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Old August 20 2012, 07:09 PM   #202
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Re: Farscape or Babylon 5?

Believers (Babylon 5) - Ugh. Its hard to figure out what to say about this episode. It wasn't bad. In fact, for the type of story it is, it was done well. I think what really gets to me is that I can see both sides of the issue. I would still say I side with the doctor, but I get Sinclair's position, too. I'm not a fan of stories based off religion in Sci-Fi shows (I mean ones like this, stuff like the evil Ori in SG-1 is fine), but like i said this one was done well. The parts of the stpory with Ivanova in a fighter were pretty pointless, though.
IIRC that whole bit with Ivanova was inserted when they realised the episode was running short (presumably at the script stage.) As for the rest of it, I'm pretty sure the whole point of the episode was that there is no clearly defined right and wrong to this kind of situation. It's something you'll see more of, but B5 as a show tends towards asking questions rather than offering answers when it comes to moral dilemmas.

By any Means Necessary (B5)- this was a very good episode. It makes me wonder why political corruption is still around after hundreds of years. I mean, I don't expect the government to be perfect, but you would hope by that time that they'd start electing people who did things more because it was right then because it would help/hurt them politically. Treating workers like dirt, to the point they are legitimately in danger and way too overworked because the government is too cheap, should not be happening that far in the future. Heck, I don't think that even really happens in 2012, at least not as often as it seems to happen in B5's future. I guess that means the government gets worse in the future. I did like that the senator seemed to show that he wasn't completely heartless, his appearances in other episodes made him seem like the generic corrupt/uncaring senator, which he still might be, but atleast he showed he is somewhat human. The Londo/G'Kar parts were great, like they always are.
Hundreds? Try thousands. You think Rome, Egypt or the Empire of China wasn't full of corrupt bureaucrats? It's part of human nature and is in no danger of going away anytime soon. Oh and disregarding worker safety in the name of profit happens all the time all over the world. Hell, in just the last few days 35 South African miners got gunned down while on strike!

As for senator Hidoshi, I think he shows up so often because he's the main liaison between B5 & the senate oversight committe back at earthdome. I'm pretty sure you don't see him again after the first season though. I think there's a throwaway line somewhere down the road mentioning that he'd retired. I never saw him as corrupt so much as just a mouthpiece for whatever direction the senate was going at any given time.

Signs and Portents (B5)- This was a good episode. I liked that Sinclair's past was brought up again. I'm wondering whats up with the guy asking the ambassadors questions, I bet thats brought up again eventually.
What, that guy? Nah!
I liked the Londo parts, although the Eye looks like something that could be created by a television prop department for less than $10 The woman who could predict the future was kind of pointless, "Babylon 5 could be destroyed, unless it doesn't get destroyed".
I think even JMS makes fun of that prop in the commentary (don't listen to any of them BTW, spoilers abound!) To be fair though. just because something is old and symbolically important, doesn't mean it's well designed. If the ancient Centauri were anything like their descendants then I can see them treasuring a useless, gaudy looking bauble like that.
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