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Forum: B5.world September 15th 12, 13:07
Replies: 13
Views: 7,229
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Crusade: The Well Of Forever

In the Technomage Trilogy, the Well of Forever was given as the place of origin for Technomage "tech". We later find out in the books that the "tech" comes from the Shadows, and we also see a scene...
Forum: B5.world August 11th 12, 06:08
Replies: 23
Views: 7,176
Posted By Alioth
Re: New fan

I think it means "foreigner" in Farsi actually--and there are cognates in some other southern Asian languages too, like "farang" (foreigner) in Thai. And actually, the English words "foreigner" or...
Forum: B5.world July 21st 12, 11:45
Replies: 39
Views: 15,547
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Sic Transit Vir

Was (future Regent) Virini's joke to Vir sort of a foreshadowing?

Q. What is more dangerous than a locked room full of angry Narns?
A. One angry Narn with a key!

(Besides the next scene...
Forum: B5.world July 21st 12, 11:24
Replies: 15
Views: 8,263
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Between The Darkness And The Light

They didn't think Garibaldi was much of a security risk since he's the one who turned Sheridan in.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, but I meant the fact that he was not under heavier security, let alone moved to...
Forum: B5.world July 15th 12, 07:24
Replies: 15
Views: 8,263
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Between The Darkness And The Light

Drugged-up Sheridan, on seeing Garibaldi in the rescue party: "Michael... boy was I gonna kick your butt for something... but I don't remember." Classic line!

I kind of thought that the place...
Forum: B5.world July 9th 12, 08:46
Replies: 8
Views: 5,099
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Face Of The Enemy

I'm sure you're asking that rhetorically, but two words: he'll drink.



Stylistically this is one of the best scenes in B5--albeit also one of the most devastating to a beloved character, up...
Forum: B5.world July 4th 12, 05:57
Replies: 4
Views: 2,971
Posted By Alioth
Re: Sinclair and Kosh

I wonder if the two Vorlons that were shown in "angelic" form with Valen and Zathras on B4 were Kosh and Ulkesh (from 1000 years ago, who'd come aboard before the Minbari who found the station). I'd...
Forum: B5.world July 1st 12, 12:30
Replies: 44
Views: 17,577
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Grey 17 Is Missing

I wonder, if this ep had a title having to do with the Delenn/Marcus/Neroon plot (say, "Den'Shar") rather than Grey 17, if it would still have been regarded by much of fandom as one of the worst B5...
Forum: B5.world July 1st 12, 10:11
Replies: 31
Views: 10,740
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Falling Toward Apotheosis

I thought the title could apply to both Cartagia and Sheridan/younger races, in different ways. It was the first time Sheridan took a decisive stand against the Vorlons, which was a necessary step on...
Forum: B5.world June 30th 12, 13:19
Replies: 52
Views: 15,126
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: And The Rock Cried Out No Hiding Place

I don't either, in the grand scheme of things, although I do think it's significant that this is obviously the main reason that motivated Londo to do it--it is the first reason given by the...
Forum: Non-B5 books, TV & films June 26th 12, 08:46
Replies: 0
Views: 1,920
Posted By Alioth
Paul McAuley's "Quiet War" books

Just finished a book called the Quiet War (http://www.amazon.com/The-Quiet-War-Paul-McAuley/dp/1591027810/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340695001&sr=1-1&keywords=the+quiet+war) by Paul McAuley, and...
Forum: B5.world June 2nd 12, 10:54
Replies: 43
Views: 11,164
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Point Of No Return

This is the specific ep of the three-parter where the Nightwatch is tricked and trapped (in a clever "use the letter of the law" kind of way, like we've seen other times). While the next ep is where...
Forum: B5.world June 2nd 12, 09:25
Replies: 43
Views: 11,164
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Point Of No Return

Yes.

I like the idea that it can be any of them--for different reasons (but with a general similarity). One way I looked at the quote "don't kill the man that is already dead", though, was that...
Forum: B5.world May 31st 12, 04:02
Replies: 16
Views: 4,514
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Hunter, Prey

I love how Sheridan chastises the agent at the end for putting his security forces on a "wild goose chase", while having Ivanova submit the agent a report with recommendations for other "goose...
Forum: B5.world May 27th 12, 13:25
Replies: 30
Views: 13,018
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Mind War

I believe that is the way it has played out in the B5 universe, however I don't believe that is the way it would ever actually play out. Those with the power become the powerful, it is the great...
Forum: B5.world May 27th 12, 12:28
Replies: 30
Views: 13,018
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Mind War

And oddly enough, conversely, this is one of the few eps (I caught 2 or 3) I did see when the series aired. (I didn't get "into" the show until buying season 1 on DVD about three or four years ago.)...
Forum: B5.world May 27th 12, 11:38
Replies: 30
Views: 13,018
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Mind War

