April Fools' Day Round-upBy Caillan
April 2, 2003 - 11:24 AM
If it hadn't been April 1, yesterday would have been the biggest news day this year. Trek web sites revealed exclusive scoops ranging from an expose of Porthos the beagle's snooty behaviour on set to the news that Enterprise will soon become the "ultimate" reality show.
Here's a round-up of all the April Fools' Day pranks:
- Porthos' Diva-like Behaviour Out Of Control
StarTrek.com reported Porthos the beagle has been holding Enterprise producers ransom with his outrageous demands, which include a "lower craft services table" and "scripts that are 'more conducive to the advancement of Quadruped-Americans'". "His ego's totally out of control," an insider told the site. "He questions every move made by the producers, and often holds up shooting for hours on end with his script notes."
Other articles at the official site included a protest by a Vulcan-American Group Group and the news that Chef has been nominated for a Non-Image Award. The site also revealed exclusive details about the upcoming episode "Porker", which will see Porthos and Tucker combined in a terrible transported accident (see image above).
- Enterprise To Be Revamped As 'Ultimate' Reality Series
Jamahl Epsicokhan at Star Trek: Hypertext had been running a countdown on his site leading up to a big announcement. He certainly didn't disappoint with the explosive revelation that the Enterprise crew will travel back in time to the 21st century where they will star in a new reality series. "This is exactly the shot in the arm that the Star Trek franchise needs right now," said executive producer Brannon Braga. "This isn't your father's Star Trek."
- Berman And Braga Penning Historic Star Trek Musical
Sources told TrekWeb that Enterprise will have a musical episode next season a la fellow UPN series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The instalment will reportedly feature the crew encountering a new alien race, which can only communicate with music. "Well, Rick and I are working on, literally, a radical departure for Star Trek," Brannon Braga told the web site. "We're sticking around while the rest of the staff takes a few weeks off to pen a special episode that will brilliantly characterize our new direction for season three." There was no news on how this would fit in with the proposed reality series outlined in Epsicokhan's report.
- Spoilers For Enterprise Season Three Episodes
The Enterprise production offices must have been leaking like a sieve, with Chris Howell at the Great Link publishing plot synopses for every episode of the show's third season. Highlights included the appearance of "Pagh-Tribbles" in "The Search", the episode "Maxim Girl", in which T'Pol can't stop removing her uniform, and a special guest appearance by Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine in "Crossover From The Abyss".
Please note that these April Fools' Day stories have not been officially confirmed by Paramount Pictures, and never will be.