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Rather belatedly, I noticed that [personal profile] selenak did an excellent job of eviscerating Den of Geek's terrible list of best Babylon 5 episodes.

So I've decided I'm going to make my own list, with much better criteria. (No Technomages allowed. Shoo.)

I'll start with Season 1.

Season 1
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I introduced a couple of friends to Babylon 5 recently, and I have been watching the show alongside them. I didn't realise that this was fairly wide-spread; evidently, the 20th anniversary has brought about a resurgence of interest!

We've covered Season 2, and are in the middle of S3 thus far. Some thoughts, with the benefit of hindsight:

1) I used to draw hearts around Delenn and Sheridan, then went through a phase of having absolutely no interest in them. I've come back around to being very interested in them again, primarily because of the utter respect on both their parts for the other. They are very different, and yet they respect those differences and try to accommodate them. I don't know whether it is a case of television moving towards bombastic, dramatic relationships and away from quiet build-ups, or whether this was always somewhat rare to see, but it strikes me as something I no longer see on screen. Even on shows where there is ostensibly a slow-build, it feels more like a will-they/won't-they dynamic, rather than a gradual growing together. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I do like it.

2) I'm more and more convinced that there was an intention to do something with Talia's arc rather than just leave it hanging. Did we ever see this resolved in a novel? I know that Bester references her later on in Dust to Dust but I feel that his comment is more designed to provoke.

3) I really, really appreciate the creation of the different races. Yes, we have the main players, but we also get to see the other races fleshed out until you can spot them. OK, maybe I never learned the name of the fishpeople, but I remember Ambassador FishPerson being concerned with Homeguard terrorism. I can spot the unfortunate Markab, the garrulous Drazi, the curiously identical-looking Brakiri. (I think it's established that the Drazi don't have any females - or that they reproduce in a non-binary way, anyway - but is it ever explained about the Brakiri? Or have I selectively not noticed any female Brakiri?) And the Hyach (Hyatt? No, that's a hotel chain) and the Pak'Ma'Ra and so forth. Even if they are not one of the main races, from very early on they have a coherent look which helps the station to feel real.

4) I've discovered the Babylon 5 audio guide podcasts and they are excellent! Great discussion for each episode, and suitable for both new viewers and those doing a re-watch. (They have a loud noise to indicate the start of spoilers.)

5) You can now find a whole bunch of convention videos online! The 20th anniversary con panels are mostly on YouTube (here, here, here and here... and here, here) but here are also some 1990s clips. I haven't watched them so I can't swear as to the quality, but it's nice to see them!

6) I feel like more than a couple of governments have watched this show and thought, "yes, the Earth Alliance approach to things is actually pretty great, we should totally implement that at home." Some of it is even worse. I'm fairly certain that Donald Trump's speeches map word for word against Londo's most bombastic, aggressive declarations. He is, after all, going to make the Centauri Republic great again.

7) Julie Musante would have been hired by David Cameron's team in seconds.

8) I really like how we see representatives of the Earth Alliance and they're not all American? There are people from all across the Alliance.

9) ... I miss Andreas.
kangeiko: (londo/g'kar)
I feel like I'm cheating on LJ with DW, and on DW with twitter. I'm such a harlot, I just can't help myself. Anyway, that's why I haven't posted for a while. Also, it's easier to check twitter on my phone & tweet quickly, than it is to do DW posts. Although I have set it up to be able to do phone/email posts, so I don't know why I'm complaining.

I was pretty upset when I heard that Michael O'Hare died. Mira wrote beautifully on his death here (link courtesy of [personal profile] selenak ). Michael O'Hare was the first 'real' actor I met, when I was very young and at my first convention and hopelessly lost. He gave me a hug & Ruth helped me find where I was meant to be. I met the others then, too, and it was the S4/5 hiatus and the day when Claudia didn't sign her contract, and Ed was on stage telling people about how he nearly fell in a canal in Venice, and then Peter & Andreas (fresh from signing autographs, which Andreas had enlivened by signing alternatively as Madonna and as Gandhi) were on stage,  acting out a mock script with a slash subplot, and a guy next to me heckled them as they kissed. Andreas nearly squashed me as he ran down, grabbed the guy & kissed him, while Rick filmed the entire thing.

And. And. I read the above again, and realise just how many of these wonderful people are no longer with us. I loved Babylon 5 rather fiercely as a child, and I suppose I still do. I was always very fond the people who made it, because I always felt that they made it with love. Mira says it best, of course. I feel like I am losing a little part of my childhood.


Other things. I've found a flat. This is good news, as I have been at my parents' house for a ridiculous period of time, and it is doing mymental health no favours. I have taken up Pilates in the vain hope that it may help me hang on to sanity. I move in a month, and I am counting down.

Work continues ridiculously busy. I am tired & need a holiday, but see above re: sanity, lack thereof. I need to move, then go on leave.


Yuletide. This has the potential to make me happy, or incredibly stressed. I am hoping for the former.


Health. I'd like some. This chest thing can bugger off, I don't have the time.

