Published on October 16th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie0
70’s TV Sci-Fi: Inspired By Film
The 70s’s saw the introduction of the remarkable Star Wars franchise. But despite this, the 70’s is sometimes mistakenly viewed as a fallow period for science fiction on television. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Incredible Hulk (1978-82)
The Incredible Hulk charted the tortured existence of David Banner, a scientist who fell victim to an accident at a science laboratory while conducting tests on gamma radiation. Banner, already quite a depressive character due to the death of his wife, transforms into the incredible Hulk under extreme emotional duress.
The Incredible Hulk was one of the most satisfying series due to its human factor. Everyone remembers the fiery tempered Hulk from the series but they also remember David’s tortured expressions and the melancholic walk as the end credits played to a soulful piano and strings score.
Battlestar Galactica (1978-79)
Battlestar Galactica was a relatively short series that approached science fiction on television in a manner that was slightly askew from the mainstream. Instead of focusing on alien worlds, the characters in Battlestar Galactica sought to find Earth, the home of their ancestors.
The show was watched by a large fan base and drew praise for its different take on Space exploration.
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-78)
The Six Million Dollar Man featured Steve Austin, who after being subjected to a debilitating accident, is blessed to be bionically transformed, gaining robotic legs, a right arm and an artificial eye which are interfaced with his body.
The success of The Six Million Dollar man was probably down to two factors. Chief amongst them was our perennial fascination with machines and their interaction with us. The other can be attributed to humanity and our empathy and predilection towards being given a second chance.
Fantasy Island (1978-84)
Fantasy Island is no doubt the strangest programme to make it onto our list. The series was set on a mysterious Island in which rich guests could live our their wildest fantasies. Absolutely nothing was beyond the realm of possibilities, from bowling a perfect 300 to time travel, Fantasy Island catered for all.
The Survivors was set in a world in which a pandemic had all but wiped out the human race. It follows some of the survivors as they try to piece their lives back together.
Concerned with apocalyptic scenarios, Survivors thrived on the exoticism offered by distant countries such as Scandinavia and the U.S.S.R. This, and its focus on humans placed in alien and hostile conditions, made it compelling viewing.