Site ColumnsBy Michelle
March 28, 2004 - 5:56 PM
And my favorite movie for the first quarter of 2004 is...Starsky and Hutch.
This should not surprise anyone who reads this column regularly, as you will already know that I grew up in the era that represents the high point of American culture: the Seventies. We had disco. We had big lapels and even bigger cars. We had Free To Be, You And Me. We had Farrah Fawcett hair and afros. Oh, and we had Star Trek reruns every night -- the Star Trek, to paraphrase Mr. Scott, no bloody TNG, DS9, VOY or ENT.
I watched Starsky and Hutch only rarely, when my father had it on...and he was a bigger fan of Battlestar Galactica and shows like that than cop shows, anyway. But I saw enough to know what Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul looked like, and to get the gist of their characters' personalities. (Enough, at least, that years later when I ran into fan fiction about Starsky and Hutch in zines primarily aimed at fans of Kirk and Spock, I knew what I was reading.)
Honestly, how could I not like a movie that started playing Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" during the first frame of the opening credits? That played Chicago's "Old Days" and the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" during its two inevitable running-on-the-beach sequences? I could have sat through the movie with my eyes closed for the soundtrack alone. "That's The Way I Like It"! "Afternoon Delight"! And a horrid Bat Mitzvah band version of "Feel Like Makin' Love", something I lived with repeatedly the year I turned 13.
Deep it ain't, and it's much more flagrantly camp than the original ever was; I don't recall Starsky relishing dressing up in wigs with quite the same enthusiasm, nor Hutch...well, it's a movie spoiler involving his belly button. But hee is it fun. It's written in the moonlight, painted on the stars; we can't change ours.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from March 2002:
- TrekToday Suffering From Domain Name Problems
Wondering why so many of the links in the archive from the last three days of March 2002 don't work? It's because the Trek Nation and Slipstream Web had just moved to a new server, but the domain hadn't finished migrating.
- Season One To End With A 'Shockwave'
Information about the season one Enterprise finale, which began shooting on April 27, 2002, included the title and the fact that Allan Kroeker would direct.
- Logan, Sirtis, & Stewart Talk Trek X
Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and screenwriter John Logan discussed the upcoming Star Trek: Nemesis, particularly Riker and Troi's wedding: "I'm just thanking God that it wasn't Troi and Worf. I would have killed myself," joked the actress.
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Happy 44th birthday to Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) on Monday, March 29th!
Today's Television Listings
- Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "Proving Ground". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
An Andorian ship led by Commander Shran arrives in the Delphic Expanse to help Enterprise hone in on the Xindi superweapon.
Then at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will rerun Enterprise's "Stratagem". Here's the episode summary:
Archer finds himself face-to-face with Degra, the designer of the Xindi superweapon, and tries to trick him into revealing its location.