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By Michelle
August 27, 2003 - 5:24 PM

Hello World!

Yesterday I spent over $15 on a DVD that I will never watch again after November. Why not? Because it was the theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and in November, the extended edition of that film comes out. (Any news updates from me will be late that day, as I will be sitting in front of my television for four hours as soon as I've gotten my kids off to school and gotten myself to the store to get my copy, like a proper fan.)

Until then, however, I have to make do with the theatrical release and the previews that come with it on a second disc, which also contains Sean Astin's short film The Long and Short Of It, the WB Two Towers special narrated by Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum and other goodies which sort of make up for having to pay for the movie twice. Yesterday I watched the extended edition preview over and over, squealing at the wonderful new Boromir scenes. I am afraid to watch The Return of the King preview too often, however, as it will just make me go insane waiting for December to arrive.

When I went to buy my DVD last year, I met two people in line: a woman named Denise who ended up becoming a good friend, and a really good-looking man who also happened to be a genre geek. We all stood around discussing Trek, Space: 1999 and Highlander until the store opened and we could grab our movies. Yesterday Denise and I watched The Two Towers together while eating sushi and wondered what happened to the guy. We'd kind of like to plan a reunion when the extended Two Towers is released. Best Buy, 10 a.m.?

Trek BBS Today

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

-Point out continuity flaws for Brannon Braga!

-Who is your ideal mate from Star Trek?

-Can you imagine Trek without Kirk, if Jeffrey Hunter had stayed with the original series?

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

These were some of the major news items at the end of August 2001:

  • Stewart: Being The Captain Is Like Being King
    "Sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise is rather like sitting on the throne of England. And probably marginally more important," Patrick Stewart told a British paper, responding to years of hearing his career belittled after he left the stage for Hollywood. He also said that in his opinion, the tenth Trek film would not be the last.

  • 'Roswell' to Feature 'Enterprise' Crossover?
    Ain't It Cool News reported that Roswell's Max Evans would audition for a Paramount science fiction show starring Scott Bakula and directed by Jonathan Frakes.

  • Interview: Scott Bakula
    Enterprise's captain spoke to a group of reporters about growing up a Starfleet brat, being annoyed by Vulcans, and the thrill of new exploration:
    My character is very much a part of the space program, but the feeling of the show is that we're the first guys! We're the first people to go and see what's behind that moon over there. Or, [for instance,] there's a dead ship in front of us, and there are no life forms on it. What should we do? There's there's that kind of excitement and fear, and all the things that come up that I think that we can relate to. There's a very human grounding to the series. We get dirty, and bleed, and there are real things.

More news can be found in the archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

It's time for the all-new 'Enterprise' fall season 'Which alien would you want to be?' survey!
I'd still rather be a Classic Trek fan 29.1% - (206 Votes)
Vulcan 22.3% - (158 Votes)
Andorian 16.5% - (117 Votes)
Denobulan 11.1% - (79 Votes)
Klingon 10.4% - (74 Votes)
Xindi 4.2% - (30 Votes)
Suliban 3.5% - (25 Votes)
Vissian (that species with the third sex) 2.4% - (17 Votes)

Total Votes: 706

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Today's Television Listings

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show Enterprise's "Cease Fire". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:

A military conflict erupts between the Vulcans and Andorians over a small terraformed planet that both sides make claim to. In the midst of the skirmish, the Vulcans announce they wish to discuss terms for a cease-fire, but Imperial Guard officer Shran believes the only one he can trust to mediate such a negotiation is Jonathan Archer, so the captain and his ship are called into the fray.

Then at 9:00 p.m., UPN will air another Enterprise episode, "First Flight". The summary states:

While Enterprise is investigating what appears to be a dark matter nebula, Archer receives news that A.G. Robinson, his old rival in the early days of the NX test program, has died. During a shuttlepod mission into the dark matter phenomenon, Archer reminisces to T'Pol about the time he and Robinson were pilots competing for the honor of being the first to break the Warp 2 barrier.

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