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Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

What to watch in December:
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The X-Files
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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.

Enterprise Enterprise is all reruns, and so the only thing I can really recommend in December, never a good month for television, is the three new X-Files episodes, plus A Charlie Brown Christmas, of course. If you've skipped a couple of years (which is a good thing) you may have forgotten just how great this first Peanuts special is, especially since the later Charlie Brown specials ran a good idea into the ground. But the original is still one of the two best half-hour TV specials of all time, the other being the Doonesbury special, which for some reason is never rerun. Also, the three-hour Walking with Prehistoric Beasts on the Discovery Channel might be worth a look.

Sunday, Dec 2
The X-Files "Daemonicus"

Thursday, Dec 6
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Sunday, Dec 9
The X-Files "4-D"

Sunday, Dec 9
"Walking with Prehistoric Beasts"

Sunday, Dec 16
The X-Files "Lord of the Flies"

Not TV, but don't miss Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, on sale in comics shops everywhere Dec 5.

X-Files And, in January, we have J. Michael Straczinski's The Legends of the Rangers to look forward to. Rangers begins two and a half years after the end of Babylon 5. And if it gets picked up as a series, Straczinski promises us that two and a half years after that, we will finally get the conclusion of Crusade (which began five years after the end of Babylon 5). That kind of intricate plotting is exactly the opposite of the haphazard, self-indulgent, self-contradictory plotting that is spoiling The X-Files.

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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