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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.

Touch I watch much more television than I review here. There is little point in reviewing bad television. It only hurts the feelings of those who enjoy it. I'd rather write about what I like.

Sadly, not much of that is television, these days. I loved Vernor Vinge's Children of the Sky. I'm finding Minecraft diabolically addictive. I've just gotten around to reading the hardback of Barry Windsor Smith's Freebooters, and both art and story are leagues ahead of anything currently published by any of the big superhero companies.

I had high hopes for Touch, because I enjoyed Heroes and admire Tim Kring as a writer, but the pilot episode was so farfetched I don't have much hope of it surviving past mid-season, despite an audience of more than twelve million viewers for the premiere. There is an audience for really good science fiction television, but nobody is giving it to them.

Touch is a new tv series about an autistic kid who has the power to see inconceivable connections in numerology. If your social security number is the same as her telephone number, there must be a connection, even if you've never met. The autistic kid can't bear to be touched, and yet somehow can ride the public transportation system without difficulty. Kiefer Sutherland plays the father, who blindly obeys all the cryptic commands his son gives him. Any adult who follows orders given by a child, autistic or not, is more in need of supervision than the kid is.

The big news in April is the second season premiere of Game of Thrones.

SF on TV in April 2012

Game of Thrones Sunday, April 1
Game of Thrones "The North Remembers" by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Benioff wrote the screenplay for The Kite Runner. Weiss worked with Benioff on the screenplay for Troy, and wrote the screenplay for the unfilmed Ender's Game.
Once Upon a Time "Stable Boy" by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz. Co-creators of the show, both wrote for Lost.

Thursday, April 5
Touch "Kite Strings"

Friday, April 6
Grimm "The Thing With Feathers"
Fringe "Everything in Its Right Place", by David Fury & J.R. Orci & Matt Pitts. David Fury wrote for Buffy, Lost, and 24. Orci wrote for Hawaii Five-O and wrote many Fringe episodes. Pitts has only written for Fringe.

Sunday, April 8
Game of Thrones "The Night Lands", by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Once Upon a Time "The Return"

Thursday, April 12
Touch "Entanglement"

Friday, April 13
Grimm "Love Sick"
Fringe "The Consultant"

Supernatural Sunday, April 15
Game of Thrones "What is Dead May Never Die", by Bryan Cogman, best known for his work for Game of Thrones.

Monday, April 16
Eureka "Lost", Premier of the fifth and final season.

Thursday, April 19
Touch TBA
The Vampire Diaries "Heart of Darkness" by Brian Young & Evan Bleiweiss, Except for one episode of Kyle XY, Young has only written for The Vampire Diaries. Except for one episode of The Shield, the same is true of Bleiweiss.

Friday, April 20
Supernatural "Of Grave Importance" by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming. Both wrote for Lois and Clark.
Fringe "Letters of Transit"
Grimm "Cat and Mouse"

Fringe Sunday, April 22
Game of Thrones "Garden of Bones", by Vanessa Taylor, who wrote for Gideon's Crossing
Once Upon a Time "The Return"

Monday, April 23
Eureka "The Real Thing"

Thursday, April 26
Touch TBA

The Vampire Diaries Thursday, April 27
The Vampire Diaries "Do Not Go Gentle", by Michael Narducci. Narducci wrote for Medium and The 4400.

Friday, April 28
Fringe "Worlds Apart"
Supernatural "The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo"

Sunday, April 29
Game of Thrones "The Ghost of Harenhal", by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Once Upon a Time "The Stranger"

Monday, April 30
Eureka "Force Quit"

Grimm has been renewed for a second season. A new science fiction series by Farscape creator Rockne O'Bannon is in the works. It's called Defiance and is set in on a near future Earth where alien invaders and earthlings are in an uneasy truce after years of war. Filming begins this month.

Copyright © 2012 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. Visit his web site at

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