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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.

The ending of Jeremiah was satisfactory, the season premiere of Smallville outstanding. October brings a Farscape mini-series and the start of a new season of a leaner, meaner Star Trek Enterprise. Berman and Braga are no more. Manny Coto is at the helm. He couldn't afford Shatner, but he got Brent Spiner. Both Stargates have gone into reruns.

SF on TV in October:

Wednesday, October 6
Smallville, "Façade"

Friday, October 8
Star Trek Enterprise, "Storm Front I" by Manny Coto

Wednesday, October 13
Smallville, "Devoted"

Friday, October 15
Star Trek Enterprise, "Storm Front II" by Manny Coto

Sunday, October 17
Farscape, "The Peacekeeper Wars I" by Rockne S. O'Bannon

Monday, October 18
Farscape, "The Peacekeeper Wars II" by Rockne S. O'Bannon

Wednesday, October 20
Smallville, "Run"

Friday, October 22
Star Trek Enterprise, "Home" by Mike Sussman

Wednesday, October 27
Smallville, "Transference"

Friday, October 29
Star Trek Enterprise, "Borderland I", Brent Spiner as Arik Soong


Jeremiah Jeremiah, "Interregnum" (***) by J. Michael Straczinski
The two-part conclusion to Jeremiah provides a satisfactory ending to the story. I still have my doubts about the military tactics. How easy is it to move an army without being detected? How easy is it to sneak up on an army without being caught? Also, the final cut seems to have been put together after Straczinski left, by somebody who was not paying attention. We watch a night scene with Jeremiah, Kurdy, and Smith, then a day scene in which Sims enjoys a quiet lunch, then an immediate continuation of the night scene we saw earlier. Despite these complaints, there is good stuff here. You should definitely buy Season Two when it comes out on DVD.

The mystery of Mr. Smith, who says he talks to God, is not resolved. But a broad hint is given. If you want my theory, read on. We know that Smith is a liar. For example, he tells people he meets that he is from their home town, and provides convincing details. He lies in order to make friends. This talking to God business is just another of his lies, to attract attention, to get people to listen to him. He clearly has powers: mind reading, farseeing, premonition, and healing among them. But his powers are erratic. He can't summon them up at will. They just happen -- or not. The clue that Straczinski provides is that Mr. Smith's daughter has powers, too.

There is some talk about a continuation of Jeremiah, but Showtime is not interested and Straczinski is not interested, so it looks bad to Nlesine. And I'll send a free DVD to the first person who can identify that 50s SF reference.

Straczinski seems to have moved over to comic books, and while I'm sure he is making a good living at it, I wonder if he wakes up every morning wondering how he can get back on television. I like what he is doing just fine. Read Super Powers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the new series, Strange, written by Straczinski and his Jeremiah collaborator Sarah (Samm) Barnes.

Smallville Smallville, "Crusade" (****) by Alfred Gough and Miles Miller
The cliffhanger at the end of Season Three, with its pastiche of the ending of The Godfather, was just dandy. The premiere of Season Four begins, "Three months later." How do you wind up all those loose ends? You don't. You tell a good story, give a little information, and leave the viewer waiting for more. There is a guest star, whose appearance I enjoyed all the more because I was able to avoid knowing about it in advance. And I'm not talking about Lois Lane. Or am I?

And, of course, naked high school students in every episode, played by actors who are all over twenty-one.

The only bad part of Smallville is that there are three times as many in-screen commercials during the story than there were last season. In a few years, there will be non-stop commercials across the bottom of the screen.

Coming in December, The Wizard of Earthsea and Battlestar Galactica.

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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