Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 20, 2007 - 9:55 PM
I'm back from England and Wales, where we had a wonderful vacation. My younger son would say that the best part of the trip was getting to meet the penguin that a friend adopted for him at the Dudley Zoo before she had any idea that we would be traveling anywhere near there...we visited the zoo, perhaps the loveliest we have ever seen on account of Dudley Castle dominating the grounds, and our son not only got to feed the Humboldts but to pet "his" penguin's week-old chick. For me, however, the highlights were William Morris' home at Kelmscott where Dante Gabriel Rossetti's paintbox still sits on a table; the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, where Edward II is buried, which we saw in half-darkness after Tenebrae services with the afternoon light streaming in the stained glass windows; and the hills above Aberdyfi, where Welsh legends say King Arthur and the giants from the Mabinogion sleep still, while the Lost Land lies under nearby Cardigan Bay.
Lest anyone should think I escaped from my inner geek, however, I must also note a number of Doctor Who-related highlights, beginning when my good friend in London brought us all talking Daleks ("Exterminate!") containing chocolate Easter eggs. We went to the Doctor Who exhibit in the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff, a short walk from Roald Dahl Plass, the location of Torchwood; it was smaller than the Star Trek Experience in Vegas but no less entertaining, with a full-size Dalek and Cyberman as well as a history of the Doctor and a store much resembling a convention dealers' room. We also visited the Forbidden Planet store across from Cardiff Castle. Best of all, we got to see the first two episodes of the new season, a year before they will arrive on Sci Fi...watching the Shakespeare episode a couple days after looking down the river at the Globe Theatre was a truly delightful experience.
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These were some of the major news items from April 2005:
- Berman Speaks On 'Enterprise' Cancellation, Trek XI
Executive producer Rick Berman revealed that he was not surprised to learn that Enterprise would not be picked up for a fifth season and said that he expected the eleventh film, still in the early stages of development, to feature a cast that would appeal to younger viewers. "Whether the film is going to be made depends on the quality of the script and a number of other factors," he said.
- Finale Photos Confirm Rumoured Plot Events
Photos from the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, "These Are the Voyages...", depicted Captain Archer and the crew of the NX-01 six years in the future of series time. The images showed the events being witnessed in retrospect by Deanna Troi and Will Riker on the holodeck of Captain Picard's Enterprise even further in the future.
- Berman, Braga Say 'Voyages...' Pays Tribute To All Trek
Berman and fellow executive producer Brannon Braga said that they felt it was important to feature characters from The Next Generation in the Enterprise finale because it allowed Captain Archer to be seen as an immortal hero in the Star Trek universe.
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