A Niner Watches Babylon 5 (NO spoilers, please)

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by TheGodBen, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Brian

    Brian Vice Admiral Admiral

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    It's never as good as a determined pat on the bum, but I'll take one any day. ;)
     
  2. Forbin

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    I said out, dammit!
    Tell that to my wife! Sure, I usually do it while's occupied with housework or cooking, and I usually sneak up on her and scare the hell out of her - but she's so damn CUTE when she's preoccupied.
     
  3. stonester1

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    This ep was awesome. But the one coming up is probably my favorite of all. The "We REALLY mean business" ep of B5.
     
  4. Reverend

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    Let's just lock down and keep to ourselves any thoughts and opinions on the next episode until he's seen it. Let's just wait and see what he thinks.
     
  5. tomalak301

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    Yeah. There wasn't this much participation when I was reviewing B5 last year and I liked almost every episode. I guess Ben has a way to bring out the energy in people I suppose.
     
  6. JoeD80

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    She might have told him; but he really wanted to see a Vorlon according to his dialogue in that episode and he was thinking that going at that time to Babylon 5 was when he could see one. So even if she told him, he would have gone at that time anyway.
     
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  7. Can

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    LoL...TGB would watch a very special episode next right ? :lol:
     
  8. chrisspringob

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    Did you individually review every episode though? I don't remember another B5 review thread in which the reviewer took the time to review each episode separately. I could be misremembering though.
     
  9. tomalak301

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    Yes I did. I did it faster, but I talked about all of them, the movies, Crusade, and Lost Tales. Only one I haven't talk about is LOTR which I haven't seen yet.
     
  10. chrisspringob

    chrisspringob Commodore Commodore

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    OK, I'd forgotten that.

    Btw, when "Point of No Return" first aired in the US back in 1996, it was followed by a month of reruns. That was a long wait to see what happened next.
     
  11. Kegg

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    And that's basically how JMS pitched it on the messages back on the internet in those days. He even went into the Star Trek forum to inform the Trekkie geeks that he'd scored this (while IIRC also making a swipe at the then unpopular move by Viacom to stop fans from using images from the show on their websites.) It's been argued her reverential respect for Turhan is sort of a nod to the guy she was actually widowed from.

    However the Majel Barret story is basically an excuse to do that scene with MacBeth and Banquo from... uh... the Scottish Play, that's right!
     
  12. Forbin

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    Okay, you can say the character's name, but not the play's name? I never could get that straight. I have an actor friend I love to taunt.
     
  13. TheGodBen

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    It is when it comes from another man in the middle of a boxing match being watched by millions of viewers.

    I seem to have a natural instinct to provoke people into saying "You're wrong!" or "You're a complete fool for thinking that." or "Sexy though you are, you should be sterilised for the good the the gene pool." Personally, I think people are just jealous of me.

    :wtf: But how did we have caption competitions? Or endless photoshop threads?

    That must have been a dark time in the history of online Star Trek fandom. :scream:
     
  14. hyzmarca

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    A drug that can give mundanes telepathic abilities is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. It is most defiantly a good thing. The biggest social problem in the EA is the persecution of telepaths, and while the Psi-Corps is the one doing the persecuting most of the time, they're driven mostly be the mundane population's (not quite unwarranted) fear of telepaths. The Psi-Corps was created for a dual purpose, to protect mundanes from telepaths (who can do some nasty things if they really want to) and to protect telepaths from mundanes (humans have never been particularly kind to the things that they fear). It is that dual purpose that really lead to its corruption. It created a Psi-Corps that was insular and paranoid.

    If dust actually worked properly there would be no need for the Psi-Corps, as everyone would have access to telepathic abilities. Not that the leadership would use it that way, of course, but there are still some idealists in the Corps. Most members are good people just doing what they thing is right.
     
  15. TheGodBen

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    Severed Dreams (*****)

    I think my feelings about this episode can be best summed up by my good friend, George Takai. Take it away George.

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    GEORGE TAKAI: Whoa! Oh my!

    What? I can be friends with George Takai and Scott Bakula, why can't I? The three of us meet up at Scott's ranch regularly. We usually ride ponies down to the river and have a picnic. We were even in a band together: "Scott Bakula and the Shirtless Wonders". I had to quit because George kept laughing at me, but we're still good friends.

    Oh yes, review!

    This is the knock-out punch I've been waiting for, and it was definitely worth it. Episodes like this are the reason I love serialised story-telling, moments like the one where Sheridan declared B5 independent from Earth would have been cool in a standalone story, but when it has years of back-story building to this one moment it is much, much more.

    I don't know that there's much more I can say, to be honest. I always write up these reviews before watching the next episode, and right now I'd rather watch the next episode than sit here writing this, so if you'll excuse me I think I'll take my leave now.

    Scott Bakula: 44
     
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    After watching Severed Dreams, you realize why the Narn have been conquered by the Centauri twice. They're battle IQ must be negative... or they're all suicidal.
     
  17. Deranged Nasat

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    ^ Sure, the Narn tend to get far too caught up in their feelings to be effective tactical fighters, but I always find that scene where they charge the human boarding parties touching. The Narn aren't alone anymore. They've taken that step towards living and fighting for the entire community, not for their own revenge. They're fighting for honour and peace, instead of bitterness and rage and hate. At first I found the whole Narns-as-security-force idea hilarious (in the good way), and it just kept getting better when we had scenes like Ta'Lon in the elevator with Lady Morella and her guard, and his cheery "Hello, I'll be your Narn this evening!" look :lol: And her reaction!. But then we actually saw those Narns fighting to the death to defend Babylon Five. And I thought- it's not funny anymore! :( But it was touching. And important for the ongoing Narn plotline. The spotlight may be on the humans- and what a spotlight! Great stuff on the human storyline front- but the Narns got their continued development too.

    Of course, the real shining moment belongs to the Minbari! :)

    PS: I'm glad you liked it, TGB. It's indeed one of B5's finest moments.
     
  18. Truth_Seeker

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    It's one of those episodes that make you feel like you're watching a great Sci-Fi epic. Great story, great dialogue and a space battle no worse than the raid on The Death Star from "SW: A New Hope".

    I have a feeling that the name of your next thread will start with "A B5 fan watches ...";).
     
  19. Lindley

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    Severed Dreams is also the source of one of my favorite bloopers:
    http://b5.cs.uwyo.edu/bab5/snds/hague.wav

    I've always thought the next episode was an unfortunate step down, but then, most anything would be.
     
  20. Reverend

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    Without trying to curb your enthusiasm, remember that Joe likes to spend some time after a "big moment" to catch a breath before moving the major plots forward, so the next few episodes may seam a little sedate by comparison...but then so would anything. Rest assured though, this season ain't done with you yet. ;)
     

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