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Trek engages new 'Generation'
'Next Generation' hits the big screen, Shatner boldly grows.

So cut the transwarp drive. Go to
impulse power. The latest entry to the
popular sci-fi saga should have checked
its antimatter-matter containment field.
No doubt, it has the difficult task of

Star Trek:
Directed by David
Carso with
Patrick Stewart
and William Shatner
being a transitional movie, (Picard re-
places Kirk) but it tries to do too much
and does it too slowly.
At the crux of the whole adventure
is a dastardly scientist (Malcolm
McDowell) who is plotting to destroy a
solar system so that he can live for
eternity in the Nexus, a sort of time
warp. Naturally, he's involved with
some renegade Klingons who want to
reclaim their empire, so it's up to the
crew of the Enterprise to stop them all.
This would make for a great Star
Trek flick, but Ronald D. Moore and

Brannon Braga's script throws in too
many subplots.
First, there's the subplot with Cap-
tain Kirk (William Shatner) who has
retired, but has to go on one last rescue
missionon the EnterpriseB. Then there
are the "character development" sub-
plots (eighty years later) with the an-
droid Data (Brent Spinner) who gets an
emotion chip and Captain Picard
(Patrick Stewart) who suffers due to a
death in his family.
Of course, the exposition is what
sets apart the new TV series from the
old one. All of the characters on "The
Next Generation"'s bridge are fleshed
out, not just the Federation of Planets
triumvirate -- the captain, the doctor
and the guy with the funny ears. But
details like these have to be covered
quickly in an adventure flick.
Besides, most people who are go-
ing to see this film already have seen at
leastseveralofthe TVepisodes. There's
no need to waste time introducing ev-
erybody. It could be said that "Genera-
tions" breaks an unwritten adventure
commandment: At no moment shall
you plod at the pace of "The Godfather
But if you are a veteran fan of the
long running TV series, none of this
will matter to you. To watch your fa-

vorite characters have fun perambulat-
ing for their first time on the big screen
should be sufficient. The adventure
does eventually get going.
The two former Shakespearean ac-
tors McDowell and Stewart exchange
Although his role is
limited, the gutsier
Captain Kirk still has
his macho moments of
glory. Sadly, his
movements look less
believable then usual,
with Shatner packing
an increasingly huge
amount of weight
around the waist.
some dialogue as well as punches. This
is rather unexpected from Stewart's
Captain Picard. In the series, he was
more of a philosophical captain that
rarely left his starship. Hopefully this is
the start of a new trend.
Although his role is limited, the
gutsier Captain Kirk still has his macho
moments of glory. Sadly, his move-
ments look less believable then usual,

Hoo boy! Look at that Patrick Stewart, sexy as ever as Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: Generations."

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with Shatner packing an increasingly
huge amountof weight aroundthe waist.
The subplot with Data's emotion
chip doesn't totally drag things down;
it gets rather funny in some places,
especially with his song about life forms
and his imitation of Captain Picard.
The rest of the crew has its mo-
ments too, although not as extensive as
Data's. Riker is still suave and dapper.
Deana still responds sensitively to

whatever vibes she receives. Worf still
maintains an excruciating standard of
honor. Jordi and Dr. Crusher play their
parts well.
Industrial, Lights and Magic also
deserves honorable mention. Without
the awesome special effects that this
company delivers, there would be no
Star Trek movies. If you ever won-
dered if a galaxy class starship had a
landing gear. this movie has the defini-

tive answer.
While this is not a spectacular en-
try, there is a promising future for the
new movie crew. Historically, the even
numbered Star Trek films have been
good while the odd numbered ones
have been not so good. "Generations"
is technically "Star Trek 7." Stay tuned
for part eight.
playing at Briarwood and Showcase.

Women's Glee Club looks toward the future at Hilt

Many memorable things have hap-
pened in 1994. The Israelis and the
Palestinians moved closer towards
peace. The Republicans gained a ma-
jority in the House and Senate. And,
after this Saturday, the University
Women's Glee Club will have per-
formed a complete concert in Hill Au-
In past years, the Women's Glee
Club crowded onto the stage of
Rackham Auditorium for concerts. The
women aren't expecting to fill every
seatin Hill, a significantly larger space,
butas Glee Club member Bo Lee put it,
"It's a first step."
Lee, anLSA sophomore andamem-
ber of the Glee Club Executive Board,
is thrilled with this year's group. As a

first-year student, Lee noticed a small
blurb about Glee Club auditions in her
orientation handbook. This year, she
helped to plaster the campus with post-
ers announcing the event. The cam-
paign was successful, and the turnout
for fall auditions was great.
"We were able to be selective, and
the women we have this year are abso-
lutely fabulous," said Lee.This year,
more women auditioned for Women's
Glee Club than men auditioned for
Men's Glee Club. Despite this, the
women still feel that they lag behind
the Men's GleeClub in terms of money
and acknowledgment.
"We know that musically we're
strong," Lee said. "We're just as good
as the Men's Glee Club."
The Women's Glee Club was

