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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.

Wonderfalls There are more new SF and fantasy episodes in April, May, and June than we may ever see again. Some of them may actually be worth watching. In addition to the ones listed below, there will probably be new episodes of Wonderfalls every Thursday and new episodes of Century City every Tuesday.

Better watch them now if you want to watch them at all. Century City will probably end after nine episodes and Wonderfalls, despite excellent reviews, has even lower ratings. Kingdom Hospital is a lot of fun. Century City has already been canceled, and both Wonderfalls and Kingdom Hospital have been moved to the 9 PM Thursday valley of death, where they will be slaughtered by ER.

Thursday, April 1
Wonderfalls, "Pink Flamingos"
Thursday, April 6
Century City, "Sweet Child of Mine"
Thurdsay, April 8
Kingdom Hospital, "The Young and the Headless" by Stephen King and Richard Dooling
Wednesday, April 14
Smallville, "Legacy" Guest star Christopher Reeve
Wednesday, April 14
Angel, "Underneath" by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft
Thursday, April 15
Kingdom Hospital, "Black Noise" by Stephen King
Wednesday, April 21
Smallville, "Truth" (Smallville episode titles thanks to
Wednesday, April 21
Enterprise, "Damage" by Phyllis Strong
Wednesday, April 21
Angel, "Origin" by Drew Goddard
Thursday, April 22
Kingdom Hospital, "Heartless" by Stephen King
Wednesday, April 28
Smallville, "Memoria"
Wednesday, April 28
Enterprise, "The Forgotten" by Chris Black and David A. Goodman
Wednesday, April 28
Thursday, April 29
Kingdom Hospital, "Butterfingers" by Stephen King
Thursday, May 6
Kingdom Hospital

Smallville, Enterprise, and Kingdom Hospital are my picks to watch.


Century City Century City, "To Know Her" (**) by Roger Wolfson
Century City has a lot of holograms, some good acting, and is a fairly slick lawyer show set thirty years in the future. This episode considers whether experiencing sex via nanoprobes constitutes rape, and if a child star should be allowed to remain a child. The nanostuff is pretty tame for anyone who has read Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, and the child star is old hat for anyone who has read John Varley's The Golden Globe. As usual, visual SF is fifty years behind written SF.

Copyright © 2004 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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