From 'All Souls'
By Rita Dove
Starting up behind them,
all the voices of those they had named:
mink, gander, and marmoset,
crow and cockatiel.
Even the duckbilled platypus...
they hunkered down to business,
filling the world with sighs —
these anonymous, pompous creatures,
heads tilted as if straining
to make out the words to a song
played long ago, in a foreign land.
Of course, the world had changed
for good. As it would from now on
every day, with every twitch and blink.
Now that change was de rigueur,
man would discover desire, then yearn
for what he would learn to call
distraction. This was the true loss.
Greetings from a False Star Trek Fan. I have been assured by several people that I am thus, because getting Enterprise renewed for a fifth season is not only not a big priority for me but something I really don't think is a very good idea. Now, I know that I am a total idiot, because I get paid to review Enterprise and even if I don't personally care to see it renewed, it is in my best interest in the short term at least to lobby for it...but I continue to believe that raising millions of dollars on behalf of the series is a very bad precedent to set. Folks, let's donate all that money to the Red Cross and make our own Star Trek like we did in the 1970s when there was none on TV and none on the horizon!
Just wanted to get that out of the way before posting a link to my Enterprise review: "Affliction". Which I really, really enjoyed. It's hard to say how good it is without the second part, because it left so many questions unanswered, but what a fun ride it was. Klingons! And Phlox making macabre jokes! And Reed being so devastated about not having his boyfriend around that he gets into all kinds of trouble! And Sato in hot civilian clothing! See how easy I am to please, Paramount? Damn I feel shallow. I am just too tired and too cold for deep thoughts!
Off the top of my head, because it feels like a sort of tokenism to think about some of these characters just as characters of color, though in the cases of most of them they are very aware of their ethnicities and the role that played in shaping them:
1. Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2. Kasidy Yates Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
3. B'Elanna Torres (Star Trek: Voyager)
4. Nebula (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
5. Lao Ma (Xena: Warrior Princess)
I didn't have much new or interesting to say for
Raven above Stonehenge. Because I was in the mood for it.