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Top 10 Sci-fi Westerns Part 2

Continuing the Top 10 Sci-fi Westerns list...
5. Outland (movie) - 
Sean Connery must weigh his thankless job against family (good-looking wife and son who is too dorky-looking to be believable as from Connery's hallowed loins) and survival. Of course he chooses the option where he must face down a team of assassins at high-noon on a mining station on Io, one of Jupiter's moons). No cowboy hats or six-shooters, but it is very much a wild west type of scenario where the new Sheriff must deal with the land baron's evil henchmen and the townsfolk and deputies won't lift a finger to help, and there's space heroin and exploding heads... Okay that last part doesn't happen so much. I still enjoy seeing this one every once in a while. Connery is always awesome and best slomo head explosions ever (other contenders - The Fly II and Scanners)!!4. The Wild, Wild West (television NOT the movie!) - When I was quite the youngun' I would flip the channel on this show th…

Top 10 Sci-fi Westerns Part 1

Of the genre combinations, this is not one that readily comes to mind (such as the ever popular Slasher/Romantic Comedy crossover). My favorite crossover might be Horror/Comedy with SF/Horror a close second, but some really great SF just happens to have Western themes. Check out my top ten. It was originally five, but then I remembered 5 more: 10. Westworld (movie) - About a theme park that uses A.I. androids to show guests "a good time" in different worlds created to simulate space travel, ancient Rome, the Age of Chivalry, and the wild west. Unfortunately, a good time means being massacred by androids. Some great moments in this flick and Yul Brynner is the baddest android gunslinger badass ever, but takes too long to get going. This could use a remake, but avoid the sequel like the Black Death if you know what's good for ya'. Look for the late Majel Barrett Roddenberry in one of her few non-Trek roles.9. Star Trek: The Original Series "Spectre of t…