times before.)
Stargate- SG1 (and ofc the following Atlantis and Universe that extended the storyline production into the late 2000’s, making it one of the more remarkable scifi franchises, and one of MY favorites!)
Star Trek (of course): The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, and all of the movies. (these series were unprecedented, and as series aired you could see the evolution of how star trek’s storytelling evolved into what it is today in newer releases such as “Star Trek: Discovery”.) (Also, I felt that Voyager added wonderful ideas to the prospects of time travel, and all of the possible idiosyncrasies which surface when engaging in such an endeavor. I felt a lot of the plots were thought provoking.)
Aeon Flux, though this doesn’t fit the genre so it’s more of something i recommend as opposed to something that made the list, I felt it needed to be listed as it doesn’t quite have a real category. It’s extremely 90’s in spirit, so it really fit the thread. It’s a great piece of scifi like animated material to consume.
Lexx, this is a series that is a must watch if you like obscure absurdist humor. It’s not quite remarkable in any way, however it’s just impossible to look away from as it’s just bizarre. You get the “how in the hell did this get made?” feeling when watching it. It was also extremely unique in nature, the cast was refreshingly unlikely, the special effects were mediocre at best, and lastly the writing took on an extremely bizarre cult classic mentality never to be recreated or reclaimed again. This is most certainly one of a kind, and embodies that ultra weird hyper-unique feeling that only the 90’s put into motion.
I might as well include this, even though it was made in year 2000, and that’s DUNE. Well I mean it’s Frank Herbert how the shit could I deny the legendary DUNE a spot on this list. Besides DUNE looks like it was produced in the mid-80’s anyway, it had such poor production value it’s a wonder it was ever released in the first place, which is a staple of the 80’s and 90’s which I think technology has done away with altogether, unfortunately technology improves everyone’s production value with very little experience or cost required.
Independence Day, Men In Black – I list those together because, well Will Smith, he made some scifi flix, and they were mediocre, not really worthy of any sort of praise. That being said, these were some of my more favorite Will Smith flicks, and lets face it, I feel like everyone of us were bobbing our heads to one of that man’s songs. He was really a great artist around that time.
Tim Burton’s MARS ATTACKS – I mean come on, now this was a classic. Tim Burton’s genius embodied the 90’s, and for the benefit of our list, this story has aliens, which qualifies it as scifi. This movie was so good, so funny, and so 90’s. Probably my favorite comedy on the list, not that there are many, but this one is a classic for so so many reasons.
Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park 2 – These flicks were incredi-bones. Also bringing beasts of burden that went extinct before the existence of man, well that qualifies as science fiction because I haven’t seen any savage prehistoric lizard attractions at my local zoo. Jeff Goldblum called BTW, and he told me that apparently his cool calm 90’s boyish charm became the rubric sheet for men looking to reinvent themselves into something more desirable from 1993 until 1999, I mean lets face it, Jeff Goldblum was a 90’s fuckin’ STUD.
The X-Files, borderline Scifi or conspiracy theory. Was a great show, I’ve actually gone back to watch these recently, took me a few tries to get through some episodes, but once I had settled into that 90’s mediocrity of storytelling, it was a breeze.
Ummm, I really wish Seth Green was NOT popularized, but you can also thank the 90’s for that chump. I mean I love that mediocrity was so easily popularized, but that’s the same reason Seth Green has 2 feet to stand on. Oh how I miss the glorly days, I mean even “I could’ve been a contender” with standards such as that.