News Bullets

By Amy
April 25, 2001 - 3:30 PM

  • Julia Houston, About.com's Star Trek Guide, has psoted the latest in her weekly feature article series. This week she looks at one of Trek's Unsung Heroes: Pavel Chekov.

    I must confess to being a little tired of all the news about VOY's end and TNG's movie, so how about a little time spent with a favorite TOS character?

    Ensign Pavel Chekov was a late addition to Star Trek, brought in as a regular helmsman after we'd been through a series of guys sitting to Sulu's right. The original story for his character was that an editorial in Russia's Pravda had objected to the idea of an international "Earth representing" crew that had no Russian presence. The "true" version that came out later was that the bridge crew, while attractive, had no character to appeal to the teenage girls. Chekov was based on Davey Jones from the hit TV show, The Monkees.

    Julia's full article can be found here at About.com.

  • Psi Phi's Jim McCain has interviewed author Diane Carey on a variety of topics, including the new Challenger series, 'Red Sector', politics, the Piper novels, and more.

  • Michael Marek of Cinescape has been catching up with his Voyager reviews, looking first at 'Q2' which, unlike many reviewers, he enjoyed; then turning his attention to last week's episode, 'Author Author' which he too thought was good, though the second half was much better than the first.

  • Voyager composers David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy will be honored as winners in the 'Top TV Series' category at this year's American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards Ceremony. Also, James Horner, composer of the scores of 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' and 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock' is also being honored for his work on 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. More information can be found at this StarTrek.com report.

  • Two purported Voyager props have turned up for auction on E-bay. The first is a Jeffries Tube panel used in 'Voyager' episode 'Before and After' while the second is a piece of glass from the Mess Hall Doors (via TrekWeb).

  • oIce_BreakeRo sends word that the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race, which William Shatner (Kirk) took part in, will air April 28 on ESPN2.

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