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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.

I've just gotten back from Europe. Had a great time, but didn't see any fantasy or SF films over there, so it's a short column this time.

Here is what to watch in July.

Because Star Trek Enterprise and Smallville were on at the same time, you had to choose. I chose Enterprise. Many episodes repaid my choice admirably. I plan to catch the Smallville episodes I missed when the season three DVD comes out.

Enterprise If you made the opposite choice, and watched Smallville, then I strongly recommend you watch reruns of Enterprise. "Twilight" and "Similitude" are especially good, but the whole season is one long story that, except for the "teaser" at the end of the season finale, just kept getting better and better. Also, next season Manny Coto, author of "Similitude", replaces Brannon Braga, which means we can expect an edgier Star Trek, which should more than make up for the budget being cut in half.

The only first run SF/fantasy shows in July are the final three episodes of Kingdom Hospital, two hours of new Stargate every Friday except July 2, and the beginning of a five part miniseries of unknown quality titled The 4400, in which people who have disappeared suddenly reappear. Smallville
Thursday, July 1
Kingdom Hospital, "Seizure Day" by Stephen King and Richard Dooling
Thursday, July 8
Kingdom Hospital, "Shoulda Stood in Bed" by Stephen King
Friday, July 9
Stargate SG-1, "New Order", parts I and II
Sunday, July 11
The 4400, "Pilot" by Scott Peters.
Thursday, July 15
Kingdom Hospital, "Finale" by Stephen King
Friday, July 16
Stargate Atlantis, series premiere, "Rising" parts I and II, by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper
Sunday, July 18
The 4400, "The New and Improved Carl Morrissey"
Friday, July 23
Stargate SG-1, "Lockdown"
Friday, July 23
Stargate Atlantis, "Hide and Seek" Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital
Sunday, July 25
The 4400, "Becoming"
Friday, July 30
Stargate SG-1, "Zero Hour" by Robert C. Cooper
Friday, July 30
Stargate Atlantis, "Thirty-Eight Minutes"

My pick is Kingdom Hospital.

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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