Site ColumnsBy Kristine
May 19, 2004 - 8:21 PM
Tonight brings a sad event for many sci fi fans: the last episode of Angel. Since the show's cancellation was announced a few months ago, fans have been not just mounrning its end, but also taking action: signing petions and even holding blood drives in support of the show. Alas, the WB stuck to its guns and no other network picked up the show. So this week, we have to say goodbye to Angel.
Angel is not only going out on a high note, but also at a place where so many more possibilities have opened up. (Beware spoilers up to the fifth season finale!) The death of Amy Acker's character, Fred, was quite a shocker, but Illyria, the former god-like being who has taken over her body, has added a refreshing edge to the show and a tension between some of the characters, as well as sending Alexis Denisof's Wesley back to a very dark place.
The addition of James Marsters to the cast also jazzed up the show. Watching Spike and Angel bicker over who would win in a fight, cavemen or astronauts, or fight over Buffy, was a highlight, and Marsters and David Boreanaz always hit the perfect pitch in their scenes together. Even quiet scenes, when Angel tells a depressed Spike he always liked Spike's poetry, and Spike responds that it figures since Angel likes Barry Manilow, have humor infused into them.
I'm no executive, and I realize the bottom line is what the honchos at the WB are looking at, but I think it's a real shame when a show as creative and daring as Angel gets cancelled. It had five great years, but it would have been nice to have one or two more. There was still more story left to tell. From the tidbits the writers have dropped, what they had tentatively planned would have been as excellent and innovative as what had come before.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the Enterprise topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Voy added Jeri...Who will Ent add?
-Saveenterprise.com reports a 22 episode renewal
-RENEWED!! But moving to Friday?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
The actor who brought Jean-Luc Picard to life talked about how X-Men 2 would be different from the first movie, and also the X-Men movies' similarities to the Trek franchise. "I suppose Fox think they might have got their hands on their very own Star Trek, which is a curiosity for me, given that one is apparently winding down while the other one is just starting up," he said at the time.
Former X-Files writer/producer John Shiban, who joined the Enterprise team for the show's second season, admitted gaps in his Trek-education. He told TrekToday he was playing catch up by watching episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The actress who portrays T'Pol on Enterprise admitted she almost turned down the role when it was offered to her. On an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Blalock said her reluctance was "before I knew it was a prequel. Before I knew it was a younger cast. I mean, who wants to be going 'beam me up!' you know?"
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
Happy birthday to John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) who turns 44 on May 20th!
Today's Television Listings
The clock is ticking for the future of humanity---and perhaps the series' too---as the Enterprise embarks on a collision course with the Reptilian fleet. Cancellation rumors inspired Trekkers to launch a letter-writing campaign to convince UPN to renew the series---and this tense tale, the season's penultimate episode, strengthens their case. The ship's trek through the Delphic Expanse reaches a fever pitch as Archer and the Xindi plot to destroy the doomsday device possessed by the Earth-hating Reptilians, who try to brainwash Hoshi into deciphering its code.
NB: TV Guide has posted an article today saying that UPN has renewed Enterprise. UPN announces its fall schedule tomorrow, May 20th.