TV Roundup

Sci-Fi’s Stargate spinoff, Atlantis, drew the biggest audience for a weekly series on the network. Wow. Is that why Stargate‘s the only thing they ever seem to run during prime time?

Cable loves sci-fi! Then why don’t we have a more varied Sci-Fi Channel?

Speaking of… when it comes to M. Night Shyamalan, Sci-Fi Channel is a Big Fat Liar. That is so 1999.

Eliza Dushku is excited about the next season of Tru Calling. I guess someone has to be…

Relations between Smallville and the upcoming Superman movie are delicate, to say the least.

J.J. Abrams promises to fix Alias. Well, I liked it…

The WB’s Fall Schedule.

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J.J. Abram’s new series Lost will have some SF elements. Because a show from the creator of Alias starring a Hobbit wouldn’t have a genre audience otherwise. Hopefully it avoids cancelation, because I’m down to two shows next fall and I NEED TV.

(Don’t ask.)

Smallville’s Lois Lane has been cast.

Forget Shatner – reports now have Brent Spiner (Data) guesting on Enterprise. Fans should also note that Enterprise reruns will be moved to Fridays come August.

The La Femme Nikita second season DVDs have been pulled. Huh?

Buffy, Feminism and… the Pope?

No, I’m not kidding. This article from Commonweal magazine, which appeared in November 2003, examines the “new feminism” championed by Pope John Paul II and the ways in which the author believes it falls short. In what I think is a terrific example of the theory that a fan can make anything relate to the fandom, Notre Dame professor Cathleen Kaveny argues that the pope’s conception of the role of women could benefit from a few Buffy viewings:

Why is Buffy an important interlocutor for the “new feminism” inspired by John Paul II? Because the two have enough in common for the discussion to be fruitful. The pope rejects sexism, as well as both “sameness” and “separatist” feminism, for the same basic reason: they undermine the dignity of women because they are untrue to the complex reality of the nature and situation of women. So does Buffy, but with snappier dialogue and better clothes.

Agree or disagree, it’s food for thought.