Site ColumnsBy Caillan
July 9, 2002 - 4:45 PM
I went to see 'Minority Report' today, and I felt slightly let down after all the good things I'd heard about it. The first 3/4 was absolutely fantastic stuff, with great set pieces like the spider scene, but the last quarter was a big let down. After the Anderton/Crow confrontation (which I expected to be the climax of the film), the pace slowed considerably, with scenes at the cottage leading up to Anderton's capture feeling redundant.
Then, when Anderton was finally put away, I expected the film to end there, but instead we had the "Burgess revelation" sequence which just seemed tacked on. Unfortunately, the last half an hour couldn't really keep pace with the rest of the film, which was a big pity because everything else had been top-notch stuff.
If only a definitive climax had been worked into the script, instead of these false-notes, the film would have been much more satisfying, even if it did end on a down-note, such as Anderton's capture.
Speaking of climaxes, the season finale of 'Alias' aired here on Monday night, and by god, if this isn't the best show on television at the moment, I don't know what is. The episode had so many great scenes, it's impossible to list them all, but I especially loved the moment when Jack Bristow slowly brought his arm up to embrace Will - the best hug since the Janeway/Tuvok good-bye scene in 'Year of Hell, Part II.'
However, it was even more heart-wrenching when Sloane broke the poison into his wife's wine-glass - I couldn't help but feel a mixture of sympathy for his plight, but also abject horror at what he was doing. Throughout the scene I kept whispering "Don't drink it" at the TV, but alas, she didn't listen.
I can only hope the last few episodes of 'The West Wing' live up to this standard - it's been an up and down season, and I hope they can go out on a high note. But come Emmy time, it's 'Alias' I'll be rooting for.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- What was your first Trek collectible?
- Is 'Yesterday's Enterprise' as good as it's made out to be?
- Should Kor have been in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' instead of Chang?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on July 8 & 9, 2000:
- More 'Imperfection' Spoilers
New information on Voyager's 'Imperfection' suggested the episode would see Seven help Janeway cope with her experience as a Borg in the 'Unimatrix Zero' two-parter. However, this turned out to be false, as the episode actually dealt with the breakdown of one of Seven's Borg components.
- Melbourne Holodiction Report
In an appearance at the Holodiction convention in Melbourne, Australia, Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) talked about how he'd like to concentrate on directing after the series ends. He was asked to helm an episode of Dawson's Creek, but had to turn it down because of his Voyager schedule. Two years on, McNeill has directed an episode of the WB series, and will helm two more installments later this year.
More news can be found in the archives.
Today is the birthday of Linda Park, who plays Ensign Hoshi Sato on Enterprise.
Today's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing the Next Generation episodes 'Where No One Has Gone Before' at 8:00 p.m Eastern Time, with 'A Matter of Honor' at 11:00 p.m.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'Tomorrow is Yesterday' at 6:00 p.m Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series episode 'Errand of Mercy' at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m Eastern Time, with TNG's 'Home Soil' at 3:00 p.m, DS9's 'One Little Ship' at 4:00 p.m, & Voyager's 'Repression' at 5:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will show the TNG episode 'Journey's End' at 16:00 GMT, with Voyager's 'Juggernaut' at 17:00. BBC2 will show Voyager's 'Friendship One' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central), UPN will be showing Enterprise's 'Dear Doctor.' Here's how the official site describes the episode:
"The crew encounters an alien race in desperate need of medical and scientific assistance. Phlox declines to assist them because of his ethical beliefs leaving Archer to decide whether to help them find their own solutions."
Further information can be found in the Trek Nation episode guide.
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Lonely Among Us' at 8:00pm Eastern Time and 'The Measure of a Man' at 11:00pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'Court Martial' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Deadly Years' at 10:00am Eastern Time, 'The Alternate Factor' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Coming of Age' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Honour Among Thieves' at 4:00pm, and Voyager's 'Critical Care' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Firstborn' at 16:00 GMT and Voyager's 'Someone To Watch Over Me' at 17:00. BBC2 will be showing TNG's 'The Icarus Factor' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In the Netherlands, V8 will be showing TNG's 'Suspicions' at 18:00 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
- In Australia, Channel 9 Victoria will be showing Enterprise's 'Shadows of P'Jam' at 22:30, while 'Shuttlepod One' will be shown at 22:55 in all other states. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!