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I was greatly entertained the other week by SFX's list of the ten worst SF/fantasy shows of the decade (10: Hex, 9: Hyperdrive, 8: Jericho, 7: The Listener, 6: Blade, 5: Masters of Science Fiction, 4: Painkiller Jane, 3: Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, 2: Demons, and 1: Flash Gordon). But I was rather perturbed to realise that I had not heard of a single one of them; my diet of Who and its spinoffs, and earlier devotion to Buffy, somehow didn't lead me to experiment with other sf shows. (I did try the new Prisoner, but just like jekesta I lasted only 20 minutes.)

So in a spirit of sientific enquiry I obtained and watched all six episodes of Kröd Mändoon, to assess whether SFX's ratings were reliable. My mature judgement: SFX are probably right. Kröd Mändoon is rubbish, desperately trying to be funny but basically running through adolescent jokes about sex while waving swords about. At least the episodes are only twenty minutes long, and it filled a few commutes nicely.

But never mind what I thought; what do you think?

Hex (2004-05), about a remote English country school that becomes the battleground between a demonic entity and the witches who oppose it:

Never heard of it
40(38.1%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
37(35.2%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
12(11.4%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
2(1.9%)
Actually I rather liked it
9(8.6%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
5(4.8%)

Hyperdrive (2006-07), following the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they stumble through their heroic mission to protect British interests in a changing galaxy in the year 2151:

Never heard of it
43(42.2%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
20(19.6%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
27(26.5%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
2(2.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
7(6.9%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
3(2.9%)

Jericho (2006-08), about the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States:

Never heard of it
16(15.4%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
53(51.0%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
18(17.3%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
0(0.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
11(10.6%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
6(5.8%)

The Listener (2009), about a young Toronto paramedic named Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) with the ability to listen to people's most intimate thoughts:

Never heard of it
80(76.2%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
19(18.1%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
3(2.9%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
0(0.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
3(2.9%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
0(0.0%)

Blade: The Series (2006), based on the Marvel Comics character and starring Sticky Fingaz:

Never heard of either the comic or the TV series
24(23.3%)
I have heard of the comic but not of the TV series
32(31.1%)
Heard of the TV series but didn't watch any of it
34(33.0%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
7(6.8%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
1(1.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
2(1.9%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
3(2.9%)

Masters of Science Fiction (2007), an anthology series dramatising "A Clean Escape" by John Kessel, "The Awakening" by Howard Fast, "Jerry Was a Man" by Robert A. Heinlein, "The Discarded" by Harlan Ellison, "Little Brother" by Walter Mosley and "Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley:

Never heard of it
67(64.4%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
24(23.1%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
3(2.9%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
2(1.9%)
Actually I rather liked it
6(5.8%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
2(1.9%)

Painkiller Jane (2007), another comics adaptation starring Kristanna Loken as the eponymous indestructible undercover cop:

Never heard of either the comic or the TV series
71(67.6%)
I have heard of the comic but not of the TV series
8(7.6%)
Heard of the TV series but didn't watch any of it
18(17.1%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
7(6.7%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
0(0.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
1(1.0%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
0(0.0%)

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009), about the struggle between reluctant hero Kröd Mändoon (Sean Maguire), and the evil ruler, Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas):

Never heard of it
53(51.0%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
22(21.2%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
12(11.5%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
2(1.9%)
Actually I rather liked it
12(11.5%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
3(2.9%)

Demons (2009), about London teenager Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke), who learns that he is the last descendant of the Van Helsing line by the sudden arrival of his American godfather Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister):

Never heard of it
47(45.2%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
23(22.1%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
18(17.3%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
8(7.7%)
Actually I rather liked it
5(4.8%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
3(2.9%)

Flash Gordon (2007-08), starring Eric Johnson and Gina Holden:

Never heard of Flash Gordon
1(0.9%)
I have heard of Flash Gordon somehow hadn't heard of this version
50(47.2%)
Heard of it but didn't watch any of it
31(29.2%)
Saw some of it, thought it was rubbish
22(20.8%)
Watched all of it, thought it was rubbish
0(0.0%)
Actually I rather liked it
1(0.9%)
Other, which I shall explain in comments
1(0.9%)

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irishkate
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I saw several episodes of Hex - but since they came from all over the timeline I could never decide if I liked it or not since each episode was amusing but I had no clue what was going on or why.
flick
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
... and when I say that I've 'heard of' Demons, I mean that I saw billboard posters for it, tried to imagine Giles played by Gene Hunt and failed.
strange_complex
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Series one of Hex was OK - I liked the lesbian ghost, anyway. The cliff-hanger for the second series was extremely silly, though, so I left it after that.
dougs
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
You've missed a vital part of your electorate -- people who really rather like a certain kind of rubbish. And so, in both cases where I've ticked "actually I rather liked it", my answer should be read as "I thought it was rubbish, but actually I rather liked it".

