Site ColumnsBy Michelle
January 20, 2006 - 10:28 PM
I am totally in love with Boston Legal. I can't remember being this infatuated with William Shatner since I first discovered Star Trek. It isn't like I followed the show from the beginning; I only saw one of The Practice episodes that he and James Spader were on, and had written off BL as too silly from my haphazard viewing. But this season, because it's on after Commander in Chief which my whole family watches, we've been leaving the TV on, and Boston Legal has become my favorite hour of television.
Right now, for instance, Denny Crane is engaged to Bev, a character played by Joanna Cassidy (T'Les); it so makes me smile that Denny is going to marry a Vulcan. Bev has readily admitted to Shirley, Candice Bergen's character, that she only wants Denny's money and power - she's already agreed that he can fool around with other women - and Paul (Rene Auberjonois, aka Odo) is berserk at the idea that this woman could come to have influence over the law firm should Denny pass away. There is much comic snarking, and meanwhile Denny is practicing to dance at his wedding with Alan (Spader), and I just can't resist it.
What's interesting about Boston Legal is that it remains outrageous. Every week they do something that would be jumping the shark on any other show - chopping off a priest's fingers, for instance, or various storylines involving mental illness which come awfully close to ridiculing characters with the conditions. But because it's so cracked, the characters get away with ranting about the war in Iraq, explaining how credit card companies bilk the public, etc. -- there's a lot of social and political criticism hidden under the insanity. And that just makes me like it more.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from January 2004:
- Xindi Arc May End In May
Executive producer Rick Berman reiterated that he expected the Xindi arc to last until the end of the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise, but remained vague on the possibility that it could last into a fourth season.
- Trinneer Suggests Deepening Of Trip/T'Pol Relationship
Connor Trinneer (Tucker) hinted at surprises coming for his character and said of the coupling with the Vulcan science officer, "There's a relationship there that, again, will change...whatever's going on now in that relationship, I think that relationship is going to have so many different levels."
- Stewart, Fletcher Screen Films in Sarasota
Patrick Stewart (Picard) and Louise Fletcher (Winn) both attended screenings and events at the Sarasota Film Festival in connection with their films The Lion In Winter and Finding Home.
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Today would have been the 86th birthday of DeForest Kelley (McCoy).