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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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Babylon 5.1 Columns

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2011
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Falling Skies and Torchwood, while not deathless classics, held Rick's interest to the end. Terra Nova did not. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't hold his interest. He is still watching Sanctuary, but if it wants to keep him as a viewer, it needs to start making sense.

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Rick enjoyed the first fifteen minutes. The rest not so much. He was bored by the rebellious teen. The pretty girl who knows science and the adorable pre-teen were OK. None of the dialogue sounds like anything a human being might say in similar circumstances. But characterization is not what people tuned in to Terra Nova to see. As well, Rick gives us a list of what SF is on TV in October.

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Rick gives us a list of those SF TV shows that have caught his attention recently. They include Doctor Who, followed by Torchwood. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in September.

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Rick is back from Comic-Con where he heard Kevin Smith ask William Shatner if he was coming out of the closet, heard J. Michael Straczinski rate himself a 6 or a 7 to Alan Moore's 10 and attended comics fandom's fiftieth anniversary reunion. One thing he didn't do was to see any movies.

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Falling Skies is the best new science fiction tv show since 2009's Defying Gravity, which was also a Summer series. Defying Gravity was cancelled half-way through its first season. Rick hopes Falling Skies has a longer run.

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Two new genre tv shows premiere this month. The first, Teen Wolf, has already aired. It is roughly a half hour of typical teen high jinks with about eight minutes of werewolf spliced in. Falling Skies premieres June 19. Aliens conquer Earth. Humans fight back.

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For most of his life, Rick claims there has only been one really good science fiction series on television: Star Trek. The last two decades brought half a dozen more, starting in 1993 with Babylon 5 and The X-Files. Now that Smallville has ended, the only new show he really looks forward to is Doctor Who.

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The first two weeks in May brought us the season finale of Fringe and the series finale of Smallville. The end of Smallville was worth watching. If you have not seen these episodes but plan to, stop reading now.

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Fringe is better than Smallville, though Smallville used to be great when Al Gough and Miles Miller were writing it. Sanctuary is better than Fringe. But now Doctor Who is back. And Doctor Who is so much better than any other genre show on television that it makes Rick ashamed to have praised the others. Doctor Who is really good. As good as Firefly. As good as Babylon 5...

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Doctor Who returns April 23. Rick missed listing it in the April issue, so here is a list of the episodes announced so far in the new season.

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The big news in April is the beginning of the new HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy series by George R.R. Martin. HBO has a good reputation for doing things right, and fans of the books can be thankful that HBO bought them instead of SyFy.

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Each year Rick predicts which genre films will be best, based on the people who write the screenplay, people who have more to do with how good a film is than anyone else, people largely neglected by the popular media. According to the IMDB, 102 science fiction movies will be released in 2011 and 92 fantasy movies. Most will never make it to your local multiplex. Most will not be worth seeing. A random example: Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong, written by August White, who also wrote the first two Evil Bong movies.

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Rick watched episodes of Being Human, Primeval and The Vampire Diaries but it was other series that held his interest. He also combed through his movie predictions for 2010 (based on how good the writers are) and it holds a few surprises.

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Being Human is a horror comedy series based on a British show of the same title about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who share an apartment. It debuted on SyFy in January to an audience in the two million viewer range. This would get a series cancelled on network television, but for SyFy it's huge. See when it and other SF series on TV will be broadcast in February.

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Caprica has ended. The next installment of the Battlestar Galactica story will be set at a time between the end of Caprica and the start of BSG. Rick found the last five episodes, which aired back to back on January 4, moderately enjoyable. The ending was more fun than some of the earlier episodes.

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Rick offers his thoughts the comings and goings of TV series in January 2011 including Doctor Who, "A Christmas Carol," Stargate Universe, Medium, V, Primeval and the final five episodes of Caprica.

2010
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Rick took a break from watching old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies to watch the two six-hour Sci-Fi Channel Dune movies. He'd seen and enjoyed them when they first aired. They hold up well on a second viewing, thanks to excellent acting, scripts by John Harrison that are mostly true to the books, outstanding musical scores, and special-effects that aren't bad.

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December is the cruelest month, at least as far as new content on television goes. Even if you watch everything, there are only 14 new episodes airing. Rick's recommendations: Smallville, Sanctuary, and Doctor Who.

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Rick offers his thoughts on Battlestar Galactica direct to DVD movie The Plan. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in November.

