Picks and Pans Review: Voice of the Planet

updated 02/18/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1991 01:00AM

TBS (Mon., Feb. 18, 8:05 P.M. ET)

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In this bizarrely subjective, five-part quasi-documentary airing all week long, William Shatner plays a writer contacted by the spirit of the earth, Gaia. She speaks to him in the voice of Faye Dunaway through a computer in a Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas, cluing him in on things in a style that is part lecture, part Socratic method and part seduction. ("I know everything about sex," she growls. "I've tasted and smelled everything, and I love it all.")

Gaia espouses unpredictable causes (she abhors animal research but favors enforced sterility in the Third World) in a fashion best described as new-age nattering. This clumsy piece of eco-advocacy is the longest infomercial ever made.

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