Site ColumnsBy Michelle
September 9, 2005 - 9:14 PM
Last weekend, stressed out by the news about Hurricane Katrina, we spent a day in the 16th century at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. It was very relaxing, even though the Lord Governor of Ireland wanted to have Grace O'Malley executed and Sir Francis Drake's men were consorting with pirate women. There were belly dancers in the streets, a troupe of fire-jugglers and a phony Spanish lord who made a lot of cheese jokes, as well as roasted turkey legs, pan fried potatoes and a chocolate fountain. We saw two jousts, both of which ended in draws as the knights dragged each other off their horses and fought first with swords, then axes, then WWF-style moves. There was also abbreviated Shakespeare, a performance by minstrels at the pub, a pirate magic show and a human chess game.
We spent the rest of Labor Day weekend at my in-laws' house in Pennsylvania, watching the groundhogs in the backyard and the spectacular sunsets which they think may be caused by the nearby paper factory that puts some kind of pollutant in the air which turns the sky very red. And we went to the zoo, which had an open-air parakeet cage where people could walk through and have parakeets, rosellas and cockatiels land on their shoulders and hands to take seeds. I kept thinking about the dolphins that were rescued from New Orleans and put in a swimming pool at a Holiday Inn. It seems ridiculous to worry overmuch about what happened to all the animals in the city given the loss of human life, but many of the people who had stayed said that they did so because they couldn't bring their pets, and I haven't heard what happened to the animals from the Audubon Institute there.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from September 2003:
- UPN Puts the 'Star Trek' In 'Enterprise'
On the cusp of the premiere of the show's third season, UPN finally put Star Trek in front of Enterprise in the series' title, changing its logos on both the main and series pages of its web site to reflect the change. The network also sent a memo to its affiliates announcing a revision to the name.
- First 'Xindi' Review Mostly Positive
The first online review of the Enterprise season three premiere, "The Xindi", claimed that the show had improved and stated that "the new direction for the series does look promising." Kathie Huddleston of SciFi.com awarded "The Xindi" a B+.
- Braga, Berman Talk Trek Future
Executive producers Brannon Braga and Rick Berman spoke of their plans and hopes for the Star Trek franchise and the changes in Enterprise, bringing on space marines and a darker tone. Said Braga,
Am I scared that this will work? Yes, but it's different, challenging and ultimately more creative...we're making very dramatic, and hopefully, effective changes to the show because they are creatively stimulating and because we're trying, of course we're trying, to generate viewer interest. A lot of people are like, 'Are you doing this because of the ratings?' Well yeah! What television show in the history of television doesn't try to get better ratings?
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Today is the birthday of Jeffrey Combs, who played Weyoun & Brunt on Deep Space Nine and Shran on Enterprise. Sunday, September 11th is the birthday of Roxann Dawson who played B'Elanna Torres on Voyager, and Wednesday, September 14th is the birthday of Walter Koenig, who played Chekov on the original Star Trek.