founded in the late 1890s, but disap-
peared for several decades. Restarted
in 1976, the student-run choir now
consists of approximately 65 enthusi-
astic members. The group is under the
direction of Theodore Morrison, pro-
fessor and co-director of choirs at the
School of Music. Morrison selects mu-
sic and runs rehearsals. All other re-
sponsibilities are delegated to the stu-
dents. The Glee Club has an executive
board, consisting of a president, two
vice presidents and two business man-
The women in Glee Club study a
variety of subjects, and only one singer
is enrolled in the School of Music.
"It's more like a forum for people
who aren't in the School of Music to
express their love of music," said Lee
of the chorus. Yet Lee shuddered to
think that a chorus composed of non-
music majors implied one without
musicians. "Our musicianship is amaz-
ing. The women this year are very
Daily Arts sez:
Read a Wlliam Shatnernovel.
10 minutes south of 1-94 and Us-23

Saturday's concert promises to be
good. The program will include gos-
pel, contemporary and classical works,
traditional Michigan songs and even °
selections from "Alice in Wonderland."
This year is an exciting time for the i
Glee Club. In addition to making their.a>
Hill debut, the choir plans to trek across
the Midwest this May, making their..
first tour in several years. Y.
Lee is optimistic that the future will
continue to be favorable. "I think this
year is a turning point for the Women's <.
Glee Club. 1n past years, they concen-
trated on the present. This year we're
looking towards the future."
CLUB will present its Annual Fall
Concert Saturday, November 19, at 8 *..
p.m. in Hill Auditorium. Tickets are
$4 and $8, and are available at the
door orfrom the Hill Auditorium Box
Office. Call 764-8350 formore
information. Women's Glee Club practices for their big night. DOUGLAS KANTER/Dal
Palace Brothers are crown princes of indie rock

Enjoy traditional
Indian dancing and music
in our
Friday, November 18, 1994
Michigan Union
Pendleton Room
9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M
Tickets are $3.00
available at the Union Ticket Master
and from HSC members
For more info please call
Rajeshri Gandhi at 764-0676

The Palace Brothers show at the
Blind Pig Wednesday night offered a
very mixed bag of modern rock. Plush
and Apollo 9 garnered an ambivalent'

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The Blind Pig
November 16, 1994


by Hindu Students Council


reception at best; the long, unfamiliar
sets they played, coupled with the long
waits in-between made the crowd im-
patient and anxious to see the "indie
rock with a country flair" that the Pal-
ace Brothers are becoming famous for.
Apollo 9 were first on the bill. De-
spite the marginally cool name, their
brand of college rock failed to connect
with the preternaturally bored audi-
ence. A generically jangly guitar here
and a nondescript vocal there from the
band (or is it bland?) made the Guns'n'

Roses pinball game downstairs that
much more enticing. Welcome to the,
jungle, baby!
Next up were Plush. A small crowd
gathered to watch the band, much to
their misfortune: the first song by this
mellow, bluesy band didn't really go
anywhere. Neither did the second.Nor
the third, for that matter. By the sixth
song people were actually falling
asleep; all the nodding heads and closed
eyes showed that the crowd was defi-
nitely knocked out by the band - but
in the wrong way.
"I don't like this stuff when Alex
Chilton does it, and I sure don't like it
now," muttered one disgruntled
concertgoer. "I wish Ihad asquirtgun!"
laughed another. Unfortunately for the
band, the only emotions Plush's
"moody" music provoked were bore-
dom and hilarity.
Unfortunately for the audience, the
band continued to make them snicker
and snore for what seemed like an
eternity. When it was finally over,
people had to be nudged awake.
Butthe stalwarts who stoodin place

for Palace Brothers were not disap-
pointed. Will Oldham and the rest of
the band tore into their set, which in-
cluded much of the first album and
their newest, "Palace" and a cover of
Bob Dylan's "Minstrel Boy." The Pal-
ace Brothers sound surprisingly ful
and rich onstage; the band's perfo
mances fleshed out the stark, skeletal
beauty of the songs as they sound on
the albums.
The shambling structure ofthe songs
and Oldham's creaky, antiqued voice
were definitely the focus of the show,
On both the quieter, pensive songs
and thelouder, more rocking songs, the
Palace Brothers were in complete co
trol of their performance. "It all seems
very calculated," complained one indie
geek. Even so, that didn't stop him
from watching indieroyalty make good
at the Pig.
Inspired by the likes of Dylan,
Young, Gram Parsons and even cooler-
than-ever Tom Petty, Palace Brothers
show that country and folk-influenced
rock can wear the crown of indie famel




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