Days 6/7/8

Jun. 11th, 2010 02:40 pm
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Ooops, too much sociliaising in the evening has resulted in no posts for the last two days. Mea culpa. Here they are, alongside today's post as well.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show )


Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show )


Day 08 - A show everyone should watch )
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I have a copy of JMS's Babylon 5 Script Volume 2 for sale. I'm having a clear-out and being good. If anyone is interested: it's here. I also have other volumes I haven't put on eBay yet, if anyone is interested in buying several and completing their collection.
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Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Oh, this is the hardest thing EVER. And yet it totally isn't, not really. There is my first show - the show that taught me English when I didn't speak it, and imprinted on my young brain: Star Trek: The Original Series. There is the instant connection with Buffy and The West Wing and Alias... All of that pales in comparison to the deep, unconditional love I have for Babylon 5. I started watching it in season 3, and bought the videos to catch up. They were my first big purchase, and they used up all my pocket money for months. I remember staying up to watch Endgame, way past when I should have been in bed for school the next day, upset and shaking and waiting to find out which of my favourites was next. B5 was the first fandom that welcomed me with open arms, sometimes literally, and it was the first fandom I wrote anything for that I was proud of. And it doesn't matter how many years pass, or how many other space operas come along, if I'm having an awful day I will still curl up with Soul Mates or Parliament of Dreams and it will make things better. I feel privileged to have seen B5 when it first aired. I was in the convention hall when we heard that s5 had been given the green light, but that Claudia wouldn't be returning. To me, it wasn't just a show but my first sense of fannish community.
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I had a lovely time on Thursday, finally having that long-delayed dinner with [livejournal.com profile] mizzykitty. After far too much sushi, we went back to mine to mainline B5 (she hasn't seen it! A possible new convert, hallelujah!) and geek out. It was ever so much fun, and it got me thinking.

B5 S1 waffling )


I also gave in to the inevitable and purchased S1 of the newer, brighter, more CGI'd remastered ST:TOS S1 boxset. It is, in a word, lush. ST:TOS squeeing )


I'm headed to bed now, to try to reset my body clock. Got to bed far too late last night, after a truly smashing party at [livejournal.com profile] mossman's. But it's work again on Monday, so needs must...

B5 rewatch

Feb. 18th, 2008 12:55 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] darlas_mom is about to start watching B5...

Which is a wonderful excuse for me to do a rewatch. Anyone want to join me?
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
Tomorrow, I am writing my dissertation. For real, this time, as it's due on 1 September and I have *counts* 10 days off work in which to write it. The research is done, and I've mostly planned it, so it should just be a case of sitting down and writing it until it's, well, written. Then sending it to people to rip to shreds, and re-writing it until it doesn't suck. Then having a ball. An actual ball, will ballgowns and everything.

In the meantime, we have [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 asking us to name five times that a character you like did something wrong -so I did, with spoilers for S2 Buffy, S1 Rome, S4 Babylon 5, S3 Alias and S3 West Wing. )
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As requested -

For [livejournal.com profile] selenak, who wanted to know how I'd write the psi corps trilogy, if I'd been given the timeline for it:

bear in mind I didn't like them at all... )

For [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, who wanted to know my top 3 bad-ass women of Alias:

cut for S5 spoilers )
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yes i do )

This is in lieu of saying that I'm writing a Centauri fic - a Vir fic, in fact - focused on the Centauri telepaths and their fate post TFoCP. cut for some potential spoilers )

Also, tomorrow I go to buy some clothes. And shoes. And possibly underwear. Which is always good. Yes.

P.S. [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa! Email me your address to make sure I have the correct spelling etc of it so I can mail you some West Wing, girl!
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] penknife. My first fandom was Babylon 5, as it was the first fandom i wrote stuff for, and thought up stories for. Technically, ST:TOS was the first show I ever devoted myself to watching, but as I was about ten years old, I didn't register it as anything more than entertainment. Babylon 5 made me sit up and take notice, and it formed my perceptions of what being a fan actually entailed. Later on, I would apply those lessons back to the ST:TOS as a reader - never a writer - and to the Buffyverse as both.

Five things Babylon 5 taught me about fandom )
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I'm visiting [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa in a couple of weeks, and with me I shall take season 1 of The West Wing, and also Some Episodes of Babylon 5.

The goal is, of course, to get our lovely lady hooked on The Greatest Show of All Time (tm) before having to go back to rainy England. This must also be accomplished without spending every waking hour in front of the tv, as it's Karneval, and dancing must be had. Flist - I beseech you! Below you will find a list of all season 1 and season 2 B5 episodes. The ones in bold are the ones that we definitely have to see (for arc-purposes, or because they rock), the ones struck through are ones I definitely don't want to bother with, and the rest I'm not sure about. Help!! Opinions, thoughts, guidance - maximum b5-impact, with a bare minimum of 'filler' episodes. Possible??

Season 1
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Season 2
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Thoughts, comments? [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, I am looking in your direction. I distinctly remember skipping several episodes from season 1 in order to get you embroiled in arc-heavy stuff, and then dangle season 4 in front of you, teasingly, listening to the pleas for mercy. Ah, good times...
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Today, I found out that Claudia Christian is

1) living in the UK

2) maybe possibly perhaps about to be in a UK theatre play, and touring to boot.

