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Beneath the surface lies the future.
I have to be honest and say that ‘Seaquest DSV’ wasn’t a complete schlock failure. The first season was awesome: sea exploration, science facts, talking dolphins, and Jonathan Brandis as a super-genius whiz kid that reminded me too much of Will Wheaton in Star Trek.
Yet, the second and third seasons were awful, and tried to imitate everything that was wrong with the 9Os TV culture.
The series spawned a comic, a couple of novels, three video-games, some awesome model kits, and a line of trading cards (these were all the hype in the 90s).
Here are some TV shows like ‘Seaquest DSV’ – cult status fantasy and sci-fi shows that were created for a generation glued to their TV screens to watch Hercules, Xena, and the X-Files.
Alonzo Solace: It seems like Terrians, but it’s not.
Morgan Martin: What’s that supposed to mean? You seem coherent, but you’re not
In the future, humanity has escaped a dead Earth and is now living in space stations orbiting the planet. A band of non-conformists is determined to leave one of the stations for a distant planet that looks an awful lot like Canada, and start a new life there. Of course, they aren’t alone.
Like ‘Seaquest’, ‘Earth 2’ tried to stay as scientifically accurate as possible. For a few episodes. Then it danced the dance of we-do-whatever-we-want-hell-yeah and was cancelled after 22 episodes.
There’s one thing I can’t stand: it’s a guy who can’t hold his ammunition!
If you haven’t heard of this show, don’t be alarmed. Only 6 episodes were produced and audiences got to see only 4.
Similar to ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘Deep Space Nine’, the show’s about the police force unit of a deep space station. As any police force anywhere in the universe, they deal with all kinds of alien criminals and extremely advanced technology.
This is the only show where you can see a Japanese alien who went on to star in a film based on the ‘Mortal Kombat’ videogames, was a bad-ass protagonist that moved on to ‘Babylon 5’, and an Oscan winner (Linda Hunt).
History as we know it is a lie.
If you like the X-Files, chances are, you’re going to be amused by this shamefully blatant rip-off. The two series are so common, they could have traded John Loengard and Kimberly Sayers – a young couple in the 60s who is trying to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion – with Mulder and Scully, and we could’ve had a whole bunch of new ‘The X-Files’ episodes set in the past!
I may be overreacting a bit, since in ‘Dark Skies’ the aliens have already taken over our world in the 1940s.
Why see it? 20 episodes of ‘humans VS aliens’ action and the first appearance of Star Trek’s Jeri Ryan.
Call me… the Mantis!
This show had so much potential. I’m going to share the awesome intro with you: “A paralyzed African-American scientist builds a powerful exo-skeleton in order to walk again, and uses his new abilities to fight crime.”
An African-American protagonist making diversity cool when issues of racism weren’t as serious as they are now in the age of internet. On top of that, he’s also an awesome scientist who refuses to remain a spectator in front of everything that’s wrong about our world.
According to the pilot, “M.A.N.T.I.S.” stands for: Mechanically Augmented Neuro-transmitter Interception System. How cool is that?
21 episodes are available, one directed by Sam Raimi himself (The Evil Dead, Spiderman 1-2-3).
There are many series similar to ‘Seaquest DSV’ out there. Space series, crime series, and anything you could possibly imagine.
But my two cents is that the thing you liked more about the show was the deep sea exploration. Fascinating, wasn’t it? Not as fascinating as this next show, I guarantee it.
Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world’s oceans.
If you like documentaries, you will absolutely adore this stunning BBC production starring Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough, and Jason Roberts.
The images are breathtaking and the narration is accessible to both popular science enthusiasts and hardcore scientists. An educational documentary that’s rivaled by very few other productions, ‘The Blue Planet’ is going to make you fall in love with everything that’s beautiful about our little Earth.
TV series like ‘Seaquest DSV’ are well known among fans for their contribution to the cult history of sci-fi obscurity.
Do you have any other favorite shows from the 90s I forgot to mention? Let me know in the comments below.
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