How to Watch Some Sci-Fi Shows: A Quick Guide

Babylon 5

Don’t watch the first or last seasons. Also don’t watch the season 4 finale.

Battlestar Galactica

When they escape from the planet at the beginning of the third season, HUMANS WIN. End of show.

Doctor Who

It’s supposed to be cheesy, but whenever you see something so stupidly cheesy that it totally rips apart suspension of disbelief (e.g. main characters getting abducted onto 2000s reality TV shows, ’60s robots chanting “DELETE DELETE DELETE,” etc), hold “fast forward” until it looks like something serious is happening.


Put up with the first season until it gets under your skin. John Crichton is just as confused as you are. 4th season is optional.


Fortunately, it got cancelled before it had a chance to go bad! MovieĀ very optional.


Watch it all a zillion times.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Pay attention after Riker grows a beard. (This is a well-known effect.)

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5 Responses to How to Watch Some Sci-Fi Shows: A Quick Guide

  1. Thomas says:

    Firefly fans who’ve seen the show and are considering the movie: Yes, it’s good and you should watch it. It’s about Reavers.

  2. Ronit says:

    Any thoughts on the Stargate series? I have a friend who seems obsessed with it

  3. Joseph says:

    I thought Serenity was more about Joss Whedon being as Joss-Whedon-y as he could, to the detriment of, oh, you know, his beloved characters, his universe, and the plot. But that’s me!

    Ronit, I wasn’t that big a fan of the Stargate movie (I never really went for the ancient Egyptian/alien thing) so I hadn’t watched the shows. I figured I’d give SGU a shot, though, and I found that a reasonable synopsis of the first half dozen episodes was: “We’re trapped on an alien spaceship. We’re running out of X. We will spend the next 40 minutes trying to get X. At minute 41, the spaceship gives us X, just like it was going to do all along!” I stopped watching.

  4. Nicole says:

    Re: Futurama, you forgot to add: “Quote it all the time, regardless of whether those around you get the reference.”

  5. Joseph says:

    An excellent addition!

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