5 Science Fiction Shows You Need to Be Watching

by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We’re in the golden age of television, and it’s no more evident than in the field of science fiction. Whether exploring space and time or delving into the human psyche, there’s a lot to watch. We’re no longer confined to Doctor Who (as wonderfully brilliant as it is) and Star Trek reruns.

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These are five of the best science fiction series you need to be watching on TV now.

Rick And Morty

Science fiction is usually split into two categories: hard sci-fi and soft sci-fi. Hard sci-fi is that in which the writers go to lengths to explain the science, to the extent that everything portrayed is realistic and possible. Soft sci-fi is more like Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider – we don’t know how that turns him into Spider-Man. It just does. Some people prefer one over the other, some don’t mind. Rick And Morty somehow manages to combine the two in a brilliant farce. This remarkable animated series features a brilliant scientist and his idiot grandson who go on hilarious adventures. Everything is based on real scientific principles and theories, the multiverse theory at the forefront. At the same time, they don’t get bogged down in the details, allowing a free flowing laugh-fest. Rick And Morty has a cult following, and if you’re not part of it, it’s time you joined.

The 100

A lot of the sci-fi greats are experts in one particular aspect: world building. Sci-fi imagines a world somewhat like ours, only with scientific and technological principles that differ. The 100 does an expert job in building a world decades after a nuclear holocaust, into which 100 delinquent teenagers are sent from the safety of their spaceship. They discover a world not quite as dead as they expected, and their own society and others develop and clash. It’s both exciting and unpredictable, and is guaranteed to draw you in.

Black Mirror

Originally a British production, Black Mirror has now crossed the lake and features both British and American episodes. If you want to be freaked out by technology which only slightly differs from our own, the technophobic Black Mirror is perfect for you. It’s an anthology series, in that each episode is stand alone, with its own story and cast. There have been some truly epic episodes thus far, including one in which everyone and everything is rated by the people around them, one in which killer bees are unleashed by a hacker, and one in which two souls meet in a man-made afterlife.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black is coming to an end soon, but its legacy won’t be forgotten. Tatiana Maslany does an unbelievable job playing most of the characters: clones trying to figure out who created them and why they’re being killed off one by one. There are twists around every corner, and sometimes it’s simply good fun to watch these characters interact, each of them fundamentally different from one another.

Stranger Things

I probably don’t have to say much about Stranger Things. Chances are you’ve already watched the first season and you’re hooked. It’s been lauded by critics and audiences alike for its nostalgic take on traditional horror/sci-fi. Featuring 5 kids trying to survive the influence of a world that exists just behind our own, its Netflix format makes it impossible not to binge. The second season, which we cannot wait for, is coming out just before Halloween this year.

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