Site ColumnsBy Michelle
December 9, 2005 - 8:56 PM
This weekend I am going to see The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - possibly even twice, since I'm reviewing it for The Green Man Review. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I read the book about ten times in my childhood, the film looks fantastic, I love Tilda Swinton who plays the White Witch, I adored the first six books in C.S. Lewis' series, I've read numerous comparisons between this film and both the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films (both of which I love)...and, on the other hand, after I read The Last Battle, the final volume of the Narnia series in which Aslan turns into Jesus at the end, I put the book down and didn't read them again for years. I felt extremely betrayed. This is arguably my own fault, since I had no way of understanding in the earlier books that I was reading Christian allegory; having grown up Jewish, I did not recognize the march to Golgotha in Aslan's actions, and in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, my very favorite of the series (naturally - it took place on a ship!), I did not recognize the voyage to the Utter East as a spiritual journey.
Now that I have read John Donne's Easter sermons and The Faerie Queene, I look at Narnia very differently. I suppose that on one level, I admire it more, and I will forever be grateful to Lewis for teaching me how to read Spenser and Milton when I got there. But knowing this now does not quite make up for the sense of betrayal I felt as a ten year old when I was suddenly hit over the head with the religious baggage that became so overt in the final novel. Am I going to be able to enjoy The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as a glorious childhood fantasy about saving a world, or is it going to bring up all that frustration? I guess I won't know until I see it.
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These were some of the major news items from December 2003:
- UPN Denies 'Enterprise' Schedule Change Rumors
In the midst of rumours that UPN would shorten Star Trek: Enterprise's season and move the show to Friday nights, UPN issued a denial of the latter, though two web sites claimed to have information that there would be only 24 episodes filmed. (UPN, of course, did move Enterprise to Fridays for its final season.)
- 'Doctor's Orders' Details Revealed
StarTrek.com revealed that in the sixteenth episode of the season, "Doctor's Orders", the crew would encounter a trans-dimensional disturbance, forcing Dr. Phlox to put everyone but himself into comas in order for them to survive the anomaly.
- 'Battlestar Galactica' Is A Winner For Sci Fi
The Sci Fi channel's airing of former Trek writer Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica scored the highest ratings of the year for the cable channel, which beat both the WB and UPN in total viewers and pulled in the third largest audience in the Sci Fi channel's history.
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Today is the birthday of Michael Dorn, who is Worf in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and several films; tomorrow is the birthday of John Colicos, who played Kor on the original series and Deep Space Nine; Sunday, December 11th is the birthday of Teri Garr, who played Roberta Lincoln on the original series; Tuesday, Decmeber 13th is the birthday of Christopher Plummer, who played General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; and Thursday, December 15th is the birthday of Garrett Wang, Star Trek: Voyager's Harry Kim.