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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.

Battlestar Galactica In the most recent Battlestar Galactica, the series goes further away from SF than ever, with a scene set in a parking garage, with what look a lot like modern American cars parked in it. Ron Moore is no fool, so either he or the Sci Fi channel gods -- the same ones who canceled Sci Fiction -- have decided that all TV watchers are idiots, and will believe that alien planets and life aboard spaceships is exactly like life in the United States in 2006. Which is a shame, because as pure drama, Battlestar Galactica is the most compelling fiction on television. It might be even better, and find a larger audience, if it abandoned entirely the pretense of being science fiction.

Meanwhile, on Smallville, a great 100th episode was followed by a female version of Marvel's Punisher and a guest spot by Teen Titan Cyborg. Quality is up. Ratings are up. The new head writer, Steven DeKnight, is deserving of praise.

What is on in March?

March comes in like a lion and leaves with nothing on but reruns. The only new "real" SF -- that is, SF not set on earth in the present day -- is on Sci-Fi Friday. But you may want to watch the conclusion of the Brainiac story on Smallville, if you missed it the first time around.

Thursday, 2 March
Smallville, Splinter by Steven S. DeKnight (rerun)

Smallville Friday, 3 March
Stargate SG-1 Crusade by Robert C. Cooper
Stargate: Atlantis, Inferno by Carl Binder
Battlestar Galactica, Lay Down Your Burdens I

Thursday, 9 March
Smallville, Solitude by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer (rerun)

Friday, 10 March
Stargate SG-1, Camelot, by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (season finale)
Stargate: Atlantis, Allies by Martin Gero (season finale)
Battlestar Galactica, Lay Down Your Burdens II (90 minute season finale)

At which point, with no real SF left on the air, try 24 or Veronica Mars.

But wait!

Who is coming?

Who is coming!

Where is Who coming?

The SciFi Channel.

When is Who coming?

Friday, March 17.

Copyright © 2006 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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