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An archive of Star Trek News Articles

By Amy
December 10, 2000 - 7:54 AM

  • Michelle Erica Green of Mania Magazine has posted the latest edition of her 'Hailing Frequencies' column. She provieds the usual summary of news and rumours, in addition to a review of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Gorn Crisis'.

    February sweeps episode "Workforce, Part One" follows the adventures of Captain Janeway and other Voyager crewmembers when they find themselves forced to toil in an alien city, yet reported that the episode will feature scenes in astrometrics and the Delta Flyer. The most promising rumor about this episode comes from writer Bryan Fuller, who answered a fan question on about whether Janeway would ever have a decent love affair by promising, "Captain Janeway will have a romance with a real, live, flesh and blood he-man come February sweeps. Stay tuned." OK, we're waiting...

    The prospect of writing the final season of the show has been "a daunting task," admitted Fuller, because he wants to give the audience and each character "the stories and moments that they deserve" without doing something redundant from the previous three series. Fuller cited The Twilight Zone as a major inspiration for him. "I get very excited by the notion of reality being something tangible that can be manipulated, bent or spindled; that it isn't necessarily subject to the confines of secular science." But he also said he gets story ideas from newspaper articles or films that make him wonder what a Star Trek character would do in a similar situation.

    To read the full article, follow the link.

  • Secondly, the latest edition of STC writer Ariel's 'Subspace Echoes' column, providing a look at 'Tsunkatse', her envious look at AntonyF's Nana Visitor interview and Andromeda.

    What can I say about this week's Voyager? "Tsunkatse" in its first run was, in my opinion, a vain attempt to raise flagging ratings by bringing in a new demographic: wrestling fans. Now, I'm not really interested in wrestling myself. I do know that a lot of people are, however. I have seen enough of it to know that it is action-packed and I know who the main wrestling stars are. One would have to be living under a rock not to know who The Rock is (no pun intended). He seems to be a fellow with a lot of personality, self-confident and used to playing to the camera. Acting seems to be something, to me, which would come naturally to him. I've seen other wrestlers in various roles, mostly on the small screen but also in movies. They have done well with what they have been given.

    The show was hyped as a showdown between Seven and the character that The Rock was playing. Even if this was what it had turned out to be, I seriously doubt it would have been enough for wrestling fans to say: "Hey, this is a cool show! I think I'll watch it every week!" It would have taken a really terrific episode for even a fraction of wrestling fans who are not already Trek fans to decide that Voyager is a show worth watching. "Tsunkatse" was not a really terrific episode. It was mediocre at best. But the biggest slap in the face to all fans, Trek and wrestling, was that the hype was just that: hype. The Rock had a very small role indeed. If I were a wrestling fan who had just tuned in to see him, I would have turned the show off less than halfway through in complete disgust.

    Again, to read the full article, click here.

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