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JoeD80 August 1st 16 00:20

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Originally Posted by Springer (Post 456684)
I’m a little confused about the legalities of who can claim jurisdiction over the rogue telepaths. They committed their crimes on Alliance territory (B5) against Alliance members, the ambassadors of alien governments. Shouldn’t the ambassadors be demanding their extradition, like they did for Deathwalker?

Deathwalker wasn't part of any of those governments. The telepaths are Earth citizens.

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and I really do feel that bringing in some outside writers would have helped add some much-needed colour and variety to the season, as they did in season 1.

Just a random side-note: Peter David & Bill Mumy wrote one fifth season script, but it was not produced.

Jan August 1st 16 11:44

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Originally Posted by Springer (Post 456684)
I’m a little confused about the legalities of who can claim jurisdiction over the rogue telepaths. They committed their crimes on Alliance territory (B5) against Alliance members, the ambassadors of alien governments. Shouldn’t the ambassadors be demanding their extradition, like they did for Deathwalker? Surely they wouldn’t want those telepaths, with whatever sensitive information they essentially stole from the ambassadors, going back to Earth where they could conceivably give that information to EarthGov, to potentially be used against the League worlds?

In addition to what JoeD80 has said, the telepaths did commit crimes on the station but they first committed crimes in Earth territory by going rogue. By ISA rules, that would make it an Earth internal affair.

Springer August 1st 16 12:58

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I guess I'm just surprised the ambassadors allowed the telepaths with sensitive information in their heads to go back to Earth, where they could spill the beans to the Psi Corps and EarthGov. I mean, look at the fuss over Edward Snowdon going to Russia. Knowing those ambassadors, I'm surprised they didn't demand the telepaths have their minds wiped or something to prevent that sensitive information being passed on to others! In interstellar politics wouldn't the crime of espionage be more serious than just going rogue on Earth? If Sheridan had advised the ambassadors to begin extradition proceedings, even if in the end the extradition wasn't granted, it would have given Sheridan, Lochley and Byron more time to come up with a solution.

It's just nitpicking, I know, it just felt that too many of the characters made knee-jerk or bad decisions.

Jan August 1st 16 14:00

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I guess I'm just surprised the ambassadors allowed the telepaths with sensitive information in their heads to go back to Earth, where they could spill the beans to the Psi Corps and EarthGov.
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It's just nitpicking, I know, it just felt that too many of the characters made knee-jerk or bad decisions.

So the rogues *said* they had the ambassador's secrets. Who's gonna prove that and how? ;) Get yet another telepath to go in and get those secrets to prove it? Which race's telepath would do that? Would all the other races go along with that? IMO, that'd never happen.

As for the bad decisions - exactly the point. Remember, B5 is all about process. So Sheridan and others had to learn by doing.

Springer August 1st 16 14:41

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 456695)
As for the bad decisions - exactly the point. Remember, B5 is all about process. So Sheridan and others had to learn by doing.

That's my other big bugbear this season – part of the process is learning from mistakes, but we don't see that. We don't see Sheridan and company learning that maybe using telepaths to spy on people is ethically dubious. We don't see Lochley learning that maybe working with Bester isn't such a good idea after all. JMS always said that B5 was about people taking responsibility for their choices. In the first half of season 5 he set up some provocative questions, had the characters make mistakes... and then no one takes responsibility for the tragedy that occurs, no one shows they've learnt.

Though I should say that the second half of the season is more about taking responsibility; Garibaldi and his alcoholism, Londo and the situation he helped create on Centauri Prime.

Jan August 1st 16 15:50

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All I can say is that there were only a certain number of episodes and a certain number of minutes per episode. The show was a slice of history and history is seldom neat and tidy. ;)

Springer August 1st 16 16:30

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All I can say is that there were only a certain number of episodes and a certain number of minutes per episode. The show was a slice of history and history is seldom neat and tidy. ;)

That feels like it's just deliberately ignoring the show's (perceived) faults. I feel it *is* okay to criticise the show and JMS' writing; doing so is not a betrayal of the show or of JMS. It's the stature and esteem that the show is held in that makes critiquing it worthwhile and helps us better understand the story and the characters. And different people will have different critiques and not everyone will share the same ones, but it's the discussion that helps illuminate the different ways that we view the show. Trying to avoid criticising the show is doing it a disservice.

