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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.

Jeremiah Here is what you can watch in November, but first this.

When is a TV show science fiction? The most obvious answer is when it is set in outer space. By that criterion, the only current SF on TV is Star Trek Enterprise, Stargate SG-1, and Andromeda. Stories set in the future, add Jeremiah to the list. Stories about super-powers, add Smallville. Then, in the fantasy realm, we have stories about vampires and other supernatural beings. Add Angel. There are some TV shows I would classify as religious fiction, but that seems a whole 'nother genre. Anime and animated super-heroes -- again a different genre. I'll only mention the very best. Have you been watching Trigun (at 1 A.M. on the Cartoon Network, right before Cowboy Bebop)? If not, give the adventures of Vash the Stampede a try.

From this list, Jeremiah is far and away the best, followed by Superboy, while Enterprise has sunk to number three. The only character on Angel I find interesting is Spike, but even when they attempt classic Spike dialogue, what seemed fresh and appealing on Buffy seems forced on Angel. There was one interesting conversation between Spike and Angel, sitting on a sofa side by side, talking about how much they hated one another. But after Smallville, I usually turn off the TV and read a book. And I catch the Saturday rerun of Enterprise.

After mid-November, many TV shows are either pre-empted by holiday specials or air reruns. The shows marked below with a * may not air until January.

Note there are two new Jeremiah episodes back to back on October 31 and two more on Nov 7. Seems like Showtime is in a hurry to get Jeremiah over and done with. Fine by me. The sooner Showtime finishes with Jeremiah, the sooner I am finished with Showtime.

November:
Andromeda Monday, Nov 3
Andromeda, "Soon the Nearing Vortex"
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Smallville, "Yesterday" by Brian Peterson. "Jor-el."
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Angel, "A Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco" by Jeffrey Bell
Friday, Nov 7
Jeremiah, "The Mysterious Mr. Smith" by J. Michael Straczinski
Friday, Nov 7
Jeremiah, "Voices in the Dark" by J. Michael Straczinski
Saturday, Nov 8
Enterprise, "Twilight" by Mike Sussman
* Monday, Nov 10
Andromeda, "Spider's Stratagem"
Smallville * Wednesday, Nov 12
Smallville, "Magnetic" by Holly Harold
Wednesday, Nov 12
Angel, "Lineage" by Drew Goddard
* Friday, November 14
Jeremiah, "Crossing Jordan" by J. Michael Straczinski
Saturday, Nov 15
Enterprise, "North Star" by David A. Goodman
* Monday, Nov 17
Andromeda, "Machinery of the Mind"
* Wednesday, Nov 19
Smallville, "Shattered" by Kenneth Biller (Voyager writer)
Enterprise Wednesday, Nov 19
Angel, "Destiny" by Steven S. Deknight and David Fury
* Friday, Nov 21
Jeremiah, "Running on Empty" by J. Michael Straczinski
* Saturday, Nov 22
Enterprise, "Similitude" by Manny Coto (Odyssey 5 writer)
* Monday, Nov 24
Andromeda, "Conduit to Destiny"
* Wednesday, Nov 26
Smallville, "Asylum" by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer
* Friday, Nov 28
Jeremiah, "The Question" by J. Michael Straczinski
* Saturday, Nov 29
Enterprise, "Carpenter Street"

And I'm sure you'll be watching those three minute Star Wars shorts on the Cartoon Network. Still no air date announced for the delayed eighth season of Stargate SG-1.

Copyright © 2003 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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