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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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2009
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Time magazine picked Battlestar Galactica as one of the ten best television series of 2009, and the Dollhouse episode "Briar Rose" as one of the best episodes. But for these shows and others, the number of viewers fell off rapidly as episodes aired. There are a lot of people who want to watch good science fiction, but television isn't giving them what they want.

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As the first half of another TV season winds to a close, Rick offers his thoughts on what he was watching and what caught his attention. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in December.

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There was a time when science fiction meant something new, different, original. Now, too often, science fiction means something old, familiar, predictable. Now, too often, science fiction means a remake of an old tv series. Rick offers his thoughts on V and The Prisoner.

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Rick has been thinking about the state of SF on TV and who writes the series. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in November.

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Surrogates is a routine but entertaining Bruce Willis vehicle, mundane science fiction about a world where 90 percent of humanity lives through surrogates, pretty robots who transmit their senses and sensations to dormant humans.

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Rick, like many of us, spent some time in late September watching the new season of SF on TV for new series and those returning for another year. He looks at Smallville, FlashForward, Heroes and Dollhouse. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in October.

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Caprica, a prequel to Battlestar Galactica set more than fifty years before the age of the Battlestars, is currently only out on DVD. It will come to television in 2010, as the pilot of a new series. The DVD of Dollhouse contains two episodes that were never shown on television, both on disk three, "Echo" and "Epitaph One." Both include a few scenes that were aired in other episodes.

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Rick takes a look at the movie, District 9, and the TV series, Defying Gravity. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in September.

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Space travel is back. Moon, by Duncan Jones and Nathan Parker, is about an astronaut on a mining outpost on the far side of the Moon. The other new space travel story in a visual medium is the television series Defying Gravity by James D. Parriott.

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Most people watch television to move themselves painlessly a few hours closer to death. There was a time when television could produce the same excitement, delight, or deep contentment found in music, books, movies, and games. Then came incessant pop-up commercials. Rick offers his thoughts on Torchwood, Children of Earth, Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead, Warehouse 13 and the Eureka episode, "Your Face or Mine."

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Last month Rick said there was no SF on television this summer. But there is always some, if you look hard enough. He found Doctor Who, Merlin and Primeval, all UK series. Then there is Warehouse 13 plus Virtuality by Ronald D. Moore. He also found out where where each genre series fell in the official rankings of the 2008-2009 network TV season.

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Rick offers some advice for the summer.

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And another TV season winds to a close. Rick offers his thoughts on what he was looking forward to watching and what caught his attention. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in May.

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Like many, Rick is having some concerns over the use of "imaginary stories" where the past gets changed. Many series, like Witchblade and Dallas, have used the plot device. So don't get Rock started on Heroes, where it seems everything that happens is either a dream, a hoax, or an imaginary story -- or all three at once. Some say that Heroes, like Smallville, has blown up the refrigerator. Rick still has hope. Is there a script doctor in the house?

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Rick offers his thoughts on what he enjoys in the way of SF on TV. Given a choice, he prefers quality over quantity. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in April.

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Rick offers his thoughts on the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica this month. He looks at viewership and renewal of SF series and whether there will be a Babylon 5 movie. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in March.

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Rick has some thoughts on the second part of the 2008-2009 TV season beginning with the fate of Smallville, how Friday night is a sinkhole and will it kill Terminator and Dollhouse. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in February.

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Again this year, Rick offers his movie predictions for what is coming and is worth seeing in 2009 (based entirely on the reputation of the writers).

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Rick has some conclusions on how the first half went now that we measure out our television in half seasons. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in January and a hint of what February has to offer.

2008
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Rick continues his look at TV writers. He has some thoughts on Tim Kring and Heroes and the recent decision to bring in Bryan Fuller (of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Voyager, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies fame) as a consultant.

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Rick has been thinking about the questions raised on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the likely future of Heroes. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in December.

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Rick continues his look at TV writers. This time, he mentions those currently making a major contribution to genre television shows like Doctor Who, Smallville and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He also has a word or two about A Quantum of Solace.

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Rick has been enjoying Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Heroes. He has not been enjoying Fringe or Smallville. A peek at Life on Mars has raised some comparisons to the original UK version. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in November.

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Rick takes a look at writers -- J. Michael Straczinski, Joss Whedon, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga and Tim Kring -- and how their visions of SF on TV has changed the small screen along with where they have continued to ply their trade.

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The new seasons of Smallville and Heroes have premiered. Rick enjoyed parts of Smallville and he really liked Heroes. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in October.

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So far this month, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe have aired. Rick enjoyed one and he was bored by the other. He has some thoughts on why he enjoys SF on TV and what catches his fancy.

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It is time once again for Rick's annual Fall Preview of TV shows. He predicts those he thinks will have a full season. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in September.

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Rick doesn't plan on reviewing The X-Files: I Want to Believe and has some notes on Jeremiah. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in August.

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Rick blew the money he got teaching summer school on a new TV. He bought a Toshiba 52X55OU television and a Denon DVD 2500BTCi Blu-Ray player. He already has a good sound system and an all-region DVD player. He added HD cable with DVR. So, was it money well spent?

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Rick has been watching The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, now out on DVD. The quality of this series is uneven, depending largely on how much involvement George Lucas has with a particular episode. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in July.

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Rick has some thoughts on the first half of Battlestar Galactica Season 4. And he has questions that he hopes the writers will address in the second part of the show's last season.

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Rick speculates on why shows like Smallville and Battlestar Galactica have such low viewership numbers along with which shows returning later this summer. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in June.

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Jerome Bixby wrote for Twilight Zone, an early version of Fantastic Voyage and the original Star Trek. When Rick learned about Jerome Bixby's Man from Earth, the faithful filming of his last script, he had some thoughts on it.

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Rick has some thoughts on Battlestar Galactica so far and how the length of a TV series has changed over the years. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in May.

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Rick has some thoughts on Dr. Who, and the Dr. Who spinoffs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. All three begin their run on American TV in April. He also has some notes on new shows by Ronald D. Moore and by Joss Whedon on Fox coming this Fall.

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Rick has some thoughts on the return of Battlestar Galactica for one final season and what sort of year Smallville is having. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in April.

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Rick offers his thoughts on believing everything he reads such as the start of the next season of Stargate: Atlantis, some of the points made in the book, The World Is Flat, whether climate change is a hoax and did Barak Obama attend a madrasa. He also found time to see to see 10,000 A.D. and to do a DVD review of Slings & Arrows.

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The writer's strike is over. The networks are spacing out the shows they have to try to cover the gap due to the strike, so there is very little SF on TV. But what there is, Rick gives us a list of what to watch in March.

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Again this year, Rick offers his movie predictions for what is worth seeing in 2008 (based entirely on the reputation of the writers) and reflects upon his predictions for 2007.

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Rick offers his thoughts on where the strike by writers stands and what may happen before it ends. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in February.

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With the dearth of SF on TV, Rick has some thoughts on Sunshine, a movie directed by Danny Boyle along with the first two episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and how it fits into the branches of the Terminator saga.

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Rick has some news on new episodes of Smallville and Torchwood along with reviews of Battlestar Galactica: Razor and The Water Horse, Legend of the Deep.

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