Site ColumnsBy Michelle
November 11, 2005 - 10:03 PM
I had a great library day the other day, and I didn't even take out any books. I have been coveting for a long time the audio recording of The Return of the Native read by Alan Rickman (because Alan Rickman could read the phone book to me, let alone any novel in any language), but because it's 12 cassettes, it's quite expensive. Awhile ago it occurred to me to look and see whether my public library system had a copy anywhere, and sure enough, they did! I had to put myself on the waiting list and finally they sent me an e-mail that they were holding it for me, so I went to pick it up. And in addition to my hours and hours of Rickman reading to me about a witch, I found the two-disc set of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which I had never tracked down because we had it on videotape, and the entire run of Brideshead Revisited.
My TV watching has dropped off, as I suspected it would. CBS has made me very unhappy moving Threshold to Tuesday nights, because as much as I am enjoying Brannon Braga's new series, I am not giving up my weekly William Shatner fix for it and will have to tape it for later. One day perhaps someone will be able to explain to me why Boston Legal is considered a drama rather than a comedy; it has no laugh track and usually has about ten serious minutes an episode, but the performances are more about comic timing than what I think of as drama and there are usually some fall-on-the-floor hysterical moments, which this week included a defense of bestiality, Spader's character terrified of a clown and Shatner's character on Larry King Live defending shooting a client. Before that my entire family is still watching Commander in Chief, which has some very mediocre scripts and some nearly-as-mediocre actors but every time Geena Davis is onscreen, I don't care.
But other than those, The West Wing and Smallville, I don't really have any must-see TV, besides the last two episodes of that great guilty pleasure Rome, a.k.a. Sex and the Ancient City. We watched the History Channel two parter on the Crusades, The Crescent and the Cross, but I've yet to catch History's Mysteries with Scott Bakula - is it good?
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- Romance Is In The Air On 'Enterprise'
TrekToday sources revealed that in the fifteenth episode of Enterprise's third season, Tucker would have a relationship with MACO Amanda Cole, arousing T'Pol's jealousy and inspiring her to have sex with Trip.
- 'North Star' Rides To Elevated Ratings
Enterprise's "North Star" brought in higher overnight ratings than the series earned for the previous several weeks, rising 2/10ths of a point in the overnights, though Smallville on the WB beat UPN by 44 percent for the hour.
- Berman: 'Shippers Take Selves Too Seriously
Executive producer Rick Berman suggested that fans invested in T'Pol's love life may be taking themselves too seriously, saying that most of the letters they had gotten "all pretty much had to do with 'Don't make it Trip - make it be Archer!'"
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