Site ColumnsBy Caillan
December 2, 2001 - 10:27 AM
Isn't Farscape such a cool show? It had a (very) shaky start, but by the end of the first season it began to hit its stride, and never really looked back.
I say this because it's so bright and active in contrast to the relatively dour Enterprise. For a series that's supposedly "fresh and sexy," the latest Trek voyage feels very old hat. On the other hand, Farscape manages aliens that are really out of this world, and characters can be sexy without rubbing gel all over their bodies.
Even 'Cold Front,' which I was really looking forward to, came off as badly-executed. For an episode that was supposedly setting up an arc, it was very lacklustre - there was no heightened sense of wonder, no sense of things to come - compared to something like Babylon 5's 'And The Sky Full of Stars' it was very conventional.
Perhaps I'm just too Trekked-out, maybe I was expecting something just a little bit special. At the moment, however, it's Farscape that has my attention.
Hence this week's poll - what is your current favourite sci-fi show?
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Will 'Bridge Commander' be the best Star Trek game ever?
- Has Enterprise replaced your favourite sci-fi show yet?
- Which episode had the worst title?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the most important news items on December 2, 1999:
- Mulgrew On 'Fair Haven'
In an interview, Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) dropped some spoilers for Voyager's upcoming 'Fair Haven.'
"This is a story in which Tom Paris has created a hologram of a small and charming Irish village around the turn of the century. And in it is a publican. His name will change, so I don't want to give you eight million names, but as it stands, it's Michael. I walk in to get them to come to the bridge for some business, and I find him very engaging. And I return, and before I know it, I'm finding him more than just engaging, to the extent that I go into the hologrid and recreate him or fix him to my absolute specifications. It's a gamble to have Janeway romantically engaged with a hologram, but it's probably sensible."
The bartender did end up being called Michael in the completed episode.
- Variety Reviews 'A Christmas Carol'
Reviewer Michael Speier praised Patrick Stewart's (Jean-Luc Picard) performance as Eberneezer Scrooge in the TV film of 'A Christmas Carol.' "Stewart as Scrooge is such a perfect piece of casting that it will be hard to imagine anyone else as the sour ol' tightwad in years to come," he said. "For a decade, the thesp has toured with 'Carol' across the country, and the experience shows; his initial inflections are full of genuine antipathy, and his transformation to a goodhearted citizen is entirely believable. With a robust eloquence, he speaks Barnes' words with so much polish that even his bitterness is delightful."
- Good Ratings News
Voyager's 'Pathfinder' did quite well in the overnight ratings, scoring a 5.3/8. This was the series's best rating since 'Survival Instinct' earlier in the season.
More news can be found in the archives.
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
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Today's Television Listings
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Enterprise episode 'Cold Front' at 8:00 p.m Eastern Time.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing the DS9 episode 'Armageddon Game' at 14:00 GMT, followed by 'Whispers' at 15:00 and 'Paradise' at 16:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing the Voyager episode 'Der gute Hirte' at 16:00 ECT.
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'The Royale' at 8:00pm, and TNG's 'The Sins of the Father' at 11:00pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'The City on the Edge of Forever' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Gamesters of Triskelion' at 10:00am with a repeat at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Samaritan Snare' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Emperor's New Cloak' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Author, Author' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'Caretaker' at 17:00 GMT, TNG's 'The Enemy' at 20:00, DS9's 'The Dogs of War' at 21:00, and Voyager's 'Alliances' at 22:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In the Netherlands, RTL5 will be showing DS9's 'Paradise' at 18:00 CET, and NET5 will be showing Voyager's 'Investigations' at 18:30. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this! Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!