The Cynics Corner

Summer 2002:
Cynic's Master Plan for Getting Out From Under

by David E. Sluss

15 June 2002 (amended 31 August 2002)

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OK - It's ridiculous. It's the middle of June end of August and I'm still behind by five Enterprise reviews and four Andromeda reviews. A number of factors have caused this, including, seemingly, the hand of destiny, which contrived to unleash a damaging storm and a subsequent two-day power outage and general cleanup the one weekend I actually had time to do reviews. In all honesty, a general malaise about both shows this season has contributed to the delays, both now and earlier in the season, as well. But before you start thinking this is a "retirement speech," I do have a somewhat sketchy plan for this summer and beyond:

  • I do still intend to do some sort of reviews of the remaining episodes from this season. There is, however, a good chance that they will be aggregated into one article for each show (think CONTRIVANCE OF THE MONTH rather than CONTRIVANCE OF THE WEEK). Consider it a great experiment rather than an lazy time-saving measure.
    Amended: This will be done for Enterprise only, as Andromeda has been dropped. An article covering Enterprise's last five episodes is nearing completion, believe it or not.
  • I do still intend to do season reviews for both shows. They should be similar in format past articles, although I'm not sure about Cy Awards.
    Amended: A season review of some sort will be done for Enterprise only.
  • I do intend to answer all of that email, which has been piling up since late April.
    Amended: Mostly complete at this time.
  • Moving forward, expect an announcement about next season's "line-up" sometime this summer. Expect changes in the show(s) being reviewed and possibly in the format and frequency of those reviews.
    Amended: For the 2002-2003 season only Enterprise will be reviewed regularly. Some "special projects" may be done, as time permits.
  • There's a 50-50 chance that a new site design will be unveiled late this suimmer. You want to talk delay -- I've been working on that for over a year!
    Amended: This is now more like a 100% chance. I'm far enough along into the design conversion that there's no turning back now.
  • Late summer and early fall should see some action related to the Cynics Corner's fifth anniversary online. Hard to believe, isn't it?
    Amended: Less than a week a way, and I haven't even rented the hall. Oh, dear.

Anyway -- thanks for sticking it out during these lean times. I'll get you some new content ASAP.




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