(stone faced) General Hague...is doing Deep Space Nine
. It seems he was double-booked by his agent and there's nothing to be done. So you'll have to do with me
The idea of a cliff-hanger was actually a pure business decision. In fact, you could even call it a negotiating ploy. John Pike called Rick [Berman]
and said the studio was having a contract dispute with Patrick
. 'Come up with a cliff-hanger, he said. 'We may have to kill him.
' At the end of the last episode of the season, when Riker fires weapons apparently killing Picard aboard the Borg ship, I had no idea if Picard lived or died. Fortunately, the contract dispute was settled and I had to come up with a way to keep Picard alive.
Throughout these entries I've been stressing the fact that the Trial was in part a metaphor for the series' own tribulations.
(Something made clear from the opening few lines) In which case there's something almost, but not quite, charmingly apropos about this awkwardness. 'What's the reason why Doctor Who
should survive its trial? We don't know either!
In legal news, Scott Hall
was arrested for allegedly getting intoxicated and groping a fifty-six-year-old woman outside a hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Time for a pop quiz. WCW
was so outraged by Hall's behavior that they
(A) suspended him without pay;
(B) suspended him with pay;
(C) turned the entire thing into a long-running angle in which Hall would come out on TV "pretending" to be drunk or wasted, stumble around in the ring, crash cars (in real life, he crashed five that year
), and throw up on people.
Hopefully, after reading this far, you won't be shocked to learn that the answer was C.
Most of the other versions of the story including the comics and the Pryde of the X-Men
pilot that never got picked up start off with Magneto
, but the show went in a different direction. By establishing the Sentinels as the primary antagonists right from the beginning, the animated series not only makes Magneto more sympathetic by showing us what hes fighting against, but it puts an immediate spotlight on the idea that the real
bad guys are the bigoted humans who want to commit genocide, and thats pretty heavy stuff when youre ten years old. Of course, it mightve just been that they wanted a bad guy they could actually show Wolverine slashing up with his claws without getting calls from angry parents."