Site ColumnsBy Michelle
October 25, 2004 - 5:17 PM
So since I confessed last week to being a pathetic fangirl, let me continue in the same vein. The weekend before last, as I explained, we watched Galaxy Quest and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves because my children had never seen the latter and I was in the midst of an Alan Rickman film festival that encompassed few other child-friendly films (though I'm considering showing them Bob Roberts before the election, despite the language and adult situations).
Because things are very cheap on half.com and my videotapes of the aforementioned films were in terrible shape, I broke down and bought the DVDs. So this weekend, we watched, for the first time, the deleted scenes from both those films. I am not sure whether or not to recommend the extended edition of Robin Hood unless you really liked the movie in the first place. The good news is that nearly all the additional material features Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham, who is the primary reason to see this movie; but it's virulently anti-pagan, which made me uncomfortable enough in the original version, and neither Costner nor Slater's accents improve any in the EE, heh. There are also vintage interviews included in the package with some delightful discussions about the advantages of a Robin Hood who does not wear green tights.
Galaxy Quest, on the other hand, also features new material that mostly involves Rickman's character. The funniest of these involves Alexander Dane being given a tour of his quarters on the alien ship - based, of course, on his biology on the TV series on which he played Dr. Lazarus, who ate live crustacean-like ticks and went around reciting things like, "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged" -- half Mr. Spock, half Patrick Stewart. Lazarus' bed is bad enough, but his bathroom is truly inspired. Dane also has a fit of Method acting in which he tries to become a sentient rock that is worth the price of the DVD.
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- First 'Dawn' Plot Details
Sources revealed the first information for a new season two Enterprise episode in which Tucker's crash landing on a moon sparks difficult relations with a species that distrusts Vulcans.
The moon they are stranded on is unbearably hot during the day - one scene describes the dawn and the effect of the onrush of heat on the stranded men, as they lie beneath a overhang in order to shield themselves as much as possible.
- Dina Meyer Talks Romulan Make-up
Dina Meyer, who played Romulan Commander Donatra in Star Trek Nemesis, had to endure the traditional Trek guest star treatment. "I had a prosthetic forehead that they stuck to my head...when it's sunny outside and you're sitting with 14 layers of slick greasepaint make-up on, it's not comfortable."
- 'Nemesis' Romulan Actors Named
A three-time Trek guest star, a 24 recurring cast member and a former Australian soap star were announced as having been cast in three Romulan roles in Nemesis: Shannon Cochran as Senator Tal'Aura, Jude Ciccolella as Commander Suran and Alan Dale as Praetor Hiren.
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Today's Television Listings
- Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will broadcast the new Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Borderland". Here's the official synopsis:
When genetic supermen left over from the Eugenics Wars hijack a Klingon ship, Archer must rely on their creator, the criminal Dr. Arik Soong, to help hunt them down.