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Sci-Fi TV series named after transportation

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Friday, December 15, 2006 6:23 PM

ORPHEUS


The roommates and I were discussing this earlier. A lot of sci-fi TV series tend to be named after the show's primary mode of transit.

Firefly
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate SG-1
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise...

What else is out there? Why are they named after transportation?

This is more of just a discussion topic, something to think about.



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Friday, December 15, 2006 11:38 PM

NAFLM


The Love Boat! Oh wait, no, that isn't sci-fi, is it? Just the first thing that came to mind.

Ok then lessee,

Odyssey 5
Babylon 5 (space station, but so was DS9)

I'm guessing it's because it an easy identifier for the show, just like naming the show for a main character.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 12:20 AM

DARKFLY


Andromeda



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Saturday, December 16, 2006 2:21 AM

MONTANABROWNCOAT


ooh, ooh, Star Wars ... no, wait ::hits head:: gawsh, I'm such a friggin' idiot. Ooh, ooh, Back to the Fut... no, no... Time Bandits...no, no...oh bloody hell, I give up. ::hangs head in shame::



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Saturday, December 16, 2006 2:53 AM

SISTER


Logical to name series after vessels as they would be the entire world to the crew; life in the black depends on the 'boat.' Just my opinion.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 5:34 AM

DAVESHAYNE


I don't think Deep Space Nine counts as transportation. Twas not much of a mover. I won't argue strenuously though since except in the later seasons nobody went anywhere particularly.

On a potentially silly note the Supermarionation classics Stingray and Thunderbirds are both named for their rides.

David

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 5:44 AM

DONCOAT


Well, in a sort of inside-out way, there's "UFO" (the old British series).



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Saturday, December 16, 2006 5:47 AM

CYBERSNARK


Actually, in the first episode of DS9, the station did move, relocating from Bajor orbit to the Denorios belt. It does technically have thrusters around the docking ring.

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Originally posted by Darkfly:
Andromeda

Technically, Andromeda manages to be named for both a ship and a character.

There's also the X-Wing series of Star Wars novels and comics. Stargate is named for a form of transportation (as is the metafictional Wormhole Xtreme). Don't forget Seaquest, or Airwolf. Or Herbie, for that matter.

In anime, there's Space Battleship Yamato, Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross (technically Macross is a city, but the first series had the city being rebuilt inside a starship, the titular SDF), the Gundam franchise (though the meaning of the term "Gundam" changes from universe to universe), Escaflowne, and probably others that I don't know.

Transformers may count (they're vehicles at least half the time).

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 6:06 AM

DAVESHAYNE


Quote:

Originally posted by Cybersnark:
Actually, in the first episode of DS9, the station did move, relocating from Bajor orbit to the Denorios belt. It does technically have thrusters around the docking ring.



So it's manufactured housing. Star Fleet's very own second hand double wide.

Don't make it transportation. Though here I am arguing a point I said I wouldn't argue. So yeah sure it is capable of moving and does so under very rare circumstances.

David

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 6:37 AM

GEEZER

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Red Dwarf

Thunderbirds

If the ship is one of the main characters, seems like it should be in the series name.



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Saturday, December 16, 2006 7:52 AM

DRACOS


Yeah, I can't much think of any that haven't already been put down by others, especially since ol' Orpheus and me spent a good half hour on this last night.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 2:59 PM

ORPHEUS


Hows about Quantum Leap?

Technically Scott Bakula's mode of transit is leaping of the quantum variety.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 3:47 PM

PDCHARLES

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Much like the very recent, mini-series "The Lost Room"

The room could take you anywhere you could picture a door.


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Saturday, December 16, 2006 7:41 PM

RCAT


Most of the ones I thought of were mentioned already. There's also Lexx, Farscape (his little earth shuttle was the farscape 1),Event Horizon, in anime there's Sol Bianca. Was Cowboy Bebop the name of the ship in that series?



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Saturday, December 16, 2006 11:26 PM

SLAYER730


Yes, the Bebop. Must be a popular anime thing, cause there's also "Outlaw Star".

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Sunday, December 17, 2006 7:08 AM

MARK


The Time Tunnel! Fireball XL5! Supercar! Stingray!

Great classics.



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Sunday, December 17, 2006 8:56 AM

CYBERSNARK


This Island Earth.

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Monday, December 18, 2006 6:07 PM

ORPHEUS


Good one. Was toying with it, but wasn't entirely sure. But I guess it works.

However, if we include This Island Earth, we oughta also include other Sci-fi shows/movies named after planets...

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:49 PM

INDIGOSTARBLASTER


It might not be transportation so much as the primary setting. As a previous post-er said, it's an easy identifier for a new TV series. Sci fi shows tend to be set on space-going vessels, so they get named after the ship. Non-sci fi examples of settings-as-names would include "ER" and "Coronation Street".

I gotta say, if you're going to go with this trend, I much prefer "Firefly" over, say, "Trans U" (the Reaver ship in the pilot) :)

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:56 PM

SERENITYISSHINY


wat aboout games that are sci-fi?
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Halo kind of cos the covenenant thinks it is a transporter
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 6:17 PM

DATALESS


You could say that the shows are named for their location (even if it is moving ex. Battlestar Galatica.) Most show are named for a character or their location. DS9 and Babylon 5 are good examples of location based shows ans shows like ST: Voyager and Firefly are the moving location based shows.

Voyager is trying to get "home" but they live on this ship or place that they really call home. They really want to find the place they were taken from.

On Firefly it is even more evident. They call it their home. They take their home with them (their location.)

I think it is just an extension of what most shows are named for their location. Like (91210, ER or South Park.)

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