It's no secret: The best sci-fi is sexy. Take Starbuck and Apollo. Or Mulder and Scully. Or Sookie and Bill.
As the new year begins, SCI FI Wire heats things up with the eight sexiest sci-fi moments of 2008. Here's to an even sexier '09! (Some spoilers ahead!)
1) Angelina Jolie towels off. Of course we've seen Jolie's bare body before--even animated, a la Beowulf--but not like her uber-tattooed battle-weary yet taut self in this year's hit comic-book movie Wanted. Emerging from the healing bath in this twisted superhero saga, Jolie showed that her post-baby body remains as sleek as when she was Lara Croft. The fraternity of assassins has this magical waxy water that heals any wounds incurred on a mission. As if they needed to explain why they had Jolie toweling off her firm, um, assets. (There's also something for the ladies in this movie, in the form of an improbably buff James McAvoy.)
2) Sookie and Bill do the horizontal mambo, vampire style. In HBO's steamy True Blood, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) have the sexiest moment in a show full of sexy moments. Their scene has everything for romantic vampire lovers: Sookie's running through the fields in a flowing white dress, the manly monster sweeping her off her feet, fireside lovemaking, bare fangs and bare neck. Did we mention that HBO is R-rated?
3) Kate and Sawyer's Goodbye Kiss. In the season-four finale of ABC's Lost, the chopper runs low on fuel, and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) sacrifices his one chance at escape to save the others. But before he does, he whispers something into Kate's (Evangeline Lilly) ear then lays a big wet one on her. Demonstrating again that they have the best lip chemistry on network TV.
4) Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. In this summer's megahit Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow's Potts share some of the sharpest romantic back and forth since Bogart and Bacall, particularly while dancing. And what about that backless dress? Nothing happens this time around, but we hear there's a sequel in the works.
5) Super Suresh and Maya. On NBC's Heroes, science is sexy. After injecting himself with the formula drawn from Maya's (Dania Ramirez) blood, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) beats up some thugs, then returns to the lab for Maya. He flexes his pecs, rips off her shirt (too bad they don't wear bodices anymore) and makes passionate love, in the name of science, of course. Good thing they got to business before he grew those nasty scales.
6) Scully and Mulder finally together. In last summer's sequel film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, we see that Mulder and Scully have wound up sharing a house. Sure, we figured that would happen eventually, and the movie wasn't so great. But we're sure it was like catnip to the Mulder-Scully shippers out there. The depth of their relationship is captured in their final kiss.
7) Ned and Chuck find new uses for plastic wrap. ABC's charming and lamented Pushing Daisies found lots of ways to tease viewers with a romance between two people who can't touch. This is our favorite, in which Ned (Lee Pace) and Chuck (Anna Friel) give new meaning to the phrase "sealed with a kiss."
8) Cain and Gina fraternize. Creators of SCI FI's Battlestar Galactica revealed the backstory between Adm. Cain (Michelle Forbes) and Gina (Tricia Helfer) in the telefilm Razor. Let's just say hell hath no fury like a lesbian cyborg scorned. But before the denouement, there was plenty of tantalizing seduction.
(Runner-up: The much-hyped if anticlimactic man-kiss between Lt. Gaeta (Allessandro Juliani) and Lt. Hoshi (Brad Dryborough) in "Face of the Enemy", the Battlestar webisodes now running on SCIFI.COM.)
Honorable Mention: The existence of Zombie Strippers. Just the fact that somebody made this movie is awesome and sexy. The fact that it's an intelligent political allegory is phenomenal. In the future, when lap dances are banned by George W. Bush's fourth term, a zombie outbreak infects the performers at a black-market strip club. Turns out super zombie-powered naked chicks can work a pole even harder! They also analyze the philosophical implications of their existence, so we love the zombie strippers for their minds, too.