#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | My favourite sci-fi films and shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is all about our non-bookish hobbies, but as it’s SciFiMonth I figured it was the perfect opportunity to share some of my favourite sci-fi films and shows! Admittedly I don’t watch a lot of sci-fi – so many shows out there just seem to be people looking miserable on spaceships, and I’m not here for it – but there’s some out there that I love…

Orphan Black (2013 – 2017)

I have so much love for this show… despite the fact that I haven’t got around to finishing it yet! Tatiana Maslany is fantastic; I was constantly forgetting that there weren’t a bunch of actresses in this show, but that she was portraying all of these different clones and they’re all so different. It’s on Netflix, so do check it out if you haven’t already!

Arrival (2016)

I didn’t expect to love this film as much as I did, and it’s a film that helped me realise I’m very into sci-fi stories that discuss language and linguistics. The whole idea of trying to communicate with an alien race when they come to earth, instead of blowing them up, is one I want to keep seeing more of.

Treasure Planet (2002)

This is one of the most underrated Disney films of all time, and a part of me will always be mad about it. I don’t think any of us knew we needed a sci-fi retelling of Treasure Island until this came into our lives and it’s so good. It deserves a lot more love!

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

There are two words that sum up my love for this film: Sarah Connor. Is this the story that first got me interested in stories featuring mothers in prominent roles? Quite possibly. This is such a fun film, and definitely the best one in the franchise.

Paul (2011)

I pretty much always enjoy the films Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make together – with Hot Fuzz being my ultimate favourite – but Paul is a very close second. I sometimes struggle with comedy films because I’m naturally suspicious of anything that’s trying to make me laugh, as opposed to anything that just happens to be funny, but Paul makes me giggle every single time.

Alien (1979)

This is the best of sci-fi horror, and it still holds up. I know what’s coming and there are still scenes that make me jump when I watch this. It’s also the start of a franchise that blessed us with Ellen Ripley, so while this is the best film in the franchise for me I’m still glad we got a such cool sci-fi heroine to carry the rest of it.

Firefly (2002)

This is such a fun show and, while it’s a shame it was cancelled so quickly, I don’t think I’m as mad about it as some fans are, purely because I enjoyed what we did get and it’s left me free to imagine that this crew are still out there, living their best lives and having fun. (Yes, I have seen and enjoyed Serenity, but I refuse to acknowledge the leaf in the wind scene and YOU KNOW WHY.)

Futurama (1999 – 2003; 2008 – 2013)

It’s dumb and daft, but I love this show. We so often see serious sci-fi or sci-fi horror, which are both fantastic branches of the genre, but I think the potential for sci-fi to be funny is forgotten more than it should be. Futurama has an evil robot Santa Claus and a robot devil–what’s not to love?

District 9 (2009)

One of the things I love most about this film is the setting. In stories about aliens coming to earth, they always go to America – they’re usually hanging out over the White House (and right now they’d be welcome to take the mess that’s in there) – but in District 9, aliens instead land in South Africa–in Johannesburg, to be exact. This is quite a dark film, but it’s well worth a watch.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

This is more sci-fantasy than sci-fi, and it’s another one of Disney’s most underrated films, but I love it; it’s still so funny, and I kind of just want to curl up and watch it now, to be honest…

What did you talk about this week?

21 thoughts on “#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | My favourite sci-fi films and shows

  1. JonBob says:

    I absolutely BINGED through every single series of Orphan Black recently, it’s so compelling. And omg Tatiana Maslany is incredible. Totally agree you actually forget she plays all the characters. Second your thoughts on arrival, was so refreshing to watch an interesting alien contact film that wasn’t about conflict and the whole linguistics angle was fascinating.

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  2. Louise @ Monstrumology says:

    Alien is one of my absolute favourite movies ever! I’m probably in the minority of people who think the first one is the best one, but Aliens just didn’t really do much for me. And I love Terminator 2 as well, but that’s another one where I like the first one more 😀

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  3. Rabeeah says:

    Treasure Planet! Been a while since I’ve thought about that movie, but it’s so good now I want to watch it again! I love this list – sci-fi films and TV shows are honestly some of my favourite things to watch; they’re so unbelievably creative. Like Orphan Black! (which I also never finished watching haha)

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  4. Nish says:

    Nice reccos! If you like sci-fi shows, you should check out Mars. It was produced by National Geographic (so you know the science is solid), and it combines fiction and non-fiction. Highly recommend it!

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