So for the last year and so i used to watch few sci-fi shows, but all of them with exception of Fringe ended up cancelled. Some of them i did not considered to be that great (V 2009, SGU), so i do not regret it that much, although both shows had potential and i would continue to watch them if they kept making them. Flash Forward on other hand, i was really pissed to see that one to be canned, really like that show. Some people might abject, it had logical fallacies, the level of acting was low, etc... but i found its main story compelling and interesting and every episode ended up with massive cliffhanger, thats the way i like it!It was fun and its focal point was some interesting sci-fi mystery, which was slowly uncovered.
Anyway, it was canned, so i was left with nothing to watch, so i started to look for something new, i never saw before, and was amazed to find literally shitloads of sci-fi shows, which were canned in exactly same manner as FF, SGU or V. I already watched some of them and here are my observations...
Firefly: well, this one is probably the most famous one and talked up here before. I knew about it for some time, but hesitated to give it a try, as i was not much fan of Buffy (show, not actress ) It was a mistake though, it was beyond brilliant really. The main strength of this shows are its actors and cleverly written dialogues, i would say. Highly recommended.
Odyssey 5: this one had brilliant sci-fi back-story and similarly to Firefly, it was about brilliant acting. The episodes though, were bit more episodic to my liking and not as compelling as they could be. It was still a really good show and ended up with some major events/ cliffhanger in final episode. Shame.
Surface: This one made me literally watch with open mouth. The level of acting was not on par with Firefly and O5, the main story though was brilliant IMHO. There is very special trait to this shows, it starts like bit of an adventure, the Flipper/Save Willy thing with some sci-fi mystery, then it turns into thriller and ends up with events, which as i said, left me with kind of face, never saw that coming. Basically its kind of unpredictable and that is a good thing (in my book).
Threshold: its back story is not very original, based on Outer Limits episode, but otherwise its very good, some tense situations and difficult decisions made there, really good level of acting. Overall pretty good.
The Event: still not finished watching, it reminds me bit of Flash Forward, although this one is about aliens. Acting could be better, but the main story is great, again its pretty tense sometimes and like FF/Surface tends to end with cliffhanger. Cant wait for the season finale!
Common observation: Have you noticed, these new sci-fi shows, even if they feature aliens, they all look human? Galacticas Cylons (not really aliens, i know), Thresholds infectees, Event aliens, Odyssey 5 AIs, V´s aliens in human skin, etc.... In 90s, Star Treks, B5 and others had plethora of alien spieces in various costumes etc, these days its days its considered "immature" or what is the problem?
So, have you seen any of these shows and what do you think? Are there more like these, i am not aware of, you know? Tell me about it