To be fair to the many wonderful nominees in this category, it’s just hard to compete with Battlestar. Consider its sci-fi elements: Compelling characters, spooky and nuanced story lines and, of course, those Cylons. In many ways, Ronald D. Moore’s take on the 1970s cult classic is the antithesis of other sci-fi adventures. No wacky aliens. No bouts with the space-time continuum. Minimal effects. This was no campy space chase — it was serious drama, set among the stars.

Honorable Mentions:

Primeval, BBC America: A gorgonopsid rages through a neighborhood. Time portals lead to prehistoric Earth. Just another day on Primeval, a special-effects extravaganza that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sanctuary, Syfy: We all know Amanda Tapping as the cerebral Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1, but her new role as 157-year-old scientist Helen Magnus (she looks great for her age, by the way) is the perfect star vehicle.

Torchwood, BBC America: Another compelling sci-fi drama from BBCA, Torchwood is The X-Files with a British accent — and it’s a lot of fun.

Fast Fact

  • In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked BG #2 in its "Sci-Fi 25: Genre’s Best Since 1982." Taking the #1 spot was The Matrix.


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