Site ColumnsBy Christian
June 5, 2001 - 10:23 PM
One of the big downsides of living in Europe is that we often get American television series well over a year after they air in the US. One of the upsides is that while there also is little original Dutch programming during Summer, we seem to get fresh episodes of American shows throughout the year.
The main reason for that is that we have about as many television stations here as there are networks in the US. As only about half of their primetime programming consists of American television series (the other half being Dutch shows, news programs, films, etc.), that means enough series are available for them to show fresh episodes all year long.
As a result, today the first episode of Boston Public premiered in the Ally McBeal timeslot, while tomorrow Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel will begin their new seasons in the place of Charmed and some other show. As I mentioned earlier, Dark Angel already started last month, and Law & Order will begin its new season two weeks from now.
Now the climate will just have to cooperate and give me a wet, cold summer without any of that annoying sun stuff - can you imagine having to actually go outside and do fun things while all these great shows are debuting on screen?
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Do you think that Archer's Enterprise should be able to land?
-Is Edith Keeler the cause of the Mirror Universe?
-In Science Fiction & Fantasy: What are your predictions for Buffy's sixth season?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
Below are some of the most important headlines that appeared on TrekToday on Saturday the 5th of June, 1999:
- Shimerman On DS9 Ending - Armin Shimerman told the Deseret News how he felt after completing his final scenes for 'What You Leave Behind:' "I know that when I took the makeup off for the very last time and the head was removed and I was alone for a moment, a little tiny voice in the back of my head — a little Quark voice — said, 'Don't kill me!' And I felt for the little voice. He had existed for seven years and had a wonderful life, and it was sort of a shame to see him be put in mothballs. But at the same time, people have to move on."
- 'Free Enterprise' Premiere Report - A day earlier, the indie comedy 'Free Enterprise' officially bowed in Los Angeles. Writer Mark A. Altman and director Robert Meyer Burnett were present, but also William Shatner, who played himself in the film. It is now of course available on DVD and VHS.
- Trek BBS Today - We were preparing to move the Trek BBS to its own domain name only a few days later.
For more headlines from that day, please visit our June 1999 archives.
Today is the 25th birthday of Marc Worden, who played Alexander Rozhenko on DS9's 'Sons and Daughters' and 'You Are Cordially Invited...'. It also would have been the 72nd birthday of Robert Lansing, who played Seven in the TOS episode and potential series pilot 'Assignment: Earth,' had he not sadly passed away seven years ago.
Today's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'Return To Tomorrow' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing The Original Series's 'Patterns Of Force' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'Tin Man' at 12:00pm, a repeat of 'Patterns Of Force' at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Whispers' at 5:00pm and Voyager's 'Favourite Son' at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Up The Long Ladder' at 17:00 GMT, with a repeat at 00:10. BBC2 will be showing Voyager's 'Alice' at 18:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's '11001001' at 16:00 CET.
- In the Netherlands, RTL5 will be showing DS9's 'Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges' at 18:05 CET, and Yorin will be showing 'Star Trek:The Motion Picture' at 21:05. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central), UPN will be showing a double bill of Paris/Torres episodes, starting with 'Drive' and ending with 'Lineage.' Here's how the official site describes both episodes:
While Tom Paris and Harry Kim are performing tests on the new Delta Flyer, they encounter a mysterious pilot who challenges them to a race. The woman, Irina, later informs them of an upcoming starship race. Soon, the Starfleet officers find themselves involved in this race—an event intended as the first step towards peace between four different cultures from this area of space. But one of the racers is determined to sabotage the goodwill of the event.
Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres reach a crossroads in their relationship which could have long-ranging effects on both of their lives. Early in her life, B'Elanna and her father joined his family on a camping trip where something happened - something that could result in B'Elanna making an irrevocable decision against Tom's will that no amount of technology can rectify.
Please note that the above images are both copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series' 'Patterns of Force' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series' 'By Any Other Name' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'Hollow Pursuits' at 12:00pm, 'By Any Other Name' again at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Paradise' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'Before and After' at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Manhunt' at 17:00 and at 0:00 GMT, while BBC Two will be showing DS9's 'Field of Fire' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Die Entscheidung des Admirals' (Too Short A Season) at 16:00 CET.
- In Australia, Channel 9 will be showing DS9's 'The Reckoning' at 12:00am. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule