Netflix Recommendations: Prophets of Science Fiction

Sometimes I wish that Netflix would recommend something that is actually relevant to the other items that I have viewed using their service. Sure, they claim that there is a “top ten” for me, but unless someone has been using my account to watch My Little Pony, or worse, Adam Sandler films, I feel like they just don’t get the type of content I am into. So, with this in mind, I decided, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a column on here so that when I watch something cool on Netflix I could actually share it with you guys? And thus, Netflix Recommendations was born. Recommendations from people who sort through all the shit that the machine recommends, to find you the good stuff, so you don’t have to.

Today on Netflix Recommendations we have a show that I have been praying to the lords of Netflix to put on here for a while. Prophets of Science Fiction is a Science Channel which is a cool channel in its own right, with an original series that basically does an hour long biography of some of the founding fathers of the genre. Mary Shelley, Phillip K. Dick, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Issac Asimov, Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, and George Lucas are all featured in the first season. The show highlights the major accomplishments, and shows how their ideas and dreams have made real world impacts on the world we now live in. The reenactments can come off as rather cheesy, but I honesty have never seen a reenactment that wasn’t. Seriously, check out the beard on young Phillip K. Dick, it’s pretty… intense. The series is produced and introduced by Ridley Scott, which having him involved is never a bad thing.


I originally stumbled upon this show while channel surfing one night and loved it. Remember when A&E used to show nothing but the show Biography? Well it’s kind of like that, but with people you actually give a shit about, and the cool thing is, all these people have really fascinating stories. To me, it is super interesting to learn about what was happening in Phillip K. Dick’s life when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, or have a deeper appreciation for the back story of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. This show is incredible. One of my major concerns is that there is no information as to whether we will be getting a season 2 anytime soon, but the Science Channel website still has the show listed, so hopefully this is a good sign. So tonight when you get in bed and are looking for something to watch before you fall asleep, check out Prophets of Science Fiction, I guarantee you will enjoy it more than those old reruns of Cheers.


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