News Bullets

By Christian
March 27, 2005 - 4:41 PM

  • According to the official Star Trek site, two members of music band The Flaming Lips will have a walk-on role in the upcoming Enterprise episode "Demons." "It's good to know that in our small way we are going to be part of what could potentially be the 'History of the Future,'" band member Michael Ivins told the site. "Roddenberry's -- and later producers' -- optimism for what the human race could become is important to look at in the present, considering what's going on in the world these days. We do understand this is entertainment, but great stories like this can help us face our own sense of ethics and morality. Enterprise, DS9 and Voyager explored war, religion and love in ways that few shows have before or ever will."

  • Speaking right after he completed filming on the Enterprise finale, Connor Trinneer ('Trip' Tucker) said he was "honored and touched" by fan campaigns to keep his show on the air. "But is it going to be effective? Honestly, I don't think so. It's all economics, you know. But fans got an extra year of the original series by writing in."

  • Psi Phi has been updated with the back cover text of Fables of the Prime Directive, the 53rd S.C.E. eBook, the cover artwork and back cover text of Security, the 54th S.C.E., and word that the 64th eBook in the series will be called Distant Early Warning, and be written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.

  • Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) and Chelsea Field will be performing in a May 20th benefit performance of I Do! I Do! Find out out more at the web site of the Friends of the Musical Theatre. Thanks go out to Miri for this!

  • StellarCross has posted new reviews of Pocket Books' Titan: Taking Wing and Engines of Destiny novels.

  • At least one person seems happy Enterprise is ending. "God, the finale can't come fast enough," an unnamed UPN representative told IGN's Trek report, after hearing fans voice suspicions that UPN's Favorite Episode contest is rigged. "It doesn't seem to matter what you try to do, the Trek fans will find some fault with it and just wear you down. I like Star Trek but I'll be happy to start work promoting another series."

  • SevTrek has posted the winning punchlines for its Many Uses of Beta's Head contest.

  • Trek novelist Christie Golden was recently interviewed over at BookTrek. "I chose to [write] Voyager because I really enjoyed the characters and I had gotten so deep inside them it was very easy to write," she told the site. "Obviously I have a few favorites-Chakotay and Tom, and who doesn't love the Doctor? They are fun because they really practically write themselves. I remember once in writing Marooned where I literally paused and thought, 'I am getting paid to write about Tom Paris in an alien bar. Is my life good or what?'"

  • Invasion Iowa, the hoax perpetrated by Wiliam Shatner (James T. Kirk) on the citizens of Riverside, Iowa, was recently previewed to inhabitants of the town. More information can be found at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Thanks Patrick J. Riepe!

  • And Shatner recently boasted to the New York Post he has never been the successful victim of a practical joke.

  • Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) will be one of the featured guests at Collector Mania, a British Trek convention taking place from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May. One of the other guests will be Scott Bakula's former Quantum Leap buddy Dean Stockwell, who also appeared in Enterprise's "Detained." Thanks go out to Alex for this!

  • Jason Evers, who played Rael in the Original Series's "Wink of an Eye," passed away on the 13th of March, aged 83. More info can be found at E Insiders. Thanks again to Alex!

  • Star Trek: Enterprise got no nominations in the Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form category of the 2005 Hugo Awards, which will be presented at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, this year taking place in Glasgow. Stargate SG-1, Lost and Battlestar Galactica each picked up one nomination, while Angel got two.

  • The official Robert Picardo Site notes that Brent Spiner (Data) and Robert Picardo (the Holodoc) have teamed up to create two posters that will soon be available through Picardo's web site. Both posters show the two actors in character, with the first one reading "Is your problem hardware of software?", and the second one "Real men hard to find?"

  • Enterprise Orion Slave Girl Bobbi Sue Luther was recently interviewed by the British Starburst magazine, and the Sci-Fi Pulse has the highlights. "Once I got the script," she told the magazine, "I went online and did my research. I was amazed with all the information I found and how fond fans are of [the late] Susan Oliver's performance as that first Orion Slave Girl."

  • And the Sci-Fi Pulse also has excerpts of Starburst's interview with John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) "It's truly a shame, especially in that this year has I think been our best one yet," the actor said, when asked about cancellation. "However, the franchise has been around for a long time, and I feel our cancellation has much more to do with the fact that you can't go to the same well as often as Paramount has done with Trek and expect to keep viewers interested. I mean, between the films and TV series there's been a lot of Trek over the past 15 or so years."

  • Totally Kate! has posted new photos of Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) attending the Writers Guild East awards, where she presented the Evelyn F. Burkey Award to Claire Labine.

  • According to the Baltimore Sun, a top Bush advisor opposes cloning partially because of the influence of Star Trek. Thanks go out to ld for this!

  • Jamahl Epsicokhan has posted an article marking the tenth anniversary of his review site Star Trek: Hypertext, promising that even after the end of Enterprise, he'll continue to post reviews on the site - possibly for The Next Generation, possibly for Battlestar Galactica.

  • TrekBrasilis has posted several new images from Enterprise's "In A Mirror, Darkly" two-parter.

  • The Sci-Fi Heaven has awarded the bonus features of the upcoming Enterprise first-season DVD set with a B+.

  • Tandem News has put up a brief interview with Colm Meaney (Miles O'Brien), talking about his new film The Boys & Girl From County.

  • The Star Trek: First Contact DVD was recently reviewed at JoBlo.com's DVD Clinic, were the release was awarded with a total of four out of five stars.

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