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By Christian
April 5, 2000 - 10:45 PM

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I've been thinking about the reported premise for Series V ('Birth of the Federation' plus a time traveller from the 29th Century seeking to stop the founding of the Federation) for a large part of the day, and I've decided that I might actually grow to like the concept. I've always liked the 'Birth of the Federation' concept, much more than concepts such as Starfleet Academy or a series set further in the future, and though I'm a bit concerned the current producers might not be able to handle continuity well, the lack of any information we have about the pre-TOS time period means the producers will still be able to establish a lot of new facts. I'm a bit less happy about the time traveller idea, but on the other hand time travel stories have always been a strong point of Brannon Braga, so maybe he'll also be able to use this well. Plus I personally wonder if that particular aspect of the series will really be present in all the episodes - after all, Voyager attempting to go home or the sacrifice of the Caretaker don't play a major role in most of the episodes either. For me the most important part of this Series V concept is the setting, and I think a pre-TOS setting will definitely mean a series I will want to watch.

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Today On TV

-At 9:00pm (8:00pm Eastern Time), UPN will be repeating Voyager's 'Alice'. Here's how UPN describes the episode:

'Alice' promo - courtesy Vidiot, copyright Paramount Pictures During a stopover at a space junkyard, Tom Paris convinces Chakotay to purchase a sporty space shuttle which Paris then constantly labors over to repair its extensive technology - but he's oblivious that the craft has assumed a sexy female persona that influences his mind to suit her own dangerous agenda. Paris becomes addicted to "Alice," the loving name he bestows on the sleek shuttle that comes complete with an invasive personality capable of convincing him to cannibalize vital parts from the Voyager's systems to retrofit her own. In need of a pliant pilot to get to her destination, Alice tricks Paris into blasting off in the mini-ship while evading Janeway's desperate attempts to chase them.

Thanks go out to Vidiot for the above image, which is of course copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.

-On Thursday in the United States, the Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky' at 2:00pm Eastern Time.

-On Thursday in Canada, Space! will be showing DS9's 'Return To Grace' at 4:00am Eastern Time, the Original Series' 'Space Seed' at 10:00am and at 4:00pm, and DS9's 'The Sons Of Mogh' at 10:00pm.

-On Thursday in the United Kingdom, BBC Two will be showing TNG's 'Bloodlines' at 18:00 GMT. Thanks go out to Kathryn Hughes for this!

-On Thursday in Germany, Sat.1 will be showing Voyager's 'Makrokosmos' at 15:00 CET.

-Here in The Netherlands, Net 5 will be showing TNG's 'Skin of Evil'at 18:00 CET. Thanks go out to for this!

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