|Highlights this month by
David Richardson and
Please note revised dates for episodes of Buffy and Crusade on Sky One below, since this issue went to press.
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
Sky 1, Friday 16th, 20.00
After recent events, Jenny Calendar is feeling justifiably guilty for the removal of Angels soul thanks to Buffy and Angels relationship moving on to the next phase. Acquiring an Orb of Thesulah, the computer teacher attempts to restore Angels soul, unaware that Angelus has learned of her plan and isnt willing to return to his former existence.
Still in the lead as the most emotionally powerful episode of the series, Passion is a real high point for the quality of the writing and playing in Buffy. David Boreanaz is at his most terrifying and mesmerizing, and Anthony Stewart Head gets some beautiful moments that really engage the viewer. Miss this and youll regret it. (PS)Character Pics © Fox
|3rd 9th July|
Sky One: Sunday 4th, 20.00
| War Zone picks up events straight from A Call to Arms:
Earth is quarantined as a result of the Drakh plague, and the Alliance instruct
Captain Gideon (Gary Cole) to lead a crew on the Starship Excalibur to find a
cure. Their first port of call is a downed Drakh ship, for a showdown with the
The plot might not be scintillating, but the cast impress with some diverse and compelling characters particularly David Allen Brooks as self-serving Max Eilerson and Peter Woodward as the sorcerer Galen. Think in terms of a revitalized Babylon 5, without the endless chit chat. (DR)
pic © TNT
|10th 16th July|
|Three of a
Sky One, Sunday 11th, 21.00
The Lone Gunmen go to Vegas to uncover some government secrets, but Byers manages to entangle them in the continuing web of intrigue that surrounds his lost love Suzanne Modeski.
Another comic classic as the Gunmen meet all their geekiest friends, and Scully is doped to the gills, leading to some of Gillian Andersons best facial expressions ever. Clever convoluted plotting and guest star Morris Fletcher make this a big hit. (PS)
Pic © Fox
|17th - 23rd July|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|
BBC2, Thursday 22nd, 18.00
|Former Resistance leader Li Nalas returns to the fold, only to find
himself hailed as Bajors saviour in the first part of this three-part
As Ira Steven Behr points out this issue, he was determined to go where no Trek series had gone before, and his plans began here with Star Treks first three-parter. Moving the Bajoran storyline forward, this episode and the two that follow it give an insight into life during the occupation and introduce a militant group named The Circle, who take great exception to collaborators such as Quark. Theres some powerful drama here as the extent of Winns political ambition is revealed and some more introspective material with Li as he is made a figurehead against his will for the Bajoran people.(PS)
pic © Paramount
|24th - 30th July|
|Earth: Final Conflict|
|Float Like a Butterfly
Channel 5, Thursday, 20.05
|Boone and Lili visit an Amish village where people are mysteriously
dying, and discover an alien probe that is creating hundreds of butterflies.
An important early arc episode for E: FC, Float Like a Butterfly sows the seeds for Season Two as well as later events this season. It also builds on the Boone/Lili relationship, has some beautiful CGI butterfllies and shows just what Jonathan Doors is willing to do to gain the upper hand over the Taelons. (PS)
pic © Alliance
|hIGHFor more highlights, with broadcast and merchandise
listings for June, see
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