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Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

What to watch on TV in June? Nothing at all. Choose a good book and head for the beach. (I recommend the Long Sun -- Short Sun series by Gene Wolfe, now available in omnibus volumes from SF Book Club. While you're there, pick up H. Beam Piper's Paratime series omnibus. Tell'em SF Site sent you.)

As you know, both Star Trek and The X-Files are renewed for next season, with a Babylon 5 movie a sure thing and a new series about the Rangers a possibility. The new Star Trek will be titled Enterprise, and will be about a Kirk clone who boldly goes where no man has gone before. It is set in the time between First Contact and "The Cage." The X-Files will have not even cameos by Mulder, but Scully will be in every episode. I hope she has a good au pair.

This past month, the season finales of both Star Trek and The X-Files featured the death of a long running character (though not necessarily a major character) and the birth of a new baby. Both were very satisfying. If television were always this good, nobody would have a life.

Here are episode guides, capsule reviews, and ratings for the best SF and the best fantasy series on the air.

Episode Guides
| The X-Files | Star Trek: Voyager |

The X-Files -- Episode Guide
Other Babylon 5.1 Columns
For more information, you can try the following sites:
Rick Norwood's Website
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The Official Babylon 5 Website
The X-Files
Pocket Books: Star Trek
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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.


The X-Files had a very uneven season, with a couple of really dumb shows and a couple of really great ones. The new lead character, Doggett, is proving to be a major asset, and Mulder's occasional appearances were used to great effect, but Scully is clearly the star. In the list below, non-mythos episodes are highlighted with a red pointer.

Within (****) by Chris Carter
The search for Mulder continues.

Without (****) by Chris Carter
Part Two.

Patience (**) by Chris Carter

Roadrunners (***) by Vince Gilligan
Religious cult holds Scully prisoner..

Invocation (**) by David Amann
A boy returns after ten years.

Redrum (***) by Daniel Arkin and Steven Maeda
Memento before Memento.

Via Negativa (**) by Frank Spotnitz
Religious cult leader commits murders.

Surekill (**) by Greg Walker
X-Ray Vision.

Salvage (**) by Jeffrey Bell
Man of Steel

Badlaa (**) by John Shiban
Mystic murderer from India.

The Gift (**) by Frank Spotnitz
Native American sin eater.

Medusa (*) by Frank Spotnitz
Subway tunnels, lots of flashlights.

Per Manum (**) by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Aliens are fertilizing our women!

This is Not Happening (****) by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Mulder is found.

DeadAlive (****) by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Mulder is dead. Mulder is alive.

Three Words (***) by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Mulder and Doggett squabble.

Empedocles (***) by Greg Walker
About Doggett's dead son.

Vienen (*) by Steven Maeda
Black oil on an offshore rig. Duh!

Alone (***) by Frank Spotnitz
Doggett falls down a hole.

Essence (****) by Chris Carter
Now, deep breaths!

Existence (****) by Chris Carter

Episode Guides
| The X-Files | Star Trek: Voyager |

Copyright © 2001 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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