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By Christian
July 7, 2003 - 9:23 PM

  • Former Buffy scribe Jane Espenson told Ain't It Cool News what she would do if she was in charge of the next Trek series. "Well, I think the best way to freshen it is to stop freshening it so damn much," she said. "The original worked." Read more at this page.

  • Penny Arcade has published a comic strip commenting on Activision's lawsuit against Viacom.

  • Online rental service MovieLink now reportedly offers Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as well as Star Trek: Nemesis, for download. Later this week the last two Original Series movies will also become available. The service is only available to American visitors - thanks to US-based official Star Trek site for reporting on this.

  • ABC's repeat presentation of Star Trek: First Contact on Saturday lost out to Fox's movie Scream 2, and failed to lift the network from last place for the night.

  • Wired News has an article on a new handheld scanner reminiscent of Star Trek's tricorder that is currently in development in Italy. The device will allow doctors to screen patients for cancer in just a few minutes, removing the need for a 40-minute exam in an MRI scanner.

  • Several months ago, William Shatner (James T. Kirk) organised the 13th edition of his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show. His official web site has now been updated with a photo report of the event, featuring many images of the star himself.

  • And Shatner's Original Series colleague George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) has updated his official site with a new edition of his monthly column, in which the actor talks about several conventions and one Star Trek cruise he visited this month.

  • The Showtime cable network yesterday aired "Diagnosis", the episode of its female cop show directed by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres).

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