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by Rick Norwood

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Ratings
Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Ther is lots to watch in May: the first season finale of Enterprise, and the series finale of The X-Files and Roswell, plus new episodes of Jeremiah by J. Michael Straczinski, and James Cameron's first directing job since Titanic on Dark Angel. Will any of it be any good? Hope springs eternal.

Wednesday, May 1
Enterprise "Vox Solis" by Fred Dekker, story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Friday, May 3
Dark Angel "Freak Nation" by Ira Steven Behr and Rene Echevarria, story by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, directed by James Cameron, new time, season finale.

Friday, May 3
Jeremiah "Journey's End at Lovers Meeting"

Sunday, May 5
The X-Files "Release" by David Amman

Tuesday, May 7
Roswell "Four Aliens and a Baby" (may be delayed until May 14)

Wednesday, May 8
Enterprise "Fallen Hero" by Chris Black, story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Wednesday, May 8
Enterprise "Desert Crossings" by Andre Bormanis, story by Bormanis, Berman, and Braga. (That's right, two new episodes back to back.)

Friday, May 10
Jeremiah "Thieves' Honor"

Sunday, May 12
The X-Files "Sunshine Days" by Vince Gilligan, the long awaited Brady Bunch crossover

Tuesday, May 14
Roswell "Graduation" (series end) (may be delayed until May 21)

Wednesday, May 15
Enterprise "Two Days and Two Nights", on the Pleasure Planet Risa.

Friday, May 17
Jeremiah "The Touch"

Sunday, May 19
The X-Files "The Truth" by Chris Carter, two-hour series finale

Wednesday, May 22
Enterprise "Shockwave", season finale

Friday, May 24
Jeremiah title not yet announced

Friday, May 31
Jeremiah title not yet announced

Star Trek TV Guide</ Last week's TV Guide magazine had 35 different Star Trek covers -- nice try, guys. I've bought every Star Trek TV Guide since the first one, but I have to draw the line somewhere. Anyone willing to pay some serious money for a really great TV Guide collection should contact me. It's time to sell. On the other hand, their choice of the 35 greatest moments in 35 years of Star Trek television was admirable -- except for the fact that they mention the actors but not the writers. Like it's the actors who make those great moments happen. Still, they didn't leave out any of the must-see moments I thought of before I opened the issue. I only fault them for including Voyager and Enterprise moments, none of which are really among the best.

Dark Angel James Cameron is one of the three best action directors, and so even though Dark Angel has been rather a dud, the episode he directed may be worth watching. Or not. Spielberg directed four episodes of Amazing Stories, none of which are anything special. On the plus side for Dark Angel are the writers, including two of the people who helped make Deep Space Nine so memorable. This is the first time Ira Steven Behr has written for Dark Angel, but Cameron and Charles H. Eglee wrote the pilot, and Rene Echevarria and Eglee wrote five first season episodes, including the first season finale, "...and Jesus Brought a Casserole".

X-Files I find myself looking forward to the series finale of The X-Files with some excitement, but I'm not sure why. How long has it been since Chris Carter wrote a really first rate script? About two years? I liked the sixth season conclusion, "Biogenesis" and the seventh season premiere, "The Sixth Extinction," and thought "Fight Club" was funny, but none of them were really great. The last really great X-Files was the sixth season two-part episode "Two Fathers"/"One Son".

I have not watched much of Roswell, but I'm assuming the conclusion will be written by Ronald D. Moore, and therefore worth watching.

And Jeremiah keeps getting better and better.

Copyright © 2002 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.


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