Picks and Pans Review: Voice of the Planet
updated 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
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.