Site ColumnsBy Caillan
May 23, 2004 - 9:15 AM
Disclaimer: Spoilers for Alias season three and Gilmore Girls season three can be found below.
And today we have a special guest spoiler space (almost as special as the Rock's appearance in "Tsunkatse"). Not content with simply stealing Zeke's Enterprise fivers every week, the Trek Nation is now going the whole hog and hosting the FiveMinute.net behemoth in its entirety. Apart from the original Five Minute Voyager, there's Star Trek Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, Farscape, Andromeda, and even Five-Minute Shakespeare and er, Five-Minute Cheese. So head over there now to escape my spoiler-filled SCs.
I seem to be the only person who thinks Alias is heading down the nearest drain. Friends are saying things like, "How good is Alias at the moment?" and all I can say is "Err, yes." I consider the show's most recent low-point to be the scene where Weiss had to sign up on the Internet to become the celebrant for Marshall and that actress from Felicity's wedding while she was giving birth and Marshall was providing the tech for Sydney and Vaughn's mission. Errrgh. Apparently it was supposed to be funny. I wanted to throw things at my TV.
The problem seems to be that all the recent episodes are being written by new hands brought in this season. J.J. Abrams hasn't written an episode since "The Two". And he's obviously been asleep while showrunning the series (or at least diverted his attention to Lost). Ever since "Full Disclosure", we've had half-baked stories such as the return of Irina's sister which seem to go nowhere. Not to mention that Melissa George's overacting gets worse every episode. Quite simply, recent episodes have been draining out the heart and soul of the series and replacing it with half-baked action sequences with little relevance to the story. The show has always been totally ludicrous, but at least it had a heart and soul. Now it's just a shadow of its former self, and that's a great shame.
Meanwhile, in the land of the Gilmore Girls: Are Yale and Stars Hollow only 10 minutes from each other? Because Rory sure seems to be making plenty of "laundry trips" home. Do they not have working washing machines at Yale? In fact, they must -- we've seen them at least twice this season. I'm actually itching to find more about Rory's life at Yale, yet we keep seeing her dragged back into Stars Hollow to do her laundry. Why can't the show just accept that things have changed and run with it?
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Does it take three seasons for each Star Trek series to get going?
- Does Gene Roddenberry's vision still matter to Star Trek?
- Have you found the easter eggs on the Star Trek: Voyager season 2 DVD?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items in late May, 2002:
- Paramount Organises 'Shockwave' Screening
Members of the Enterprise cast and crew attended a special screening of the first-season finale, "Shockwave". TrekToday source 'Faith' was also in attendance and discovered that the Star Trek Nemesis trailer would be attached to Men in Black 2.
- First Images Of 'Enterprise' Bridge Play Sets
Toy company Art Asylum released the first pictures of the Enterprise bridge components which accompanied their deluxe action figure range. Captain Archer's deluxe set included his command chair with a small flip-up monitor, while Lieutenant Reed's featured his tactical station with sounds from "Silent Enemy".
- Paramount Releases 'Nemesis' Wallpapers
The first Star Trek Nemesis promotional material was handed out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The special CD featured Nemesis wallpapers, sound-clips, buddy icons and a screensaver.
More news can be found in the May TrekToday archives.