Nebulous Nineties
A mesh-mash of SFTV fringe-dwellers from the 1990s


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RoboCop
20 episodes (1994) 60m


Most of the dramatic tension of the original RoboCop movies went missing in action when the somewhat unpredictably aggressive cyborg cop was reprogrammed to be more law and orderly. There’s even something for the kids when the hero’s son shows up. Nevertheless, the attacks on corporate-run society are deftly done and the SFX are more than passable.





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Adventures of Brisco County Jr
27 episodes (1993-94) 60m


Steampunk western in the Wild, Wild West tradition. Although some episodes are fairly conventional, sci-fi rules when a legal-eagle bounty hunter out to avenge murder of his father has encounters with strange alien 'Orbs', which he must keep from falling into the wrong hands. There's UFOs (sort of) and time travel - as well as a strong cult following starved for more.





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seaQuest DSV/2032
53 episodes (1993-95) 60m


Big-budget updating of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. By the year 2018 Earth's oceans are being colonised and exploited. A sub and its ecologically-aware crew - which includes a boy genius (Jonathan Brandis) and a communicative dolphin - try to keep the peace. Cast changes for the 2032 version weren't enough to save the show from oblivion.





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Earth 2
22 episodes (1994-95) 60m


Steven Spielberg's small-screen woes continued with the short-lived Earth 2. The remnants of humankind survive in space after Earth becomes uninhabitable. An advance team heads off to an Earth-like planet to pave the way for colonists. A crash-landing forces them to make their own way to 'New Pacifica', facing perils along the way. Even Tim Curry's talents couldn't save it.





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Dark Skies
19 episodes (1996-97) 60m


X-Files imitator that lacks both the subtlety and savvy of its far-superior prototype. Bureaucrat uncovers a conspiracy involving the Magestic 12 secret organisation and its conflict with presumptuous aliens. Of course, no-one believes him except his wife - and the two of them end up on the run from just about everybody. Not bad, but the competition was way too tough.





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Millennium
67 episodes (1996-99) 60m


An X-Files spin-off also created by Chris Carter. A retired FBI agent can't get away from work when his psychic abilities allow him to see murders through the eyes of the killers. Expecting a turbulent future, he joins the enigmatic Millennium Group in the hope he can shield his family from society's ills. Splendid sci-fi mystery show with plenty of exciting action.





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Stargate SG-1
214 episodes (1997-2007) 60m


Archaeologists find a long-forgotten stargate which makes travel to far-distant planets possible. A disillusioned military officer leads the SG-1 team of explorers to other planets where they constantly run into the nasty ancient-Egyptian looking Goa'uld System Lords. Richard Dean Anderson is perfect as the droll team-leader, taking on a lesser role for the last couple of seasons.





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Total Recall - 2070
22 episodes (1999) 60m


There's no Big Arnie, but this short-lived series has become a cult favourite thanks to recent interest in Philip K Dick. Loosely based on the premise of the feature film, cop David Hume tries to hold on to his human decency in spite of a memory implant that pushes him in other directions. Corporate overseers add complications as Hume teams up with an android with a Pinocchio complex.


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