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dreamer November 11th 09 12:05

Most memorable moments, for you
 
To me, the show has more great moments than most of other series combined.

What're yours?
One of my absolute favourites is in the episode The long, twilight struggle, on the 2nd season. Draal contacts the station and causes interference in the electronics, we have lt. Corwin saying that they were afraid that something like this would happen.

Then Corwin hails Ivanova over the comms and we move from C&C into someone's quarters.

First thing you hear is running water from a shower. Then there's a really up-beat and light music. Because Ivanova was hinted before, you'd expect we'd find her in the shower. Back then (and even now a little) as a strapping young lad I went "yeaah!" in my head over the prospect of seeing her in the shower.

I don't recall how disapointed I was when it became clear that it's not her. It's Sheridan. Nowadays this makes me smile like crazy. I don't know whether they did this thing on purpose or what, but it's really ingenious and hilarious :)

KoshN November 11th 09 18:54

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
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Originally Posted by dreamer (Post 352289)
To me, the show has more great moments than most of other series combined.

What're yours?


There are so very many great moments that it's hard to choose just one.

In no particular order:
  • War Without End - Part 2: Sinclair watching Garibaldi leave Babylon 4. As the ships carrying the Babylon 4 crew and the other Sinclair and Garibaldi leave the station, Sinclair, just leaving the station's core, stands on the outside of the station and activates his communicator, to try to deliver one last message. "Babylon 4 to Garibaldi, Babylon 4 to shuttle one. Garibaldi, do you read me? Watch your back, Michael. Watch your back." and Sinclair, inside the airlock, removes the headpiece from his own space suit. "I tried," he says. "I tried to warn them. But it all happened... just the way I remember it."
  • The War Prayer Londo telling Vir the story about how his shoes are too tight. "'My shoes are too tight,'" says Londo, sadly, in response. "Something my father said. He was old, very old at the time. I went into his room, and he was sitting alone in the dark, crying. So I asked him what was wrong, and he said, 'My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance.' I never understood what that meant until now. *My* shoes are too tight, and I have forgotten how to dance."
  • In the Beginning: The Earth President asking for volunteers for the Battle of the Line. Also Londo's voice over: "The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. But where another race would surrender to despair, the humans fought back with even greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life I have never seen anything like it. They would weep, they would pray, they would say goodbye to their loved ones... and they would throw themselves, without any fear or hesitation, on the very face of Death itself, never surrendering. No one who saw them fighting against the inevitable could help but be moved to tears by their courage, their stubborn nobility. When they ran out of ships, they used guns. When they ran out of guns, they used knives, and sticks, and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope that when it is my time, I may die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes, at the end."
  • The Long Twilight Struggle: As G'Kar prays fervently, the Narn ships come out of hyperspace above Gorash 7 and are destroyed in battle. G'Kar, sensing the outcome somehow, grimly ceases his prayer.
  • Severed Dreams: Delenn (on the Whitestar, and with several Minbari cruisers) telling Clark's Earthforce ships to withdraw (from Babylon 5) or be destroyed.
    Delenn: "This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw, .. or be destroyed."
    Earthforce Captain: "Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship."
    Delenn: "Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else."
  • Voices of Authority: Ivanova telling Sheridan: "Good luck, Captain. I think you're about to go where everyone has gone before."
  • The Fall of Centauri Prime: The montage of shots showing Londo's tragic progression from 2258 to 2261, and his walk among fallen statutes and debris to the Centaurum, to be officially named Emperor of the Centauri Republic.
  • Objects at Rest: the salute scene when the Whitestar leaves Babylon 5.
  • Sleeping in Light: all of it.

KoshFan November 11th 09 20:40

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Kosh coming to Sheridan's rescue in "Fall of Night" -- and then again, in sort of the mirror image, in "Z'ha'dum."

Also, Kosh visiting Turhan in "The Coming of Shadows."

But the episode with the deepest emotional resonance for me... one of the first I saw, and the one with the most impact... "Comes the Inquisitor."

Jade Jaguar November 15th 09 04:44

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
I'm embarrassed to say I'd have to look up the titles of most of my favorites, but I'm sure they will be recognized:

The Agamemnon breaking through the debris/explosion cloud in the final confrontation with Earth. (Endgame, of course)

Sheridan experiencing a 'moment of perfect beauty.

Several with Sheridan on Za'Ha Dum, and his appearance when he returns.

When Turhan is marching with his retinue, just before he drops.

In And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place, when Lord Refa is killed.

And many more, including several already mentioned.

Just about all of Severed Dreams, and Endgame had the adrenalin flowing... :D

Infested Londo November 15th 09 10:47

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Aww, I wanted to point out the montage of Londo's progression... There was something so incredibly smart about that scene, because it wasn't only the montage of Londo's life in the past 4 years, but of our lives as viewers... The nostalgie Londo feels all of the sudden took me by surprise and made me feel really nostalgic as well. Especially the shot where Londo is crawling on the table drunk... All of the sudden, in retrospect, Londo understands he had moments of happiness after all. Amazing sequence, one of my all time favorites.

