Since it’s summer once again, it’s time to I hunt down the really obscure classics or try to sample B/C list shows and see how many episodes I can survive. This time around I decided to make a list of those shows which I have not seen, but added to my wishlist. Most are only on limited DVD runs. Based on cloudy memories jarred by the vast world of YouTube, I tracked down a stray episodes, or a set of clips, or an old commercial to remind me of their existence. Here are a select few.
This 1998-1999 show stars Joe Morton as Dr. Maxwell one of a crew of medical personnel on a hospital space station in the 23rd century. The stations treats the medical needs of humans and aliens. And there is also an android nurse. The show only lasted eight episodes, but apparently there was a larger galactic narrative going on. I remember watching this show, though the details now escape me. It’s available on DVD so I shall add it to my ever growing wishlist.
Birds of Prey
This is a 2002 series that I never got a chance to see. It’s set in New Gotham City around Huntress who is ( I think) the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman. She teams up with Oracle, who is ex-Batgirl and another woman who is the daughter of Black Canary. Wow. You really have to be up on your comics for this. Shemar Moore is in it. Yay!
This is a series I need to see, mainly because when I see a starship and a ragtag crew, I am there. Starhunter is a Canadian series that ran for two seasons about a crew of bounty hunters. The captain is hunting for his son; his niece is the engineer; and there is a former military officer who assists and advises on missions. I saw one episode and look forward to the rest.
Space Rangers was a very short lived series. There are six episodes, and I am not sure they were all broadcast. It’s set in the 22nd century on a planet colonized by earth. The focus in a group of military police called Rangers. I won’t pretend that this looked like a great show. I saw one episode…it’s pretty cheesy. Deadly vegetation; regrettable alien make-up; and an alien crew member whose people have a fighting tradition etc etc. and practice cannibalism. However, my dedication to giving any show with a ship and a crew a chance means that I will try to track it down.
This is my last SF Obscure post for Smart Girls but I will continue on my blog so feel free to follow is you wish.
So readers, have you seen any of these shows?
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Nope, I’ve never heard of any of them! It’s amazing how many obscure shows are out there!
I know. I shocked by ones I keep running across.
When you watch Starhunter, think “Firefly: Origins”–even the costuming is similar. And there’s a single homage line in Firefly that mentions the type of ship they fly in Starhunter…
Nice to know! Thanks for commenting.
Wow! For your last SGLSFR blog you really got obscure. I have vague memories of Birds of Prey. I think I watched Star Hunter on Netflix. I have heard of Space Rangers and may have watched one or two of these. Do not recall ever hearing of Mercy Point. But I gotta say, like you, I will check them out – if I can find them. I loved this segment. I am so glad I can continue following on your blog Echo. BUT – I will miss SGLSFR.
I’m definitely planning on Mercy Point. I hope you keep following…you always have suggestions I miss.
I remember watching “Mercy Point” when it premiered and wondered where the name of James White and his “Sector General” series was listed in the credits. They weren’t. The show is gone but Tor has some collections of the “Sector General” books in print. Well worth tracking down.
Thanks! I hadn’t heard of the books, but I just looked them up. They look promising. As well as SFR, I do like my more classic SF and space opera too.
James White was beloved fan and professional writer. He was one of the nicest people you could meet.
I’ll miss these posts but I’m glad you’re going to keep doing them on your own blog!
Glad you enjoyed them.
….I *devoured* Space Rangers back in the day, though you are totally correct: it is pure cheese. Utterly delicious cheese, with the extra added bonus of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa playing a warrior alien and Linda Hunt being the takes no crap boss of everything she sees.
Both Tagawa and Hunt I’ve seen in lots of things over the years, so that is reason I am willing to give it a chance. Thanks for stopping by.
I’ve seen both Space Rangers and Birds of Prey, but years ago when they were shown here in Finland. I remember liking both.
Great that you liked them! Glad to hear others comments.
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