I watched all of Kröd and around half of Hyperdrive.
bellinghman
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ditto, though in our case, it was Krod and Demons, with Hyperdrive being too bad for us.
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parrot_knight
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Hyperdrive looked as if it might have something going for it, but not enough for me to keep watching. Demons desperately needed more confidence in itself, but before that it needed seriously to ask itself questions about who its lead characters were, why they were there, and where they were going.
bellinghman
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
For both Krod and Demons, we watched knowing it wasn't particularly good (though Matt Lucas's character in Krod had a certain gusto), but enjoying it none the less. However, in neither case would we be particularly hurt by the knowledge there'd not be any more episodes.

Hyperdrive? Oh dear god, that was bad. It put us off poor Miranda Hart for years.
uitlander
Dec. 5th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oddly the only thing I liked in this was Miranda Hart, who seemed to have some sort of potential amidst the rest of the dross.
bopeepsheep
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, Hex was made by the same people that made Demons and are now responsible for Merlin.

That explains a lot. (I think Merlin is utter rubbish but still watch it.)
wyvernfriend
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Some elaboration on my answers
Hex, saw most of season 1 kinda liked it, wanted to give season 2 a go but missed the first three episodes and so missed some major plot points, gave up.

Hyperdrive: Watched one episode, thought it was dire, accidentally saw a second one, cooking, put something on to cook, discovered that this was what grutok was watching, discovered when I announced dinner that he was in fact asleep and I was the only one really watching the drek.

Jericho: Saw the ads never managed to see episode one.

The Listener: like this one, know it's cheezy etc still like it.

Blade: I'm pretty sure I've seen some of this, can't remember though.

Masters of Science Fiction grutok really liked this, enough that it was regarded as a good birthday gift!, I didn't find it objectionable, just predictable.

Painkiller Jane - I think I may have seen the pilot, don't remember though.

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire: Missed this one, may have watched it if I had managed to catch it.

Demons: Sounds interesting but didn't see it.

Flash Gordon: I can manage to watch about anything (see responses above and note that grutok is a fan of cheezy science fact and fiction) but this I actually turned off half way through an episode.
justphoenix
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Jericho.
matgb
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Missing potential answer
For both Jericho and Masters of SF, my 'Other' should be read as:
Saw some of it, thought it was bearable

I'd be happy to sit and watch Jericho if there was nowt else on, and I didn't have a book to read, and I wasn't in the mood for internetty stuff. I watched some of Masters of SF because they got shown on some cable channel or other late night.

I wouldn't seek them out, but acceptable popcorn to vegetate in front of.
ceemage
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Missing option on question 8?
"Never heard of it, but in any case doubt I would have been able to take seriously a series with an arch-villian called Chancellor Dongalor."
bopeepsheep
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Missing option on question 8?
You weren't supposed to take him seriously.

At least, I hope not.
Re: Missing option on question 8? - ceemage - Dec. 5th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Missing option on question 8? - xipuloxx - Dec. 7th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
iylliana
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Flash and Blade I saw a few episodes of, and liked them okay, but didn't get a chance to watch any more of.
redfiona99
Dec. 5th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Never saw Hex but was warned off it by friends. I think the exact phrasing was 'not even Michael Fassbender and Thelma (the previously mentioned lesbian ghost) make this watchable'.

Saw part of one episode of Hyperdrive and thought it had potential but was not as funny as it thought it was. Demons was abominable, but it did have Gladiolus Thripp, one of the most gloriously ridiculous bad guys who I prefered to all of the good guys. It also had the chief sidekick, who was the only normal person there was quite fun.

I have no idea how people didn't like Krod Mandoon. Except I do because it was a particularly crude parody of sword and sorcery fantasy, and I think some fantasy fans might have had hurt feelings. I thought it was hilarious but yes, very crude. It also has the greatest exit line I've heard for quite a while.
girfan
Dec. 5th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Masters of Science Fiction I thought some of the segments were quite good and others barely watchable. I preferred Masters of Horror which had some outstanding segments to balance out the few bad ones.
lonemagpie
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hex- saw a random episode and it really was tabloid tat.

Hyperdrive: Watched one episode, it was shit. And, TBH, we already have Red Dwarf, so making a less funny version was kind of pointless (especially since genuine RD also managed that on its own...)

Jericho: Heard of it, thought I might like to catch it to see what it was like, but aren't bothered that I never did.

The Listener: Never heard of it

Blade: Love the movies, but, how can I put this, that ain't no Snipes in the series.

Masters of Science Fiction - wasn't impressed by Masters Of Horror, so never bothered

Painkiller Jane - Heard of the comic, not the show

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire: Saw one - Matt Lucas' scenes were OK but otherwise it was rubbish, and about a decade too late to be an effective pisstake of Hercules/Xena etc

Demons: Arg, pass the eye-bleach!

Flash Gordon: In name only...
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