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Old November 21 2012, 10:17 PM   #61
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Where does the term come from Mage?
Lurkers are the poor homeless people who live in "Down below"

Mage, hmmm...I watched Babylon 5 live from the first showing of the pilot and through each season (and back to back with DS9 during the years they overlapped in Syndication). Probably joined online BBS in mid-S3. I don't recall ever seeing Lurkers being used to identify a B5 fan.

Though, I suppose it makes sense, and I simply missed it, since the biggest online B5 resource out there was called "The Lurker's Guide"
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Old November 21 2012, 10:30 PM   #62
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I doubt you would describe what was done to River Tam as "agents of order".
No, of course not. But neither do I think the entire Alliance was in on that. Some super secret black ops organization, possibly unknown to (or even forbidden by) the Alliance proper. Kind of like their version of Section 31.

Of course, I am trying to put the best positive spin on this. It's what I do.

Plus, you gotta love those Alliance ships...
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Old November 21 2012, 10:33 PM   #63
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I tried watching the TV series. Didn't get into it at all. I wasn't rooting for the right people, apparently....let's just say that if I lived in the FF-verse I would be more likely to be a "purple belly" than a "brown coat".

So I am definitely not the target demographic for a show like this!
It's just a TV Show. You don't need to be a serial killer to enjoy Dexter or anti-hunting to enjoy Bugs Bunny. I enjoyed Avatar and I was hoping against all hope that those selfish bastard Elves and their paraplegic friend would be slowly burned alive in their own forest by the heroic Colonel Miles Quaritch.
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Old November 21 2012, 10:34 PM   #64
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Where does the term come from Mage?
Lurkers are the poor homeless people who live in "Down below"
You know, I'm playing Captain Obvious here, but that's a really shitty fan name.
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Old November 21 2012, 10:36 PM   #65
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I enjoyed Avatar and I was hoping against all hope that those selfish bastard Elves and their paraplegic friend would be slowly burned alive in their own forest by the heroic Colonel Miles Quaritch.
Perhaps in the sequel, Quaritch's friends will come looking for revenge. You might get your wish after all!

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Though, I suppose it makes sense, and I simply missed it, since the biggest online B5 resource out there was called "The Lurker's Guide"
I thought the term 'lurker', in that sense, was simply referring to a casual viewer of B5 who might not be familiar with the show (i.e. who's "lurking" in the background of it) and needed a primer.
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Old November 21 2012, 11:30 PM   #66
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Where does the term come from Mage?
Lurkers are the poor homeless people who live in "Down below"
You know, I'm playing Captain Obvious here, but that's a really shitty fan name.
Oh right!

I suppose it's kind of like us the poor earth bound 20th century folk lurking below the glories of fictional space travel.

Ignoring all the wars of course. And the Crusade plague.
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I doubt you would describe what was done to River Tam as "agents of order".
No, of course not. But neither do I think the entire Alliance was in on that. Some super secret black ops organization, possibly unknown to (or even forbidden by) the Alliance proper. Kind of like their version of Section 31.

Of course, I am trying to put the best positive spin on this. It's what I do.

Plus, you gotta love those Alliance ships...
The point with the Alliance is they come in and tell people what to do, people who live on the outskirts of civilization and who resent the wealthy folk with all the guns from far away taking their money and interfering in their lives. Kind of like the Revolutionary war and the King of England.

The Alliance has power over folk but not a commensurate duty of care. This is why they terraform planets and dump settlers on them treating them like disposables. Burn off a few thousand settlers making that planet habitable and when it's getting pretty move in the rich people.
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Old November 22 2012, 01:00 AM   #68
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One old school one that springs to mind...Leapers. Quantum Leap fans.
I remember that one. Still miss that show. X- Files fans were called Philes. Saw that term once on an old book about the show Columbo, so it looks as if fans of that show were called that terms as well.

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Telephones, I would think.
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Old November 22 2012, 01:14 AM   #69
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The point with the Alliance is they come in and tell people what to do
Show me one government that doesn't.
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Old November 22 2012, 01:21 AM   #70
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It's about abuse of power, not power itself. I'm sure you can think of governments and government actions where this takes place in today's world.
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Old November 22 2012, 01:30 AM   #71
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This may have nothing to do with sci-fi but I hate it when people call their Twitter followers "tweeps". That sounds like something a bird does when it's drunk. I prefer Keith Hernandez's use of "Tweetsters."
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Old November 22 2012, 05:27 AM   #72
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B5 fans should be called Fivers. BSG fans should be Galacticians.
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Old November 22 2012, 07:33 AM   #73
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I doubt you would describe what was done to River Tam as "agents of order".
No, of course not. But neither do I think the entire Alliance was in on that. Some super secret black ops organization, possibly unknown to (or even forbidden by) the Alliance proper. Kind of like their version of Section 31.

Of course, I am trying to put the best positive spin on this. It's what I do.

Plus, you gotta love those Alliance ships...
Virtually every time we see or hear from the Alliance government, they are up to no good, being corrupt, or just generally being a**-hats.

Oh, and the "program" River was in? Backed by the Parliament. Give Serenity a watch if you haven't already, the Operative (another fine example of Alliance evil) admits so.
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Old November 22 2012, 07:39 AM   #74
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Right, but the same tends to be true of Starfleet Command. Not always, of course, but way, way too often. One could get the wrong impression of Starfleet and the Federation from these episodes.

Or the right impression.
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Old November 22 2012, 08:40 PM   #75
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Where does the term come from Mage?

As said earlier, the homeless and poor living on the station are called Lurkers. I can remember fans calling themselves Lurkers way back. Fivers is one I've hardly ever heard. But then again, who am I to argue if someone wants to cal himself a Fiver?? Personally, I like Lurker, but that's me.
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