Also, -"You wanna be president?" - "Yeah!" -"Put your hand on the book and say, 'I do'" -"I do" -"Fine. Done. Let's eat" :D

dreamer November 17th 09 17:51

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Sheridan's scheming in the episode Rumors, bargains and lies has always pleased me to no end. Zack's expressions when Sheridan goes bonkers in the mess hall are priceless. Additionally, the minbari plot similarly displays what can happen when you're not given all the facts but left guessing.

Best humour episode in the show!

KoshN November 18th 09 06:16

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
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Originally Posted by Infested Londo (Post 352404)
Aww, I wanted to point out the montage of Londo's progression... There was something so incredibly smart about that scene, because it wasn't only the montage of Londo's life in the past 4 years, but of our lives as viewers... The nostalgie Londo feels all of the sudden took me by surprise and made me feel really nostalgic as well. Especially the shot where Londo is crawling on the table drunk... All of the sudden, in retrospect, Londo understands he had moments of happiness after all.

...and that those moments were behind him. The music also fit the montage scene perfectly.

dreamer November 18th 09 15:03

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
One of my favourite moments is when G'kar writes the Book of G'kar, and we see him scribbling it in the cel. That's a big scene for me. The non-formulaic music with a religious overtone underlines the magnitude of the event quite nicely. I really wish Franke would've brought his music more up and front in the first seasons.

Ranger1 November 19th 09 05:37

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
all my absolute favourites have already been mentioned, especially the last half hour or so of "In The Beginning", personally i feel that was the best moment in B5 and quite possibly the best thing ever shown on television.

Marcus invoking Den'Shaa(sp?) with Neroon was incredible too, and the scene following that at the ceremony, but the best part of that is Neroon talking to marcus in medbay "death there was, but the death was mine" incredible.

some times i fire up my DVD's just to watch those 2 sections and nothing else, that's how good they are.

HockeyPlayer47 November 21st 09 01:54

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
One of the best moments, for me, was G'Kar's speech about freedom in The Long, Twilight Strugge after the Narn surrender to the Centauri. It still gives me goosebumps when I watch it...

Jade Jaguar November 23rd 09 06:51

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Me too...

I still get goosebumps in rewatching B5, more than watching any other show for the first time... by far!

RW7427 November 25th 09 18:46

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
I watched Endgame and Rising Star last night. I haven't seen either ep in a long while, and I still got all teary-eyed and goosebumpy while watching them!

butlerd November 29th 09 03:12

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
The final scenes from "Z'ha'Dum when the White Star is coming down on the Shadow city armed with nuclear warheads set to detonate with the intercut between Anna and the Shadows advancing on Sheridan and Sheridan's jump at Kosh's urging- and Sheridan's recorded message to Delenn and the anguish on her face as she knows where he is and what he is doing. Oh, and G'Kar's closing monologue at the end was incredible as well. This episode alone made me finally want to start collecting and watching the series. Possibly one of the best episodes of Sci-Fi TV EVER for me!

KoshN November 29th 09 04:37

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
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Originally Posted by butlerd (Post 352986)
The final scenes from "Z'ha'Dum when the White Star is coming down on the Shadow city armed with nuclear warheads set to detonate with the intercut between Anna and the Shadows advancing on Sheridan and Sheridan's jump at Kosh's urging- and Sheridan's recorded message to Delenn and the anguish on her face as she knows where he is and what he is doing. Oh, and G'Kar's closing monologue at the end was incredible as well. This episode alone made me finally want to start collecting and watching the series. Possibly one of the best episodes of Sci-Fi TV EVER for me!

Good choice. As I read your post, I could see and hear the scenes in my memory.

Boredom September 29th 10 07:00

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
G'Kar bopped the head of a zealot of religion that he supposedly founded, for daring to argue with him by using verses from his book. Somehow make me imagine of what Jesus or Mohammed will do to some of their followers.

ALeafOnTheWind September 29th 10 12:57

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Londo as emperor, sitting helplessly all alone in his throne room.

Mike G September 30th 10 13:32

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
The end of Chrysalis, when Sinclair says "Nothing is the same anymore." And that was the moment it hit how nothing was the same on this show! Welcome to Babylon 5 kids!

hypatia October 1st 10 04:45

Re: Most memorable moments, for you
 
Marcas' line "Oh, my god... a Minbari not born of Minbari".

all the way to "I am called Valen, and I bring this place to you as a gift; come with me, there is much to be done"

Paraphrasing here, since it's quicker and drives the real hard-core B5-fans nuts. :thumbsup:

Sometimes B5 feels like a sequence of memorable moments. There is the memorable moment, what leads to it, and what comes from it.


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