Site ColumnsBy Michelle
March 17, 2004 - 10:36 PM
I've probably mentioned before that my husband is a fan of games - not video games, but board games and strategy games of the sort that Avalon Hill used to put out before Hasbro bought them out. Despite the fact that he was a conscientious objector when he had to register for the draft, his favorites have names like Panzer Leader and Blitzkrieg.
I've also probably mentioned that, since seeing Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, I've become a complete Patrick O'Brian geek. This does not necessarily mean that I am fascinated by Napoleonic-era naval warfare; to me, the sails and cannons and prizes are just a backdrop for the stories about the characters. But I was interested enough to drag my entire family on a tour of the U.S.S. Constellation last weekend, and when we're in California this summer, I am dragging them on a tour of the Rose - the ship that played the H.M.S. Surprise in Master and Commander.
My husband got me the official Master and Commander game for Valentine's Day, a lovely set of metal ships and a fabric map of the Galapagos Islands, but he didn't stop there. Last week he presented me with a copy of Strategy and Tactics magazine containing a historical game called Fighting Sail: Sea Combat in the Age of Canvas and Shot. And we just got a package from someone from eBay containing an Avalon Hill game called Enemy In Sight, which has a cover picture of a guy dressed like Jack Aubrey, looking through a glass at a ship as his men aim a cannon. My husband has generously offered to play any of these with me any time I want.
It's not like I can complain, having gotten all 20 of the books for my birthday. But why do I have a feeling that my O'Brian obsession has unleashed yet another monster?
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from March 2002:
- 'Acquisition' Opening Scenes Summary
With four Ferengi set to run amok on the NX-01 in the upcoming Enterprise episode "Acquisition", a UK web site described the first-ever human introduction to the big-lobed aliens.
- Joe Menosky Enters 'The Dead Zone'
Joe Menosky, a veteran Trek writer and producer, joined the writing staff of onetime Trek exec Michael Piller's USA Network series The Dead Zone as executive consultant.
- First TNG DVD Reviews Appear
With the release of the first-season Next Generation DVD box set just a week away, the first reviews began to appear online, praising the visuals, sound and packaging.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Happy birthday tomorrow, March 18th, to J.G. Hertzler, a.k.a. General Martok, and on Saturday, March 20th, to John DeLancie, a.k.a. Q.
Today's Television Listings
- Tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "Similitude". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
When Trip suffers a catastrophic injury, his only hope for survival is a transplant from a "mimetic simbiot" – a clone – which Phlox grows from one of his exotic creatures. But it's a very troubling solution.