B5 is my favourite show, ever – period. We're all still here 20 years after the show aired because it means something to us, and surely we repeatedly go over and analyse the same plots and characters because we're seeking to appreciate it and understand it better, the same way a piece of classic literature might be discussed and critiqued over the generations.

Look at it this way – I keep going on about the ethicality of using the telepaths for spying because I'm interested in the writer's intentions, and how that's reflected in the story. Was JMS trying to get the audience to question whether using the telepaths was ethically ok? At the time of writing did he believe that kind of invasion of privacy in the name of spying was ok in the context it was used in? Would he think the same today, and how would he tackle it in a modern storyline? What does it say about the characters? And as we're interested in characterisation and character growth, how did the Byron incident change any of the characters, other than Lyta? In a story with strong character-driven plotlines, how events change the characters is paramount to how we judge the meaning behind those events.

Plus when JMS talks about the story being partly about taking responsibility for your actions, that was something I took to heart in life, so I do notice when it's missing from the story.

JoeD80 August 1st 16 17:14

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We don't see Sheridan and company learning that maybe using telepaths to spy on people is ethically dubious.
Probably because he never thought that. I stick by the idea that characters don't need to end up learning the lesson for the show to have presented it. The fallout was a direct result of his line of thinking.

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We don't see Lochley learning that maybe working with Bester isn't such a good idea after all.
This is the one part I think would have played very differently with Ivanova; her having to call in Bester after all that happened in the previous four seasons would have been some powerful emotional scenes.

Springer August 1st 16 17:24

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We don't see Lochley learning that maybe working with Bester isn't such a good idea after all.
This is the one part I think would have played very differently with Ivanova; her having to call in Bester after all that happened in the previous four seasons would have been some powerful emotional scenes.

And Ivanova was meant to be the character that fell in love with Byron. Yeah, that would have been a great storyline if it had happened that way.

I wonder if JMS was ever tempted to give Lochley and Byron a history together?

Edit: I'll have a ponder about what you say about the characters not needing to take stock and consider their role during the aftermath of the events. My instinct is to say I disagree but we're entering realms of narrative structure – in a strong narrative, is it ok to not show things like this? What would be the pros and cons of writing it that way be? As a writer I'm interested in narrative structure so I'll think about it – perhaps it's placing trust in the viewer to know the characters well enough to know that yes, of course they would have regrets.

Jan August 1st 16 19:09

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Originally Posted by Springer (Post 456698)
That feels like it's just deliberately ignoring the show's (perceived) faults. I feel it *is* okay to criticise the show and JMS' writing; doing so is not a betrayal of the show or of JMS. It's the stature and esteem that the show is held in that makes critiquing it worthwhile and helps us better understand the story and the characters. And different people will have different critiques and not everyone will share the same ones, but it's the discussion that helps illuminate the different ways that we view the show. Trying to avoid criticising the show is doing it a disservice.

Not exactly sure where all that came from but it couldn't have been in response to what I posted. You perceive faults. I don't. But I never - ever - said anything about there being a problem with critiquing the show. I simply see what we got as more realistic than you do and I personally prefer what we got than what you say you would have liked to see.

That's all, nothing more.

Springer August 1st 16 22:06

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 456704)

Not exactly sure where all that came from but it couldn't have been in response to what I posted. You perceive faults. I don't. But I never - ever - said anything about there being a problem with critiquing the show. I simply see what we got as more realistic than you do and I personally prefer what we got than what you say you would have liked to see.

That's all, nothing more.

