Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 27, 2003 - 9:17 PM
I'm back after nine glorious days in Great Britain, trying desperately to get caught up on all the news I've missed in the US. Not only did most of a war pass me by, but I wasn't here for Michael Jordan's last basketball game and I couldn't buy Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the day it came out on DVD. Plus I missed two trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean, one for The Matrix Reloaded and, apparently, an entire Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez press junket!
I sought out shockingly little pop culture in England; I was too busy being overwhelmed by Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge to make time for Page's Bar or Forbidden Planet. I guess that Shakespeare's birthplace should count as a popular culture destination, as well as the restored Globe Theatre, and we saw the wonderful revival of My Fair Lady that's playing in the West End so that our kids could hear what regional accents sounded like before the presence of BBC TV in many households began to standardize the dialects somewhat.
Don't believe anyone who tells you that spring in London is cold and rainy. We had more than a week of sunshine and temperatures reaching record highs; I had to buy a tourist t-shirt at Leeds Castle because I hadn't packed anything summery enough. We ended up skipping the museums in Greenwich to walk along the river and hike through the park, and we never made it to the museums and J.R.R. Tolkien sights in Birmingham because I put Avebury on the itinerary once my friends explained that one can actually enter the barrow and touch the stones in the stone circle there.
I visited with two friends while in London -- a journalist whom I met six years ago while I was running Kate Mulgrew's fan club, and a programmer whose fan fiction I found last year on LiveJournal. It was easy to keep in touch with my family who were in Florida for Passover, using the wonderful British Telecom internet kiosks in Tube stations and at Heathrow. We need some of those in the Metro in Washington DC!
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-What's been your favorite architectural style in any of the Star Treks?
-When has Star Trek put you to sleep?.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items at the end of April 2001:
- Visitor To Return For 'Dark Angel' Season Two
Nana Visitor confirmed that her character, then known only as Madame X, would return for Dark Angel's sophomore season. The Deep Space Nine actress drew comparisons between the shady Manticore executive and the Intendant, the alternate-universe double of Major Kira Nerys: "She was evil with a dollop of self-deprecating humor. It works well for a Madame X character."
- Mulgrew Reveals Finale Spoiler
Kate Mulgrew told the audience on the morning show Fox & Friends that actress Alice Krige would appear in the Voyager series finale, reprising her role as the Borg Queen from Star Trek: First Contact. "I just worked with her...boy, she's marvelous", said Mulgrew of Krige, who was unavailable for prior Voyager episodes featuring the Borg Queen, leading to Susanna Thompson's being cast in the role.
- 'Nemesis' - Star Trek X Title Revealed
Long-time source Faith revealed to The Trek Nation that Nemesis would be the title of the tenth Star Trek feature film. She also said that the script called for an opening scene in Alaska, where Riker and Troi would wed.
More news can be found in the archives.
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This Week's Television Listings
- Next Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show "Cogenitor". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
While studying a star in the early stages of going supernova, Enterprise encounters a race called the Vissians. The two crews get along famously, until Trip Tucker gets a little too curious about a member of the species' third gender — a nameless individual called a 'cogenitor.'