Site ColumnsBy Michelle
July 8, 2005 - 10:34 PM
I'm back from a glorious week of travel and a weekend of traveling misery courtesy United Airlines - I spent my 15th wedding anniversary in an airport in Denver, waiting to see whether and when our flight would be rescheduled - but given the events in the world yesterday, these seem like very small concerns. We stayed in a hotel in Russell Square this spring while we were in London, and the images yesterday from a block we walked while we were there felt somehow personal as well as shocking, much the way I felt on 9/11, though in both cases I was able to get ahold of the people I was most worried about quickly. I feel terrible for those not so fortunate.
We spent a couple of days in Seattle last week with family at a birthday party for my husband's 90-year-old grandmother, then a few days visiting the Olympic Peninsula, where one can drive from glacier-topped mountains through a rainforest to the Pacific Ocean within little more than an hour. My younger son's favorite things were the banana slugs; my older son's favorite things were the roots that grew above-ground wrapped around enormous fallen trees. My favorite thing is always the water, and here there were rivers and glacial lakes as well as the ocean.
The thing about camping is that it's always a shock to come back to the real world and the news. There's something to be said for no phone, no TV and no internet, but I always get anxious wondering what might be going on in the world that we're missing...in some ways getting away from it all can be as stressful as taking it all with you, where at least you know what's what.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from June 2003:
- Frakes: Greed Has Buried 'Star Trek'
Jonathan Frakes (Riker) said that the overabundance of Star Trek had diluted the appeal of the film franchise. "The box office would indicate that Nemesis will be the last film, I think that greed has buried Star Trek. There are too many television shows, too many series." He added that The Next Generation was "fabulous" but "it got watered down through Voyager, through DS9, through Enterprise".
- Spike TV Gets The Go-Ahead
Viacom Inc., the owner of both TNN and the Star Trek franchise, settled out of court with director Spike Lee, who sued the company for infringement over the use of his name. Terry Gross, one of Lee's legal team, said, "It's obviously good when parties settle." New York State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub consequently ended the injunction against TNN renaming itself Spike TV, which had planned to feature Star Trek reruns and other programming aimed at a male audience.
- Berman: Commandos Will Come And Go
Executive producer Rick Berman said that viewers shouldn't expect to be introduced to the all of the NX-01's new military contingent in the third season premiere. "These are not going to be regular characters...they are going to be recurring characters," he said. "We're going to be bringing them along as needed and the ones that work and the ones we like, we'll be keeping, and the ones we don't, we won't."
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