Site ColumnsBy Michelle
January 21, 2005 - 9:45 PM
This week was interrupted due to a forecast of snow. You'd think that an inauguration would be the major cause of disruption of traffic, schedules, etc. in the Washington, DC area, but not even a guy threatening to blow up his van a few blocks from the White House caused chaos the way the snow forecast did. It seems that there are only six or so snowplows in the entire metropolitan DC region, because whenever there's a report that it might possibly maybe sometime snow, everything shuts down, people drive as if the roads have already been sprayed with slippery material and those of us with children in public schools must stay glued to the radio in case the schools decide to panic and close early or open late.
We received maybe one inch of snow, total, over the course of the week. Because of this, however, I missed three separate lunch dates -- one because I had to help clean up what little snow there was in our parking lot, one because traffic was so snarled on the Capital Beltway that I was afraid I wouldn't get home in time to pick my children up, and one because one of the kids' schools had some sort of electrical disaster and lost power - including heat - on one of the coldest days of the year (which, to be fair, wasn't all that cold...we've had as few days below 30 as we've had days with snow this winter).
In other news, I finally saw The Incredibles, which was pretty good but hardly incredible; I had some issues with the characterization of women, particularly wives, and the plot was extremely predictable, but Pixar's animation is still marvelous and there's a lot of energy in the young characters. I also watched the rerun of the Veronica Mars pilot on UPN and it was every bit as good as everyone has said. Why doesn't that show get more publicity? UPN should be pushing it harder! But, then, there are other shows on that network about which I could say the same thing.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from January 2003:
- Braga: Tholians 'May Play A Bigger Role'
Executive producer Brannon Braga said that the xenophobic Tholians might become big players in the Temporal Cold War storyline after their introduction in Star Trek: Enterprise's "Future Tense": "We hint that they might be involved somehow as another faction in the Temporal Cold War."
- German Gay Trek Spoof To Be Released
Film group Constantin announced that it had picked up the German language rights to a gay Star Trek spoof from the comedy sketch show BullyParade, the story of a campy gay starship crew exploring space. The film (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 was ultimately a big hit in German theatres in 2004.
- J.G. Hertzler To Appear In 'Judgment'
The actor who played Martok on Deep Space Nine, J.G. Hertzler, mentioned to a screenwriting class at the University of California that he would be playing Klingon prosecutor Orak in 'Judgment' on Enterprise.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Thursday, January 27th is the 65th birthday of James Cromwell, also known as warp drive creator Zefram Cochrane.
Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a new Star Trek: Enterprise episode, "Observer Effect". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Noncorporeal aliens study the Enterprise crew as they respond to a fatal viral infection brought on board from an away mission.