Well, well, well, time for a SciFi month prompt. Today’s is “gone but not forgotten.” In other words, share some wall-to-wall geekery about “a book written by an author who is now dead / film or tv made by or starring people now dead / a dead character you miss (spoiler alerts please).”
To be completely honest, I had to think for a hot second about this prompt. These days I find myself more in the fantasy realm rather than that of science fiction. However, I read and watched a lot more science fiction when I was a tween and teen than I do now. Let’s see what I have here…
The first thing that came to mind was SeaQuest DSV, which aired on television in the U.S. from 1993 to 1996. I honestly don’t remember much of it anymore. Aside from the original Star Wars trilogy, I’m fairly certain this is the first scifi show I can remember watching. I was probably watching this between the ages of 5 to 8.
To quote Wikipedia, “The series follows the adventures of the high-tech submarine seaQuest DSV 4600, a deep-submergence vehicle operated by the United Earth Oceans Organization (UEO), a global coalition of up-world countries and undersea confederations, similar to the United Nations.” I knew the lead teen actor, Jonathan Brandis, who played a computer genius named Lucas, passed away a while ago. But I didn’t know that Roy Scheider, who played Captain Nathan Bridger, had also passed away.
If you haven’t seen this movie by now, and you enjoy science fiction, where have you been?! (Ok, you’re right, I shouldn’t shame anyone here. Let’s have fun! ;-)) The IMDB summary states:
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
When I first saw this I thought to myself, “What did I just watch?!” But since that first time I’ve grown quite fond of this film. I mean, it has Alan Rickman in it, may he rest in peace.
The IMDB summary from this one is rather short:
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.
This is another TV show I watched when I was a tween. Which means, again, I don’t remember a whole lot of the plot; the only things I remember, for the most part, are the faces of the main characters. Thankfully most of them are among the living. But Jonathan Hardy, the voice actor who played Rygel, passed away about a decade ago. I learned while writing this post that the character Rygel is a Muppet! It looks like this show is yet another thing Amazon scooped up, so if you use the mega corporation of all corporations, you can watch it on Prime Video.
All movie and tv show images are from Wikipedia and cited as Fair Use when downloaded on November 1, 2022.
**ARTWORK: this year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.**