I'm sorry. However, my response was provoked by your original comment that was talking down to me, and came across as pretty dismissive of the points I was trying to make. Hence why it might seem to me that you dismiss critique.

One of JMS' dilemmas at the beginning of season 5 was finding enough material to fill it, having wrapped up the major plotlines in season 4. So when you say that there wasn't enough time in the season to include the points I mentioned, which we both know wasn't the case because there was plenty of time in the show for JMS to include whatever he wanted, it does therefore feel that you're saying my criticism of the episodes is irrelevant.

Either JMS didn't think that the things I mentioned needed to be in the show, or it didn't occur to him to include them. Either way, I'd hoped it was a valid topic for a bit of discussion, but perhaps not.

I'd enjoyed writing these reviews about season 5 until today. I'd put a bit of effort into them in the hope of sparking some discussion on the message board. I feel less enthused to carry on now.

For what it's worth, I do think season 5 is worthwhile and does deserve a second chance from viewers who had dismissed it.

Jan August 2nd 16 02:50

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Originally Posted by Springer (Post 456705)
I'm sorry. However, my response was provoked by your original comment that was talking down to me, and came across as pretty dismissive of the points I was trying to make. Hence why it might seem to me that you dismiss critique.

Wait a minute - what *are* you talking about?? I talked down to you? Why didn't I notice it? Please don't read anything into what I say other than what I actually say, okay? I'm really very direct.

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One of JMS' dilemmas at the beginning of season 5 was finding enough material to fill it, having wrapped up the major plotlines in season 4. So when you say that there wasn't enough time in the season to include the points I mentioned, which we both know wasn't the case because there was plenty of time in the show for JMS to include whatever he wanted, it does therefore feel that you're saying my criticism of the episodes is irrelevant.
See above about reading things into what I say. Now then...you wrote:
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We don't see Sheridan and company learning that maybe using telepaths to spy on people is ethically dubious.
We saw that Sheridan was reluctant to do it and allowed himself to be talked into it by Garibaldi. We saw that he knew it was ethically dubious and that it turned out badly. Personally, I have no desire to see him doing a regret scene.

And then...we'd seen our protagonists act in ethically dubious manners several times. Wasn't using Lyta to scan the Centauri who'd captured Vir also dubious? Wasn't the way Garibaldi snooped into people's finances and pasts ethically dubious? That's my point. They're fictional but they're just human.

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We don't see Lochley learning that maybe working with Bester isn't such a good idea after all.
We already saw that she knew it was a bad idea before she did it. Her log entry talking about ending up with "a lot of dead people on the deck" is something people complain about regularly. I don't need to see her tell herself (or be told) that she'd told herself it would turn out badly.

My comment about the number of episodes and number of minutes meant exactly that. I may be reading too much into what you've written but it seems that your impression might be that there was more pre-planning than there actually was. JMS wrote one episode at a time and while you think there was a problem filling time, I don't think that's the case. I don't know if you preferred arc-heavy episodes at all times and didn't like the off-format episodes? But given that those more experimental episodes had been set aside in some cases from the fourth season, they were stories that JMS did want to tell during the five-year arc and weren't filler.

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Either JMS didn't think that the things I mentioned needed to be in the show, or it didn't occur to him to include them. Either way, I'd hoped it was a valid topic for a bit of discussion, but perhaps not.

I'd enjoyed writing these reviews about season 5 until today. I'd put a bit of effort into them in the hope of sparking some discussion on the message board. I feel less enthused to carry on now.

For what it's worth, I do think season 5 is worthwhile and does deserve a second chance from viewers who had dismissed it.
Discussion often includes disagreement. That kind of goes with the territory. I don't accept that anything I've said or done has any bearing on your enjoyment or lack thereof in writing the reviews. I've enjoyed seeing them. But if you're going to post, you need to be prepared for people to not agree - sometimes bluntly. Sorry if that bothers you.

Mororless August 2nd 16 07:10

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I think a big issue with season 5 generally in terms of "lessons not being leart" to the degree you might expect is that the focus is partly shifted from completing the B5 story towards setting up future stories.

