Site ColumnsBy Caillan
August 19, 2001 - 1:18 PM
I really, really, really hate Dark Angel. After being subjected to three agonising episodes, I have to resist every urge not to throw rotten tomatoes at the television every time Jessica Alba opens her mouth.
Maybe it just isn't the series for me. I can't stand the way the music glorifies every single Max "butt-kicking" scene, even pausing so that she can get one of her corny quips in. John Savage is sorely wasted in his role, turning up for about five seconds every episode to walk around with a disgruntled expression on his face.
Not to mention the fact that most of the cast are little more than hangers-on who don't seem to play much of an integral part in the series at all, let alone have any discernable character traits. What's even more depressing is that these episodes were written by former TNG & DS9 scribe René Echevarria and David Zabel, who co-wrote Voyager's excellent 'Pathfinder.'
On the other hand, I have just started watching Stargate SG-1 - now this is a cool series. Not only are the majority of the actors blessed with the ability to act, but the characters and stories are actually interesting. Any series based on a premise where the team goes and visits various historical situations from Earth's past gets a big tick in my book. Mongols one week, Minoans the next, Egyptians the week after - the fun just never stops. These people are living my fantasy!
So, at the moment, it's Stargate: 1, Dark Angel: 0. And did I mention that I really dislike Jessica Alba?
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Which movies do you think have the best and worst posters?
- Are you a Captain Jellico fan?
- In Science Fiction & Fantasy: Do you think Babylon 5 was overrated?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on August 19th, 1991:
- Voyager Season Six News
Voyager's sixth season B'Elanna Torres episode, 'Barge Of The Dead,' was apparently undergoing reshoots, forcing it to be pushed back later into the season. In the end, however, it aired as the season's third episode. Additionally, the first four photos from the episode emerged, including this one, seen to the right.
- Nicole deBoer Starburst Interview
Nicole deBoer (Ezri Dax) shed some light on the the real reason she joined Star Trek - to meet Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard). "But, having done the show and the conventions, I still haven't met Patrick Stewart," she said. "That really sucks. That was the one thing I wanted out of Star Trek when I signed on. I said, 'I'm going to meet Patrick Stewart now!'"
More news can be found in the archives.
Today would have been the 80th birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, had he not sadly passed away in 1991. In addition to Star Trek, Roddneberry's notes formed the basis of the series Earth: Final Conflict and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.
Happy birthday to Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker), who turns 49 today, and to Diana Muldar (Katherine Pulaski), who is 63.
Today's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'The Alternative Factor' at 10:00 a.m.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series episode 'A Piece of the Action' at 10:00 a.m Eastern Time. The Next Generation's 'Birthright, Part II' will be shown at 11:00 a.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing the Next Generation's 'Time's Arrow, Part I' at 14:00 GMT, followed by part two at 15:00. 'Realm of Fear' will be shown at 16:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing Voyager's 'Alice' will be shown at 16:00 ECT.
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'The City On The Edge Of Forever' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing The Original Series's 'The Immunity Syndrome' at 10:00am Eastern Time, with a repeat at 4:00pm, TNG's 'Starship Mine' at 1:00pm, DS9's 'The Sons Of Mogh' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'Someone To Watch Over Me' at 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'The Mind's Eye' at 17:00 GMT, with a repeat at 00:50. Voyager's 'The Swarm' will be shown at 21:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Der schüchterne Reginald' ('Hollow Pursuits') at 16:00 CET.
- In the Netherlands, RTL5 will be showing DS9's 'Penumbra' at 18:00 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing The Original Series's 'Miri' at 11:30pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule