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by Rick Norwood

What to look for in February 2000
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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.

Both The X-Files and Voyager have major multi-part episodes beginning in February, that promise changes in the status quo.

On The X-Files, we have a two-part mythos episode beginning Sunday, February 6, that has new information about Fox Mulder's sister Samantha. In the sixth season two-parter "Two Fathers/One Son" (****), we discovered that the aliens demanded the children of the conspirators as hostages, to guarantee their continued collaboration. The other conspirators dutifully turned their children over to the aliens, but Fox and Samantha's father tried to keep Samantha. The aliens did not take no for an answer. In earlier episodes, we learned that Samantha was cloned. Some of the clones are used to keep the mutated bees, who will spread the plague that will wipe out the human race. These clones are still children. There were at least two adult Samantha clones, one of whom died trying to help the rebel alliance, the other was raised by the Cigarette Smoking Man. Now, at last, we get to find out what happens next.

The two non-mythos episodes this month also look very interesting.

The X-Files
Feb 6
"Sein und Zeit" (part 1 of 2), by Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter

Feb 13
"Closure" (part 2 of 2), by Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter

Feb 20
"X-Cops", by Vince Gilligan
     -- The X-Files meets Cops

Feb 27
"First Person Shooter", by William Gibson and Tom Maddox
     -- The X-Files meets Lara Croft from the author of Neuromancer

Star Trek: Voyager

Meanwhile, over at Voyager, a three part episode involving Borg children begins, and between episodes one and two we have a sequel to "Fair Haven" (***) which apparently does what I wished Voyager would do in my last column: examine in depth the question of when holograms are sentient. Does someone involved with Voyager read this column? I'd love to know. I have this great Voyager script sitting in my closet.
Feb 2
"Memorial", by Brannon Braga and Robin Bernheim
     -- Voyager meets PMS, sorry... Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Feb 9
"Tsunkatsa", by Kenneth Biller, Robert J. Doherty, and Gannon Kenny
     -- sounds like an X-File

Feb 16
"Collective" (part 1 of 3) by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky

Feb 23
"Spirit Folk" (sequel to "Fair Haven")

And keep an eye out for Deep Space Nine reruns, which are being shown in some areas.

Copyright © 2000 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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