Jan August 2nd 16 11:16

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Originally Posted by Mororless (Post 456707)
I think a big issue with season 5 generally in terms of "lessons not being leart" to the degree you might expect is that the focus is partly shifted from completing the B5 story towards setting up future stories.

Once the possibility of the spin-off came around, that's certainly possible.

The way I see it, the unevenness of season 5 was due to the need to build up momentum again since there was so little left to build on from season four. But I'll take the conclusion of the Londo/G'Kar arc over anything else that might have been shown any day. I may not have phrased that as well as I could have before. That's what I get for posting when I'm on the way out the door for the day.

Springer August 2nd 16 17:31

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 456706)
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I'm really very direct.

Which if I may be direct myself, is going to rub people up the wrong way on occasions. I admit I may have overreacted and inferred too much from what you said and I apologise for that, but it's frustrating being dismissed out of hand.

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We saw that Sheridan was reluctant to do it and allowed himself to be talked into it by Garibaldi. We saw that he knew it was ethically dubious and that it turned out badly. Personally, I have no desire to see him doing a regret scene.
To be fair, it took Garibaldi all of two minutes to convince him. It wasn't exactly a decision that kept him awake at night.

I don't want to use the word moral, because that's too preachy, but using telepaths to spy is wrong. Full stop. If JMS wants the characters to take this course of action, which goes completely against everything they've been fighting for, then fine, but at least lead the viewers towards questioning it, even if the characters don't. After all, good writing is meant to ask questions of the audience. I will admit, I didn't see it as a problem when I first watched season 5 as a teenager; this is probably my first cohesive watch through of the season since then, and ethically I'm having a hard time letting both the characters or JMS off the hook. Maybe I'm looking at it in hindsight with 21st century eyes, an era where we have all kinds of debates about privacy, but watching it today it really comes across as just fundamentally wrong. And yes, the characters have made ethically dubious decisions in the past, but it's easy to take them out of context and say they're ethically dubious. In the case of Lyta scanning the Centauri (it was in Passing Through Gethsemane, and it was to find Brother Edward) it was to try and save someone's life because it was the only thing they could do in the time they had. So when you put it in context the mitigating circumstances cast it in a different light.

Using the telepaths to spy on people and governments is of a complete different scale to what Lyta did. There were no mitigating circumstances. For them to go along with it, without any build up to it, without any concrete reason for it other than fear, was not in character for Sheridan or even Garibaldi (who, as we recall, may play it fast and loose out in the world, but in his job he's very strict about doing things properly). Since the politics of fear seems to be ubiquitous in the world at the moment, I'm naturally going to rail against this idea.

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We already saw that she knew it was a bad idea before she did it. Her log entry talking about ending up with "a lot of dead people on the deck" is something people complain about regularly. I don't need to see her tell herself (or be told) that she'd told herself it would turn out badly.
I was actually referring to her not learning from Bester's actions in Strange Relations, where he and his bloodhounds used plenty of violence, even if it was within the law. Making the mistake once, fine, making the same mistake twice, is not smart. It's even worse that she thought it was a bad idea as she was putting the call in to Bester. So why did she do it? Maybe as an Earthforce officer she had no choice? But the way it's written just makes her look like an idiot (and before anyone starts, I like Lochley). In fact, I can just hear in my head Londo going off on one of his 'idiot' rants about her; 'Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would do that!"

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My comment about the number of episodes and number of minutes meant exactly that. I may be reading too much into what you've written but it seems that your impression might be that there was more pre-planning than there actually was. JMS wrote one episode at a time and while you think there was a problem filling time, I don't think that's the case. I don't know if you preferred arc-heavy episodes at all times and didn't like the off-format episodes? But given that those more experimental episodes had been set aside in some cases from the fourth season, they were stories that JMS did want to tell during the five-year arc and weren't filler.
I take each episode as it comes and don't mind whether it's arc-related or not. I don't view anything in the series as 'filler' (except maybe Deconstruction of Falling Stars, which was specifically designed to be 'filler', so it's an exception). But JMS had an entire 22-episode season to play with; it's not a scenario like at the end of season 4 where there's wasn't time to show Sheridan and Garibaldi's reconciliation. So I don't see the number of episodes as a reason for not including anything – he could include whatever he wanted. JMS didn't include much about the right and wrongs of spying with telepaths because he presumably didn't think it was important, or it didn't occur to him.


