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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.

Smallville I watched the premiere of the tenth and final season of Smallville, and while the writers try very hard, only a few seconds really thrilled me. On the other hand, a few thrilling seconds are better than an hour of mild entertainment.

Superman is one of the great modern myths. You wouldn't know that from most of the Superman stories, certainly not from the crude original comic books by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. The best Superman was Superman the Movie. Smallville, as envisioned by creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, is certainly in the top ten. When Gough and Miller left, nobody was around to take their place, and attempts to revive interest in the show with the addition of Green Arrow, Lois Lane, and even The Justice Society have largely failed. The number of viewers has declined dramatically, from a high of 8 million for Season One to four million for Season Eight and only about two and a half million for Season Nine. Still, I'm looking forward to the final episode, when Clark dons the big red S and flies off into the sunset.

SF on TV in October 2010

Friday, October 1
Smallville "Shield" by Jordan Hawley, featuring Deadshot and Hawkman
Supernatural "Two and a Half Men", by Adam Glass
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Sphere of Influence"

Tuesday, October 5
Caprica "Unvanquished"
Stargate Universe "Aftermath" by Robert C. Cooper

Fringe Thursday, October 7
Fringe "The Plateau"

Friday, October 8
Smallville "Supergirl" by Anne Cofell Saunders
Supernatural "The Third Man"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Corruption"

Tuesday, October 12
Caprica "Retribution" by Joseph Mallozzi
Stargate Universe "Awakenings"

Thursday, October 14
Fringe "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep"

Supernatural Friday, October 15
Smallville "Homecoming" by Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders, featuring Brainiac 5.
Supernatural "Weekend at Bobby's", by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "The Academy"
Sanctuary "Kali" Part Three, Season Two Premiere

Tuesday, October 19
Caprica "Things We Lock Away"
Stargate Universe "Pathogen" by Carl Binder

Friday, October 22
Smallville "Isis" by Genevieve Sparling
Supernatural "Live Free or Twi-Hard"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Assassin"
Sanctuary "Firewall"

Caprica Tuesday, October 26
Caprica "False Labor"
Stargate Universe "Cloverdale"

Friday, October 29
Smallville "Harvest"
Supernatural "You Can't Handle the Truth"
Sanctuary "Bank Job"

Fringe will return in November.

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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