TV Logo
SearchHomeContents PageSite Map
Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

What to watch in January:
Other Babylon 5.1 Columns
For more information, you can try the following sites:
Rick Norwood's Website
Worldwide TV Schedule
The Official Babylon 5 Website
The X-Files
Pocket Books: Star Trek
Paramount Star Trek

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 big news is the new Babylon 5 tele-movie. There are also three new episodes each of Enterprise and The X-Files. Enterprise continues to have high ratings despite lackluster critical reception. I suspect that a lot of people watch it as a lead in to The West Wing, which Voyager went head to head against and lost. The X-Files seems to have turned its back on space aliens for more homey horrors.

Sunday, January 6
The X-Files "Trust No 1"

Sunday, January 13
The X-Files "John Doe"

Wednesday, January 16
Enterprise "Silent Enemy" by Andre Bormanis

Saturday, January 19
The Legend of the Rangers "To Live and Die in Starlight" by J. Michael Straczynski

Wednesday, January 23
Enterprise "Dear Doctor"

Sunday, January 27
The X-Files "Hellbound"

Enterprise The next Enterprise, "Sleeping Dogs", a Klingon episode, has not yet been assigned an air date, but may air Wednesday, January 30.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture The DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is now out, and is very impressive. This will never be a great movie, but this cut is infinitely better than the long, cold version originally released to theaters. It is also better than the television and VHS versions, which restored a lot of the character bits. In the DVD even more interaction between the much loved characters from the original Trek has been rescued from the cutting room floor. In particular Doctor Christine Chapel has a slightly larger part. There are a few minutes of new special effects unobtrusively inserted, and the old special effects, mercifully shortened by a minute or two, stand up very well. I cannot think of a CGI spaceship to equal the complexity of the huge alien spaceship model. William Shatner does some real acting, justifying Gene Roddenberry's choice. I cannot imagine another actor playing Captain Kirk. People whose image of Shatner comes from his hamming it up in too many B movies will be surprised at his gravitas. All in all, this is a potent counter-example to the theory that only even numbered Star Trek films are worth watching.

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.

SearchContents PageSite MapContact UsCopyright

If you find any errors, typos or other stuff worth mentioning, please send it to
Copyright © 1996-2014 SF Site All Rights Reserved Worldwide