Week of September 24, 2001
Not business as usual - not by a long shot.
Whereas last week we split our news update down the middle, one normal news page
and one editorial feature to address the momentous events that have overtaken us
all, this week's News@theLogBook.com is a little more routine. I think it's
safe to say that our lives will never be the same again, so any discussion of
things returning to normal seems a bit silly. But to answer any possible
criticism, I believe this site will serve best as an escape from the events of
the day (though we may indeed reference them from time to time). In no way do
we actually think that TV, games, music or any of our other subject matter are
more important than the war on terrorism - but we also realize (and this has
been backed up by many psychologists recently) that one needs a diversion from
the darkness that has pervaded the news of late. (If it's any consolation, the
webmaster of this site works in TV news for a living and has little choice but
to hook himself up to the IV drip of news every day. Those psychologists are
right - there is a breaking point.)
So this is how this site is doing its part - to provide a place to go for
something unrelated to what's going on in the world right now.
This is something which is needed, whether you realize it yet or not.
Therefore, this week it's business as usual - and, simultaneously, anything
Films undergo rethink after terrorist attacks.
While it's easy for Fox to pull an airing of Independence Day
and reschedule it, but what do you do when you've got a film in production
which prominently features a New York skyline which no longer exists? For
some, as is the case with Men In Black 2, they haven't shot
everything yet and will find another venue for the movie's climactic battle,
which would have taken place at the World Trade Center. Director Sam Raimi,
however, isn't so lucky - his upcoming film of Spiderman will
need to undergo an expensive, reverse-Forrest Gump style
digital treatment to remove the World Trade Center towers from backgrounds.
(The first Spiderman theatrical trailer, featuring Spidey
snaring a rogue helicopter in a web woven between the two towers, was also
hastily pulled after the terrorist attacks on September 11th.) The first
video game based on the Spiderman movie will also have to be
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
Despite production halts, some series/season premieres still on track.
All of the major studios halted production on September 11th in the wake of
the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and some shows - such as
Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Fox's terrorist-thwarting drama 24 - have
pushed their fall launch dates back anywhere from a couple of weeks to
indefinitely. UPN, however, seems to be staying its course for this week's
premiere of Enterprise, as well as its
upcoming premieres of the network-hopping Buffy and Roswell series, both
acquired from the WB.
Sources: Sci-Fi Wire, Electronic Media
Is the bow broken, or the arrow?
Veteran Trek author Diane Carey has written the novelization of the Enterprise series premiere, Broken Bow, for an October
release by Pocket Books. The novel will also feature a section on the making
of the show written by Paul Ruditis. Amazon.com seems to have the wrong title
for the book (Broken Arrow, which is actually another Oklahoma city), but
it is now available for pre-order. A series of original novels will follow in
Twin Peaks DVD Box Set: Episodes 1-7
Okay, so it's a box set, but is it wrapped in plastic?
Once upon a time, oh, say, about eleven years ago, there was innocence
- and we had more time to worry about such pressing matters as who killed
Laura Palmer. If you're itching to return to that time, Twin Peaks
is now available for pre-order on DVD - though not in the form originally
announced. Instead of a full-series box set, the first through seventh
episodes are being compiled into a the first volume of the series, which
lasted two seasons on ABC (or more like one and a half), with the promise
of further volumes to follow. (Previously, it had been announced that the
entire series - minus the pilot episode, which was snagged in a rights
dispute - would be released in one box set.)
Electric Light Orchestra: The Zoom Tour - Live
Existing footage of a nonexistent tour.
As we reported in August, the entire North
American ELO tour was cancelled, leaving fans crying foul and leaving
the band stunned (the cancellation wasn't their idea). But despite
the cancellation of the U.S. tour, an ELO Zoom Tour DVD has been slated for a
mid-November release. How? It's a compilation of two west coast shows in
May which formed the basis of a PBS special (which, adding to the
band's streak of good luck this year, hasn't aired in many markets). And now
more than ever, the lyrics from the first Zoom single seem
appropos: "you've gotta find something that makes you feel
Not by a long shot. Big Finish Productions has announced that a second
season of its Dalek Empire audio dramas will
be produced, though it may arrive no sooner than late 2002 or early 2003.
Other recent Big Finish announcements include another New Adventures-era Doctor Who Audio Adventure for early 2003 with
Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman as the Doctor, Ace and Bernice
(though Paul Cornell won't be scripting this story), and a one-off solo
adventure for Frobisher written by Rob Shearman, who gave the
created-for-comics shapeshifter-stuck-in-the-shape-of-a-penguin his audio debut
in last year's outstanding Holy
Terror audio play. Robert Jezek will reprise his role as the voice of
Source: Outpost Gallifrey
Many American shows have been based on far funnier British counterparts.
Take, for example, Sanford and Son, based on the classic Brit series
Steptoe and Son. Or take Cheers - and what did the producers of Cheers
have in mind? They were actually trying to duplicate the adversarial
relationship of Basil Fawlty and his wife in the classic sitcom Fawlty
Towers, both seasons of which are now being released in a single box
set. Monty Python alumni - and then-husband/wife team - John Cleese and
Connie Booth created and starred in this incredibly funny show, which
managed to avoid jumping the shark by lasting only twelve episodes.
Fawlty Towers: The Complete Box Set
All Trek, all the time!
Throughout October (and only October), theLogBook.com is going into
all-Trek mode, with a tribute to Gene Roddenberry's universe in all of
our regular sections - along with the first five entries in the Enterprise LogBook! (There will be additional music
reviews and episode guide entries for other series for those who get just a wee
bit weary of all the Trekking, by the way.)
Those pesky Elves! They're taking over an entire section of the site once again
beginning next week, giving you an even better chance than last year to
get a head start on Christmas shopping for the SF fan on your list. This year,
the store is so big that it's been split into several different
"aisles" including DVD, video, music, collectibles, and more. Click here for a sneak preview. These guys definitely
haven't been making cookies.
Source: The North Pole