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by Rick Norwood

What to look for in April 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.

No new Voyagers are scheduled for this month. Ken Biller has replaced Brannon Braga as head writer. Reports are that Braga will help Rick Berman try to come up with a new Trek series that the network execs will buy. The episode featuring the return of Kes has been pushed back until May.

Rumours abound on the web about a possible 8th season for The X-Files. David Duchovny has reportedly been offered a million dollars per episode to return. If he turns that down, Chris Carter may offer an unknown the chance to take over the role of Fox Mulder, with Gillian Anderson staying on as Dana Scully. Bad idea, if you ask me. Better to end with dignity and turn to feature films to keep the story alive. One of the worst seasons of Dark Shadows was when they put another actress in the role of Victoria Winters.

Meanwhile, four new X-Files in April (some of which were announced for last month and then postponed).

The X-Files

April 2 -- "Chimera" by David Amann

April 9 -- "all things" by Gillian Anderson and Vince Gilligan

April 16 -- "Brand X" by Steven Maeda and Greg Walker

April 30 -- "Hollywood A.D." by David Duchovny

The X-Files, "En Ami" (**) written by William B. Davis

X-Files The story of the relationship between Cigarette Smoking Man and Dana Scully. This could have been a great episode, if it had only had a tougher ending. Cigarette Smoking Man is the villain, dammit, not one of the heroes.

Star Trek Voyager, "Good Shepherd" (***) written by Dianna Gitto and Joe Menosky

Star Trek: Voyager Three heretofore unknown Voyager crewmen get to go on an away mission with Janeway. Good idea. Voyager needs more supporting characters. The story is a little too pat, but well done, all-in-all. The opening shot, where we see the crewmen through the windows of Voyager from the outside, and then see a messenger move through the ship from one to another, is a great idea, except... doesn't Voyager have intercoms?

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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