Site ColumnsBy Kristine
December 24, 2003 - 5:30 PM
Though winter reruns are the only thing on the air right now, February sweeps are just around the corner, and with them they bring the possibility of surprising character twists on all of our favorite shows. Enterprise hasn't escaped the rumors of love in the air, either. Whispers have abounded this season about a possible Trip/T'Pol pairing.
Trek has a long history of attempting ship or station board romance, and it seems that fans are split on their preferences. Some liked the "romance of the week" style favorite by the original series. Jokes were made about Kirk having a girl on each planet, but some of those romances of the week were quite moving (remember "City on the Edge of Forever?"). Star Trek: The Next Generation brought in former lovers Riker and Troi, as well as a few other pairings during its seven-year run. Both Deep Space Nine and Voyager took it a step further, with character involved in long-term relationships that sometimes lasted until the end of the show--and beyond.
The fanbase seems pretty split on these romances. (Check out our new poll to voice your opinion of them.) Some folks group themselves into "shipper" categories, picking a potential couple and rooting for them to get together, while others bemoan the idea of pairing two officers who work together professionally.
I fall into the "like most of them" category. My favorite would probably be Kira and Odo, which I thought was both a natural progression for both of the characters, and a very interesting and exciting one for them. I'm curious to see where Enterprise will take Trip and T'Pol.
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Enterprise's lead actor, Scott Bakula told Dreamwatch magazine that he loved the world Trek looked forward to. "Won't it be great when we can finally transport ourselves and stop with all this mass transit stuff? Won't it be great when we clean up the planet and do all the things in the Roddenberry dream?" he said in the interview, where he also talked about the impact of science fiction on the world.
Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard) spent December 2001 on Broadway, performing in his adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Stewart described how the novella had moved him on his first reading: "The potency of redemption, the headiness of liberated joy, the relief of the 11th-hour reprieve was overwhelming," he said.
Trektoday reported that the second half of Enterprise's first season would feature several "bottle shows"--episodes that take place on the ship or existing sets. The upcoming episode "Shuttlepod One", which takes place almost entirely on a shuttlepod carrying Trip and Reed, as an example.
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"After answering a distress signal from a Vulcan starship, Archer, T'Pol, Reed and Hawkins arrive on board to find its crew in a deranged, raging state that quickly manifests in T'Pol as well. "