May the Fourth be with You!

Happy Star Wars Day to everybody whose calendars are still on May 4.

Unfortunately, I missed it yesterday, as it’s already Cinco de Mayo where I live. But I did kinda celebrate May the Fourth by playing Portal 2 (post-fact).

I’m not a super huge fan of sci-fi, but I do appreciate a little sci-fi every now and then, so, to (belatedly) celebrate Star Wars Day, here’s my Top 10 List of favorite sci-fi movies, books, etc.

My Top 10 List of Everything and Anything Sci-Fi:

10. Robot Carnival – An anthology of  9 short anime films, released in 1987 featuring sci-fi-themed stories by different directors and storytellers.  Most of the stories are set to music and feature a lot of robot-human romance.

9. Contact – A novel by Carl Sagan published in 1985, later turned into a movie starring Jodie Foster. Interesting movie, but the book was much better.

8. Robotech – An Americanized Japanese anime first released in 1985. The anime series was divided into 3 main arcs: First Generation, Second Generation and Third Generation. Personally I liked the First and Third Generations best.

Apart from the 85-episode anime series and some animated movies, Robotech was also adapted into novels written by “Jack McKinney” published in the late 80’s. Jack McKinney is a pseudonym for two authors who wrote the series; James Luceno and Brian Daley.

7. Ender’s Game – A series by Orson Scott Card containing 11 novels and 10 short stories, the main novels of which are Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead,  Xenocide and Children of the Mind, published in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Ender’s Game tells the story of a talented boy soldier whose destiny (among other things) is to save the Earth from invading insect-like space aliens called Buggers. What’s not to like, right?

Honestly, I didn’t know there were so many books and stories in this series. I’ve only read three of the four  main novels, Ender’s Game, Speaker of the Dead and Xenocide.  I read these books back in high school, and I didn’t even know there was a 4th novel.

6. Star Trek – Hey, what’s a sci-fi list without Star Trek, right? I’m not a trekkie, or as they say now, a “trekker,” but if I had to choose among the millions of Star Trek movies / series ever made, I’d go with J.J Abrams‘, 2009 Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (more popularly known as Sylar from the now defunct tv show, Heroes.) I should mention that this is the only Star Trek movie I’ve watched in its entirety.

5. Halo – A first-person shooter game developed by Bungie exclusively for X-Box, released in 2001. There are several games in this franchise, but the only ones I’ve played and finished were Halo 3: ODST and the most recent one, Halo: Reach, released in 2010.

The great graphics and various game play situations in Halo are guaranteed to hook and draw you into the game, and the next thing you now, you’ve wasted 10 hours of your life  in front of your console.  It’s not like you had anything better to do anyway…

4. Fringe – A TV series created by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (go figure), which premiered in 2008, and is about to end its 3rd season. The show, starring Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv is about agents from a special branch of the FBI known as Fringe Division who investigate and try to solve unexplained scientific (ahem) phenomenon.

Sound familiar? That’s because…..

3. The X-Files – Yes, I would say it’s a safe bet that this series inspired the creation of Fringe. The classic T.V. series which premiered in 1993 and aired until 2002, immortalized David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as their FBI characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

The T.V. series has spawned several movies since, but it’s the TV series that comes to mind when I reminisce about the 90’s. Because of this show, I do believe, that the truth is out there.

2. Firefly / Serenity – By far the BEST sci-fi series not being shown on television. The sci-fi/western series, created by Joss Whedon premiered and was cancelled in 2002, to the dismay of it’s many, many fans. Due to popular demand, the series was adapted into a movie, also directed by Joss Whedon: Serenity.

Firefly combines futuristic technology with good old-fashioned spaghetti-western gunslinging fun – seriously…how could a show like that go wrong?

1. Star Wars Trilogy – Of course! I’m only referring to the original trilogy made up of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, from the late 70’s and early 80’s. I won’t even describe Star Wars because if you are not familiar with it, then you are probably not from Earth and should return back to your planet.

