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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 big news in February is the premiere of the sixth and final season of Lost. It was reported that President Obama moved his State of the Union Address so as not to conflict with that much awaited event, which takes place February second.

Fringe J.J. Abrams is hoping to revive interest in Fringe the way he did for Lost, by announcing a limited run of about five years. I do not think what worked for Lost will work for Fringe. If Fringe lasts five years, I'll be very much surprised.

Dollhouse came to a satisfactory end, with a sequel to the untelevised episode from the first season DVD, set in the future. I enjoyed the series a lot, and will buy the season two Blu-Ray when it comes out, but they were right to end it. It works better as a limited series. The concept of a high-tech cat house is not designed for network television.

Caprica is back, on the SyFy Channel, with seven episodes, of which two were released on DVD last year.

Heroes is the show I enjoyed the most in January. The carnival story line has brought new life to the series. If you gave up on it last season, I strongly recommend you give it a try. All the episodes are available as downloads.

Legend of the Seeker actually made a top 20 list, number 20 in a list of most often downloaded shows. The list was populated by many sf and fantasy shows that have few broadcast viewers.

SF on TV in February 2010

Tuesday, February 2
Lost "LA X", by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, Sixth Season Premier (2 hours)

Smallville Thursday, February 4
Fringe "Jacksonville"

Friday, February 5
Smallville "Absolute Justice", by Geoff Johns, featuring the Justice Society of America (2 hours)
Caprica "The Reins of a Waterfall"

Saturday, February 6
Legend of the Seeker "Touched", by Arika Lisanne Mittman

Tuesday, February 9
Lost "What Kate Does"

Heroes Friday, February 12
Smallville "Warrior", by Brian Q. Miller
Smallville "Persuasion", by Turi Meyer and Al Septien

Saturday, February 13
Legend of the Seeker "Torn"

Tuesday, February 16
Lost "The Substitute"

FlashForward Friday, February 19
Caprica "Gravedancing"

Tuesday, February 23
Lost "Lighthouse"

Friday, February 26
Caprica "There is Another Sky"

FlashForward and V return in March. SyFy is developing new episodes of Riverworld and The Phantom. Smallville has been renewed for a tenth season and Supernatural for a sixth season. A fifth season for Heroes is still iffy, even though the fourth season finale will be a cliffhanger. Gene Roddenberry's The Questor Tapes will probably return to tv in 2011. Good. Now maybe we'll get a Questor Tapes DVD, and if they threw in DVDs of the other Roddenberry pilots, Genesis II and its sequels and Specter, I could replace my VHS copies. The next Star Trek movie is set for 2012.

Copyright © 2010 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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