2017 Best of Sci-Fi on TV

2017 Best of Sci-Fi on TVThere are many great TV shows that have continued to entertain us in 2017 but what about the new Sci-Fi shows that started in 2017? Let’s take a look at some of the best new Sci-Fi shows of 2017:

5. Legion

Based on the Marvel Comics characters David Haller/Legion and connected to the X-Men film series, the show is about the mutant son of Charles Xavier, Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and admitted in a psychiatric hospital. There he meets a fellow psychiatric patient and comes to the realization that he may have more than just a mental illness.

Even though it is related to the X-Men universe it is not a traditional superhero TV show. It is intelligent, character-driven, and visually pleasing. The show was well received by critics and the audience like it, since TV ratings were sufficient to get a second season in February 2018.

4. Star Trek Discovery

Set a decade before the vents of the original Star Trek series, the show explores the Federation-Klingon was while following the crew of the USS Discovery. The show has the cinematography style of the J.J. Abrams films and whole new concepts like the image of the klingons and a new way of storytelling. The series was created for CBS All Access, a subscription streaming video on demand service, which led to record subscriptions. The show was well received by critics. Some viewers liked it. Other viewers didn’t like it as much mainly because of the differences in this new series.

Objectively speaking judging it as a TV show, it has a good storyline so far and the performances are good. You may find it interesting if it’s the first Star Trek series you have ever watched. In this case, since it is based prior to the original series timeline you can watch the rest of the Star Trek series in chronological order.

3. Marvel’s Runaways

Six teenagers from different backgrounds discover that their parents are part of The Pride, a criminal organization that controls the Los Angeles Area. They unite against their parents. Just to give you an idea of what they will face. The pride has mafia members, time travelers, telepathic mutants, alien invaders, mad scientist and dark wizards.

The series is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. it is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sharing continuity with the films and the other TV series. The show was well received by critics and will probably continue to the second season. The premise of the show is interesting and tackles already many issues and topics in a mature way.

It shows the ugly and true faces and shies away from the openhearted always positive style of other teenage teams like for example Power Rangers. Each teenager has its own issues and will probably learn how to deal with it and as viewers we will see them grow into adults (at least that is what I am expecting).

2. The Orville

If you love Star Trek old series you will like The Orville. A recently appointed captain, played by Seth McFarlane, who is in charge of the USS Orville and its crew, goes on a mission of exploration into the galaxy. His first officer is his ex-wife. Among the crew are alien species we’ve never seen before.

The show is loyal to the science fiction style of the 90s which was thoughtful, aspirational and inspirational. There is comedy but that is not the main ingredient. There is a lot of drama going on, as the show tackles some serious social topics in the episodic stories like the social media addiction and gender acceptance.

It was not well received by critics probably because they were literally expecting a family guy type show (just because it’s Seth McFarlane). If you look into most of their comments around the time it was announced that is going to be aired, most of them have the same kind of comment (another Family Guy or Galaxy Quest). Even though Seth had clearly stated in multiple interviews during the promotion of the show that it was not a comedy show like Family Guy. The show has comedic elements in it but has more layers to it. I guess we only listen when it’s convenient?

The show will make you laugh for the most part but it will also give you teared eyes (especially the episode about gender acceptance). With only a few episodes aired the show tackled social issues that we usually avoid and brought them forward in a brilliant way. The show has become a solid show with its own flavor, rather than a copy of Star Trek. Hope to see the second season this year.

1. Handmaid’s Tale

Fertility rates dropped down as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. In the mids of all these problems, o totalitarian Christian government comes to power after a civil war. As a result, the society is reorganized into new social classes in which women are not allowed to walk, own property, handle money or read. The few remaining women called “Handmaids”  are assigned to the homes of the elite where they will be subjected to ritualized rape by their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

The show explores themes of women struggle with misogyny and the fall of women rights. The show gives us a view of the dark side. And gives us the opportunity to think about what failed in the story of the show and how we can avoid it in real life like giving importance and support the practice of save sex and focus on new methods to prevent pollution. The TV show is based on a novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood and was well received by critics and it was watched by the audience. The second season will air in April 2018.

