Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 9, 2003 - 3:07 PM
I'm going to Britain for the first time on Friday. I've been planning this trip for literally my entire life, but parts of my itinerary have changed to reflect my changing fannish interests.
For instance, there was a time when I would have insisted on going to Nottingham to touch the ice where Torvill and Dean learned to skate. There was a time when I would have wanted to see anything connected with Andrew Lloyd Webber -- hey, stop laughing, I was fifteen. I'm still tempted to go to Pinewood Studios, which have ties to everything from Space: 1999 to Star Wars.
A friend from college went to London between his junior and senior years in the mid-1980s and brought me back a treasure -- a complete set of that season's Royal Shakespeare Company programmes. I discovered only later that they included Patrick Stewart among the cast members. This was before Star Trek: The Next Generation, before I had Page's Bar on my itinerary.
I'm going to be meeting up with some British friends whom I first encountered on the internet eight years ago, sharing Voyager fan fiction. I'm also hoping to sneak in a quick visit with my Trek Nation colleague Lisa. Star Trek has introduced me to people around the world, and as much as I'm looking forward to seeing the Rosetta Stone and the Pre-Raphaelite artwork and Stonehenge, I'm looking forward finally to meeting them in the flesh.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Which foods have been most closely associated with which characters, like Earl Grey tea with Picard and prune juice with Worf?
-Can you help contribute to a list of all the Star Trek references on Futurama?
-Which episode of which series would be the best introduction to Star Trek for someone who had never seen any of the shows before?.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on April 9-12, 2001:
- More Trek X & Voyager Finale Talk
Executive producer Rick Berman promised that the unnamed tenth film would be "bigger in scope and concept" than previous Trek features, and would have guest appearances by one or more characters from series other than The Next Generation. Discussing John Logan's script, Berman enthused:
It is more of a heroic Picard vs. the evil villain type of picture as compared to some of the previous films...I think there is more action in it and it's a film that takes place primarily in space. We have wonderful villains, wonderful species both known and new and I would describe the film as being in the same style as John's film Gladiator. The film has a real epic quality to it.
- Michael Piller Looks Back At 'Voyager'
Michael Piller reflected on the seven-year run of Voyager, which he departed as executive producer at the end of the second season. "I think at its best, Voyager dealt with interesting philosophical issues, but I always saw it as a more entertaining, more exciting version of Star Trek than its predecessors," he said. "The one thing that I look back on and think would have made the series more interesting would have been to keep more conflict going between the Maquis and the Starfleet characters, at least during the first season or two."
- Ryan: It Makes Sense To Go With Chakotay
Jeri Ryan told Starlog magazine that she thought it was appropriate for Seven of Nine to become romantically involved with Chakotay, despite fan uproar about the rumored pairing in the episode "Human Error". Ryan felt that Seven didn't "take Harry Kim very seriously" and wouldn't date the Doctor "because they've been down that road, too". However, she said she hoped Seven would never fully regain her humanity: "I don't want anyone to call her Annika by the end."
More news can be found in the archives.
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Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will be showing "Judgment". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Archer stands trial before the Klingon Tribunal who have charged him with firing on a Klingon warship and providing aid to refugees on the run from the Klingon empire for which the punishment is death. When the prosecution paints a skewed and violent picture of the events in question, Archer challenges his appointed Klingon legal counsel to buck their cruel justice system and let him present his side of the story in the hopes that he will prevail. In the process, Archer learns that Klingons haven't always been a warrior society and that there are Klingons who want to lead a more peaceful existence.