Last night Trek fans across the country got to hunker down in theaters and watch one of the best cliffhangers in science fiction history play out on the big screen. The “Best of Both Worlds” theatrical event was the latest of several special theater screenings of Next Generation episodes, coinciding with seasonal releases of the remastered series on Blu-Ray. “Best of Both Worlds, Part 1” has pretty much set the bar for sci-fi TV cliffhangers since it first aired in 1990, but in the years that followed, some of our favorite genre shows have given that iconic Next Gen episode a run for its money. Here are seven sci-fi cliffhangers that left us screaming at the television.
Babylon 5 — “Z’ha’dum”
B5’s third season went out with a literal bang. After traveling to the Shadows’ homeworld of Z’ha’dum, Sheridan nuked their capital city and plunged, moments before the explosion, into a deep chasm. The war pauses while the Shadows regroup from Sheridan’s strike on their homeworld, but that doesn’t mean our heroes are in a good place. Sheridan is presumed dead. Garibaldi is missing, apparently abducted by a Shadow vessel. Ivanova and the rest are left with an uncertain future, one which, as G’kar’s closing monologue so elegantly states, will be born in pain.