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by Rick Norwood

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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.

Firefly I finished watching the Firefly DVD. What did I discover? That it is one of the best SF TV series of all time? No. That it is the best SF TV series of all time.

What else? That it is important to watch the episodes in order. That they build on one another, and are all the more powerful for their interlocking plots. That the suits who are in charge of broadcasting, who broadcast them in the wrong order, don't have a clue. That the suits owe their jobs -- not to any ability on their part -- not to any intelligence on their part -- not to anything on their part. They got their jobs because their daddy's rich, and their momma's good lookin'. And since the President of these United States got his job the same way -- who loves you, baby.

Yeah, I know, you weren't planning to vote, because, what the hell, what do you care which political party picks your pocket. Well, vote. Because the party currently in power will not only pick your pocket. It supports a system in which the people in power are people born to privilege, not people with ability. The average CEO of a major corporation gets paid more than $100,000 a year, and works an average of fifteen hours a week. Recent government reports tell us that the FBI is incompetent, the CIA is incompetent, NASA is incompetent. And, not only that, the people in charge of our television networks are incompetent, which is why we have such lousy television most of the time.

For good tv, watch DVD.

"They can't take the skies from me."
SF on TV in September.

You only have to subscribe to Showtime for this one month to watch all of the second season of Jeremiah previously unaired in the United States.

Jeremiah Friday, September 3
Jeremiah, "Crossing Jordan", J. Michael Straczinski
Jeremiah, "Running on Empty", J. Michael Straczinski

Friday, September 10
Jeremiah, "The Question", J. Michael Straczinski
Jeremiah, "The Past is Prologue", J. Michael Straczinski
Stargate SG-1, "Sacrifices"
Stargate Atlantis, "Home"

Stargate SG-1 Friday, September 17
Jeremiah, "The Face in the Mirror", J. Michael Straczinski
Jeremiah, "State of the Union", Sara Barnes
Stargate SG-1, "Endgame"
Stargate Atlantis, "The Storm I"

Friday, September 24
Jeremiah, "Interregnum One I", J. Michael Straczinski
Jeremiah, "Interregnum One II", J. Michael Straczinski

In October, season premieres of Smallville and Star Trek.

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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