|All highlights this month by Paul Spragg|
Sky One, Sunday 7th, 21.00
|For those of you
who missed the X-Files movie over the summer you fools! It was
fantastic! The Beginning carries on the events from the movie and last
seasons exciting finale, The End, which introduced the world to
chess prodigy and general smart-arse Gibson Praise. After discovering the child
could be the answer to everything in the X-Files, Mulder and Scully rather
pathetically lost him to newly-reformed cab driver Krycek and the
Now, after an unsubtle recap of the films events, Mulder and Scully are thrown into the pursuit of a black-oil alien that has recently done an Alien from the chest of an unsuspecting Human. How is the oilien related to Gibson Praise? Watch and see, and for once youll get some answers in an exciting, surprising, and conspiracy-full X-Files. A superb start to one of the shows best seasons [See feature in this issue].
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|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|The Puppet Show:
BBC2: Wednesday, 18.45
|Its time for the Sunnydale High talent show, and
this year the new Principal, Snyder, has decreed that Buffy and her
trouble-making friends will provide an act on pain of death. Giles isnt
doing any better: he has to organize the whole spectacle.
However, when students begin to be murdered and their organs harvested, it looks like a ventriloquists dummy showing signs of intelligence is a demon in disguise. Can Buffy stop the deaths before someone close to her volunteers an organ?
The Puppet Show has much to recommend it: clever plot twists, hilarious comedy (including Buffy and cos appalling act during the end credits), and the first appearance of Armin Quark Shimerman as Snyder, denouncing the previous Principals niceness as the kind of woolly thinking that gets you eaten.
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|Earth: Final Conflict|
|Between Heaven and Hell
Sky One, Sunday, 20.00
Belmans daughter Joyce injects herself with an evolutionary accelerant,
she soon becomes the most advanced creature on the planet. Naturally, her first
thought is that all the inferior humans and Taelons must be wiped off the
planet so she can start a new race with Liam. So, good news for him.
The experiments on humans to make them capable of fighting a Jaridian invasion come to a head in this fast-paced and emotional episode, which sets out what we know of the Taelons plan so far. Good use of the ensemble cast, especially a heroic Lili, a bitchy Daan, a cunning Zoor and a Dr Belman with personality, makes this a vital story to see for the next phase of the shows evolution.
pic © Alliance
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|
Sky 1: Monday 15th, 20.00
| An important entry in DSNs sixth
season, in which Sisko finally tells the Prophets what he thinks of them.
However, shortly after deciding to make his own choices, Ben finds hes
managed to cause a war between the Prophets and Pah-Wraiths in a
winner-takes-Bajor-and-the-wormhole battle. Sometimes, youre just not
going to have a good day. Fine acting by Avery Brooks as a frustrated Sisko
makes this a stand-out episode that will become more significant
pic © Paramount
|Love and Death:
Sci-Fi: Wednesday, 20.00
|Sydney goes into VR with a suicidal man, but soon discovers things
arent as they first appear, and he may be an assassin. Didnt
understand it the first time? Well, neither did anyone else, so heres
your chance to enjoy VR.5 again. Its plots
may have got increasingly complex, but its certainly intriguing trying to
work out whats going on. This is the last episode featuring Armageddons Will Patton before Anthony
Buffy Head took over.
pic © Universal
|hIGHFor more highlights, with broadcast and merchandise listings for March, see Cult Times #42.|