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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 At last, a Fall tv show I really like: Sanctuary. Actually, this is the third season of the show. Three episodes aired in October on the SyFy Channel. I expected a typical low-budget SyFy series. Now that I've watched it, I like it a lot. It has appealing, exotic characters, interesting scripts, and -- something you don't often see these days -- good music and good art direction. To give just one example, in a brief scene set in a room with a slowly rotating ceiling fan, the transition into and out of the scene is accomplished by the blade of the fan. Sadly, after only three episodes in the new season, it is off the air, and I don't know when or if it will return.

Smallville continues to waver between the embarrassing and the thrilling. I did enjoy the moment when Clark finally tells Lois.

Caprica has a lot going for it. If only it had a few sympathetic characters. I felt a brief glimmer of hope when Zoe, a terrorist teen transformed into both giant robot and a holograph, the most appealing person on the show, says she has a plan. But then the show was cancelled.

SF on TV in November 2010

Tuesday, November 2
Caprica "Dirteaters" (maybe or maybe not until 2011)
Stargate Universe "Trial and Error" by Paul Mullie

Supernatural Thursday, November 4
The Vampire Diaries "Rose" by Brian Young
Fringe "Amber 31422"

Friday, November 5
Smallville "Ambush" by Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson
Supernatural "Family Matters" by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Evil Plans"

Monday, November 8
The Event "I Know Who You Are"

Tuesday, November 9
Stargate Universe "The Greater Good" by Carl Binder

Thursday, November 11
The Vampire Diaries "Katherina" by Adam Chambliss, Season Two Finale
Fringe "6955 kHZ"

Fringe Friday, November 12
Smallville "Abandoned" by Andrew Landis and Julia Smith
Supernatural "All Dogs Go to Heaven", by Adam Glass
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Hunt for Ziro"

Monday, November 15
The Event "For the Good of the Country"

Tuesday, November 16
Stargate Universe "Malice" by Robert C. Cooper

Thursday, November 18
Fringe "The Abducted"

Friday, November 19
Smallville "Patriot" by John Chilholm
Supernatural "Clap Your Hands If You Believe", Season Six Finale

Caprica Tuesday, November 23
Stargate Universe "Visitation" by Remi Aubuchon

Tuesday, November 30
Stargate Universe "Resurgence (I)" by Joseph Mallozzi

It is only November and already we have two season finales. I remember when tv shows continued to air new episodes into May. In other news, the Vatican reveals that Homer Simpson is secretly Roman Catholic. V will return in 2011 along with the last five episodes of Caprica. Ron Moore will create a new Battlestar Galactica series, set at a time in between Caprica and BSG.

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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