This is because I happened to sit next to a casting director during my lunch hour at Starbucks, and we got chatting.

That is all.

p.s. want a pony.
kangeiko: (londo/g'kar)
001.Beginnings. 002.Middles. 003.Ends. 004.Insides. 005.Outsides.
006.Hours. 007.Days. 008.Weeks. 009.Months. 010.Years.
011.Red. 012.Orange. 013.Yellow. 014.Green. 015.Blue.
016.Purple. 017.Brown. 018.Black. 019.White. 020.Colourless.
021.Friends. 022.Enemies. 023.Lovers. 024.Family. 025.Strangers.
026.Teammates. 027.Parents. 028.Children. 029.Birth. 030.Death.
031.Sunrise. 032.Sunset. 033.Too Much. 034.Not Enough. 035.Sixth Sense.
036.Smell. 037.Sound. 038.Touch. 039.Taste. 040.Sight.
041.Shapes. 042.Triangle. 043.Square. 044.Circle. 045.Moon.
046.Star. 047.Heart. 048.Diamond. 049.Club. 050.Spade.
051.Water. 052.Fire. 053.Earth. 054.Air. 055.Spirit.
056.Breakfast. 057.Lunch. 058.Dinner. 059.Food. 060.Drink.
061.Winter. 062.Spring. 063.Summer. 064.Fall. 065.Passing.
066.Rain. 067.Snow. 068.Lightening. 069.Thunder. 070.Storm.
071.Broken. 072.Fixed. 073.Light. 074.Dark. 075.Shade.
076.Who? 077.What? 078.Where? 079.When? 080.Why?
081.How? 082.If. 083.And. 084.He. 085.She.
086.Choices. 087.Life. 088.School. 089.Work. 090.Home.
091.Birthday. 092.Christmas. 093.Thanksgiving. 094.Independence. 095.New Year.
096.Writer‘s Choice. 097.Writer‘s Choice. 098.Writer‘s Choice. 099.Writer‘s Choice. 100.Writer‘s Choice.
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Yes, OK, I got the job. So I had to call [livejournal.com profile] athena25 more or less in tears because nothing's ever going to be easy, is it? *fume* Suffice to say, I am somewhat insulted by their offer. No - they didn't actually send me an offer, they sent me a copy of their standard offer to new graduates that is likely to resemble my offer. However, it is still insultingly low, as I no way shape or form resemble a 21 year old grad with no experience, no debts and no commitments. There is no way in hell I'd be able to live on that salary in Edinburgh. I am sincerely hoping that once I phone them up in a few days (I'm thinking Friday, or Monday, maybe), and explain that the offer is actually lower than the national average for this position, and that they'd require me to live in a capital city that it bloody expensive, they might see reason. I also have a couple of years' experience in finance. I worked this out and it's true. Many, many years' worth of part-time experience = two years' worth of full time experience. I will also have a diversity qualification, and seeing as they'll want me to consult and manage (rather than be an accountant, which would be dull and tedious), this will come in very handy, yea verily.

So, as I said, I'm going to call them and haggle. Because I am right now fuming. *snarl*

This state of affairs was not helped by watching 'Strange Relations' and the first half of 'Secrets of the Soul' with [livejournal.com profile] athena25, who had never seen either episode. I hadn't seen 'SotS' for a very long time and upon rewatching realised why.

Religious allegory and bloody Pantene )

Phew. Well, that made me feel marginally better. *kicks things*
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Recently purchased season 1, and so I've got it playing in the background whilst reading about the indequacies of refugee camps in Zaire (my degree, it has to be said, rocks on an epic scale, despite the frequent demands to be depressed because You Can't Save The World). So, then, "Legacies", which I originally saw about, what, seven years ago and haven't seen since.

Neroon love-fest )

So, if any nice people want to be extra-specially nice to me, they'd write me a Neroon fic. Please, god, no slash (if I see another Marcus/Neroon twu luv fic I'll extract my own eyes), just a nice, season 1 episode filler with any character on the station. Literally, any character. More screen time for Neroon!

Ok, so now I have to decide whether to move on to 'A Voice in the Wilderness' or to skip to the season 4 Neroon episodes. Hmmmm, choices, choices...

On the plus side, lots more reading on refugee camps. I'm considering writing my dissertation on the rights of female refugees, so this should be good. As the rights of migrants are so poorly defined and, thus, so poorly defended, this is a perfect area for action and/or research.

Also, I must fill in my application for the Independent Monitoring Board. Someone needs to remind to do that, because I can't keep delaying 'because of schoolwork'. That just doesn't cut it anymore. *is disgusted with self* If i can find the time to write fic, by jove, I can find the time to volunteer in prisons and detention centres.

However, you understand my reluctance, as it's volunteering in prisons, and detention centres. And I'm not a lawyer, merely a trainee. And I'm so not fit to advice / monitor anything (not old enough, not old enough!) and anyone who says otherwise is clearly unaware that I'm still 17 in my head.

Anyway. Back to reading.


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