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!


Breaking Bad/Lost Mashup Explores Parallels From The Most Recent Episodes

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Breaking Bad is by far my favorite television show of the past decade. I remember being drawn in by the premise: A mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a newly pregnant wife and a teenager with cerebral palsy gets diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Determined not to leave his family destitute, he begins cooking crystal meth in an RV with an old student. He gets good at this — very, very good. Since those early days, I’ve been absolutely blown away by what creator Vince Gilligan has done with the storyline and Walt’s character, who changes more than any other TV character I’ve ever seen. And Bryan Cranston has come a long, long way from his Malcolm in the Middle days.

As demonstrated by Huffington Post video editor Amber Genuske, the most recent episode of Breaking Bad shared a number of parallels to a seemingly very different show: Lost. And the similarities aren’t limited to the fact that Walt seems to be in his own mysterious universe, or to the plane crash that happened at the end of season 2.



Beta For The Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction Is Live, Not As Updated As Some Would Like

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The beta version of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is now live. It’s an online only compendium of all things sci-fi, and will help you any time you find yourself in need of knowing obscure facts. It’s also a fantastic collection of mankind’s greatest minds.

Sci-fi is seen by so many as a fringe part of culture, but the truth is that it’s pervasive to a degree that’d surprise those folks who think sci-fi is lame. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction showcases how much of modern culture is made up of, or influenced by, sci-fi stories. It’s incredible how much the creators in science fiction have been able to analyze what makes mankind work.

A cursory glance at the Encyclopedia showcases a plethora of such creative endeavors. If I ever need to defend the need for sci-fi to exist it’ll be easy to scrounge up worthwhile examples of creative genius. It does appear that the Encyclopedia may not be entirely up to date. Robert J. Sawyer, author of FlashForward, commented on Facebook that his entry in particular goes no further than the mid-1990s.


Even David Goyer Is Bored With FlashForward

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flashforwardDavid Goyer, perhaps best known as the writer of such gems as Dark City, Blade, and Batman Begins, is also the guy responsible for TV’s FlashForward. He’s been the series showrunner since it’s inception but now he, much like a lot of us, has better things to do.

THR says he’s leaving the series to pursue other projects. Here’s the statement he issued this week:

“As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions. I’m proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It’s in great hands.”


Lesbian Liplocks Aside, It’s Time To Give Up On FlashForward

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ffI first tuned in to FlashForward, mostly out of desperation. With Battlestar Galactica gone, Doctor Who soon to lose the greatest doctor ever in David Tennant, and Lost becoming increasingly stupid, we need something to carry the sci-fi fire on television.

This past week FlashForward resorted to its first lesbian makeout session. It was also the first time I really remember enjoying the show since I first started watching it and, of course, I was enjoying it for utterly juvenile reasons. Once the frenching was over Flash Forward went right back to being the bore it’s always been. It’s a brain-dead science fiction show, it’s time travel for 2-year-olds, a playschool version of Lost and it’s time to let it go.

The mysteries are, plainly stated, a bore. In its very first episodes Lost gave us a mysterious plane crash, an insane monster lurking in the jungle, and the magical healing of a cripple. In Flash Forward the entire world took a brief nap and, though theoretically this caused global problems, a few days later everyone feels pretty much fine with it and everything goes on as normal. A few FBI agents still seem kind of hung up on it, but mostly the world seems to have moved on so why shouldn’t the show’s audience?