Listing sins

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 December, 1998, 12:00am

After two weeks of gaffes on the Saturday TV page, we here can understand our credibility is shot to pieces.

No, Star did not forget to tell us kick-boxing had replaced the cricket: we lost the fax. No, TVB did not omit to point out the wine documentary had been postponed: we lost the fax.

I use the royal 'we' here not to wiggle out of anything but because, even though I am the one who gets her picture in the paper every day, there are three of us who put together this page, and none of us spotted these errors.

It would be easy to blame the technology, our support staff, the burden of work (we all do lots of other things besides the TV page) but that would be a cop-out, when really this was just a cock-up. Or rather two cock-ups.

All we can say is we are very sorry to all those sports fans who crowded into bars and pubs across the territory in order to tune in to Star Sports two weeks ago, and especially to the bloke who went all the way to Sai Kung to watch the match at a mate's house.

We are also deeply apologetic to the connoisseurs who cracked open the Bordeaux in order to get into the spirit of Red Wine Poker last week, only to find some boring old thing about lost civilisations instead. We hope disappointment did not sour the wine.

Barring natural disasters, acts of God, and last minute problems with advertising, TVB is definitely showing Blade Runner (Pearl, 9.30pm) this evening, and as a special treat we are getting director Ridley Scott's original cut, which serious fans says is much better than the cut released in 1982. This version does not have Harrison Ford's voice-over, or the flying sequence at the end, and this is supposed to make the plot and characterisation more coherent.

Why serious fans are bothered about such things is a bigger mystery: the joy of Blade Runner is the completeness of the world it portrays, and the amazing special effects, not who does what to who.

On the other side, we have another science-fiction epic, Terminator II, one of James Cameron's pre-Titanic attempts to break all previous budget records in order to get precisely the right kind of special effects. He spent his reported US$100 million (HK$774 million) well.

This film is more impressive than the first Terminator movie, particularly the molten metal look of the Bad Cyborg.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Good Cyborg this time, caught in a battle with a mirror image of himself over the fate of Connor, saviour of mankind (Edward Furlong). Both Arnies are sent back in time in a battle which threatens to change Connor's destiny.