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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.

I'm enjoying Smallville and Heroes.

Smallville has a great set design for the Daily Planet (totally unlike the set design in the movies). In the TV series, the Daily Planet is crowded, busy, and baroque. This season Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter guest star. They never call the Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onz and he is appropriately grim and spooky. Speaking to Clark Kent, "Your father and I had a 'don't ask, don't tell' when it came to crime and punishment. I suggest you and I do the same." As in the comic book, Clark wants Supergirl to keep her existence a secret. Unlike the comic book, Supergirl refuses to listen.

Heroes introduces several new regular characters, and it is getting harder and harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Some people don't like the Hiro in ancient Japan story line. I like it a lot. I also like the new Black and Hispanic characters. Nobody can accuse this series of tokenism. Nichelle Nichols has a small part, does a great job.

In late November, we get a new Battlestar Galactica. I plan to wait for the longer DVD version, out in early December.

SF on TV in November

Smallville Thursday, November 1
Smallville "Lara," by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead

Friday, November 2
Stargate Atlantis "Tabula Rasa," by Alan McCullough

Monday, November 5
Heroes "Out of Time"

Thursday, November 8
Smallville "Wrath," by Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders

Friday, November 9
Stargate Atlantis "Missing," by Carl Binder

Monday, November 12
Heroes "Four Months Ago," by Tim Kring

Thursday, November 15
Smallville "Blue"

Friday, November 16
Stargate Atlantis "The Seer," Alan McCullough

Heroes Monday, November 19
Heroes "Cautionary Tales"

Friday, November 23
Stargate Atlantis "Miller's Crossing," by Martin Gero

Saturday, November 24
Battlestar Galactica "Razor," by Michael Taylor

Monday, November 26
Heroes "Truth & Consequences"

And Stargate Atlantis has been renewed for a fifth season.

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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