April 1, 2004: Sandy suggests Tommy
Lee Jones to play Trip's
Tommy Lee Jones! Look at TLJ profile. He's even got that
slope on the nose. And his accent is real and he really
has a smart ass attitude and a wicked way of injecting
it in his characters when it's called for it.
I like it! Let's start a postcard campaign.
March 24, 2004: While I dont usually do spoilers,
I thought youd appreciate knowing that the rumors are
indeed true: one of the May sweeps episodes will be featuring
an Angel crossover. Spikes been dimension-hopping
again, and somehow finds his way onto the bridge of the NX-01.
A leaked script allegedly details a huge battle of cheekbones
between Spike and Malcolm (my moneys on Reed), presaged
by an argument with our favorite engineer over who really
deserved the nickname Spike, William the Bloody
or Charles Tucker (I have to go with William on this one).
A less reliable rumor has it that if ratings are really good,
Spike will join the cast full-time in September, as James
Marsters will be unemployed at the end of this season.
March 19, 2004: Buona Festa
di San Giuseppe, for my paisane who celebrate it. Have
some sfingi for me and Papá. And Happy Birthday to
Connor Trinneer, who packs Trip with such a pulchritudinous
Hoshi dances for the Jolly Green Telepathic
Stalker in the hopes that hell tell them where
the Xindi are building the weapon, for real this time.
March 17, 2004: Happy St. Patricks of Orion
Day! Dont drink green beer and drive.
I think I enjoyed the repeat of the limerick episode even
more than the first viewing, because I knew what to expect
so I could watch the plot unfold more than laugh at the limericks.
You could see the cast really got into it -- Park did a nice
job with all the bizarre languages they were throwing at her.
Shame about the "Klingon from Nantucket VII" one
getting cut off, though...
Memo to Makeup: Phlox does not look good in blue lipstick.
Stick with plum. I don't care if it brings out his eyes --
it makes him look like he's been face-down in a Slurpee.
Loved the spontaneous weightlifting competition with the
boys! Obviously Keating has really been working the machines
in his trailer. Poor Hayes; even Archer bench-pressed more
than he did. Of course, at the rate Travis was going, I was
expecting him to pick up Trip and Mal and use them
March 10, 2004: So now that the Killer Bs are finally
gone and Majel is in charge, we can expect some kick-butt
stories for Season 4. How about some, you know, Birth of the
Federation stuff? Maybe the beginnings of the Romulan War?
Groundwork for Starfleet Academy? And now that outside writers
can submit scripts again, we can start to see the envelope-pushing
we used to have -- not to mention followups to previous episodes
and character consistency.
Robbie McNeill does such a great job as Trip's younger brother.
The two actors are still hoping to put on a production of
Sam Shepard's "True West" in L.A., swapping off
the roles of the two brothers each night. The amount of energy
in that room would probably power the entire West Coast. (Not
to mention the kinetic energy of all the swooning bodies would
power several windmill farms...) Maybe we could bring Majel
on as Trip's grandmother? Who should play his other sister,
his mother, and his father? (Sean Connery can't manage the
accent, sorry. Yum, but sorry.) Robert Redford? Paul Newman?
Trinneer has a really nice singing voice, doesn't he? Maybe
Bob Picardo can find a way to do a guest shot, and they can
This week's support effort:
write to Democratic presidential nominee apparent John
Kerry and ask him to make seven full seasons of ENT one
of his campaign planks. We're Trekkies and we vote!