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2014’s Best Sci-Fi TV: Brent’s Picks

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Walking Dead

Honorable Mentions

I have a troubled relationship with AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, but the show is as good as it’s ever been, and getting better all the time, and is finally coming close to the potential inherent in Robert Kirkman’s comics. Not strictly sci-fi, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started to get good after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and now, in the middle of season two, it’s become a legitimately important piece of the MCU, and recently introduced some elements from the Inhumans that are likely to play a big part moving forward. Cosmos is definitely more science than fiction, but I will listen to Neil DeGrasse Tyson talk about anything, and if he wants to take me on a guided tour of an abandoned strip mall, I’m there. NBC’s Believe, from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, had all the potential in the world, but while it felt like it was starting to find itself near the end—it was moderately compelling, but always almost good—no one tuned in and the network pulled the plug on yet another potentially promising young series.

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Comments

  1. Stan says:

    I watched the first episode of the 100 and never watched again,but if it finally got it’s act together as you say I will give it another shot.

    • Brent McKnight says:

      It admittedly takes three or four episodes to really figure out what it’s doing, but after that it’s been a pleasant surprise.

      • Stan says:

        I am into episode 6(I get it on Netflix) and am begining to warm to it.

        • Brent McKnight says:

          Nice. I’m curious what you think when you finish the season.

          • Stan says:

            I’m a binge watcher,so it won’t be to long.

          • Stan says:

            I’m done with the final episode of the first season and I have to agree with you it’s much better than I thought it would be., I think the level of writing is above the normal fare we see in most sci-fi on network tv ,a bit weak in the first few episodes but someone is making a damn good effort put it all together..I’m sorry now I dismissed it after the first episode because of the young adult look only to discover now we have a story that cover alll ages.It keeps surprising you with new directions and the characters are developing nicely. Also, .. I like the grittyness of it and that being a pretty young thing is no guarantee that your going to survive to the next episode. The final episode was a treat and the ending has me looking forward to the second season for the answers.

          • Brent McKnight says:

            I’m glad you wound up enjoying it. I had a similar experience. I started watching it because I’ll give any new sci-fi show at least a chance, but for the first few episodes it was just kind of on in the background. They end episodes really well, and that’s what kept me coming back until one episode I realized that it wasn’t just on in the background anymore and I was ignoring everything else. Season 2 continues to go in unexpected directions. They do things that I initially thought would ruin what they’d built, but they do them well and really expand the scope of the show in unusual ways.

  2. Cito Kurrukan says:

    Never got to see The 100. I think Firefly tops a lot of favorite lists, though.