Babylon 5... movies?!?

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  1. js

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    *swings back and forth, back and forth, indecisively* :D

    Too many good arguments both ways! :)

    Ah, well, I have another week to decide.

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  2. Neroon

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    Meh.... all it means is you're in good shape no matter which way you go.
     
  3. FamilySlitheen

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    In The Begining is set in between War Without End Part's One and Two. If this is your first viewing of the mighty B5 then, yeah, don't watch ITB first, it WILL ruin the suprise.
     
  4. Neroon

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    Mmmmmm.... yes and no.

    The movie begins and ends during the timeframe of WWE. However, in the in-between time you go quite a bit farther back. If jms himself thinks it's fine to watch it first, that will probably hold true for a great many otehr folks. I'd still disagree with them.
     
  5. Colonel Midnight

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    No matter when you decide to watch it... Be sure to tell us what you think of the montage right before the end of the movie, with the music, etc. :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Great Maker, that is STILL just one of the best moments of B5.

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  6. Cary L. Brown

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    Well, for anyone not really familiar with what the episode titles mean...

    "In the Beginning" is set roughly... 18 years?... after the final "regular" episode of Babylon 5. But it's a narrative, and most of the events being discussed are set about 10 years prior to "The Gathering" (the pilot movie).

    The very final episode of B5, "Sleeping in Light," is set 20 years after the final "regular" episode of the series.

    SO... if you're like me and prefer to watch things in the "in-fiction" chronological order, that's why I recommend "Sleeping in Light" as the last thing you watch.
     
  7. DWF

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    Chroniclogically speaking The Deconstruction Of Fallen Stars is the last one since it's set one million years in the future.
     
  8. Neroon

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    That's precisely the way I prefer to watch the series as a whole. DWF is right technically, as he says, but "Sleeping In Light" is the perfect, if not outright necessary, capper
     
  9. Reverend

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    Well technically, if you're watching chronologically shouldn't that last thing you watch be "Deconstruction of Falling Stars"? The reason should be obvious to those that know, but for the sake of the OP I won't spoil the surprise. ;)
     
  10. Tulin

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    Somebody already did.
     
  11. ATimson

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    Asides from "Deconstruction" as others mentioned, "Voices in the Dark" arguably should be watched after "Sleeping in Light" as well. It's not a traditional frame, like In the Beginning or "Deconstruction", but it still has one.
     
  12. Tulin

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    Let's face it..........JMS just fucked it up!


    ;)
     
  13. Neroon

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    How so? I think what most of us promoting SiL as the final item to be viewed are looking at things from a primarily chronological point of view. Given that, there isn't anything except "Deconstruction" which can be considered, from that frame of reference at least.
     
  14. ATimson

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    "Voices in the Dark" starts with the destruction of Babylon 5 in 2282, as seen in "Sleeping in Light".
     
  15. Cary L. Brown

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    True, true... but that's really in there only to avoid confusing the audience, who've already seen "Sleeping in Light." A simple narrative method to remind the audience "we're going backwards by a number of years."

    That's different than the way that "In the Beginning" handled it, where the entire story is set in the later time... in the form of Londo telling a story. The entire story is told from Londo's perspective, with Londo narrating it.

    So I tend to disregard that little opening "splash" to the "Lost Tales" episode you mention. Ideally, I'd prefer the whole "Lost Tales" thing to not have that opening at all... but then again, SOME people would, inevitably, be confused by that!
     
  16. Jan

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    Yes but
    you then see the time count back and the station reconstruct itself. The story itself takes place in 2271.

    Jan
     
  17. ATimson

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    Hence why I said "It's not a traditional frame, like In the Beginning or 'Deconstruction', but it still has one." :p
     
  18. ATimson

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    Just like "the story itself" for In the Beginning takes place in 2246-2248...
     
  19. Harvey

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    True, but the frame very much places the Lost Tales post-Sleeping in Light for me in viewing. It's why I place In The Beginning in 2277, even though the bulk of the narrative takes place before The Gathering. Likewise, Thirdspace has an introductory narration by Sheridan looking back that makes it kind of weird to watch in the middle of season four.
     
  20. Neroon

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    The intro to "Lost Tales" strikes me more as a bit of artistic license and creativity for opening the show. It's a way to give tribute to arguably the most memorable voice of the series. Consequently, I can't use it as a definitive reference point for the series chronology.
     

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