Site Columns

By Christian
February 27, 2001 - 11:55 PM

Hello World!

And I was so hoping to avoid this in the New Year, but these Site Columns were again the result of a race against the clock to get them posted before midnight server time, as otherwise they would show up as being posted on the 28th - and as otherwise the whole elaborate TV listing system would fall apart. What didn't particularly help in getting this posted quickly was the new anti-RSI program I installed, which, if I don't take the recommended 40-second break every ten minutes, starts beeping and flashing and generally being very annoying, so that the only possible course of action is taking that break. It won't even shut down regularly, so when I get really frustrated I have to Ctrl-Alt-Del to even get it to go away. Funny how a program designed to prevent Repetitive Stress Injury only gives me more stress.

Trek BBS Today

Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:

-In the General Science Fiction & Fantasy forum: Talk about the new Sci-Fi Channel schedule.

-Who of the TOS novel authors do you think writes Kirk the best?

-Is Lieutenant Carey still alive? (May contain spoilers)

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

On Sunday the 27th of January, 1999, some of the most important TrekToday headlines of the day were as follows:

  • New Birth Of The Federation Info - These days such a headline would be guaranteed to send waves of Series V excitement around the net, but in 1999 this still referred to Microprose's turn-based strategy game. The info released that day on Paul Weaver's FedCom included some snippets from the game's full ship list, word on the disappointing level of marketing for the game, and an all-new screenshot.

  • Sci-Fi Channel To Cancel Trek? - At the time, the Sci-Fi Channel was in the middle of its second run of the 90-minute Star Trek Special Edition, featuring full, uncut episodes in a digitally remastered version as well as a per-episode introduction by Leonard Nimoy. Unfortunately, an insider revealed that this would soon come to an end. "Unfortunately, the Special Edition is a project that got caught up in the cogs of the machine when SFC and its parent company, USA Networks were bought by Barry Diller. A number of new people were brought in and a number of people left in the upper management of SFC and unfortunately, the new folks haven't shared the enthusiasm that we of the old guard had for the project."

  • Hello World! - I went out to see 'Star Trek: Insurrection' for the second time that evening. Really loved it then, but I'm not sure if I've even seen it once since then.
More news from that day can be found in our February archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

When did you first visit TrekToday?
January - February 2001 28.1% - (188 Votes)
February - June 1999 18.2% - (122 Votes)
July - September 1999 10.1% - (68 Votes)
July - September 2000 9.5% - (64 Votes)
January - March 2000 8.9% - (60 Votes)
October - December 1999 8.6% - (58 Votes)
April - June 2000 8% - (54 Votes)
October - December 2000 7.9% - (53 Votes)

Total Votes: 667

Well, the amount of people that only discovered the site over the past two months is pretty surprising, even though the site statistics have also seen a considerable rise in popularity for the site since New Year. It's also interesting to see how large a percentage of people discovered TrekToday during its first few months - thanks for sticking with us for so long :)!

Happy Birthday!

Today is the 63rd birthday of Barbara Babcock, who voiced several characters on the Original Series, including Trelane's Mother in 'The Squire of Gothos', Isis in 'Assignment: Earth' and Commander Loskene in 'The Tholian Web'. She also made an appearance in 'Plato's Stepchildren' as Philana.

Today's Television Listings

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing TOS's 'Patterns of Force' at 5pm.

  • In Canada, Space! will be showing Voyager's 'Ashes to Ashes' at 4am, DS9's 'A Change of Heart' at 5am, TOS's 'The Changeling' at 10pm (repeat at 4pm), TNG's 'Rightful Heir' at 12pm, DS9's 'Wrongs Darker...Death...Night' at 5pm and Voyager's 'Child's Play' at 11pm.

  • In the United Kingdom, Sky One will show DS9's 'The Way of the Warrior' at 1700, while BBC2 will screen Voyager's 'The Thaw' at 1850. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • In Australia, Channel Nine will be showing DS9's 'You are Cordially Invited...' at 11pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

Tomorrow's Television Listings

  • At 9:00pm (8:00pm Central), UPN will be showing Voyager's 'Workforce, Part Two'. Here's how the official Star Trek site describes the episode:

    'Workforce, Part Two - Image copyright Paramount With the majority of the U.S.S. Voyager crew brainwashed into leading the lives of industrial workers for a race called the Quarren, Chakotay, Harry Kim, Neelix and the Doctor find themselves vastly outnumbered in their quest to restore the crew to normal and return them to the ship. However, Janeway and the rest of the crew have moved on with their lives as Quarren forces close in on Chakotay on the planet's surface and on Voyager in orbit.

    Please be aware that the above image is copyrighted by Paramount.

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be running another Star Trek mini-marathon, beginning at 11:0am Eastern Time with 'The Changling' and ending at 5:00pm with 'By Any Other Name'. Click here to see the full episode list.

  • In Canada, Space! will be showing Voyager's 'Child's Play' at 4:00am Eastern Time, DS9's 'Wrongs Darker than Death or Night' at 5:00am, the Original Series' 'Mirror, Mirror' at 10:00am, TNG's 'Second Chances' at 12:00pm, 'Mirror, Mirror' again at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Inquisition' at 5:00pm and Voyager's 'Good Shepherd' at 10:00pm.

  • In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'The Visitor' at 17:00 and at 23:30 GMT, while BBC Two will be showing 'Take Me Out To The Holosuite' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • In the Netherlands, Veronica will be showing DS9's 'Body Parts' at 17:15 CET, while Net5 will be showing their final TNG episode for a while at 18:00 - 'The Measure of a Man'. Thanks go out to for this!

  • In Australia, the 9 Network will be showing Voyager's 'Extreme Risk' at 11:00pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

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