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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.

Game of Thrones The big news for June is the return of Falling Skies, a summer-time series I've enjoyed for the past two summers and I'm looking forward to it again. Falling Skies, like almost all sf on television, is not real science fiction, in the sense that Doctor Who is real science fiction, but rather is an adventure series with one or two genre tropes, in this case the old chestnut about human resistance fighters after aliens conquer of Earth. But the characters are appealing. And, with Doctor Who gone until November, it is the best sf tv has to offer.

As I've mentioned, I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones. I don't like the characters. But I do recognize that it is operating at a much higher level than most genre television.





SF on TV in June 2013

Sunday, June 2
Game of Thrones "The Rains of Castamere" by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Falling Skies Monday, June 3
Revolution "The Dark Tower", Season One Finale
Defiance "Good Bye Blue Sky"
Warehouse 13 "Instinct"

Sunday, June 9
Game of Thrones "Mhysa" by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, Season Three Finale
Falling Skies "On Thin Ice" by Remi Aubuchon, Season Three Premiere
Falling Skies "Collateral Damage" by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle

Monday, June 10
Defiance "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
Warehouse 13 "Runaway"

Revolution Sunday, June 16
True Blood "Who Are You, Really?" by Raelle Tucker, Season Six Premiere
"Falling Skies "Badlands" by John Wirth

Monday, June 17
Defiance "If I Ever Leave This World Alive"
Warehouse 13 "What Matters Most"

Sunday, June 23
True Blood "The Sun" by Angela Robinson
Falling Skies "At All Cost" by Heather V. Regnier

Defiance Monday, June 24
Defiance "The Bride Wore Black"
Warehouse 13 "Lost and Found"

Sunday, June 30
True Blood "You're No Good" by Mark Hudis
Falling Skies "Search and Recovery", by Jordan Rosenberg

Touch has been cancelled. No great surprise. Most of the other genre tv shows have been renewed. Our first look at Walt Disney's Star Wars will be another animated Star Wars tv series starting Fall 2014.

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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