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By Chris Wales
October 16, 2004 - 12:21 AM

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Hello World!

I'll confess it. I'm nervous.

See, someone talked me into becoming a news writer for TrekToday (that's right. Blame him.). Then, to make matters infinitely worse, another someone reminded me that writing Site Columns was part of the job, and well, I'd better write some. Quickly. So I here I am with the daunting task of shouting out "Hello, world!" to all our legions of TrekToday visitors (you are out there, right?). Here goes.

As you've probably gathered from the tagline, my name is Chris. I've hung around at TrekBBS forever like a bad smell, where I moderate the Misc forum (and go by the handle Mogh) and work alongside TrekBBS administrator T'Bonz and the rest of the hotshot team there (No, they are good. Honestly.). In real life I'm a student at the University of Leeds in the UK, everyone's favourite (!) little European island.

Trek is something I grew up with and have always enjoyed thoroughly. Funnily enough, TrekToday has been my browser homepage for as long as I can recall, so it really is a privilege to be here and help out in some small fashion. I love all five shows (in varying amounts!) but would consider myself fairly objective on the pros and cons of each.

There is something in my view that marks Star Trek out as vastly different to other shows – but I honestly couldn't tell you what it was. I've found that over the years the reasons I watch Star Trek had changed so often that I can't count, and I guess that's because there are so many good ones. Perhaps the most important one is that it depicts humanity the way it could be – the way it should be and hopefully, the way it will be.

Most of all right now, I'd say I want to see Enterprise stay on the air! I've got to confess that I love the show and whilst it had what I thought were a shaky couple of seasons, I felt the last season was a massive improvement – indeed in places as good as any Trek I've seen. I expect great things from Season 4.

Well that wasn't so bad after all -- or at least, not from my perspective! I hope I didn't put too many of you to sleep... and for those of you who are TrekBBS-ers, perhaps I'll see you on the board?

Trek BBS Today

Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:

- Trek DVDs – Is it worth buying them?

- Hoping Enterprise lasts five seasons – and here's why!

- Voyager's "Pathfinder": Did Barclay become a Trekkie?

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

These were some of the major news items from October 2002:

  • Paramount To Box Original Series At Last
    Paramount officially confirmed to The Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt that the original series would be released on DVD, although probably not until the bulk of Voyager was out of the way. At the time, it was believed that 2005 was the likely release date.

  • 'Enterprise' Arrives In HDTV Format
    A new partnership between UPN and Zenith culminated in the beginning of HDTV broadcasting for the show, which has since continued using the format. At the time, UPN Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff deemed Enterprise "the perfect [show] for UPN to make its high definition television debut as we showcase the spectacular special visual effects of [the show]."

  • Twelfth Episode To Feature New Expanse Aliens
    A leaked script for this episode, then entitled "Untitled Sphere" revealed that Captain Archer would sabotage his own ship to defeat the Triannons. The episode was later renamed "Chosen Realm"

More news can be found in the archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

You watched 'Storm Front, Part One.' Are you going to watch Part Two?
Absolutely! 81.5% - (1565 Votes)
Nope. Gave the fourth season its chance, and gave up. 5.9% - (115 Votes)
Actually, I missed Part One due to pre-emptions and want to see them both. 5.7% - (110 Votes)
'The Day After Tomorrow' will be out on DVD by Friday! 3.7% - (71 Votes)
Depends on the baseball playoff schedule. 2.9% - (57 Votes)

Total Votes: 1918

Was "Storm Front, Part I" a storming success or more of a storm in teacup? Cast your votes below!

Tomorrow's Television Listings

  • At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central) next Friday, UPN will air Star Trek: Enterprise's"Home" at 8:00pm. According to Star, "Once the NX-01 finally returns to Earth, the weary crewmen face repercussions of their journeys, both positive and negative."

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