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By Caillan
August 20, 2003 - 9:38 AM

Hello World!

I hate spoilers. (Yes, I'm fully aware of the irony given the nature of this web site). If I did read spoilers for two of my favourite shows, The West Wing and Alias, my enjoyment of the most recent episodes would have been severely dampened. (Spoilers follow for TWW season four and Alias season two).

"Evidence Of Things Not Seen" was meandering along as an OK episode with some funny moments (CJ and her egg, Debbie's poker playing), when suddenly shots were fired at the press room, where CJ, Will and Toby were standing at the time. I loved the way the episode lured you into thinking it was going to be slightly fluffy, then took a quick about face to examine the characters' reaction to this incident after their experiences in the first-season finale.

There were two gasp-worthy moments in this week's Alias, "The Counteragent". "Gasp-worthy moments" meaning I literally gasped out loud, and any show that can make me do that twice in one hour is always going to get my attention. The first moment was when Vaughn's girlfriend introduced herself to Sydney, and then later when Sloane turned up alive after Sydney had delivered him to Sark to be killed!

The day after that episode aired, one of my friends called Alias "the trashiest show ever". Clearly he has no taste;)

Trek BBS Today

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

- Do you miss the Andorians from the original series?

- Does the Spike TV logo interfere with your enjoyment of TNG?

- Would you like to see the Enterprise uniforms changed?

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

These were some of the major news items on August 20, 2001.

  • Interview: Anthony Montgomery
    Enterprise's helmsman, Anthony Montgomery, spoke to AntonyF about his excitement at landing the role. "I screamed, I screamed really loud. I just laughed and gave [my agent] the script back I was reading. I was like, 'I guess I won't go audition for this.' It was great, and just fun, the whole process. We're actors, but we're professional auditioners as far as I'm concerned until we book a job, and we book far less jobs than we go out for."

  • Braga Seeks To Reinvent Trek With 'Enterprise'
    Brannon Braga told TV Guide he aimed to bring Trek into the 21st century with Enterprise.

    "There's part of me that thinks Paramount should fire and replace me. But I think Rick [Berman] and I are the perfect guys to deconstruct and reconceive Star Trek, because we know exactly what the problems and frustrations have been all these years."

  • Paramount Considering More Special Edition DVDs
    Paramount's senior VP of marketing told Variety the studio was thinking about special edition DVDs of all Trek feature films. Two years on, the first four Trek movies have received the collector's edition treatment, with number five on the way later this year.

Further news items can be found in the archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

Now that we've seen T'Pol's new outfit...what kind of costumes do you prefer to see women on Trek wear?
It's ridiculous that all crewmembers don't dress the same 28.2% - (262 Votes)
Catsuit -- Seven of Nine and T'Pol look great 21.9% - (203 Votes)
Very professional, like Janeway's uniform 17.4% - (162 Votes)
Form-fitting military garb like Kira's old Bajoran uniform 12.8% - (119 Votes)
Skimpy yet Starfleet, like Uhura's 12.6% - (117 Votes)
Feminine but discreet, like Troi's long skirts 6.8% - (63 Votes)

Total Votes: 926

Thanks for voting! Please participate in our new poll, which asks which Trek character you think should have their own cooking show.

Happy Birthday!

  • Tuesday, August 19 was the 51st birthday of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker).
  • Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Pulaski in TNG's second season and guest-starred on the original series, turned 65 yesterday.
  • Yesterday would have been the 82nd birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had he not sadly passed away in 1991.

Today's Television Listings

  • At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central), UPN will be showing Enterprise's "Cogenitor". Here's how Paramount describes the episode:

    "While studying a star in the early stages of going supernova, Enterprise encounters a race called the Vissians. The two crews get along famously, until Trip Tucker gets a little too curious about a member of the species' third gender - a nameless individual called a 'cogenitor.'"

  • "Cogenitor" will be followed at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time by a repeat of "Regeneration".

    "An arctic research team on Earth discovers debris from an alien vessel, nearly a century old, buried in a glacier along with the bodies of two cybernetically enhanced humanoids. Once those beings are thawed for investigation, they come to life and abduct the scientists and their transport vessel. Enterprise is called to intercept, but Captain Archer and his crew find these cyborgs to be an intractable, insidious enemy."

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