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    I guess I could recommend you SF mini-series "Treasure Island in Outer Space" which was made in the mid-80s but I watched it back in 1991 on TV. It is European production and special effects are quite bad in some scenes, but it has its charm and it looks like something you would watch on Sega CD. It stars Anthony Quinn and Ernest Borgnine.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasu...in_Outer_Space
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    On the subject of Babylon 5 and obscure, I recently decided to go down the laserdisc rabbit hole and acquired this series that I'd completely forgotten about for two decades:



    The actual name of the show was Hypernauts, and it was basically Saturday morning Babylon 5. They made a show for kids using B5 resources just to prove that they could, which was pretty insane, but it was abruptly canceled halfway through the first season thanks to the Disney acquisition of ABC. The remaining episodes only aired outside the US, and it miraculously got a LD release in Japan (pictured). The show is also noteworthy for being an unintentional B5 easter egg in the episode where the white star jumps out of Jupiter. Pause it at the right moment, and you'll discover a single frame of animation from Hypernauts that managed to find its way into the wrong show.

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    If you're willing to branch out from the Sci-Fi genre then two Bruce Cambell series come to mind. Jack of All Trades and Brisco County Jr. are both fun watches, and Brisco even has some sci-fi leanings in points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinderl View Post
    On the subject of Babylon 5 and obscure, I recently decided to go down the laserdisc rabbit hole and acquired this series that I'd completely forgotten about for two decades:

    The actual name of the show was Hypernauts, and it was basically Saturday morning Babylon 5. They made a show for kids using B5 resources just to prove that they could, which was pretty insane, but it was abruptly canceled halfway through the first season thanks to the Disney acquisition of ABC. The remaining episodes only aired outside the US, and it miraculously got a LD release in Japan (pictured). The show is also noteworthy for being an unintentional B5 easter egg in the episode where the white star jumps out of Jupiter. Pause it at the right moment, and you'll discover a single frame of animation from Hypernauts that managed to find its way into the wrong show.
    Wow - surprised I never came across this before. Thanks!

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    If you're willing to branch out from the Sci-Fi genre then two Bruce Cambell series come to mind. Jack of All Trades and Brisco County Jr. are both fun watches, and Brisco even has some sci-fi leanings in points.
    I remember watching Brisco County Jr when it first aired. It premiered a few weeks before the X-Files and it was running in the 8:00pm slot with the X-Files at 9:00pm. I liked it more than the X-Files at the time but have never watched it since. Never heard of Jack of All Trades, though.

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    Sharpe. I think that might have been late 80s but ran through the 90s. Very good swashing of buckles.

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    Have you heard of "Early Edition"? It is a series about a guy who receives tomorrow's newspaper one day in advance and tries to avoid disasters or solve issues in the future. Very unique premise for a late 90s series.

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    Oh yes, I remember that. It was quite a unique spin on the travelling do-gooder format.

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    It was on the Sci-Fi network but it also reminds me of an early Supernatural type of show. First Wave:
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    Another good show from the Sci-Fi network....The Invisible Man:
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    Quantum Leap
    Eerie, Indiana
    Ben Stiller Show
    Get a Life
    Freaks and Geeks

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    Dark Skies - is an obscure SF show in the style of "X-Files" so it takes conspiracy theories very, very seriously. It even has Carl Sagan character who is working with the government to cover-up alien visitations.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115151/

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jackal View Post
    Nowhere Man.
    Beat me to it! I was literally going to suggest it. I remembered watching it with my family bitd, so picked up a dvd box set of it a few years ago. Definitely wanting to ride on the X files coattails, but I really like the concept etc. It's kind of like the Fugitive (tv show) or like an old british show called the Prisoner. Very 90's.

    Other than that Seaquest, the Pretender, and the Sentinel.
    I usually watch one of these with the fam and we have a good time making fun of them.

    ^Jack of All Trades I really like, I enjoy the over the top humor etc, but everyone I try to show it to kind of hates it. I think it's a shame it wasn't more popular. Love the intro song! Find myself singing or whistling it sometimes.

    Briscoe I don't like as much. I'm still working through it, but so far it's just kind of meh. Not bad but not great either. Maybe it'll get better. I'm slowly working my way through both shows.

    If 80's shows are acceptable Friday the 13th the series is pretty good. I've watched almost the entire series. No Jason Voorhees in it, it's kind of X files like but less aliens and more demons etc.

    Freddy's Nightmares, the Hitchhiker, and Kolchak the Nightstalker. Kolchak sort of feels like the X files grandfather. Fun show.

    If we're talking 90's comedy sitcoms I've gotta go with Get a Life, and Herman's Head.
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    If you like Babylon 5, then maybe you'll like Crusade (1999). It was a show by the same creator and is set in the same universe. There are even some Jedi rip-offs called Techno-mages.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149437/

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    The main technomage in the show is actually a Merlin rip-off. They don't have that much in common with Jedi aside from appearing to be austere space wizards. They're only pretending to be wizards since their powers are completely derived from using advanced tech. If they were Jedi, it'd be like if the force was inherently dark side and they spend all their time resisting the influence of the force while also generally avoiding other Jedi.

    If you don't care about more detailed book spoilers: the technomages are basically the opposite number of the telepaths/telekinetics/empaths created by the Vorlons. They were originally weapons created by the Shadows. They have to merge with their tech to become technomages, which is the dead giveaway that it's Shadow tech. They rebelled against their masters in the past, and that ties in to why they show up in season 2 of B5. They're going into hiding right before everything goes to complete crap. The Shadows were actively trying to reclaim their lost toys or destroy them. The reason there are a couple of mages featured in Crusade is that they were the only ones to not run away. If you've seen what merging with Shadow tech does to people in B5, it's basically the same thing with the technomages, except they have too much free will. They spend every moment suppressing the tech that's trying to turn them into unstoppable murder machines. However, by the time of Crusade, Galen has already freed himself from that influence and is in full control.

    There's also Space Rangers since nobody mentioned it, but it only lasted 6 episodes.


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