I'm not sure how "accidental" or an adjustment to casting circumstances this show was though. I think there still would have been the need to introduce the face of the darker side of PsiCorps (i.e....
Forum: B5.world May 24th 12, 05:40
Replies: 26
Views: 6,974
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: In The Shadow Of Z'ha'dum

Sheridan's face, darkened by shadow in the interrogation room as he tells Morden he'll keep him there as long as it takes ("days, weeks, months, years") to get answers. One of the most intense scenes...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 13:24
Replies: 37
Views: 21,025
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: By Any Means Necessary

If "Grey 17" was called "Denn'Shar" ("to the death", which was Marcus' challenge to Neroon in defense of Delenn--to me the real A-story), I think it would be remembered more as an arc episode.
...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 12:24
Replies: 50
Views: 15,960
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Believers

That line was also uttered/thought by Kosh after observing that the Icarus crew had awakened the Shadows on Z'ha'dum. That's my preferred context for that quote--it doesn't seem to fit as well in...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 11:43
Replies: 50
Views: 15,960
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Believers

There are religious beliefs among humans that pose similar dilemmas: Scientologists opposing all medicine, Jehovah's Witnesses opposing blood transfusions, etc. I think occasionally there've been...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 10:55
Replies: 97
Views: 31,674
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Deathwalker

Without any intention whatsoever to renew this debate, it's interesting how one of Kosh's lines from this very episode sort of ties into the issue of art interpretation: "a stroke of the brush...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 09:43
Replies: 97
Views: 31,674
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Deathwalker

I took it as (we're) "not ready for immortality" because we would very likely seek it even if it meant killing for it. Not sure if Earth leadership, or the Narn or any other powers that may have been...
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 07:45
Replies: 44
Views: 16,572
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Infection

I don't think we ever see the small, portable organic devices the Shadows also had (which those smuggled artifacts remind somewhat of) in the show itself, but in some of the books we do see them....
Forum: B5.world May 21st 12, 07:38
Replies: 44
Views: 16,572
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Infection

This may have been the first episode to give us these clues, followed by many more. It became apparent fairly quickly that in this show, Earth wasn't the secure utopian hub of some enlightened...
Forum: B5.related May 16th 12, 12:37
Replies: 10
Views: 5,032
Posted By Alioth
Re: Babylon 5 Characters

Sheridan and Ivanova among the major humans (with Garibaldi also having some great moments)

Kosh, Londo and G'Kar among the major non-humans

Neroon, Lennier, and Na'Toth among the minors
...
Forum: B5.world May 16th 12, 11:10
Replies: 5
Views: 1,518
Posted By Alioth
Re: Cenuri and narms

It's definitely a good thing, IMHO, that JMS didn't make the alien races clearly analogous to any particular human culture or civilization, avoided obvious or direct historical analogs, and in...
Forum: Non-B5 books, TV & films May 16th 12, 10:15
Replies: 3
Views: 1,649
Posted By Alioth
Re: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I have the original Swedish trilogy. Haven't checked out the remake (will that also cover the story in three movies, or a lesser number?), to see how it compares. A very good revenge/justice story,...
Forum: B5.world May 13th 12, 13:31
Replies: 76
Views: 21,453
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Passing Through Gethsemane

Check out Wise Blood, directed by John Huston. Great film, he's the star. It came out on DVD about a year ago, or so.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080140/[/QUOTE]

Also saw him recently in...
Forum: B5.world May 13th 12, 11:32
Replies: 54
Views: 17,361
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Fall Of Night

The neutral worlds were willing to help with B5's defense, and came together to form a fleet; a lot of this was hard work and diplomacy on Delenn and Sheridan's part, and a lot was the timely...
Forum: B5.world May 13th 12, 10:50
Replies: 54
Views: 17,361
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Fall Of Night

I missed that hint (that they had worshipped the Shadows) in all my viewings and readings. Was there something I missed (I often do find some new thing in repeat viewings)? Unless it had to do with...
Forum: B5.world May 12th 12, 11:37
Replies: 63
Views: 22,331
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: War Without End Part Two

We see Delenn tell Sheridan, in the "time flash", not to go to Z'ha'dum--knowing what would happen, I can sort of see why from a personal standpoint (he'd be limited to 20 more years of life, and at...
Forum: B5.world May 12th 12, 09:43
Replies: 7
Views: 2,856
Posted By Alioth
Re: Dius Vintari

He still would have been alive in 2271. The "time flash" Sheridan experiences in "War Without End" (which marks the time of Londo's death) is said to occur "17 years later" (I can't remember if it's...
Forum: B5.world May 12th 12, 07:59
Replies: 38
Views: 27,665
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: A Spider In The Web

In the Psi Corps trilogy we see Bester inserting "programming" into certain people he runs into, taking little time at all. Not sure if Garibaldi's was all that more sophisticated (the programming...
Forum: B5.world May 12th 12, 07:22
Replies: 35
Views: 21,623
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Revelations

Although I didn't catch this when I first watched this episode on DVD, I note that the opening credit sequence for S2 included Delenn with her new look--so if you're one to pay attention to these,...
Forum: B5.personnel February 5th 12, 10:36
Replies: 0
Views: 1,751
Posted By Alioth
Was watching "By Dawn's Early Light" the other day...

