Forget horsing around! Readers raced through the starting gates to tell us their thoughts on Seabiscuit’s soft-spoken rider (#720, July 25). ”Thanks for the great article on Tobey Maguire and the interesting sidebar on ‘Hollywood’s New Sensitive Man,”’ cheers B.L. Barr of Somerville, Mass. ”I think Jason Behr should have been included in that list as well. I hope he will find lots of post-Roswell work and that Hollywood won’t try to pigeonhole him as just a sci-fi actor.” Speaking of outer space, Star Trekkers logged in with their two cents. While many think the series needs a break (one of our story’s suggestions), Chicago’s Thomas Calcagno still believes in the show’s current captains: ”The worst enemy of this franchise is the fans who bash nearly everything producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga do. Enterprise has true potential and I will support it as long as Berman and Braga continue to improve it.” But will such dedication be strong enough to help Trek live long and prosper?
Tobey? Or Not Tobey?
Finally Tobey Maguire gets his due! While others have jumped on the bandwagon because of Spider-Man, we original fans have been admiring him since The Ice Storm. He is by far the most compelling actor of his generation, with his keen ability to say so much on screen without saying a word. To paraphrase what the actor says in Seabiscuit, Tobey, don’t stop, boy, don’t ever stop! NANCY MESCON firstname.lastname@example.org Syracuse, N.Y.
Thank you for having a real superhunk grace your cover after those scantily clad angels. It gives equal eye candy to the ladies. I am in total agreement that the new leading man is sensitive and melancholy. Here’s kudos to a few that you left outnamely, Ewan McGregor and David Duchovny. However, I am glad you included my No. 1 vote: Luke Wilson! PATTI KULLMAN Tuesnitekaraoke@aol.com Parma, Ohio
Has it ever occurred to you that the success of Spider-Man was not entirely Tobey Maguire? Granted, he has done a better job as a superhero than Ben Affleck or Halle Berry, but I don’t think Spider-Man rested solely on Maguire’s shoulders. That film came out at the right time and offered people the crucial things they needed to get them out of the house: a love story, action, humor, and a story as old as timegood versus evil. TODD GRAY email@example.com Holt, Mich.
‘Trek’ It to the Limits
I appreciated Tom Russo’s article on Star Trek, and I agree that the franchise has suffered from a lack of fresh ideas lately (”Fallen Star”). The magic of the first three series was that they helped set new trends in sci-fi TV, whereas Voyager and Enterprise have been rehashing what has gone on before. Also, I have to laugh every time I read Rick Berman’s comments that Enterprise’s new mission is the first time a Trek series has focused on something besides exploration. I guess he missed most of Deep Space Nine. BRYAN TUCK Wichita Falls, Tex.
Tom Russo’s article on the fading Star Trek enterprise hit home with this reader. Having been a fan of this franchise since the classic TV series beamed onto the airwaves in the mid-’60s, I’ve watched it boldly go through its many incarnations. Russo is on the money for the most part, but he warps by the galaxy-size reasons why Trek is running out of dilithium crystals: The franchise is no longer unique and interesting. Moreover, contrary to what Kirk, Picard, and others exclaimed, Trek has, for some time, no longer gone where no man has gone before. Trek has been a source of tremendous entertainment for almost four decades. It may be time for the last beam-up. BRUCE KANIN firstname.lastname@example.org North Merrick, N.Y.