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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.

Doctor Who The best tv I've watched in recent months, aside from my on-going one-episode-a-night rewatching of Babylon 5, is the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Snowmen". My vote: not as good as previous Christmas Specials. For one thing, I'm getting tired of the repeated use of the two-word phrase "Doctor who?" Once was great. More than once in every season runs the idea into the ground. Also, in this episode, the Doctor is uncommonly stupid, so much so that viewer will want to yell at him, "Look out, you idiot!" It will probably be nominated for the Best Drama, Short Form, Hugo Award, but will almost certainly lose to "Asylum of the Daleks", to which it is a sequel.

The only other tv in December that provided memorable entertainment was Last Resort, but I can't really recommend it. It had excellent acting and good scripts, but is totally unbelievable. In any case, it's been cancelled.

In addition to the end of Last Resort, the last Fringe episode airs this month.

SF on TV in January 2013

Arrow Saturday, January 5
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Missing in Action", Episode 100.

Sunday, January 6
Once Upon a Time "The Cricket Game" by David H. Goodman & Robert Hull

Thursday, January 10
Last Resort "Damn the Torpedoes" by Patrick Massett & John Zinman

Friday, January 11
Fringe "The Boy Must Live"

Fringe Saturday, January 12
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Point of No Return"

Sunday, January 13
Once Upon a Time "The Outsider" by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambilss

Wednesday, January 16
Supernatural "Torn and Frayed" by Jenny Klein
Arrow "Burned" Moria Kirland & Ben Sokolowski

Last Resort Thursday, January 17
Last Resort "The Pointy End of the Spear" by Ron Fitzgerald
The Vampire Diaries "After School Special" by Brett Matthews

Friday, January 18
Fringe "Liberty"
Fringe "An Enemy of Fate", by J. H. Wyman, Episode 100, Series Finale.

Saturday, January 19
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Eminence"

Once Upon a Time Sunday, January 20
Once Upon a Time "In the Name of the Brother" by Jane Espenson

Wednesday, January 23
Supernatural "LARP and the Real Girl"
Arrow "Trust But Verify" by Gabrielle Stanton

Thursday, January 24
Last Resort "Controlled Flight Into Terrain", Series Finale
The Vampire Diaries TBA

Saturday, January 26
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Shades of Reason"

The Vampire Diaries Sunday, January 27
Once Upon a Time "Tiny"

Wednesday, January 30
Supernatural "As Time Goes By"
Arrow "Vertigo" by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski

Thursday, January 31
The Vampire Diaries TBA

The Walking Dead and Touch will return in February. Grimm and Revolution return in March. Beauty and the Beast will also return at some point, despite the fact that nobody likes it.

Copyright © 2013 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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