 

2017 has been an interesting year with great new shows that dared to address interesting topics in their first season. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Which 2017 new Sci-Fi new TV show exceeded your expectations? Which new Sci-Fi TV show did you enjoy the most? Feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.



10 thoughts on “2017 Best of Sci-Fi on TV

  1. Hi there. Some great reviews. I love sci-fi and fantasy and I did not know of a couple of the shows u mentioned like Legion. It really sounds interesting. I loved the Orville, really funny. Is Hulu like a Netflix? U have to pay a monthly subscription? Thanks in advance for your reply and btw – this is great site on sci-fi, thanks

    Carl

    1. Hi Carl,

      I am happy I could share with you some ideas about shows you didn’t know about. Yes, Hulu is like Netflix in the sense that it is a subscription video on demand service. They have several packages starting 8 dollars a month.
      Thanks a lot for stopping by.

  2. My parents absolutely love “The Orville” and think it’s comic genius. Thanks for posting the trailers to these guys because I’d never heard of a couple of them until you mentioned them. I’m definitely gonna check out the Runaways:) and on the opposite end of the spectrum..I have NO desire to watch Handmaid’s Tale..lol. Thanks for the rundown!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Nice to meet another Orville Fan. I am glad you enjoyed reading.
      You are not the only one that doesn’t want to watch that kind of show. From what I could understand from some people is that they are tired of shows that show living with no hope or living with no rights, people craving for more power without looking at the consequences. In a way I understand them, in these times we need something to show us that we can be better and we can do better.
      Particularly about Handmaid’s tale, it is difficult to watch but the story is about overcoming struggles. It is based on a book written by Margaret Atwood. I suggest reading the book and afterward reconsider your decision.

  3. Hello!
    I love the design of your site, and am currently looking for new shows. I was actually wondering if Marvel’s Runaways was good, and you have convinced me to give it a shot! Once I finish that, I also want to check out the Orville, you made that sound extremely interesting as well.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Drew

    1. Hi Drew,

      Thanks a lot for your feedback. really appreciate it.
      Yes, if you get a chance see the Orville, you won’t be disappointed.

  4. I actually just started reading The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m gonna finish it and have my own impression before taking in the critically-acclaimed series. How do you feel about Black Mirror or Orphan Black? I feel like both of those are pretty unbelievably good scifi…especially Black Mirror. Super excited to watch the newest season of that.

    1. Hi Peneleope,

      That is so cool that you want to read the book first. I like Orphan Balck a lot and was so sad when it finished.
      I’m a little behind with Black Mirror: I watched season 1 and 2. Hopefully, I get time to watch the remaining seasons and get back on track.

  5. Hello Dira,
    Here i am again on your site;) your film list really helped me to find nice movies for the cold winter nights. Thanks:)
    I think for the beginning I will choose to see Handmaid’s Tale and Marvel’s Runaways. Do you think are good choices?
    What about sci-fi tv shows? I heard good things about dark on Netflix. Do you know anything?
    The best one I have seen lately was Stranger Things. Did you see it? Do you like it?
    As a personal choice which one you prefer from the today’s list?
    Thanks again for great ideas and a nice reading. See you SOON.
    have a nice day.
    Cristina

    1. Hi Cristina,

      It will depend on what kind of series you like because both are complete opposites of each other. I am not sure if you would like Handmaid’s tale. I suggest you read the book first to get an idea and if you are comfortable with it then watch the show. Runaways is a good show.
      If you’re asking about top-rated sci-fi shows to Watch I recommend Firefly, Stranger Things, Westworld, Battlestar Galactica, The X Files, Daredevil and Doctor Who. You also have regular good shows Like Emerald City which I don’t understand why it was canceled.
      Dark is one of the series I was not able to watch in 2017 but I hear good things about it and it is on my watch list for this year.
      I also hear about Future Man but did not get a chance to see it. It’s a series about time-travel. Did you see it?
      Indeed I have watched the first season of stranger things, I am now starting the second season. It is just awesome!
      Interesting question. If I have to choose a show that I will constantly watch from this list it would be “The Orville”. Actually, I have already watched all episodes like 4 times.
      Thanks a lot for your comments.

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