5 New Fall and Mid-Season Sci-fi and Fantasy Shows That Excite Me

The Tomorrow People, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Almost Human, Resurrection

Those of you that have read my column know I am a geek. Whenever the networks announce new shows, I search for sci-fi and fantasy programs, and then put them on my watch list. Good quality sci-fi and fantasy is hard to come by, and I feel an obligation to watch these shows to encourage the networks to continue to make them.

Of course, this does not mean I have no standards at all! But, I am perhaps a bit more lenient with this genre of program than I am with others. And as is true with a movie trailer, TV trailers show you the best parts of the program, so it is easy to be fooled. I have not seen the pilot of any of these shows, so I am just going by the description and the trailer to make my decisions. Once the show premieres, I reserve the right to change my mind!

I found eleven new fall and mid-season shows that would be classified sci-fi or fantasy. I see five that really excite me. Hopefully they will garner a large enough audience to survive the brutal cuts that happen early each season. The remaining six are listed briefly at the bottom for completeness.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC (Sept. 24)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast

Yes, I love The Avengers movie. Yes, I love Firefly. Yes, I am one of those Whedonites. Really, of all the new fall shows; I think this is the one I am awaiting with the most anticipation.

For those of you that are interested, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. I really am curious to see how Colson will be alive, after dying in the movie, and from what I have read, there is a mystery and unanswered questions surrounding this!

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – ABC (Oct. 10)

Alice and Cyrus - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

I enjoy watching the parent program Once Upon a Time. It has unexpected twists on familiar stories, which makes watching it a lot of fun. Viewers spend time guessing who the characters are before their identity is revealed.

I expect that this spin-off, in which Alice tumbles down the familiar rabbit hole, will bring the same entertainment value to my screen. I have read there will also be crossover episodes with Once Upon a Time, since these two programs exist in the same universe.

Resurrection – ABC (Midseason – TBA)

Resurrection cast

What would you do if someone you thought was long dead suddenly appeared at your door? Add to that shock another one – that person is also the same age they were when they died!

I adore a good mystery, and it seems this show will be asking some very fundamental questions and exploring some really intense human emotions and beliefs! Plus, there are secrets, including what exactly happened to the young boy who turns up alive.

Almost Human – Fox (Nov. 4)

Almost Human cast

Fangirl moment – I love both Karl Urban and Michael Ealy! Karl – well, can you say Dr. McCoy *and* Eomer? That is enough to send a fangirl squealing! Michael was on the short lived series Common Law, a show I always watched and mourned its early demise, and as it turns out, he is a local boy to where I currently live!

The premise of this show is a human police officer has an android partner. The android, not unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Data, seeks to become more human. And, the human cop is supposedly “less human” than the android. I think this is a great way to explore our humanity.

The Tomorrow People – CW (Oct. 9)

The Tomorrow People cast

The typical demographic sought by the CW is a lot younger than I. Because of this, a great deal of their programming does not appeal to me. However, there are some major standouts that I love, specifically Supernatural and Arrow.

The Tomorrow People is getting a lot of buzz, with other people excited about it too. The premise is that this group of teens is the next step in human evolution, genetically advanced. Sounds like X-Men and Alphas, actually, but from what I have read, it is done well. Of course, it does not hurt that Robbie Amell stars – he is Stephen’s cousin, and can I just ask, any other boys in this family? Talk about genetics.

The Other 6

Star Crossed – CW (Midseason – TBA)

Think Romeo and Juliet, except the girl is human, and the boy an alien. Can their young love survive?

Intelligence – CBS (Midseason – Feb. 24)

On this program, a chip is implanted in the brain of a government agent. This chip gives him abilities beyond the norm. Of course, this agent needs someone to keep him in line, and probably to make sure the enemy does not capture him, so they team him up with a non chip bearing partner.

The 100 – CW (Midseason – TBA)

After a nuclear war, all of earth’s survivors live on a space station. A group of 100 juvenile delinquent teens is sent to earth to see if it can be re-inhabited.

Dracula – NBC (Oct. 25)

The infamous vampire is in London, posing as an American entrepreneur trying to bring modern day science to Victorian England. In reality, he is planning to get his revenge on the folks (or their descendants?) who ruined his life centuries before. Then he meets a woman who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife, which of course complicates things!

Sleepy Hollow – Fox (Sept. 16)

Ichabod Crane comes to life in modern day New York, and go figure, helps investigate mysterious beheadings!

Witches of East End – Lifetime (Oct. 6)

Set on modern day Long Island, this is the story of a mom and her two grown daughters. The problem is that the daughter’s do not know they are the next generation of witches in the family!


What do you think of these shows? Do you see any that interest you? Do you plan to watch these shows when they premiere? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!