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by Rick Norwood

Recommended Viewing for June 1999
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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.

The two big events in SF tv in June are the end of one series and the beginning of another. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is syndicated, so in different localities the final episode will be shown on different days in the first week of June. The current TV Guide, which has four Deep Space Nine covers, echoes my judgement here last month that when people look back from the Twenty-first Century on Star Trek, they will remember Deep Space Nine as the best of the four Treks. Certainly, this past season every episode has been memorable, and the climax looks like it will be the best of all.

Crusade is J. Michael Straczynski's follow up to Babylon 5, and Babylon 5 is the only sf television series to equal and in some ways surpass Star Trek. Unfortunately, due to budgetary problems, TNT has only ordered 13 episodes, so if the series does not attract a large number of viewers, it may come to an untimely end. The events in Crusade immediately follow the tv movie A Call to Arms (**), and precede the events shown in the last Babylon 5 episode, Sleeping in Light (****).

June also has reruns of the three best X-Files of this season. The Star Trek: Voyager reruns I cannot recommend.

Sunday, June 6
The X Files, The Beginning (****), by Chris Carter, rerun of the season opener, about a telepathic boy used by the conspiracy in monstrous ways. The intriguing ending was, unfortunately, not followed up on this season.

Wednesday, June 9
Crusade, War Zone. Series premier by J. Michael Straczynski.

Sunday, June 13
The X Files, Two Fathers (****), by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, rerun of the beginning of a two part episode in which all our questions about the conspiracy are finally answered.

Wednesday, June 16
Crusade, The Long Road, by J. Michael Straczynski.

Sunday, June 20
The X Files, One Son (****), by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, the shocking conclusion, which changed everything (and left Mulder and Scully with nothing to do for the rest of the season).

Wednesday, June 23
Crusade, The Well of Forever, by J. Michael Straczynski.

Wednesday, June 30
Crusade, The Path of Sorrows, by J. Michael Straczynski.

Copyright © 1999 by 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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