The Disposition of Ensign Wildman's Baby
Beginning with Joanna Cravit's comments in the
From: "Deeds, Michael A"
Subject: The X-Files/Homicide
Omer Belsky, Israel: On a less downbeat note, I have a Question about
Nitpicking - How do you treat cross-overs? The X-Files
just had a Homicide: Life on the Street crossover - can we use that show
to nitpick X-Files? and supposedly, there was a
Law & Order and Homicide crossover - can we use L&O to nitpick X-Files?
and what about `The Simpsons?`
Phil: I personally wouldn't use Homicide to nitpick X-Files but, hey,
it's only television!
X-Files. However, the nit I sent you concerning whether both shows
exist in the same fictional universe is legitimate in my own humble
opinion. In case you forgot, I will repeat the nit:
episode 'Unusual Suspects' (11/16/97). This episodes stars Richard
Belzer as Detective Munch from Homicide: Life on the Streets. Thus, it
implies that Homicide and The X-Files exist in the same fictional
universe. However, here comes the nit. In the Homicide episode
'Partners' (1/20/95), a character refers to The X-Files as a fictional
TV show that airs at nine o'clock on Fridays! Can you guess which
character has this line? Yes, it is Munch played by Richard Belzer! So,
this episode implies that these two shows do NOT exist in the same
I consider this nit to be legitimate only because of the total
contradiction in the premise of the XF episode.
practically HAVE to call it either "The Nitpicker's Guide TO Star Wars"
or "The Nitpicker's Guide FOR Star Wars". As stated before, there
really is NO recognizable slang term for Star Wars fans.
Date sent: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 16:54:16 EST
year was probably 1985 (plus or minus one year).
episode of Homicide, Alfre Woodard reprises her role from St. Elsewhere.
thought that 400 years of technology would elevate us to the point where
the Earth is
a paradise. In 400 years from now, we will still be greedy, selfish and
self-centered as a society. I also never thought that Star Trek was
being in a paradise in the future. I also thought Trek was about humans
still being imperfect. For example, in TOS, there are many instances
Kirk would act selfishly...like in the episode with Leonoardo Davinci,
where Kirk spends his time trying to get Rayna to leave with him, while
his crew are suffering from a disease.
squash it just because Gene lived in a fantasy world would be a dumb
I also like the conflict that happens occasionaly between the stars and
Date sent: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:52:09 EST
Subject: a few comments and opinions...
In an answer to JoAnna on the 3/20/98 page, yes that was Kate Mulgrew in "Remo
Williams, the adventure begins"....I saw that movie years ago and when Kate
came to Voyager I knew I had seen her somewhere before.
in my mind. In the Trek universe, Earth has no hunger, crime, ho,eless,
etc...and no money! They have stated several times that the use of money or
pursuit of material gain is no longer a driving principle...so i really wonder
how all of this "happiness" came along. Remember,there was also a 3rd world
war and the eugenic wars of the nineties that i must have slept through. Its a
nice fantasy, and one we should all be hoping for but its not very realistic.
Unless some profound occurrence takes place we will be who we've always
been...very flawed human beings and we've been fighting, killing and
disagreeing with each other way before recorded history. With the apparent
lack of any earth religion on Trek i find our divine revelation on the show
too hard to swallow...but as I said its only fantasy.
And Fantasy sells on TV mostly because of conflict! Why do people like Star
Wars? The catharthis of watching the death star blow up has got to ring pretty
high on the choices! If the writers of DS9 wanted to tell a story they should
have done a better job with the War with the Dominion. Except for one episode
starrring jake they didn't really show the horror that war is. They could have
made it more than a space shoot 'em up at the end and shown how a war can
strain the emotions and stamina of those that are caught up in it. I could use
this line of reasoning with Voyager also since they don't ever seem
particularly stressed out. it may have been a cheesey show but "Space 1999"
did a better job at showing humans in a really bad situation but striving to
survive. Well, thats just my opinion.