Site ColumnsBy Michelle
February 22, 2004 - 12:33 AM
Some of you probably know that before I came to write for the Trek Nation, I worked for a company called Another Universe, for whom I reviewed television and interviewed the cast and crews of genre shows and movies in an online magazine called Mania. The offices were in Manassas, Virginia, and I lived in suburban Maryland, so I only went in one day a week. On the other days I watched Hercules and Xena, The X-Files, Andromeda, Relic Hunter and various other shows (Buffy, Babylon 5 and La Femme Nikita often among them) and sent in reviews.
This was, quite simply, the greatest job in the history of journalism, which of course meant that it was too good to last. The company was bought by Fandom.com, which promptly went bankrupt, and I was out of a job and owed several thousand dollars I never got paid, which sucked mightily. But since the original web pages of Another Universe (later Fandom Shop) went down, all my reviews became mine again. I've had them up for several years on my personal web site, The Little Review.
But life is good, and Christian invited me to come review at The Trek Nation, and now you can read my older Star Trek reviews here, in the newly expanded Trek Nation Episode Guide. This weekend, I am reliably informed, is the fifth anniversary of the site, which can be traced all the way back to February 1999 and Christian's first-ever Hello World! So it's a real thrill to be a part of this, and to say I knew him way back when.
Trek BBS Today
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Trek Two Years Ago
In celebration of this site's anniversary, let's go all the way back to the major headlines of February 1999:
- Jeri Ryan Speaks Out
Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) said that despite rumors that her co-star Kate Mulgrew wanted to jump ship, there was no immediate plan to get the crew home on the show, and she herself was very happy, calling the cast "a great bunch of people to work with."
- Viacom To Shut Down Sites Again?
Viacom announced that it would create a new division to run its online businesses and might eventually spin it off into a separate company, hoping to cash in on the Internet's growing popularity among consumers and investors. The last time Viacom tried to centralize its internet fans, the company had sent cease and desist letters to many Trek web sites.
- Mania Magazine reviews new Trek episodes
The latest issue of Mania Magazine carried reviews of Voyager's 'Gravity' and DS9's 'The Emperor's New Cloak'. Christian said, "As usual, the reviews are rather in-depth, offering a lengthy plot summary and a detailed analysis, so stay clear if you don't want to be spoiled." The reviews were written by Michelle Erica Green.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Happy birthday today to Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), who turns 36 today, and to Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Lwaxana Troi, Nurse Chapel), who turns 72 on the 23rd.
Today's Television Listings
- Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show Enterprise's "Hatchery". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Archer tries to save the offspring of a group of Xindi Insectoids when he discovers their crashed ship on a barren planet.