...and when I heard the Soviet Premier's voice on the phone, could swear it sounded almost exactly like Londo's (i.e. Peter Jurasik's) voice, in a very similar accent. I can't seem to find a credit...
Forum: B5.world November 26th 11, 20:05
Replies: 15
Views: 5,519
Posted By Alioth
Re: Lost Episode?

No, I think you were dreaming after watching B5.[/QUOTE]

She was hot, lol. That may have been it, wouldn't surprise me.

Obviously that "Matters of Honor" scene indicates a direct familiarity...
Forum: B5.world October 22nd 11, 13:24
Replies: 13
Views: 5,150
Posted By Alioth
Re: Wiki article on Minbar

That's one of the assumptions that's always bugged me. Nobody that I know of ever said that, but it was assumed [/QUOTE]

You mean the assumption that the scope of events of B5 (and the races...
Forum: B5.world October 1st 11, 12:47
Replies: 13
Views: 5,150
Posted By Alioth
Re: Wiki article on Minbar

Actually, I'd never seen that site before, but yeah....

And funny how I forgot that Londo had mentioned being "75 light years" from his wives, when he was on the station. That rules out Zeta...
Forum: B5.world September 30th 11, 12:40
Replies: 13
Views: 5,150
Posted By Alioth
Wiki article on Minbar

I was just reading the Wikipedia article on Minbar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minbar_(planet)), and saw that it stated this planet was supposed to be in the Chi Draconis...
Forum: B5.world September 18th 11, 12:42
Replies: 5
Views: 3,875
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Lost Tales: Over There

Just got these two eps, and watched them. While the first one was meh, this one I really liked.

Although I never got Sheridan's animosity for reporters (Clark-era ISN aside, which was completely...
Forum: B5.world September 11th 11, 12:42
Replies: 33
Views: 11,894
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Objects At Rest

If he ever did put two and two together, it never says.

Which is something I've wondered about too. The Rangers seemed to know about keepers, as Marcus spotted the one on Captain Jack (not sure...
Forum: B5.world September 11th 11, 12:20
Replies: 33
Views: 11,894
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Objects At Rest

Remember though that sobriety is actually considered a "vice" among Centauri (the Regent's "only vice" as Londo had put it). Their spiritual beliefs are bacchinalian in nature. So not only would...
Forum: B5.world September 8th 11, 02:37
Replies: 12
Views: 9,285
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss

It showed that he valued the Rangers' mission and Delenn's work above himself, such that he felt it prudent to warn her of the possibility of his betrayal (if the prophecies of "the Day of the Dead"...
Forum: B5.world September 8th 11, 02:13
Replies: 62
Views: 24,073
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father

Supposedly Morden's wife and daughter, when their ship was destroyed in hyperspace, were stranded "out of time" at the moment before death--i.e., their sensation of that moment was one of an...
Forum: B5.world September 5th 11, 12:36
Replies: 39
Views: 10,566
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Paragon Of Animals

True that that would have been his best course--as we see that Delenn did sympathize more than the other Alliance bigwigs with their desire for their own world. But I don't know if he'd have known...
Forum: B5.world September 5th 11, 11:31
Replies: 18
Views: 16,210
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: The Very Long Night Of Londo Mollari

For the most part, no, he was not willing. But remember when the Vorlon planetkiller came into the Centauri system after Londo had eliminated "everything touched by the Shadows" on the planet, and...
Forum: B5.world September 5th 11, 10:44
Replies: 13
Views: 5,537
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: No Compromises

I think that, given the principles upon which he was building his Alliance, he almost had to.

Okay, there was the part about allowing all members autonomy in governing their own people (i.e....
Forum: B5.world September 5th 11, 10:00
Replies: 13
Views: 6,481
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: In The Kingdom Of The Blind

On the Centauri front, knowing (on second viewing, plus having read the Centauri Trilogy) the terrible fate awaiting Londo which the poor Regent was presently enduring, I found the scene of the...
Forum: B5.world September 5th 11, 09:39
Replies: 13
Views: 6,481
Posted By Alioth
Re: EpDis: In The Kingdom Of The Blind

Not so sure of that--the galaxy is a big, big place, with a trillion stars which would include a few billion Sol-like ones. (The show does makes the galaxy seem like a smaller place than it is,...
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