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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.

Battlestar Galactica The big event in April is the return of Battlestar Galactica for one final season. The creators of the show hope for a 20 episode season, but the SciFi Channel has only ordered 10 episodes, so expect another long hiatus starting in June. The previous season of Battlestar Galactica, despite critical acclaim, only attracted 1.8 million viewers. Most TV viewers don't even get the SciFi Channel, and if they get it, they don't know that they get it. By contrast, a network show like Jericho is cancelled (again) because it only has 7.1 million viewers. TANJ! There will be a Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, but recall how many problems the Star Trek prequel had.

Smallville has had some extremely powerful episodes in its seventh season. By all reports, Lex Luthor will only occasionally appear in the eighth and last season. The absence of Lex will be a loss, but he has completed his character arc, from good to absolute evil, and it will be time for the show to focus on Clark Kent and his transition from super boy to Superman. I just hope that in the last episode he dons his costume and they play the theme music as he flies off into the sky.

SF on TV in April (all dates subject to change!)

Friday, April 4
Battlestar Galactica "He That Believeth In Me", by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle (Season Four Premiere)

Smallville Saturday, April 5
Torchwood "Adrift", by Chris Chibnall

Friday, April 11
Battlestar Galactica "Six of One", by Michael Angeli

Saturday, April 12
Torchwood "Fragments" by Chris Chibnall

Thursday, April 17
Smallville "Descent", by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead

Friday, April 18
Battlestar Galactica "The Ties That Bind", by Michael Taylor

Saturday, April 19
Torchwood "Exit Wounds", by Chris Chibnall (Season Two Finale)

Torchwood Thursday, April 24
Smallville "Sleeper", by Caroline Dries

Thursday, April 24
Lost "The Shape of Things to Come", by Drew Goddard

Friday, April 25
Battlestar Galactica "Escape Velocity", by Jane Espenson

And then just three more Smallville episodes left in Season Seven.

Copyright © 2008 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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