And for all those who first watched Episodes VI, V, and VI and went, “huh, where are Episodes I, II, and III?” – Shame on you!  I bet now you wish you had never asked.

Star Wars is not just a movie – it is a cultural icon. It has spawned countless sub-cultures and genres, and not just in sci-fi, throughout the years, and may have single-handedly transformed the movie industry. And though I’d like to think that the new Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes I-III) were just figments of my imagination, I’d have to give it credit for playing a part in revolutionizing CGI-technology and movie special FX, making the cinematic experience more special for moviegoers around the World.

Hey,  a little sci-fi never hurt anybody.  It stretches our imagination and challenges us to think beyond the ordinary; and who knows, maybe someday, science fiction will actually become science fact!

10 thoughts on “May the Fourth be with You!

  1. The new Star Trek is very well done with the alternate universe aspect and all and I think it was well casted.

    I’m just getting into Firefly after hearing very good things about it. Good so far. I enjoy Nathan Fillion on Castle so I figured I’d give it a shot. Haven’t watched Serenity yet though. I want to finish the series first before checking out the movie.

    And, of course, Star Wars and X-Files. No description needed for these two. They just belong.

    • I agree with everything you said! lol. Firefly is a good show, too bad it was cancelled mid-season. Enjoy watching the episodes they do have…after the last episode of Firefly, you should watch Serenity since I think the story in Serenity is really what they were going for in the series, but alas, it didn’t make the ratings.

  2. If you haven’t seen Babylon 5 and you’re ever looking for a new sci-fi show, I would highly suggest it. It’s a little slow at first, but the third and fourth seasons were amazing — it’s one of my favorite shows, up there with the Re-imaged Battlestar Galactica (and it’s spin-off, Caprica).

    I hear you about the Star Trek movies — most of them weren’t that good (The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, and The Undiscovered Country are great, especially if you want to get a feel for the original series characters). I’m a total trekkie though, and would have to recommend the TV serieses.

  3. Nice post! I’ve never really been into Sci-Fi either, but among my favourite movies of all times is the Back to the Future trilogy. Those movies are just AWESOME! I’ve seen them so many times and I’m never going to get tired.

    The other day I was talking with my thirteen-year-old brother about Star Wars and how we never got to see even one of the movies from beginning to end, so we decided to watch one movie a week on Fridays 🙂 We started with Episode IV and I liked it but got a little bored at the end. Anyway, I realized it was not as bad as I thought. And then we watched Episode V and… I LOVED IT! One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. We have to watch Episode VI now 🙂 Oh and BTW, I love R2D2 and CP3O! ♥♥♥

    My brother is currently reading an Argentinian Sci-Fi comic from the 1950s called El Eternauta and he’s really into it… then I think I’ll also read it. Apparently he likes Sci-Fi very much, so maybe I’ll buy Ender’s Game for his birthday 🙂

    Xoxo! -Guadi.

    • Hahaha…good to know that you gave Star Wars a try….and good job for going with Eps. 4, 5 and 6 first. That’s the way it should be seen 🙂 Don’t feel bad if you end up hating Eps 1, 2 and 3. Most people do. Then again, don’t feel bad if you like it either haha. I would really like to know what you think of Eps 1, 2 and 3 after you watch it though 🙂

      Ender’s game is really entertaining, especially since Ender and his 2 siblings are kids…or starts off as kids, so your brother can relate. Also it’s just very interesting.

      Good luck with your sci-fi reading and thanks for the comments 🙂 My favorite character in Star Wars is Darth Vader LOL!

      • Darth Vader is one of the best villains ever! My brother and I are now all the time playing the “I am your father” scene xD (yeah, we’re THAT stupid, haha). Maybe when I finish all the Star Wars movies I’ll write something on our blog about it… but anyway, I’ll let you know what I think about them 🙂

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