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Babylon 5.1
by 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. Visit his web site at comicsrevue.com.

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.

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Babylon 5.1 Columns

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2014
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Instead of reviewing "The Day of the Doctor," and risking spoiling some of the fun, Rick has a word or two for those of you who have not watched Doctor Who, or who have watched a few episodes and dismissed Doctor Who as low budget trash. Some of Doctor Who is low budget trash, and even the recent big-budget New Doctor Who includes some stinkers. On the other hand, Doctor Who has won six "best drama" Hugo Awards, so it must be doing something right.

2013
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The Fall season is sputtering to a start, the first season in his life when Rick has chosen to give up the ability to watch tv shows on, like, you know, television. He's glad he did. Not buying cable tv saves more than $80 per month. In most cases, he watches using his WII, sometimes he use his Game Cube. He's l ooking forward to watching what's coming in September.

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Has there ever been a month with so little genre television? Did Rick miss some shows? If he did, please let him know. Meanwhile, he plans to spend August playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, according to some the hardest computer game ever.

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The current issue of Entertainment Weekly lists their pick of the 100 greatest tv shows of all time. They do justice to genre shows: #8 Buffy, the Vapire Slayer, #13 The Twilight Zone, #24 Lost, #29 The X-Files, #41 Twin Peaks, #65 Doctor Who. Rick also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in July.

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The big news for June is the return of Falling Skies, a summer-time series Rick has enjoyed for the past two summers and he is looking forward to it again. Falling Skies, like almost all sf on television, is not real science fiction, in the sense that Doctor Who is real science fiction, but rather is an adventure series with one or two genre tropes, in this case the old chestnut about human resistance fighters after aliens conquer of Earth. Rick also gives those of us who will a list of what SF is on TV in June.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
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Rick has decided never to watch television ever again. Cable is expensive, commercials are annoying, and the ads inset into the picture during the story are intolerable. The last straw was Doctor Who Season 6b premiere, when BBC America had a "countdown" to the next program throughout the entire show. He also gives those of us who will a list of what SF is on TV in May.

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Revolution is back. There have been several comments about Revolution that miss the point. They say, in effect, that they could make electricity. No. The premise of Revolution is that something inhibits electricity. Solar panels don't work. Alternators don't work. Human brains don't work. Well, maybe we have to give them a pass on that one. Natural electricity still works. Electric eels still work. It is only man-made electricity that doesn't work.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
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Something has changed on television -- programs are being renewed with far fewer viewers than would have been possible even a few years ago. Supernatural has been renewed for a ninth season with about 2.1 million viewers. The Vampire Diaries has been renewed for a fifth season with about 2.9 million viewers. In contrast, Firefly was cancelled for low ratings with 4.5 million viewers. Rick also gives a list of what to watch in March.

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Every year about this time, Rick gives his picks of the upcoming sf and fantasy films, based on the writers. How did he do last year? His picks were: The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Men in Black III, Prometheus, Brave, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-man, Skyfall, Gravity, The Hobbit, Dark Shadows and Cloud Atlas. This year his choices are...

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Rick watched the final episodes of Fringe and Last Resort in January. Both will soon be forgotten. He enjoyed the action-packed ending of Last Resort. The characters and acting are excellent. But it only lasted half a season, and will probably go the way of Defying Gravity. Rick also gives a list of what to watch in February.

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The best tv Rick has watched in recent months, aside from his on-going one-episode-a-night rewatching of Babylon 5, is the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Snowmen". His vote: not as good as previous Christmas Specials. For one thing, Rick is getting tired of the repeated use of the two-word phrase "Doctor who?" Once was great. More than once in every season runs the idea into the ground. Also, in this episode, the Doctor is uncommonly stupid, so much so that viewer will want to yell at him.

2012
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When a new genre television series comes along, Rick usually watches a few episodes, though in some cases, Arrow for example, a few minutes is enough. Then he either signs on or signs off. Sometimes he tells us that he makes a mistake. He gave up too soon on Lost and Heroes, and went back to them on Blu-ray. Sometimes the shows he likes are not to everyone's taste.

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How many fantasy, science fiction, or horror shows are there in the new Fall season? It depends on how you count. If you include animated shows and comedies, at least fifteen. If you only include live action shows with space travel, one. Television science fiction has largely come to mean a show set in the near future with one big idea not very well thought out: aliens land, aliens destroy civilization, aliens move in next door, there's a nuclear war, everybody gets a glimpse of the future, a parallel world is discovered.

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Before he created Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry created a tv series called The Lieutenant, about the peacetime US Marine Corps. It is just out on DVD from Paramount, and it is pretty good. Falling Skies has ended until next Summer. Rick thinks it was the best sf on tv this summer. Rick also gives a list of what to watch in September.

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Rick has read several articles in the news condemning "binge tv viewing" watching an entire season or an entire series non-stop. What impresses him the most is what busy-bodies people are, how much fun people have telling other people what they should and should not do. He once watched the entire Batman movie serial, four and a half hours, back to back. It's one of his happy memories, as watching the first four seasons of Breaking Bad back to back will be a happy memory for the binge viewers.

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Falling Skies is the best sf on tv this Summer, with likable characters and excellent special effects. Rick is disappointed that it, like all of the other alien invasion tv shows before it, doesn't seem to be going anywhere. He had high hopes, after the Season One Finale, that Season Two would up the ante. Rick also gives a list of what to watch in July.

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The good news for June is the return of last Summer's Falling Skies. It is the only sf series in years to hold Rick's interest. There was a brief time, a few years ago, when there was intelligent sf on tv. But Firefly and Defying Gravity were never given a chance to find an audience, yanked from the schedule before all the episodes had aired.

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Best bet for genre tv in May is the second season of Sherlock, which aired in the UK in January. All three episodes come to PBS in May. On the other hand, if you are willing to wait until May 22, you can get whole series on DVD and Blu-ray. It's not really science fiction, but it feels like it is. Rick also gives a list of what to watch in May.

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Rick had high hopes for Touch, because he enjoyed Heroes and admires Tim Kring as a writer, but the pilot episode was so farfetched he doesn't have much hope of it surviving past mid-season, despite an audience of more than twelve million viewers for the premiere. There is an audience for really good science fiction television, but nobody is giving it to them. Rick also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in April.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
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Every year about this time, Rick gives his picks of the upcoming sf and fantasy films, based on the writers. How did he do last year? His picks were: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two and The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn. This year his choices are...

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No tv show in recent months has held Rick's interest, except for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, but he decided to watch a couple of shows written by writers he admires, even though he doesn't particularly like the series. Once Upon a Time, "Skin Deep" by Jane Espenson was much better than average, thanks to a great back story for Mr. Gold, which combines two different fairy tales in a clever way. Rick also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in March.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
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The Doctor Who Christmas Special was the best sf Rick has seen on tv this year, and is a likely winner of the 2011 best sf drama Hugo, short form. While he's waiting for something else good to show up on television, he as been watching all the old good movies in chronological order, starting with Elmo Lincoln in Tarzan of the Apes. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in February.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
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The big, blockbuster science fiction films of the Christmas season aren't science fiction at all. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tin Tin have the splashy special effects that suggest sf, without any sf story elements. They also lack characters you care about and interesting ideas. They are entertaining. Rick also tells us what's SF on TV in January.

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Copyright © 1998-2004 by Rick Norwood


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