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Discussion often includes disagreement. That kind of goes with the territory. I don't accept that anything I've said or done has any bearing on your enjoyment or lack thereof in writing the reviews. I've enjoyed seeing them. But if you're going to post, you need to be prepared for people to not agree - sometimes bluntly. Sorry if that bothers you.
I never said I didn't want people disagreeing with me. JoeD80 disagreed but gave a reason for why he felt it was better the way it panned out in the show. I know that JMS was under no obligation to include anything in the show just because I might have wanted him to, I will praise what things I liked and criticise what he wrote if I think it was a bad choice, and be open to changing my mind if there's some good in-story reasoning that someone can present for why it was done the way it was. (As I think I said at the beginning of the thread, I'm judging the episodes from what's on screen, not what goes on in production because it's what's on screen that matters.)

Anyway, I think we've probably derailed this thread long enough. Let's kindly make peace and agree to disagree and move on.

Mororless August 2nd 16 18:09

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 456708)
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Originally Posted by Mororless (Post 456707)
I think a big issue with season 5 generally in terms of "lessons not being leart" to the degree you might expect is that the focus is partly shifted from completing the B5 story towards setting up future stories.

Once the possibility of the spin-off came around, that's certainly possible.

The way I see it, the unevenness of season 5 was due to the need to build up momentum again since there was so little left to build on from season four. But I'll take the conclusion of the Londo/G'Kar arc over anything else that might have been shown any day. I may not have phrased that as well as I could have before. That's what I get for posting when I'm on the way out the door for the day.

Yes I'd agree with that, the shift was pretty much unavoidable after the changes to season 4 and I think the G'kar/Londo story ended up being the most effective climax in season 5 exactly because unlike Sheridan, Delenn, etc it wasn't really covered prematurely in season 4.

JoeD80 August 4th 16 17:04

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JMS didn't include much about the right and wrongs of spying with telepaths because he presumably didn't think it was important, or it didn't occur to him.
I don't think this is true since the whole concept of the Psi Corps which is there from the pilot is based on what should and shouldn't a telepath be able to get away with. As for Sheridan's guilt/not guilt it was in the author's intent at some point because very specifically Joe calls out in the script books that the vision Sheridan sees in season two of himself in the Psi Cop uniform refers to his decision to use telepaths for his own purposes (especially with the frozen telepaths who don't even have any choice in the matter, unlike Byron). That is what I was alluding to above.

Jan August 4th 16 19:42

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It never occurred to me that Sheridan would think that spying was unethical, really. Given his military and political background, I'd think he'd consider it just something that everybody did, whether on allies or enemies.

For me, if I'd wanted to see some regrets, it would have been the use of the frozen telepaths. After all, they were civilians.

Jan

Mororless August 5th 16 04:48

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 456719)
It never occurred to me that Sheridan would think that spying was unethical, really. Given his military and political background, I'd think he'd consider it just something that everybody did, whether on allies or enemies.

For me, if I'd wanted to see some regrets, it would have been the use of the frozen telepaths. After all, they were civilians.

Jan

I'd guess again the situation wasn't helped by potentially looking to end after 4 seasons. That short talk Sheridan has with Bester on the subject in Rising Star would I'd guess have been much longer if it has happened in season 5.

