The 1990s spawned some all-time greats such as Terminator 2, Men in Black and the Matrix. Then there were the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, not to mention cult classics like Twelve Monkeys and the Fifth Element. Unfortunately the decade also included a whole host of cheap rip-offs, films based on cyborgs and the odd sex sci-fi or two....
Total Recall (1990) was one of my favourite film of the 1990s, in fact most of Arnold Schwarzenegger's films were great to watch. Doug Quaid's wife, Lori, was played by the beautiful Sharon Stone who was sexy, a bit sleazy and fit enough to kick Arnie's ass...and here she is all hot and sweaty...
Jennifer Connelly plays Jenny Blake, our hero's girlfriend, who is abducted by the Nazi element in the film The Rocketeer (1991). Set in the 1930s and straight from pulp fiction comic books, Jenny isn't your normal damsel in distress.
One of the toughest sci-fi babes of all was Sarah Connor, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Strong, steely and able to yield any gun you put in her hand, Sarah was hard as nails and she needed to be too! I mean, she was being pursued by none other than a T-1000. Fantastic film, fantastic character, although if I had to comment on one thing, that would be that Linda Hamilton slightly overdid the weights in preparation for the film...
Shapeshifters are common place in the world of sci-fi, and so it isn't at all unlikely that we meet a Chameloid in Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Martia was an inmate of a Klingon penal colony and a very nasty piece of work! I mean, she planned to kill Captain Kirk - can you believe it? Unless I am very much mistaken, the Somalian actress who played Martia, Iman, is married to rock star David Bowie...
Not only did the caped crusader return, but so did catwoman in Batman Returns (1992). The choice of the very hot Michelle Pfeiffer was just purr-fect in the role....possibly the sexiest catwoman of all time? We'll meet her again, so don't make your mind up yet!
A very busy babe in the 1990s was Musetta Vander, appearing in no less than 15 films in the decade. In Oblivian (1994) and its sequel Oblivian 2 (1996), she played Lash, a gothic babe with a whip... say no more. Images of this babe are difficult to find as Lash, and I must admit I haven't actually seen the film (but I WILL!). The film is hilarious (not sure it was meant to be though..) and worth watching for George Takei (Sulu) deliver his "Jim Beam me up" line.
Other credits in the 1990s include Project
Shadowchaser III (1995),
MetalBeast (1995)..(help needed with images and
..and scraping in as sci-fi, lets not forget to mention Queen Sindel in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Now then, time to go BIG! In 1958 we had a 50 foot woman terrorising the streets, but this time we can go even bigger! To be precise a 60 foot woman in the shape of Angel Grace, a centrefold playmate who drank a little too much of a growth potion. Played by JJ North, a regular in exploitation films before entering the world of female wrestling (honest), the movie, Attack of the 60 foot Centrefold (1995), is a poor parody of the 50s original. The girl has a hot body though and well worth looking out for! Warning -the film features semi-nudity (hardly surprising considering the title).
Strangely enough (or is it strange), The Attack of the 50 ft. Woman (1993) was remade for TV as a film in the 1990s, and this time Nancy Archer was played by Darryl Hannah.
Every now and then, as I've said before, I come across a film I had either forgotten or not seen. Either way, it's a pleasurable distraction as a bit of research is needed, which often throws up little gems. Such a gem is the introduction of Angelina Jolie to our site, as Casella "Cash" Reece in Cyborg 2 (1993). Now not only is this film missing from the wiki list, but Jolie is gorgeous in it too. And it's hard to believe that she was only 17 or 18 at the time! The film is available on the internet to watch, but a quick warning about nudity near the start... Cash is a cyborg built for pleasure (remind you of Bladerunner?) who has a liquid in her body which explodes when she orgasms!! Nice way to assassinate someone eh? Anyway - watch it I urge you and you will not be disappointed...
DNA downloaded from an unknown alien civilisation and recreated as a female human who grows at an extraordinary rate results in a sensual and sexy woman who turns into an iron-plated beast intent on sex....Hmm this film has everything you want in sci-fi and a babe and a half in the shape of the most beautiful Natasha Henstridge as Sil in Species (1995) and Eve in Species II (1998). This Canadian actress is gorgeous in both roles, shown below, and a genuine candidate for babe of the decade.
Not on the Wiki list, but classed as sci-fi on IMDb, and not a film I would normally watch, but glad I did, is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995). The reason I am glad is because of the master warrior known as Dulcea. She would wield her staff and sticks as weapons when fighting off enemies, and she has a well-toned body, which is revealed by a skimpy green costume with thigh-length boots. Not many pictures available of Australian Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as the character and its well worth checking out the film just for her brief appearance.
Here's another scantily-clad babe, this time Jeanne Tripplehorn as Helen, a carer for an orphaned child who knows the whereabouts of dry land in Waterworld (1995).
