Top 5 Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Shows of 2012

My personal favourite sci-fi/fantasy shows of the year.

once upon a time

5. Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is really finding its stride in its second season. I thought the curse might drag on for a long time and we would be forever stuck in a town where people don't remember who they are, but now the curse is broken and the show is exploring new themes and introducing more characters. I especially enjoyed watching Emma struggle with her lack of knowledge in the Enchanted Forest, where she is forced to rely on her mom's wisdom instead of her own; we get to see a new side of her when she's out of her element. I have previously complained about the overabundance of worlds and new characters added to the show this season, and I stand by that, but the interesting twists and great acting still make this one of the most enjoyable shows I've seen this year.

4. Warehouse 13
Many people have complained that Warehouse 13 isn't as good as it used to be. While that might be true, I am still having a great time watching season 4. I love the characters, especially Pete and H.G. Wells, and I like how each episode stands alone, though there is also the over-arching plot of what is going on with Artie and the little problem of Steve being dead. The only thing I can complain about is the lack of H.G. Wells in this first half of the season.

3. Fringe
Woah. Just... woah. Talk about a completely different show from the first seasons. Once I got over the initial shock, I realized season 5 of Fringe is still awesome, just a whole different sort of awesome. The show was always dark, but it's taken an even darker turn as the future world has been taken over by Observers. I can't say I was surprised or pleased, though, when Peter inserted that chip into his neck; his decision to adopt the Observers' abilities and keep it a secret from everyone is too similar to the time he stole shapeshifter discs. I also miss the alternate universe and Lincoln Lee. However, those thoughts aside, the show is as gripping and fascinating as usual. I hope it gets the amazing end that it deserves, as season 5 will conclude the series.    

2. Doctor Who
The knowledge that Amy and Rory were leaving constantly hovered over the first half of this season, filling each episode with wonderful tension. I was pleasantly surprised to see the new companion make an appearance in the very first episode, when the word on the street was she wouldn't appear until the Christmas special! I look forward to how that is going to work since she's, you know, a Dalek and all. The shining star of this half of season 7 was definitely episode 5, "The Angels Take Manhattan." I almost cried, it was so well done. Goodbye Amy and Rory. You will be missed.

1. Eureka
Season 5, which ran this summer, was the conclusion of this hilarious show. Eureka has everything a geek could want in a TV show: humour, adventure, tragedy, romance, character development, sci-fi twists, and fantastic acting. Season 5 is no exception to any of these things. The characters are really what make this show shine. Andy, Jo, and Fargo are my favourites and get some great moments in this season. I love how everyone gets their fairy tale ending; it is a happy show that deserves a happy conclusion. Jo and Zane end up together, Jack and Allison are pregnant, and Henry and Grace are leading GD. Summers won't be the same without Jack, Allison, and the rest of the crew. I will miss this show a lot, but I'm glad it went out strong.

By AllisonB

About the author

Allison is an all around geek, writer, gamer, and reader, with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. A few of her favourite shows are Doctor Who, Firefly, Eureka, Fringe, Castle, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Once Upon a Time, and Warehouse 13.

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2 Comments
On: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

great job allison, though Game of Thrones would be near the top of my list 

On: Friday, December 28, 2012
AllisonB said:

Ah yes, it probably would be on mine if I was keeping up with it.

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