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To Be Continued: Six Short-Lived Sci-Fi Series That Deserve A Comic-Book Resurrection

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TermFeatFirefly fans got great news earlier this week with the official announcement of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, an upcoming comic book series that picks up with Malcolm Reynolds and his (surviving) crew in the aftermath of the 2005 movie. It may not be as exciting as an actual new TV series or movie, but it’s still very cool. It also got us thinking: what other short-lived science fiction shows would we love to revisit on the comics page?

There’s already plenty of precedent, after all. Even before the announcement of Leaves on the Wind, many different genre series had found extended life in comics form. In addition to the Firefly/Serenity universe, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse have all continued to explore their respective universes to varying degrees. So have shows such as Farscape and Jericho. Hell, there’s even a new Six Million Dollar Man comic that will pick up where the 1978 TV series finale left off.

That’s one of the great things about continuing something in comic form. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. It doesn’t matter how old the actors are. The characters have remained timeless, just waiting for us to join them again for another adventure. The list below are my picks for six prematurely cancelled series I’d love to see reborn as comics. Sound off with your thoughts and your own picks in the comments below!

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Six Sci-Fi Shows That Deserve A Do-Over

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With the middling, J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz hitting Blu-ray and DVD this past week, it’s occurred to me that there are a lot of science fiction shows out there that just plain need a do-over. I don’t mean a show like Firefly, which was short-lived, sure, but which is also a damn near perfect run of television. It may have only shot 14 episodes, but it knocked those 14 out of the park so hard that it spawned a movie and a fanbase that’s just as a passionate a decade later. No, I’m talking about shows that had potential but got a raw deal. Maybe it was a case of wrong time, wrong network. Maybe the suits with the purse strings poked and prodded till all the life was drained out of the premise. Maybe it just didn’t get enough time to find its footing.

This is a look back at the shows that, to borrow a line from Superman’s dad, “coulda been a contender.” I’ve picked out six shows that still irk me when I think about them. Shows that had a great premise or an amazing cast or even just that certain indefinable something that meant you could sense that the show was just waiting to catch fire. To clarify, I’m not suggesting these need a reboot, although that could be worthwhile in some cases. I’m just saying that these shows deserved better than they got. And some of them didn’t even air on Fox! (I’m also specifically focusing on short-lived shows, so that counts out shows like Enterprise, which I think had the potential to be better than it was, but which still lasted four seasons.)