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Good news everybody! Smallville was excellent last week, not that it motivated me to get my recap back to you any earlier. See, I am heading back home to the east coast, and so I had to do some Christmas shopping this week. I also promised to fix a friend’s computer, and she had actually been waiting longer than the Smallville post (two weeks and counting). And I couldn’t spend any time typing while a live Apprentice finale was happening. While hacking away on the laptop, I had the Tivo going in the background, catching up on some recordings. I was happy to see that among the selections I watched during the hours of service packs and hotfixes, two appearances by a couple of my favorite network television stars, Melinda Clarke and Kristen Bell. I am not sure why any of you care, but since I am probably going to spend my last night in Los Angeles getting liquored up before my flight early tomorrow morning, I had to post something because Lexmas and Chrismukkah are still a few days away.The first cameo was Melinda Clarke in Firefly, the short-lived Joss Whedon series that managed to have a fan base that was at the same time more ardent and more geeky than those of Babylon 5. I loved Firefly and Serenity, so you know I was excited to see Ms. Clarke show up as Nandi, the brave companion (that’s a prostitute in sci-fi western slang), who wanted to free herself and the other ladies (and men) of her brothel from the control of the wealthy land owner. Nor fornication without representation, and all that. Plus, the guy threatened to cut the baby he fathered with one of the prostitutes out of the mother with a knife. As the saying goes, that would be unfortunate.
Kristin Bell appeared during the movie Spartan. If you were wondering why I Tivo’d this movie, I can only say that I am a sucker for movies featuring the Secret Service. In the Line of Fire, Murder at 1600, Guarding Tess, all outstanding. Spartan may be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. In fact, I was surprised that I saw Kristin Bell at all, because I wasn’t paying attention most of the time (ntldr had gone missing by then). Kristin Bell plays Laura newton, daughter of the president, who goes missing while the Secret Service is guarding her dad while he has an affair. To cover up the affair, they let her be sold into white slavery in the Middle East and fake Laura’s death. But one agent, Val Kilmer, wouldn’t let the conspiracy risk the life of an innnocent girl, even if she was a stuck up bitch from Harvard.