Video: Ars picks ten emotional moments from our favorite sci-fi TV shows
Some truly great character bits from some truly great television episodes.
If you’re reading Ars Technica, there’s a good chance that you like science fiction in all its forms. As a storytelling medium, science fiction television has had its ups and downs—from the golden heyday of the 1960s with Star Trek, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, and others, to the dreck-y nadir of the late 1970s and early 1980s, where every vision of the future seemed made of dreary beige plastic, all the way through the modern renaissance heralded by Star Trek: the Next Generation and carried on today by a huge variety of shows. But at its very best, the science fiction we love has used its explosions and spaceships and wormholes and bumpy-headed aliens to tell us contemporary stories in an unconventional setting—often turning the status quo on its head to provide new insight into the way life and society works.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925