Batman again, but this time Dr. Chase Meridan was the eye-candy in Batman Forever (1995), played by Nicole Kidman.
Both Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) make it as sci-fi on the IMdB, and we saw Queen Sindel earlier. Perhaps better known for her sex appeal, Princess Kitana now needs to be included. Adopted daughter of the evil tyrant and a leading character of the game franchise, she is a kick-ass assassin who later turns to the good side. In the films, she is played by the very beautiful Talisa Soto. It is unfortunate that her role didn't include the martial art training that some actresses are afforded, as her action is limited and somewhat laughable, to be honest. I've included her gaming character for comparison...
The film is due a reboot in 2017, and rumour has it that Megan Fox is due to play Kitana - now that is worth waiting for...
Whilst on the subject of Talisa - she also played the vampire-kiliing err... vampire in Vampirella (1996). She makes the list because of Talisa's overall beauty and sex appeal, but the character is too camp and not at all in my view sexy enough, or at least as could be. The costume is awful and looks like it could have been bought from a market rack!
Interestingly, the comic book character was due to star in a film as far back as 1976 by Hammer, known for their horror films. A number of actresses were cast to play the part, and it was finally accepted by Barbara Leigh, who posed for many stills including this one. Unfortunately the film was never made!
Now, Pamela Anderson is not particularly well known for her sci-fi portfolio, but nevertheless appears as another one of the hottest babes in sci-fi as Barbara "Barb Wire" Kopetski. Warning some nudity in the film, Barb Wire (1996). I've personally seen the film many times, and although Pamela's only award was a Golden Raspberry Award for "worst new star", I can think of a couple of reasons to continue watching it.... There's no doubt that Barb is incredibly sexy and her gun toting, bike riding, ass kicking antics make her a worthwhile candidate, even though the film itself is...well..rubbish..even though the plot is exactly the same as one of my all-time favourite films - Casablanca!
Ok - we haven't seen many aliens in this site, but I think I am going to have to include the Martian girl in Mars Attacks! (1996). Played beautifully by Lisa Marie, she is stunning...and sexy in a weird kind of way...
Batgirl suddenly appeared out of nowhere in Batman and Robin (1997) - even the title doesn't give her away - as Barbara Wilson. Slight problem here, as she was supposed to be Gordon's daughter and not Alfred's niece! Anyway, she was played by Alicia Silverstone.
Shame that she was outdone by Uma Thurman's character, Poison Ivy. Now she oozed with lustfulness, and really didn't need that magic potion to get men to fall in love with her, as I think this image suggests...
And of course we mustn't forget Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend. I suppose if he was as rich as we are led to believe, then it shouldn't surprise us that he could be dating someone as beautiful as Elle McPherson...lucky Bruce!
Earlier we touched on what might be considered to be a perfect woman. another such example is Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997). Played by the very attractive Milla Jovovich, LeeLoo was recreated from the hand of the Fifth Element and ran around in a bizarre and draughty costume..
Before we leave this film, it's worth mentioning a few more of the babes on offer...
..for example the check-in attendant, played by Sophia Goth..or any one of the stewardesses...
Initially I missed Starship Troopers (1997), because I didn't remember any babes in it, but having thought about it again, Dina Meyer, playing the character Dizzy Flores, is probably worthy of inclusion.
Now I have to include Denise Richards as Carmen Ibanez, don't I? There were two other films, released straight into video, so I'll have to watch those as well. More soon, because I know there are one or two babes in them...
I have to confess I am a big fan of Rhona Mitra and didn't know that she was in Beowulf (1999) because I didn't actually see it at the time. I didn't missed much, but as Kyra, daughter of the King, she certainly looks hot in this image from the film.
I've mentioned Sigourney Weaver's role in Galaxy Quest (1999) elsewhere, but lets have an image in the right decade as well...as I just can't get over her as Gwen DeMarco, such a difference...
For me at least the Matrix trilogy was an absolute masterpiece in film, let alone Sci-fi and relentlessly features in my top choices for favourite films. Quite apart from other characters we will meet along the line, it's Trinity in the original Matrix (1999) film that steals the show. Dressed in to-kill black leather, she can fly helicopters, ride bikes and wield guns like no-one else can. Add to that her dazzling martial arts skills (remember her ability to hover in mid-air?), and you've got pretty much all the ingredients for a femme fatale.
Twenty two years on from the original film, Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace (1999) introduced us to a whole new world of adventure, and, more importantly, babes.
Lets start with Amidala/Padme. First we have the very regal and diplomatic Queen Amidala, full of fancy costumes and make-up that would be sufficient for a clown convention. Then we have the early Padme - the servant, but also the queen in disguise. Later in the trilogy of the new era, we have her clad in tight white as a freedom fighter with a laser gun at her disposal. Natalie Portman was only 16 when she was asked to play the role, after 200 different actresses were auditioned, and 18 when the first film was released, which was hard to believe considering her awesome performances, particularly in the earlier films, that made Amidala such a plausible character. I can't make my mind up which persona was the sexiest so lets have a few images to drool over...
