Site ColumnsBy Michelle
August 24, 2003 - 3:43 PM
My name is Michelle, and I'm a collectibles addict. Not Trek collectibles so much; after 30 years, about 100 toys, a dozen CDs, more than 20 Christmas ornaments even though I'm Jewish, hundreds of books and I don't even want to talk about how many VHS and DVD recordings, I woke up one day and decided that Paramount had gotten enough of my money. You'd think I'd be able to make that vow stick in other fandoms, too, but noooo.
I can blame some of this on my children. They got Hercules: The Legendary Journeys action figures; how could I not get a Xena? They wanted Phantom Menace toys, Darth Maul and Trade Alliance ships and battle droids, so how could I resist Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan? They got Mulan toys with Happy Meals...how could I not put her on top of my computer?
I'm trying to be a grown-up about this. I'm trying to convince myself that, having read the Lord of the Rings books and Viggo Mortensen's poetry to wit, I do not really need a little Aragorn on horseback and even if I did, I would not need a Boromir to go with him, because once one starts down that slippery slope, one might as well get the entire Fellowship. Not to mention the boxed set with the exclusive Haldir action figure. Haldir isn't even my type.
Someone please remind me of the crass commercialism and marketing, the evils of capitalism, the fact that the money to license this stuff goes into the hands of corporate media giants who turn around and make contributions to political parties whose views diverge widely, shall we say, from my own. Someone please point out that I am not setting a good example, focusing on the things of the world and not the things of the spirit.
Someone please point out that there's no room in my house for a Hogwarts castle made of Legos.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-What would you like to see Trip Tucker do during season three?
-Why is there so much Shakespeare in Trek, and is that a good thing or a bad thing?
-Caption this hideous photo of Captain Janeway!
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items at the end of August 2001:
- 'Broken Bow' Is A 'Grand Adventure,' Says Braga
Enterprise executive producer Brannon Braga spoke of his excitement about the upcoming pilot episode and the way the new series was taking shape: "It's much more gratifying and exciting to be in on something from the get-go...and I'm just glad this show wasn't rushed."
- Blalock: I Am T'Pol
Jolene Blalock spoke to TV Guide about her enthusiasm for playing a Vulcan, her "Satanic" pointy ears and how she nearly turned down the role on Enterprise, describing her character as "feline in movement...diplomatic with her words...just learning about human nature and the positives of feeling emotion."
- I Feel Like I Have Won The Lottery, Says Keating
Speaking to a paper from his hometown of Leicester, England, Dominic Keating called playing Malcolm Reed "a dream come true" and said it was "really weird" to be preparing for a series "which 62 million people are gagging at the bit to see."
More news can be found in the archives.
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Today's Television Listings
Next Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show an Enterprise double-header beginning with a rerun of "Cease Fire". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
A military conflict erupts between the Vulcans and Andorians over a small terraformed planet that both sides make claim to. In the midst of the skirmish, the Vulcans announce they wish to discuss terms for a cease-fire, but Imperial Guard officer Shran believes the only one he can trust to mediate such a negotiation is Jonathan Archer, so the captain and his ship are called into the fray.
Then at 9:00 p.m., UPN will air "First Flight". The episode summary states:
While Enterprise is investigating what appears to be a dark matter nebula, Archer receives news that A.G. Robinson, his old rival in the early days of the NX test program, has died. During a shuttlepod mission into the dark matter phenomenon, Archer reminisces to T'Pol about the time he and Robinson were pilots competing for the honor of being the first to break the Warp 2 barrier.