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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 Dresden Files The best SF on TV in 2007 will probably be a series we haven't seen yet. Will it be The Dresden Files, which debuts this month on SciFi? Good writers from Star Trek make that at least a possibility.

We do know that a new Babylon 5 DVD will be out in 2007, with two new episodes written by J. Michael Straczinski. As commercials shown in the margins of the screen during programs become more and more annoying, the direct to DVD series is the wave of the future. And so the world divides into two classes instead of three, an upper class with all the money which never watches commercials, and a lower class who watch all the commercials but have no money.

Doctor Who A third season of the new Doctor Who -- old doctor, new companion -- has already started in the UK, along with a spin off, Torchwood, which I have not seen, but which reportedly has all of the flaws (monster of the week) and none of the virtues (nostalgia, cheek) of the revived Doctor. In the works, The Sarah Jane Adventures. My prediction: it will sink like a stone.

Stargate SG-1 is ending, but Stargate Atlantis will continue. Battlestar Galactica will be back for a fourth season, and Heroes for a second. Lost, as it becomes more clearly science fiction, also becomes less popular. According to TV Guide, most Lost fans wanted a theological rather than a pseudo-rational explanation for the island. Whether Smallville will be renewed is anybody's guess. It is unlikely that any of the other new SF or borderline SF shows will be back. Expect a series based on the SciFi miniseries The Lost Room.

On TV in January

Torchwood Thursday, January 11
Smallville "Hydro"

Thursday, January 18
Smallville "Justice", by Stephen S. DeKnight, guest starring Green Arrow, Aquaman, and The Flash (but no Snapper Carr).

Sunday, January 21
The Dresden Files "Birds of a Feather", Series Premiere by Hans Beimler and Robert Hewitt Wolfe.
Battlestar Galactica "Rapture II", by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle

Monday, January 22
Heroes "Godsend". Note that the title can be parsed in two different ways.

The Sarah Jane Adventures Thursday, January 25
Smallville "Labyrinth", by Al Septein and Turi Meyer

Sunday, January 28
The Dresden Files "The Boone Identity"
Battlestar Galactica "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", by Michael Taylor

Monday, January 29
Heroes "The Fix", by Natalie Chaidez. Christopher Eccleston guest stars. I have high hopes for at least one reference to The Doctor.

Copyright © 2007 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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