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TV Zone Special #35
The TV Zone Review of the Year

Also in this issue: overviews of the 1998-99 seasons of
Buffy • Doctor Who • Deep Space Nine • Voyager and The X-Files


Best actor, best actress in the TV Zone Awards 1999

Best series:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, finally becoming a massive hit in the UK and providing 22 episodes of near-flawless entertainment in Season Three.

Best actor:
Richard Dean Anderson, allowed to cut loose on Stargate SG-1 and imbue Colonel O’Neill with some personality, has become the main reason to watch it. Extra points for his Homer Simpson and Dr Evil impersonations. Runner-up: Lance Henriksen for trying his damnedest to save Millennium by being consistently superb.

Best actress:
Lucy Lawless for taking Xena quite literally to Hell and back and playing every imaginable facet of her character in one season.

Best newcomer:
Nicole de Boer, for not only stepping into Terry Farrell’s shoes, but also creating a memorable and believable character within four episodes of turning up on Deep Space Nine.

Biggest waste of time:
So many of us were waiting with breathless anticipation to see it, but when Crusade arrived, we finally saw what TNT had: none of the episodes were actually good. Cancellation not merely necessary, but essential.

Greatest loss:
It never quite got the following it deserved, but once again Millennium delivered some thought-provoking and powerful episodes. We’ll miss it.

Biggest surprise:
Just as everyone had given up on it, Red Dwarf came back and was funny again. Not as good as in its heyday, but still a lot better. Well done, guys.

The Chris Carter award for making a series far more complicated than it needs to be:
Surprise! Chris Carter, for clearing up most of The X-Files’ mysteries in Two Fathers/One Son, only to create another 10 in the season finale Biogenesis.

The ‘oh, For Pete’s sake, do something!’ award for the group of least-involving characters:
All the passengers of The Last Train. Crucifixion was too good for them. Runners-up: The cast of Total Recall 2070, proving the future isn’t a nice place to live if we have to share it with them

The ‘Déjà Vu’ award for the series with the fewest ideas of its own:
After a great start, the soon-to-be-seen-on-the-BBC Seven Days, which degenerated into rehashing films for about half the season.

The Ewan McGregor award for the most gratuitous use of nudity to sell a show:
First Wave, doubly condemned for not letting its viewers see anything other than naked backs when people did ‘get nekkid’. What about all the interesting bits? Honourable mention: Star Trek: Insurrection for the Troi/Riker rubber duck scene and Beverly’s reference to her boobs firming up.

Paul Spragg

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