Site ColumnsBy Amy
January 8, 2001 - 7:41 PM
Well, it's been an interesting, if rather long day. I actually spent the better part of this morning walking through the Welshpool industrial area after taking the car to the panel beaters for an insurance assessment and then returning to pick it up again. Oddly enough for the area, somebody with their head in the clouds was given free rein when it came to naming the streets in that area – I trudged along Planet Street, sunk to my ankles in sand along Star street and longingly stared at the closed deli not far from Mars street. I also spent the better part of an hour slowly roasting myself alive while waiting for the bus to get away from said industrial area, mentally composing all the nasty letters I could think of on our public transport system, or rather, at the time, lack there of. My displeasure, already affected by the heat, long walk and lack of a decent amount of sleep was rather compounded by the fact that not one, not two, not even 3 but *8* 'special' busses – that is, busses not currently being used to cart people around, passed by my bus stop on the barren bit of land near the corner of Leach highway and Welshpool road.
But, to make up for this, I saw quite the funniest movie I've seen in quite a while this evening. It's called 'Hercules Returns' and no, it's nothing like it sounds. Or, rather it is *something* like it sounds it should be, but really isn't. The plot goes something like this: three people decide to resurrect an old, abandoned movie theatre in Syndey, and, as a publicity stunt, decide that the first movie they show on grand opening night, when everyone who's anyone is there, is the last movie to be shown before the theatre closed – 'Hercules'. However, what the trio doesn't realize until it's too late and everyone's settling in to watch the movie is that 'Hercules' is actually in Italian. Without subtitles. So, after a mild panic session, they decide that the only thing they can do is to dub the voices to the movie as it goes along… and hilarity ensures. Most of 'Hercules Returns' itself is actually simply this old, B-grade 'Hercules' flick with the 'improvised' voice-overs. And it was hilarious, quite frankly, though I don't know how much of the humor would translate to a non-Australian audience.
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-In the United States, the Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series TOS's 'The Enemy Within' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
-In Canada, Space! will be showing TOS's 'Spectre of the Gun' at 10am (repeat at 4pm), TNG's 'In Theory' at 12pm, DS9's 'Let He Who is Without Sin' at 5pm and Voyager's 'Thirty Days' at 10pm
-In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'Invasive Procedures' at 11:30pm while Sky Premiere will be showing 'Star Trek: Insurrection' at 8pm. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
-Here in The Netherlands, Net 5 will be showing TNG's 'All Good Things, Part I'at 18:10 CET, BBC2 will show Voyager's 'Dreadnought' at 1950 and 'Unimatrix Zero I' will air on NED2. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
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