Site ColumnsBy Caillan
January 7, 2002 - 3:32 PM
Ah, the Summer non-ratings period. Here in Australia, it's the time when the networks pull out all the shows they ordered from the U.S., only for them to be cancelled before they made it to air here.
Occasionally, there's also a series that is actually good (and hasn't been cancelled). The West Wing was last year's success - this time round, it looks like Gilmore Girls. That's not to say it even approaches the quality of TWW, but it's unpretentious quirky fare that usually manages to put a smile on my face. Perfect tune-out material.
The other good thing about Summer television is Fraiser - apparently not worthy to be included in the ratings period, but still far better than a lot of the "comedies" shown then, even if it has declined a bit in recent years. Unfortunately, Channel 9 has either run out of new episodes or is saving them for next Summer, so we've been seeing last season's episodes.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Whatever happened to the Organians?
- What do you think is in Crewman Daniels's quarters?
- How would you rate 'Have Tech, Will Travel'?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on January 7, 2000:
- Dawson On Life After Voyager
Voyager actress Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) commented on her career plans after the end of the series. "I'm just an actor," she said. "I go from job to job. And once we're through doing Voyager, I'd like to be able to move on to the next job without any restrictions, without having to be B'Elanna for the rest of my life."
- Bring Back Sulu Campaign To Launch
A group of fans started a campaign for a Trek television series centred around George Takei's Captain Sulu. "At this time, our plan is to basically bombard Paramount with mail," said Russ Haslage, president of the International Federation of Trekkers. "In addition, since this campaign is meant to represent all Star Trek fans, we hope to garner a great deal of help and support from the grassroots fans of the world." The campaign ended last year after Enterprise was announced as the next series.
- 'Blink Of An Eye' Description
UPN posted its synopsis for the second new Voyager episode of 2000, 'Blink of an Eye':
When Voyager becomes ensnared in the orbit of a strange, primitive planet, it's energized core enables it to rapidly develop into a society with warp technology. So Janeway briefly transports The Doctor to the alien world, only to learn that the presence of Voyager has inspired invention among the society, which without warning, aims its own weapons at Voyager.
More news can be found in the archives.
Today is the birthday of Mark Allen Shepherd, who played barfly Morn on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Today's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'The Hunted' at 8:00pm and 'First Contact' at 11:00pm.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Whom Gods Destroy' at 10:00am Eastern Time, repeated at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Allegiance' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Passenger' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Projections' at 5:00pm, repeated at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'Alliances' at 17:00 GMT and Enterprise's 'Broken Bow' at 20:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In the Netherlands, NET5 will be showing Voyager's 'Real Life' at 18:40 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this! Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'The High Ground' at 8:00pm Eastern Time and TNG's 'Galaxy's Child' at 11:00pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'Return to Tomorrow' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield' at 10:00am Eastern Time, repeated at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Captain's Holiday' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Move Along Home' at 4:00pm, Voyager's 'Elogium' at 5:00pm, repeated at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'Threshold' at 17:00 GMT. BBC2 will be showing TNG's 'Home Soil' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In the Netherlands, NET5 will be showing Voyager's 'Distant Origin' at 18:45 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing TNG's 'Deja Q' at 00:00. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule!