This was a short-lived BBC show where a detective was hit by a car and wakes up in the 1970s. Ok, maybe “science fiction”….or maybe just an interesting premise as the series focused more on being a solid police procedural show. ABC ran a season of an American version and, like many American spins on British shows, it didn’t fare well.
Number 39: Lexx
GorT knew of this show but never watched it. Apparently it has all the makings of some serious sci-fi: two universes and countless worlds, a low-level security-guard-turned-captain (at least they didn’t make it the janitor (junior grade), a mystical undead assassin, a half-cluster lizard love slave, a sentient plant that projects humanoid images, and a robotic head. It has a ship, which is the size of a city and can destroy planets.
Number 38: War of the Worlds
Running for two seasons in the late 1980s, this show takes the premise that Orson Wells’ alien invaders didn’t die but were in stasis. The government, of course, put them into holding. Then some domestic terrorist group irradiates the aliens awakening them. Cue a team of assorted characters to hunt them and the humans they “possess” down. Never registered on GorT’s brain.
Number 37: Twin Peaks
Two seasons of brilliant sci-fi mystery, Twin Peaks was must watch TV for GorT and a number of his friends in college. Yes, in the second season you could tell whether it was David Frost or David Lynch who directed the episode. GorT and a number of friends dressed up as the ensemble for Halloween – complete with a girl wrapped in plastic. However, given GorT’s nostalgic love of the show, it borders on a solid mystery show and not science fiction to me. But, given the paranormal aspects, I’ll approve.
Number 36: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Ok, GorT watched this as a kid and it immediately jumped the shark when the second season had blended in Glen Larson’s Battlestar Galatica theme of searching for lost humanity tribes in space. Gil Gerard’s character was a James Kirk-like character landing a new girl each week with a hint of an interest in Erin Grey’s character. Meh. But who can forget the annoying sidekick robot Twiggy?
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.