Now - I never knew that Kiera Knightly starred as Amidala's decoy double, Sabe! I thought it was a clever CG trick - but no - she REALLY did play her, but her role was kept a secret so that the audiences would not know of the decoy, and so she too must get a mention.
Then there's the Twi'lek twins, Ann Gella and Tann Gella. Something about blue?? Played by real life twins, Nifa and Nishan Hindes, I haven't got a clue which is which...but does it actually matter (I think Ann Gella is on the left)?
To end the films of this decade, here is some pure unadulterated eye-candy. These stills from Beach Babes from Beyond (1993) and Beach babes 2 Cave Girl Island (1995) are genuine sci-fi films. The stills contain some of the most amazing female forms to grace these pages (not a lot of sci-fi in them though).
Own these DVDs today...
The 1990s saw a rapid increase in TV sci-fi series, building on a seemingly unlimited thirst for the genre. So much so that the TV pages will have to go online unfinished whilst I find time to carry out more research. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it!
BABYLON 5 (1994-1998)
Played by Claudia Christian, Susan Ivanova is an ambitious woman, rising quickly in rank over the years from lieutenant commander to Captain. She is a skilled technician and pilot and brave to the extreme.
A more mature babe, Tracy Scoggins, and a last-minute replacement for Ivanova, Captain Elizabeth Lochley shared a troubled background and hard-nosed attitude along with the aforementioned captain. Looking good for 41 though, eh?
I don't know why but Dana Scully never really did it for me. I know there are Gillian Anderson/Scully fans out there so rather than include her in the Film slot, here she is.
EARTH 2 (1994-1995)
We have Bess Martin, played by Rebecca Gayheart.
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999)
Of all the Star Trek series, this one was the most disappointing for me. I didn't really get the characters or the storyline and despite numerous visits by characters from other series, it seemed the most far removed from Gene Roddenberry's original ideas. Even worse, it lacked the babe element . One notable exception is the character Dax, played by Terry Farrell. Dax is in fact a slug-like creature living in the host's abdomen, and the symbiotic relationship creates a creature that is the whole, in this case Jadzia (host) Dax (slug thing). Not so sure now I think about it, but the host is pretty anyway, so lets include her. Interesting to note that the Klingon Worf married Dax - but then Klingons like slugs don't they?
STAR TREK VOYAGER (1995-2001)
Go to the Star Trek Special page >>
WEIRD SCIENCE (1994-1997)
A spin-off from the Film of the same name with Vanessa Angel replacing Kelly LeBrock as Lisa, a sort of computer-generated, perfect woman genie...and you know something - I prefer her to Kelly...
SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND (1995-1996)
Another great sci-fi TV series that was axed far too early...but luckily it's back on the TV so I'll watch it and add to the site...here's Kristen Cloke as marine Shane Vansen for starters.
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (1997-2002)
Jayne Heitmeyer played Renee Palmer in this Gene Roddenberry-inspired series.
Oh decisions, decisions.... I couldn't get enough of Lexx at the time and when the original Zev Bellringer, Eva Habbermann, was replaced, many feared the worst, but no problem because in stepped Xenia Seeberg, one gorgeous German babe for another, and hey presto - two babes for the price of one... I can't make up my mind who is the sexiest of the two and after over 10 years of thinking about it, I still can't decide. There's Zev with her golden locks and voluptuous body, or Xev with her luscious lips and snake-skin clothes and her.. uh voluptuous body...ohh lets have both!
STARGATE SG-1 (1997-2007)
Originally scripted as a guest character, Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran, didn't enter the series until the 8th season in 2004, by which time Farscape had finished filming, and she became a regular member of the cast by 2006. Sexy and mischievous, intelligent and vibrant, she soon became one of the stars of the show and went on to win a Best Actress Saturn award and also a Constellation award for Best Female Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction (which she won again two years later).
Meanwhile, Claudia was appearing on our TV screens as Aeryn Sun, a cold and sometimes emotionless peace-keeping soldier-turned assassin. Handy with weapons of all sorts, I certainly wouldn't mess with her...
Chiana is a Nebari, a monochromatic species gifted with acrobatic skills and whom later develops the ability to see the present and future in slow motion. She is a thief and liar, with a high level of promiscuity. Played by Gigi Edgley, Australian also, she comes across as a bit sleazy, but almost always fun.
Raelee Hill as the intelligent and arrogant Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu, who possesses the ability to fire energy from her body - wow!
We get two redheads in a row (unusual for sci-fi babes, really) as we meet Jool, or more correctly, Joolushko Tunai Fenta Hovalis, played by Tammy McIntosh, as a sexy and fiery academic.
LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1993-1997)
We met Terri Hatcher earlier in a Star Trek role, but here she played Lois Lane for 4 years.
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