Site ColumnsBy Caillan
March 13, 2002 - 12:31 PM
Well, I have to say that after seeing the Star Wars: Episode II trailer, I'm completely underwhelmed. The effects were brilliant, of course, but the entire promo was poorly assembled and badly paced.
The only "chills up your spine" moment was the single Darth Vader "breath" over the title, which was quite creepy. However, I'm not holding out any hope for a good performance from Hayden Christensen - his delivery of the line "Excuse me, but I'm in charge of security here, milady" was downright laughable at best. At least I should be thankful for small mercies - there was no Jar Jar Binks in sight.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- What do you think the 'Nemesis' poster should look like?
- Who was the coolest Vorta?
- In Science Fiction & Fantasy: What did you think of the Star Wars: Episode II trailer?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
On March 12, 2000, the new TrekToday format was officially launched. Here's a selection of news items that appeared on those first two days:
- Star Trek Monthly Voyager Interviews
Two Star Trek: Voyager actors were featured in the latest issue of Star Trek Monthly. Robert Picardo (the EMH), director of 'One Small Step,' was asked about his interest in the space programme.
I have developed an interest in it during the years I've been working on Star Trek. Obviously, I met a lot of moonwalkers and astronauts through my experience acting on the show. At the 30th Anniversary Star Trek convention in Huntsville, Alabama, I met, I think, six moonwalkers. And I would say that some of the excitement of being around the 'realies' rubs off on you. I don't know how else to put it.
Olivia Birkelund, who played Gilmore in 'Equinox, Parts 1 and 2,' discussed the possibility of becoming a recurring character. "I'd love to do Gilmore again though, because I thought she was a great character," she said. "She's very intelligent, but a warm woman. She was able to take charge and do her job well. And there's a lot of unexplored potential there. So it would be great to play Gilmore again."
- Trek Wins SFX Awards
The Trek franchise was featured prominently in SFX magazine's All-Time SF Reader Awards. Here's a roundup of the results:
Top 50 TV Series Of All Time:
- 4. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- 6. Star Trek: The Next Generation
- 7. Star Trek: The Original Series
- 14. Star Trek: Voyager
Top 50 Films Of All Time:
-15. Star Trek: First Contact
-24. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
-39. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Harlan Ellison Talks To Fandom
Veteran scribe Harlan Ellison talked to Fandom.com about the problems of bringing his 'The City on the Edge of Forever' script to the screen.
I wrote an 18,000 word introduction to the book where throughout I refer to Roddenberry as the Great Pretender, El Supremo, and an outright naked liar, and [say] that after 30 years I was sick and tired of this bullshit of him telling people how expensive this script was and how it couldn't be shot, when in fact I had letters from him proving that that was not the case.
More news items can be found in the archives.
Today's Television Listings
- At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central), UPN will be showing the Enterprise episode 'Silent Enemy'. Here's how the official site describes the episode:
Attacked by an unidentified enemy ship, the crew struggles to get their new phase canons operational. Meanwhile, Archer realizes that no one knows Reed well enough to give him a personalized birthday gift.More information about the episode can be found in the Trek Nation episode guide.
- TNN will be showing the Next Generation episode 'Disaster' at 8:00 p.m eastern time, and 'Chain of Command, Part I' at 11:00 p.m.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'Balance of Terror' at 6:00 p.m eastern time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original series episode 'I, Mudd' at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m eastern time, with The Next Generation's 'The Masterpiece Society' at 3:00 p.m, DS9's 'Fascination' at 4:00 p.m and Voyager's 'Worst Case Scenario' at 5:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, E4 will show the Original Series episode 'The Cloud Minders' at 14:00 and 18:00 GMT. Sky One will show 'Vis-a-Vis' at 17:00. Sky One will show TNG's 'Elementary, Dear Data' at 17:00 and midnight. The SciFi Channel will show 'Star Trek III: The Search For Spock' at 22:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'The Game' at 8:00pm Eastern Time and 'Chain of Command, Part II' at 11:00pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'Shore Leave' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Metamorphosis' at 10:00am Eastern Time, repeated at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Conundrum' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Past Tense, Part I' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Displaced' at 5:00pm and 10:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'The Omega Directive' at 17:00 GMT, repeated at 00:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing the Original Series's 'The Alternative Factor' at 00:15, 'Amok Time' at 01:05 and 'Who Mourns for Adonais?' at 23:20. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!