Site ColumnsBy Caillan
July 25, 2002 - 4:54 PM
Well, I think we all know the only possible subject of discussion for today's column. It's an event that will have such a deep impact on the very survival of the human race, an event that could possibly unleash universal Armageddon. Yes, loyal readers, you know what I am talking about. Rob Lowe is leaving The West Wing.
More seriously, it's sad to see him leave the series. I really liked Sam Seaborn, but it is true his standing has somewhat diminished - he no longer gets his own plotlines like in the first season (the prostitute, Mallory).
However, the show will survive his departure because he was practically in the background for most of the third season anyway. And fundamentally, TWW is an ensemble show, so the loss of one actor won't sink the ship. Unless, of course, Martin Sheen leaves (which is unlikely since he's being paid $300,000 an episode), in which case the show would be headless - literally.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Is there too much hype surrounding 'Nemesis'?
- Why is the Animated Series not part of canon?
- How was the original Enterprise destroyed?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on July 25, 2000:
- Richard Arnold On 'Voyager', Series V & Trek X
Star Trek archivist Richard Arnold revealed the plot for the upcoming Voyager episode 'Body and Soul' during a convention appearance. Here's an extract from the article:
It is currently untitled, it will see the Doctor, for some reason, being downloaded into Seven of Nine - thus taking over her body. Arnold commented to Robert Picardo that it would be a brilliant episode for him, Picardo replied: "Why? I'm not even going to be in it!" but after some thought he said that he "would have some brilliant stories to tell at conventions about being inside Jeri Ryan."
- Hollywood Anticipating Writers & Actors Striking In 2001
With the contracts between Hollywood studios and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) set to expire in May and July of 2001, the first rumblings of possible strike action emerged. Studios started to stockpile material by increasing the number of scripts on stock and shooting more movies in anticipation of the strikes. In the end, no industrial action was taken as both the WGA and SAG contract issues were resolved in negotiations during 2001.
More news can be found in the TrekToday archives.
Today's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing the Next Generation episodes 'Home Soil' at 8:00 p.m Eastern Time, with 'The Emissary' at 11:00 p.m.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'Who Mourns for Adonais?' at 6:00 p.m Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series episode 'Metamorphoses' at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m, with TNG's 'The Outrageous Okona' at 3:00 p.m, DS9's 'Tears of the Prophets' at 4:00 p.m and Voyager's 'Workforce Part 1' at 5:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky one will show the TNG episode 'Code of Honor' at 17:00 GMT. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Coming of Age' at 8:00pm Eastern Time, 'The Most Toys' at 9:00pm, 'Transfigurations' at 10:00pm and 'Peak Performance' at 11:00pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'The Changeling' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Ultimate Computer' at 10:00am Eastern Time, 'Journey To Babel' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Loud as a Whisper' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Image in the Sand' at 4:00pm, and Voyager's 'Workforce, Part II' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Haven' at 17:00 GMT. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!