WhyLynchWhy wrote:I challenge all of you to put forward a season of any TV show ever which you consider to be worse than what we just watched so I can check it out and perhaps stop saying that this is the worst thing I've ever seen that has an IMDB page.
Season 2 of Earth: Final Conflict (EFC).
Not sure how many know this one, but it reminds me very much of S3 of Twin Peaks.
Earth is a science-fiction show from 1997 about aliens landing on earth and trying to make friends with everyone (curing AIDS etc.) Of course they have some sinister motivations up their sleeves. The premise is kinda like V, except that it was done far better. There was also an effort to truly make the aliens feel alien (translucent spirit-body and stuff).
The aliens set-up embassies on earth and our hero got recruited by the aliens as an agent doing their bidding. What they don't know is that he's an double agent working for the anti-alien resistance.
Now the episodes itself were pretty much X-files, except that the aliens were a real thing this time around, with a heavy mythology and story-arc in the background involving conspiracies and finding out the reason why aliens came to earth. There are also hints throughout the show, that the aliens are actually indeed the good guys and if the resistance would achieve their goal, it would be quite catastrophic, which puts the protagonist into the "who can you trust" spiral.
Despite the alien theme, the show was pretty grounded.
Anway, it was good stuff, for one season at least. Beginning with season 2 it all turned into shit quickly. The protagonist got the shaft and replaced by a far worse actor and character, the ambigious aliens ("Taelons") became ultra-evil, the storylines turned from "X-Files"-style conspiracy into standard over-used sci-fi fare: Alternative dimensions and time travel, and then became completely idiotic: In some episodes the Taelons become coke-heads, and the way to harvest their drug is putting people into camps where they feed them some herb which they extract later painfully from them again. In another episode they dump radioactive waste from their space ship into the atmosphere, in another they turn into some random monsters.. unbelievable bullshit, not even campy, just BAD. Way worse than S3 of TP. And as I said, it was a great show before. At least Lynch and Frost had the excuse of a 25 years gap, while S1 and S2 of Earth were just months apart.
Here are some posts from the newsgroup of the show from back in the day, it all reads very familiar!
My lifeforce being drained by watching EFC
I've noticed that after watching an episode from the second season my energy
level is nearly depleted. I've even tried recording an episode and
watching it later, but with the same results. Could it be the result of
poor writing, acting, direction? Maybe it's the result of all these
problems and a few more yet to be mentioned.
Wow I'm new here.... but I guess they screwed up the show.
I really stopped paying attention after the second season. I was
PISSED that they got rid of Boone.
Am I alone in the belief that the show looked great up until the last
episode of the first season? I was so into it! I had high hopes for
at least a six year run. They really screwed the pooch on this one.
I could barely watch it since then. I watch just for laughs now. How
many of the original characters are still on the show. HA HA But now
to replace a replacement! WOW that's really stupid.
That wonder of television, the weekly reset switch has finally found
What do we have in season 2?
parallel dimensions entered through mechanical accidents
permanent polymorphs of characters that magically turn un-permanent
superbeings that go from conception to full growth in a matter of
Every one of these (terrible) concepts a common thread in Star
Trek:TNG or any of its spin-offs. Did Rick Berman somehow sneak onto
the E:FC staff.
What *was* the best thing on television, that I couldn't miss, has
quickly gone to what happened last night: I tuned in 10 minutes late
(and really didn't care that I had) and didn't tell my kids to keep it
down when they came in the house. There wasn't any dialog worth
I stopped watching EFC about halfway through season 2. I really enjoyed the
show throughout the first season - I found it insightful and intriguing,
focused on the human character rather than action sequences and special
effects. Admittedly, this doesn't appeal to everybody. Kevin Kilner's Boone
was the emotional center of the show, showcasing the conflict between the
benefits and detractions of Taelon presence. When he was killed at the
beginning of season 2 I was shocked and dismayed, but not nearly so much as I
was by the ridiculous plotlines and general writing that followed. I can't
blame it on Robert Leeshock because the show overall graduated from acceptably
farfetched sci-fi to ridiculously implausible.
OMG! That was bad. Ridiculous. Vile. Repugnant. Hideous. Take your
pick. Abomination pretty much sums it up.
This show needs to get it's act together.