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So many fandom thoughts, so little time.

Last Friday, the last episode of Enterprise aired. (I don't want to talk about it.) This now is the first time in nearly twenty years that there isn't a Star Trek series of one variety or another in production somewhere. The end of an era, indeed.

What I won't miss about Enterprise (the short list):
1. T'Pol. (Oh, be quiet!)
2. The cheesy Southern cliches foisted onto Trip Tucker's character.
3. Knowing Hoshi and Mayweather would be overlooked and wasted yet again.
4. The same old, same old plots and technobabble.
5. Laughable decontamination scenes.
6. The Trip/T'Pol soap opera. (Be quiet, I say!)

What I will miss about Enterprise (the short list):
1. Shran.
2. The ongoing chance that we would get a meaty Malcolm Reed scene for Dominic Keating to sink his acting teeth into.
3. Shran.
4. The Xindi-arc Jon Archer, with his amoral desperation and all the interesting gray areas that followed from it.
5. The Mirror Universe introductory theme music and montage.
6. All the Television Without Pity snark about furrows.
7. Did I mention Shran?

One of my favorite things about Enterprise is some of the terrific fan fiction it inspired. Here are some of my recommendations. I would welcome suggestions, if you have any!



Last Friday was also the final episode of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, which I have followed for its five-year run.

What I won't miss about Andromeda (the short list):
1. Every line that came out of Trance Gemini's mouth.
2. The episodes when I knew that the actors weren't following the plot any better than I was.
3. The whole Paradine thing.
4. The Seefra system.
5. The Route of Ages.

What I will miss about Andromeda (the short list):
1. Rommie.
2. Scruffy and desolate!Telemachus Rhade.
3. Beka Valentine's hair.
4. The poignant moments when we understood what it meant for Dylan to be centuries, as well as light years, from his home.
5. The opening quotes.
6. Tyr Anasazi. Seamus Harper. Tyr and Harper.
7. Snark as canon.



And, while I'm being random, I recently recalled how much fun I have with 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask. Yes, it could have been a better movie, but I remain fascinated with works that allow heroes to grow older, and I appreciated the way that Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Gerard Depardieu portrayed the Musketeers in middle age. I've been remiss in not recommending before The Blue Fenix Home Page and Refuge for Lost Fandoms, which archives, among other things, some excellent fan fiction by Blue Fenix and by Amadeus based on the film. If you have any attachment at all to the characters, I suggest you check out the stories (both gen and slash).



And at last, a quote for the day from Andromeda:

"Confine that which you fear to the mirror.
Start with who is standing there.
Then smile."

Bogdo Geghen Seer of Agharta, CY 1890

Comments

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magicwondershow
May. 21st, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Wow. It really has been almost 20 years. What, 18 yrs ago i think it was when i first saw 'encounter at farpoint'. Wow.

*cries for the roddenberry*
eldritchhobbit
May. 21st, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
It's hard to believe, isn't it?
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eldritchhobbit
May. 22nd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy to hear your take on Man in the Iron Mask - I feel exactly the same way! There are scenes that really strike me as brilliant, such as the crypt scene were Aramis reveals that he is the Jesuit General, the escape/standoff scene in the canal, and the discussion prior to the final charge. The four older actors do such an amazing job of reflecting the characters' histories, loyalties, and long-standing relationships, it's a marvel to watch. And you made great points about the music, costuming, and larger themes of the piece, as well. I agree with you about DiCaprio. I'm not quite sure what young actor could hold his own when contrasted with four seasoned actors at the top of their game, but he certainly was the weak link. Even his performance can't keep this from being a favorite, though.

its great to know that someone like you can appreciate it as much as i

I feel the exact same way about you! Thanks so much for your fantastic response. One for all! :)
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fungus_files
May. 21st, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
because Oz tv stations are Teh Suck when it comes to showing SF series consistently, I've actually given up trying to follow things like the Star Treks. I prefer to bop on down to the vid-shop when the whole series becomes available on dvd. :)

I really want to see more of Andromeda, all in one hit. one of the reasons why I think it didn't take, for me, is the dodgey scheduling the show had (and I don't think it lasted long on our screens).

you make me want to watch man in the iron mask again. you're a terrible person. lol.
eldritchhobbit
May. 22nd, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Andromeda suffered from some dodgey scheduling here, too; the final season was picked up by the SciFi Channel, which proceeded to kick it back to the 6/7pm Friday night slot, where it languished and was often preempted. Argh.

you make me want to watch man in the iron mask again. you're a terrible person. lol.