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Rick has found a Fall TV show he really likes: Sanctuary. Actually, this is the third season of the show. It has appealing, exotic characters, interesting scripts, and -- something you don't often see these days -- good music and good art direction. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in November.

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Rick has been watching a lot of television this month, as hehas done every Fall since he was a child. He always hopes that the new Fall tv season will produce new delights, and usually it does. But not this October.

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Rick watched the premiere of the tenth and final season of Smallville, and while the writers try very hard, only a few seconds really thrilled him. On the other hand, a few thrilling seconds are better than an hour of mild entertainment. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in October.

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This month the 2010 Fall Season starts late, as the networks vie to see which one can offer the least content with the most advertising, and more and more people bypass the ads entirely using downloads and DVRs. It's impossible to guess what the future of television will be like, but fun to try.

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In his mid-July column, Rick offered a list of the ten best sf movies before Stanley Kubrick's monumental sf trilogy, and wondered what modern moviegoers made of such ancient fare. These films still have some popularity, since all are available on DVD and can be ordered from Netflix. The response led him to wonder about the demographics of SF Site, and of science fiction generally.

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The current season of Doctor Who came to a satisfactorily mind-blowing end, with the threat that the universe would be, not just destroyed, but caused never to have existed at all. The Doctor faces down all of the villains he has ever encountered armed, as usual, with nothing more than his wits.

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From time to time Rick wonders what people born after Star Wars think of old science fiction movies. A case can be made for consigning to the dustheap every SF film made before Stanley Kubrick's three blockbusters, Dr. Strangelove in 1964, 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, and A Clockwork Orange in 1971.

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It has been a slow summer for SF on TV so Rick has been watching DVDs of series including Defying Gravity and Fraggle Rock. On TV, Warehouse 13 and Eureka return. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in July.

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Rick offers his thoughts on the new Doctor Who, on the end of Lost and what shows will be returning in the Fall. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in June.

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According to the IMDB, 2010 will see the release of 83 science fiction films and 64 fantasy films, most of which you don't really want to know about. For example, there's Mars, by Jeff Marslett, whose previous work includes Milton is a Shitbag. Here are some that look interesting.

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Is the island sentient? If not, why do people keep saying, "The island wants this." "The island wants that." Are Jacob and the Man in Black good and evil? Order and chaos? Two players in a cosmic game? Will the ending of Lost be the Titanic ending or the 2001: A Space Odyssey ending or the 1940s South Sea Island ending?

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Every year Rick predicts the best movies, based on the writers, not the director or the stars. A month from now, he'll do that for 2010. He listed thirty genre films in 2009, not counting talking gerbil movies. One 2008 movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, wasn't released until 2009. One 2009 movie, The Illuminati: Out of Chaos Comes Order, won't be released until 2010. He saw 16 of the films listed, plus Imaginarium.

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The creators of V and FlashForward hoped the shows would come back strong after their long hiatus, and ABC gave them a lot of ad play, especially during Lost. Smallville and Fringe have been renewed and will return in the Fall. Rick gives us highlights of what SF is on TV in April.

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FlashForward and V will return sooner than expected. Clips from old episodes of FlashForward will air March 16, with new episodes March 18 and 25. Clips from old episodes of V will air March 23, with a new episode March 30. ABC is heavily promoting both shows, and promising to reveal lots of secrets.

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When Lost first aired, Rick watched a few episodes, but it did not hold his interest. There were too many flashbacks, vignettes about the characters, with no sf content. But he did watch each season finale and each season premiere, and after they announced that the current season, Season Six, would be the last, he watched all of Season Five. Now Rick is hooked.

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The TV reviewer for Entertainment Weekly and Rick have very different tastes. He likes Caprica and gave a recent episode of Smallville an A. Not Rick. He's also not a big fan of horror movies, but he does have a soft spot in his head for the Universal monsters. The remake of The Wolf Man, now titled The Wolfman, gives him occasion to mention the Universal films.

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The big news in February is the premiere of the sixth and final season of Lost. It was reported that President Obama moved his State of the Union Address so as not to conflict with that much awaited event, which takes place February second.

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Rick also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in January when Dollhouse ends, Heroes, Fringe, and Smallville return. Since Dollhouse is ending, the writers are free to send it out with a bang. Smallville, on the other hand, would be ending with a whimper -- except it's not ending. As for Heroes...

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