|All highlights this month by our
resident see-it-all, Paul Spragg
|1st - 3rd September|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Faith, Hope and Trick
Sky One: Friday 3rd, 20.00 FIRST UK SHOWING
|Witnessing a vampire attack thwarted by a young
woman, Oz comes to the obvious conclusion that theres a new Slayer in
town. But what has Faith brought with her?
A pivotal episode of Season Three, Faith, Hope and Trick introduces Scott Hope, a new boyfriend for Buffy; Mr Trick, a new vampiric addition to the cast; and the amazing-in-just-about-every-way Eliza Dushku as Faith, new Slayer-about-town. Despite having these new characters to throw into the mix, the episode still tells a well-paced and plotted story which provides a powerful enemy for the united Slayers and fills in some of Faiths past, a past that will take her a long time to get over... (PS)
pic © Fox TV
|4th - 10th September|
Channel 5: Friday 22.40 FIRST TERRESTRIAL SHOWING
|Fleeing from Mantrids drones, the LEXX
crew are heading towards the centre of the universe when they discover a
floating structure in Space. Inside, they find a troupe of actors telling the
greatest stories of the Light Universe, and its time to tell Kais.
Yes, its the one youve been waiting for: the musical episode. Brigadoom is a superb example of lower budget television-making; simply staged as an actual play, we get the chance to see the surprising and moving story of the end of the Brunnen-G race, told in words and music. Not only that, but Michael McManus has a fine voice, as does Xenia Seeberg when Xev takes on a part, and we hear the fantastic Brunnen-G song once again. LEXX at its best.
pic © Salter Street Films
|11th- 17th September|
|The Unstuck Man:
Sky One: Monday, 21.00 FIRST UK SHOWING
|Remmy and Maggie lose Quinn and Colin in transit and make new
friends and a new enemy who is conducting sinister
A new season, a new batch of sliders, and new arrivals Robert Floyd and Tembi Locke make themselves welcome surprisingly quickly. Plus, theres evil Peter Jurasik as a mad doctor. It may all be a bit contrived and contain comedy Quinn and Colin doubles, but its still not a bad start to the last series.
pic © Sci-Fi (US)
|18th - 24th September|
|Space Pilot 3000
Sky One, Tuesday 21st, 20.00 FIRST UK SHOWING
is a pizza delivery boy in 1999. On New Years Eve, he delivers to a
cryogenics factory and inadvertantly gets frozen for 1000 years. Now Fry must
get used to New New York and the wonders of life in the year 3000 with help
from his new friends, the alien Leela and the robot Bender.
It stands to reason that a series created by Matt Simpsons Groening was going to be great, and this pilot episode expertly introduces the often surreal Earth of the future. The jokes come thick and fast, with the best being the trip through the head museum, where famous celebrities heads are stored including Leonard Nimoys, and Frys close encounter with what he believes is a phone booth. Do not miss this series. You will regret it.
pic © Fox TV
|25th - 30th September|
|Little Lost Lamb
Sci-Fi, Tuesday 28th, 20.00
|George and Matt investigate the deaths of several Newcomer
prostitutes, leading them to a casting agency.
Its been a long time coming, and its about time Alien Nation came back to TV. A massive critical success for its allegorical storylines and well-drawn characters, now you can sit back and enjoy the show again.
pic © Fox TV
Have you read our Instant Guide to Alien Nation?
|hIGHFor more highlights, with broadcast and merchandise listings for September, see Cult Times #48|