Site ColumnsBy Christian
July 10, 2001 - 3:00 PM
The Tour de France has started again, and as every year, I'm making sure not to miss a minute of it.
I'm almost not interested in watching any other sport on television at all - I watch football during the European and World Championships and just to make sure I don't lose my Dutch citizenship I catch a couple of speedskating championships per year, but that's about it. But for the Tour, I follow all the stages, the extensive summaries in the evening, and the late-night interviews with the cyclists. I just can't get enough of it.
Part of the reason is that cycling is still such a charming sport. A great example of that came yesterday, as the Tour was about to go through the small Belgian home village of one of the riders, Paul van Hyfte. So about a kilometer before the village, we saw Van Hyfte make his way to the front, and ask Lance Armstrong and the other leaders if he could go ahead. Sure, they said, and so Van Hyfte was allowed to get about a minute ahead of the pack and be the first to go through his village. As he did, and the whole village went mad - screaming and shouting, while he was laughing and waving and generally making himself immortal in his home town. Of course, after the village all the other riders caught up with him again, but it was an amazingly beautiful moment that you won't see in many other professional sports.
And as I type this, Erik Zabel wins his second stage in three days, which is really good for me, as he's one of the riders I selected for the Fantasy Tour game I'm participating in. Maybe I'll even make it to the top-1000 now. Yes, I'm in over my head :).
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Have you also noticed the new ads TNN is running for the TNG reruns they'll be airing this Fall.
-How often was Deep Space Nine referenced in TNG?
-Would Janeway's command have been different with a human doctor?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
Below are some of the most important headines that appeared on TrekToday on Saturday the 10th of July, 1999:
- 'Flight Academy' For Real?
July 10 was the day when the Starfleet Academy rumours for a while seemed more realistic than ever, with Mr. Showbiz columnist Jeffrey Wells confirming his earlier report. "She may be denying this because Paramount execs may want to make the announcement themselves later on (or some such motive) but she's oil-slicking all the same. I double-checked with my sources Wednesday, and the story is 100 percent accurate. The spokesperson's claim that 2002 is the earliest a new Trek pilot will hit TV sounds like a good ballpark figure. Paramount head Sherry Lansing has said it will take about two years."
- Defending Flight Academy
If 'Flight Academy' was really in development at Paramount or if that was just an unfounded rumour is probably something we'll never know, but some people have always felt the concept would make for a good series. One of those was Trek Nation reader Valentine Winter, who sent in an article called 'Defending Flight Academy'.
Today's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'The Way To Eden' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing The Original Series's 'Mudd's Women' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'Ensign Ro' at 12:00pm, a repeat of 'Mudd's Women' at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Past Tense, Part 2' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'The Killing Game, Part II' at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Hollow Pursuits' at 17:00 GMT, with a repeat at 00:35. BBC2 will be showing Voyager's 'One Small Step' at 18:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- We regret that we are unable to bring you the German television listings today, due to a problem with the Sat1 website. We apologise for any inconvenience.
- In the Netherlands, RTL5 will be showing DS9's 'One Little Ship' at 18:00 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
- In Australia, Channel 9 will be showing DS9's 'Time's Orphan' at 12:00 midnight. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- At 8:00pm (9:00pm Central), UPN will be showing the first of a set of three two-hour Voyager movies they'll be showing over the coming weeks, namely the two-hour version of 'Unimatrix Zero.' Here's how the official site describes both parts:
- 'Unimatrix Zero, Part One'
Unimatrix Zero is a place within the Borg Collective where a small percentage of drones go during their regeneration cycle. Within this virtual reality, they are able to act and think like individuals, although once their regeneration cycle is complete the drones have no memory of this dream-state. After Seven of Nine is brought back to Unimatrix Zero by an old friend to help keep the Borg Queen from discovering this enclave, Captain Janeway sees the situation as a perfect opportunity to try and incite a Borg uprising from within the Collective.
- 'Unimatrix Zero, Part Two'
Unimatrix Zero, a cyberspace enclave for certain Borg within the collective, is under threat by the Borg Queen who wants it destroyed at any cost. Meanwhile, with Janeway and her crew going undercover as Borg drones in an attempt to infiltrate the Collective, the Borg Queen gets more and more desperate to unravel the mystery of Unimatrix Zero. She will even resort to the destruction of her own kind in an attempt to stop Janeway and Unimatrix Zero.
- 'Unimatrix Zero, Part One'
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing an Original Series mini-marathon tomorrow, beginning with 'The Doomsday Machine' at 11:00am and ending with 'The Cloud Minders' at 5:00pm. For a full listing, please follow this link.
- In Canada, Space! will be showingn the Original Series' 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'Silicon Avatar' at 12:00pm, 'What Are Little Girls Made Of' again at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Life Support' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'Vis a Vis' at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'The Omega Directive' at 6:00am and at 22:00 GMT, TNG's 'The Most Toys' at 17:00 and at 00:30. At 18:45, BBC Two will be showing DS9's 'Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges.' Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Brieffreunde' (Pen Pals) at 16:00 CET.
- In the Netherlands, RTL 5 will be showing DS9's 'Honor Among Thieves' at 18:00 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
- In Australia, Channel 9 will be showing DS9's 'Time's Orphan' at 12:00am. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule