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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.

Fringe I've been enjoying Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Heroes. I have not been enjoying Fringe or Smallville. In Smallville, the Queen of Outer Space character is particularly out of place. Now, if they could have gotten an animatronic Zsa Zsa Gabor to play the part, and channeled Charles Beaumont to write the script… nah, it would still suck.

It's not science fiction, since the apparent time travel, I gather, is caused by the hero having a concussion, but I watched the premiere of the American version of Life on Mars. The British version was a limited series, which is all this thin idea could sustain. Also, the British version, I'm told, showed how bad the racism and sexism were in the 70s compared to today. The U.S. version is much more nostalgic about the good old days, before criminals had "rights," when policemen could beat up anybody they pleased, and nobody complained that it was "politically incorrect" to call a female cop "no nuts." All good clean fun, which the goddamn liberals have spoiled for Joe Sixpack. On the other hand, Harvey Keitel is kinda fun as the tough cop who punches his own officers in the gut to keep them in line.

Terminator has been given a green light for a full season, but has skipped several weeks, so that two episodes originally scheduled for October have been pushed back to November.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles SF on TV in November

Monday, November 3
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles "Brothers of Nablus"

Thursday, November 6
Smallville "Bloodline", by Caroline Dries
Supernatural "Wishful Thinking", by Ben Edlund (creator of The Tick)

Friday, November 7
Stargate Atlantis "The Prodigal", by Carl Binder

Heroes Monday, November 10
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles "Alpine Fields", by Ian Goldberg
Heroes "Villains"

Tuesday, November 11
Fringe "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"

Thursday, November 13
Smallville "Abyss", by Geoff Johns
Supernatural "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

Smallville Friday, November 14
Stargate Atlantis "Remnants", by Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozi

Monday, November 17
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles "The Beast in Me"
Heroes "It's Coming"

Thursday, November 20
Smallville "Bride" by Turi Meyer and Al Septein
Supernatural "Hell's Angels"

Stargate Atlantis Friday, November 21
Stargate Atlantis "Brain Storm", by Martin Gero

Monday, November 24
Heroes "The Eclipse I"

Thursday, November 27
Smallville "Legion", by Geoff Johns, introducing guess who.

As Smallville gets increasingly camp, I wonder if they'll have an episode featuring Bouncing Boy, from the Legion of Substitute Superheroes.

Copyright © 2008 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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