Oh, c'mon. Everybody's doing it. You know you want to. :-P Hee hee. After all, you still have the Die Hard muscle shirt to purge from your memory, don't you? Speaking of Jeremy Irons, have you seen Merchant of Venice yet? I somehow missed its twelve minutes in the theaters here, but I'm dying to catch it...
fungus_files
May. 23rd, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
lol. yes, indeed, the muscle-shirt purge is an ongoing project.

and I haven't yet seen the recent merchant of venice production - like you, really want to. everyone and their lute has already seen it apprarently.

gabriel byrne is on one of our talkshows tonight! which means he's in australia. *has moment of irrational glee*
seemag
May. 21st, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
2. The cheesy Southern cliches foisted onto Trip Tucker's character.

Do you know it took me forever to even figure out Trip was southern? rocky_t kept talking about his accent and I was like, what accent?

3. Knowing Hoshi and Mayweather would be overlooked and wasted yet again.

Hoshi got better as time went on, but they never did know what to do with Mayweather. I'm sure both actors are relieved because maybe they can go somewhere to make better use of their talents.

4. The same old, same old plots and technobabble.

Yup. One was a virtual replay of Voyager's "Friendship One". It's one thing if you replay TNG since that was a decade ago, but to re-do an ep from the last season of the previous serious?

5. Laughable decontamination scenes.

And the blue underwear!

6. The Trip/T'Pol soap opera. (Be quiet, I say!)

I don't know what they were going for there. The last scenes with them (before the laughable finale) were touching and sweet, but the finale made a mockery of the whole thing and in the end, it just didn't work -- even though I was rooting for them all along.

Also, I won't miss Archer, as forgive me, I think he was the worst of all the captains. I'll avoid making a political reference here (g).

3. Beka Valentine's hair.

I haven't watched Andromeda in a long time, but yup, yup, yup. Not to mention, her scruffy black leather attire.
eldritchhobbit
May. 22nd, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Do you know it took me forever to even figure out Trip was southern?

LOL! After the fried catfish and the harmonica, I started throwing things at the television.

Hoshi got better as time went on

This is very true, and I was especially impressed with the Mirror Universe Hoshi, who was lots and lots of fun.

It's one thing if you replay TNG since that was a decade ago, but to re-do an ep from the last season of the previous

Exactly! There should be a "skip a series" rule implemented stating that you can't shamelessly copy an episode from the previous series. Good grief!

The last scenes with them (before the laughable finale) were touching and sweet, but the finale made a mockery of the whole thing

Yes! What was that about? And the on again/off again thing was worse that Picard and Crusher. They never hit a rhythm about emphasizing that relationship the proper amount without turning an entire episode into a lustfest or ignoring the pair altogether.

I agree about the blue underwear. So silly! I never liked Archer either; actually, I was impressed by the last episodes of the Xindi arc, when he was stealing technology and torturing people and generally losing his grip, because it seemed the writers were finally playing around with the truth of what a poor leader he actually was. And then, of course, they redeemed him. *sigh* There hasn't been a Trek captain with worse instincts about people or situations, as far as I can tell. I'd follow Sisko into the fire, but I'm not sure I'd follow Archer down a hallway. :)

And thumbs up for Beka Valentine's black leather attire!

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randomalia
May. 23rd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
I'm woefully behind on Enterprise. I was disappointed with it overall, I must admit. Archer never seemed engaging, I couldn't feel for him carrying this extraordinary weight of their voyage - didn't feel as though it *was* extraordinary when I think it should have. And T'Pol - I referred to her as Space Barbie. Archer was Ken for a while, then this thing with Trip... :) If they ever make another ST series - and I think they will at some point - I can only hope the women are allowed to wear clothing that isn't sprayed on. We haven't had a break from it since Deanna Troi.

I really enjoyed Jeffrey Combs on DS9, too.
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