JonFrain August 6th 16 09:41

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For me, Season 5 is mostly a huge miss until Phoenix Rising. I do think that the first half could have improved had Claudia remained and taken Lyta's role in the telepath arc. But the telepaths being portrayed as mostly hippy(can't think of a better description) cultists wasn't really consistent with what we've seen in the past. They reminded me too much of the vampires from the Lost Boys. The didn't come across as believable and it hurt that entire arc. I think the cult of personality leader was unnecessary and reduced the impact of their sacrifice as they weren't believable human beings.

Lochley really wasn't a great addition and her connection to Sheridan was forced and overly coincidental. I find it interesting that the only episode of the series and Crusade where I actually like Lochley, and Tracy's acting, was the one written by Neil Gaiman.

I had major issues with Lennier's actions near the end of the series. I know Joe stood and probably stands by them, but they seemed WAAAAY out of character for him.

The Londo/G'Kar arcs are what save the season as a whole for me. But as with the rest of the season, it wasn't implemented quite as impact-fully as I was hoping. The series finale was amazing and truly stands out, but then again it was filmed with Season 4 where JMS was close to his peak.

The empire building portion was definitely a drag on the pacing of the season as well.

Looney June 10th 17 03:47

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So I REALLY regret not being around for this thread when it started. So many comments and I only got through reading the first two pages. I will say this much because I have often heard people refer/complain about JMS writing note on cards. When I was in film school we were taught to map out a screenplay on cards. Write all of the scenes/action out on 3"x5" cards then order them the way we wanted it to unfold. It was a way to get everything you wanted to happen in order before you started writing dialogue. It was also a visual representation of the structure that you could move around easily when you had it laid out in front of you. I don't even know how to comment on everything else I've read. I would have to quote so many things from other posts. I'm not talking about anything I find really bad or wrong, just discussion. Oh well I may have to start my own Season 5 stuff when I get there again. ;) :thumbsup:

RW7427 June 11th 17 00:17

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I probably said this earlier in the thread, but I am too lazy to go look for it. :lol: I like season 5. I first started watching Babylon 5 during season 5, so I knew nothing of the who's better debates....Sheridan/Sinclair or Ivanova/Lochley and all the other reasons why some fans who had seen the previous seasons already were so down on season 5. I really liked it. I got hooked on the first episode that I saw. To me it was new, and different, and it really drew me in. I really enjoyed it, and then began looking for the other seasons on VHS tape (didn't have DVD at the time.....even if it existed....lol ). When I found them it didn't really bother me that season 5 was so "different" from the other seasons. I liked the show too much to let that bother me.

Looney June 12th 17 01:06

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WOW! That seems like it would have been an interesting way to come into the B5 Universe. I really started in Season Two. I saw a couple of bits and pieces of Season One, but I didn't really devote the time to being all in with the show until Season Two. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to start in Season Five just from the arc standpoint. Maybe I should find someone to show the show to and start with Crusade or the movies. That would be an interesting take. :thumbsup:

KoshFan June 13th 17 03:37

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In contrast, I've never even seen all of S5. I missed portions or the entirety of several of the telepath-focused eps, and I've also never seen "Day of the Dead." So in some ways I have missed bits of the season that are the most commonly disliked on the internet. (And while I have often started re-watches with new people, I've never gotten all the way through with everyone! I'm hoping to break that pattern soon with my sweetheart, but we have only just gotten past the mid-point, halfway through S3.)

I generally make allowances for the season's rockiness on terms of the way S4 had to get wrapped up so fast. There are other problems with S5, but most of those have their roots in the show's bigger problems.

And say what you like about S5 (or the show's back half as a whole!), it does end really well. Once the focus gets back on the Centauri it's pretty top-quality right through to the end. And then, well... "Sleeping in Light" is what it is.

Looney June 13th 17 04:12

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In contrast, I've never even seen all of S5.

GREAT GOOGLEEE MOOGLEEE ! ! ! ! ! :eek: How is that possible?! :wtf: I can understand if you were saving them, but how did curiosity not inspire you to watch them?! Are you an IN-completest? :lol: WOW! Of course I don't know when you saw the show the first time. Maybe you only started watching it in recent years. Maybe this only seems strange to me because I started in 1994.

hypatia June 15th 17 03:46

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GREAT GOOGLEEE MOOGLEEE ! ! ! ! !

