John Doe aired for one season on Fox from 2002 to 2003. It centered on a man found naked on an island off the coast of Seattle with no memory of who he was. However, he does seem to know a lot about many, many other things. Possible even the whole of all human knowledge. The title character played by Dominic Purcell was a pleasure to watch and had an amazing ability to draw the audience in. The supporting cast included; John Marshall Jones, William Forsythe, Sprague Grayden and Jayne Brook.
Odyssey 5 begins with the amazing visual of planet Earth being completely obliterated. The crew of the space shuttle Odyssey witnesses the planet’s demise. After they stabilize the shuttle, they encounter an advanced alien who sends them back in time five years with the goal to figure out who or what destroyed Earth. The show weaves an intricate mystery involving artificial intelligence and government cover-ups. It was on Showtime in 2002. It starred Peter Weller, Sebastian Roché, Christopher Gorham, Leslie Silva ad Tamara Craig Thomas.
Eleventh Hour followed a brilliant, but socially disconnected, biophysicist and the young FBI agent assigned to protect him as they attempt to investigate unusual science related crimes. Rufus Sewell masterfully played the curious, genius and tortured Dr. Jacob Hood. The skeptic and hard nailed Special Agent Rachel Young was played by Marley Shelton. The show asked some serious questions about the potential dangers of genetics manipulation and bioengineering in the wrong hands. It ran on CBS from 2008 to 2009.
Jericho aired on CBS from 2006 to 2008. After a nuclear attack on 23 major US cities killing millions the country is in complete and utter disarray. The small town of Jericho, Kansas survived the attacks, but it is a constant uphill battle to stay alive. The show told an amazing story of community and standing up for what you believe in. In addition, it showed the extremes of the human condition and just how far people will go to get what they want. It had an ensemble cast including; Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Ashley Scott, Kenneth Mitchell, Michael Gaston, and Gerald McRaney.
Earth 2 was on NBC from 1994 to 1995. In the not too distant future a group of colonist set out to build an outpost on a distant Earth like planet. However, before they can make a successful landing their ship is compromised and they have to abandon ship and crash to the planet in life pods with very little supplies. They must trek across the harsh wilderness and attempt to survive the planet’s sometimes hostile but fascinating native species. The survivors are lead by Dr. Devon Adair, played by Debrah Farentino. Plus an outstanding ensemble cast including; Clancy Brown, Jessica Steen, Sullivan Walker, Rebecca Gayheart, and Antonio Sabàto, Jr.
Defying Gravity focused on the crew of a spaceship called the Antares on a mission to traverse the solar system on a six year journey. The present action is intermixed with flashbacks of the crews training and the relationships they forged. It was an interesting character driven piece showing the effect of the stress and close quarters for the extended time. In addition, there is something on board that only a few personnel know about and no one seems to know its true purpose. It aired on ABC in 2009. The cast included; Christina Cox, Ron Livingston, Laura Harris, Eyal Podell, and Malik Yoba.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles aired on Fox from 2008 to 2009. It followed Sarah Connor, played by Lena Headey, as she attempted to keep her son John, played by Thomas Dekker, alive. They are aided by a Terminator robot played by Summer Glau and John’s uncle played by Brian Austin Green. The show was fast paced as they were constantly on the run from various threats such as other Terminators and the FBI. It demonstrated the great lengths a mother will go to keep her child safe. Ironically this action show about robots had a great deal of heart.
Flash Forward was a story of grand scale that aired on ABC in 2009. After almost every human being on the planet blacked out for exactly 137 seconds they got to witness their lives six months into the future. As a result of the blackout millions of people died and it changed the world entirely. A special FBI task force led by Agent Mark Benford, played by Joseph Fiennes, is tasked with trying to figure out who caused the blackout and if there could be another one. They begin to uncover a global plot, but the why is unclear. Much of the show’s heart comes from the characters dealing with what they now know the future will hold, for better or worse. The show had an excellent cast including; John Cho, Jack Davenport, Sonya Walger, Courtney B. Vance and Dominic Monaghan.
Firefly takes place in the distant future where the human race has spread out to many different galaxies and planets. After a failed revolt many of the rebels decide to live on the fringes doing odd undesirable jobs rather than live under government rule. These outer worlds are tough unpredictable places full of thieves and other criminals. The series focuses on a small cargo ship named Serenity and her crew of outlaws and misfits. The show combined humor, adventure, honor and loyalty in spectacular fashion. Nathan Fillion effortlessly plays Captain Malcolm Reynolds along with an outstanding cast including; Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass. In aired on Fox in 2002.
Stargate: Universe aired on the SyFy channel from 2009 to 2011. After an unexpected attack the personnel of a non-Earth facility are forced to evacuate to an Ancient space ship called Destiny. Once there they find they are many millions of miles from home and cannot get back nor control the dilapidated ship. The unlikely crew must band together and get over their differences in order to survive and hopefully one day find a way home. However, there may be a greater purpose for them to fulfill. The show merged exploration, drama and action with great balance. The cast was led brilliantly by Louis Ferreira and Robert Carlyle. The rest of the amazing ensemble cast included; Ming-Na, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Elyse Levesque and Lou Diamond Phillips.
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