Specifically, I think it's time for me to explain to you all my, some would say unhealthy, obsession with science fiction.
I suppose it all dates back to when I was around eleven years old and I first discovered that if I was willing to wake up at five in the morning I could sneak out into the lounge room and watch an old British kids show that some television genius had decided to put on in that oh so popular timeslot. The show was called The Tomorrow People, had been filmed in the 70's, and was based on a bunch of kids who were the next step of human evolution (and seemed to have no parents, as far as I could tell).
|The Tomorrow People|
But by that point I was hooked. It wasn't long until I discovered other sci-fi classics being re-run on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Land of the Giants, The Twilight Zone, Lost In Space, Buck Rogers, and Time Tunnel all featured prominently in my schedule. It's strange, they weren't the sort of shows a young girl was supposed to like ... but I adored them. I suppose it should have been a warning for what came next.
When I was around twelve a new version of Star Trek started airing. I think The Next Generation was a bit of an experiment. They were trying to see if it was even possible to bring back something that had been so popular back in the day. But it was a success, and like all the other's before it, I fell hook, line and sinker.
|Wil Wheaton, then and now.|
I followed Star Trek: TNG for a couple of years, at which point I entered the mid years of being a teenager who couldn't possibly do anything that might make her look uncool (don't be fooled, I was incredibly uncool as a teenager) and of course promptly stopped. That marked the beginning of several bleak, barren, sci-fi free years.
The show was about a group of people who travelled to parallel universes, having adventures, trying to get back to their own. It had been a good five years since I'd really watched any science fiction, but it was like coming home again! I soaked it up, haunting my local video rental waiting for each new VHS release (yep, I'm definitely dating myself there).
Once I was back, it didn't take me long to work out I had a lot of catching up to do. I had years of Star Trek, in two different series, to watch. And then, to my joy, a third series began! Star Trek Voyager was, and still is to this day, my favourite of all the Star Treks.
|The picture on my work desk.|
From that point there was really no stopping me. I caught up on the Star Treks, got into Buffy when it started, then Angel too. I watched The X Files, Farscape, Dark Angel, Xena, Seaquest, Lost, Firefly, Life on Mars, Being Human, and so many more. All these wonderful, imaginative, sometimes tacky shows.
And while I loved them all I didn't really find another that filled that gap that Voyager left ... until in 2005 the BBC decided to bring back their old classic Doctor Who. Finally I'd found another true sci-fi love, one that lasts to this day, and from it I found Torchwood which I think I might love even more. But really, it'd be like asking me to choose which child I loved more. I have to think of them as a package deal just to keep my sanity intact.
I'm still only half way through the five years worth (I like to take my time and savour them, especially as I know exactly how long I've got), but it's shaping up to be another sci-fi soul mate.
|SGA: my newest obsession.|
Of course, I'm also obsessed with Glee, but probably the less said about that the better...