A "Sanford and Son" fan, I see. Grady, I think. :bolian:

Looney June 15th 17 03:55

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GREAT GOOGLEEE MOOGLEEE ! ! ! ! !

A "Sanford and Son" fan, I see. Grady, I think. :bolian:

WOW! I've said that for years and never remembered where I got it from. WAY TO TAP INTO MY PSYCHE!!!!! :guffaw:

KoshFan June 16th 17 04:03

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Hah, sorry, I thought I'd included my explanation, which is simple enough. I first saw the show back in the VHS days, and my friends who had recorded the show had had some trouble taping it! I think they'd accidentally recorded over a few episodes and only had partials of others. That was senior year of high school for me.

Then they started issuing the DVDs. I remember being so excited when Season 1 first came out. (I hadn't ever seen all of S1 until that point, either. I mean, I'd seen to the end of the show, but I hadn't seen "Mind War"! That's how patchy it has been for me.) But it took time for them to release them, and by the time they got around to Season 5, my interest in the show had waned. It started to seem dated, with threats and dangers that seemed very post-Cold War but pre-9/11. Moreover it seemed curiously straightforward about some things (Sheridan's basic decency and heroism, the Rangers = Good, etc.), when the world seemed quite complicated.

Moreover I'd moved on to other shows -- also starting with "B", curiously: Battlestar Galactica and Buffy. B5 shall forever be my first love, but Buffy replaced it in my heart as my soulmate show. I bought the complete set of Buffy, but I never got around to buying B5's fifth season.

But now B5 seems more relevant than it has in years, and besides, my sweetheart has already seen both BSG and Buffy, so I'm returning to my roots. And at some point I'll need to figure out a way to watch season 5.

hypatia June 16th 17 05:00

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A "Sanford and Son" fan, I see. Grady, I think. :bolian:

WOW! I've said that for years and never remembered where I got it from. WAY TO TAP INTO MY PSYCHE!!!!! :guffaw:

Your psyche was hanging out in the cleanest junkyard in human history. You have good taste. :thumbsup:

Looney June 27th 17 02:49

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Originally Posted by hypatia (Post 458489)

WOW! I've said that for years and never remembered where I got it from. WAY TO TAP INTO MY PSYCHE!!!!! :guffaw:

Your psyche was hanging out in the cleanest junkyard in human history. You have good taste. :thumbsup:

So this made me think of a reboot idea for post Season 5. Babylon 5 the final 5 years. The station is turned into the galaxy's junkyard run by a cantankerous man and his son - with Lochley and Zack. :lol:

hypatia June 27th 17 03:24

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PLEASE don't give WB any ideas on those lines. I... shudder to think.... :wtf:

Looney June 28th 17 03:53

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There is some fan fiction for you. I can see it now. :p

hypatia June 30th 17 03:18

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There is some fan fiction for you. I can see it now. :p

You have my sympathy. ;-)

Lyta's Shadow August 3rd 17 22:52

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I've been rewatching the whole series again for the umpteenth time and today I finished Objects At Rest. I really enjoy much of what Season 5 offers, the main one I find a chore to watch is A View from the Gallery (it just feels like cheap filler). The best part of watching Season 5 for me? The title sequence. It is the most perfect theme / montage of any show ever.

Looney August 6th 17 15:09

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the main one I find a chore to watch is A View from the Gallery (it just feels like cheap filler).

I think A View From The Gallery is a brilliant concept that just didn't gel all that well. I think JMS got his point across, but it didn't translate well with the viewers in the final cut.

(BTW, I have been inserting the Go90 links for episodes discussed into my posts, but my old laptop won't open Go90 anymore. I am not saying there is a site issue. I am just explaining why I stopped adding links to episode titles.) ;)


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