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Forum: B5.related April 23rd 17, 00:13
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By Springer
Re: Entire collection up for sale

I've always wanted one of those Agamemnon caps. And the Shadow figure!

Lovely collection, and it all appears to have been very well looked after. Sadly I'm skint so I wouldn't be able to afford it...
Forum: B5.world March 26th 17, 23:00
Replies: 99
Views: 8,177
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to go beyond the rim?

I tend not to do online communities/message boards/Facebook group anymore as I find myself not really getting on with them, but I would miss this place if it went beyond the rim. There are some good...
Forum: B5.related August 16th 16, 14:35
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

Or, he wrote the first five scripts the same way he'd written B5 where he wasn't getting notes, and he thought that would be ok. Then having seen those scripts, TNT started interfering, requesting...
Forum: B5.world August 2nd 16, 18:31
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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...
Forum: B5.world August 1st 16, 23:06
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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...
Forum: B5.world August 1st 16, 18:24
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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...
Forum: B5.related August 1st 16, 18:21
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

Ah, sorry for misunderstanding what you were asking for. I have seen JMS make a few statements about Warners encouraging its different departments to compete with each other rather than work together...
Forum: B5.world August 1st 16, 17:30
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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...
Forum: B5.world August 1st 16, 15:41
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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...
Forum: B5.world August 1st 16, 13:58
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

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,...
Forum: B5.related July 31st 16, 07:48
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

I was just responding to your request for evidence that B5 was stuck in the middle of conflicts between PTEN and Warners and that this has affected why the show seems to have disappeared from the...
Forum: B5.world July 30th 16, 17:08
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Phoenix Rising

It seems fitting after Jerry Doyle’s passing this week that Phoenix Rising has the best Garibaldi scenes of season 5 so far (and with The Ragged Edge coming up next, there’s more to...
Forum: B5.related July 29th 16, 12:14
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

PTEN dissolved before season 5 was even filmed. There was quite a bit of merchandising after that occurred, as well as spinoffs. I'd have to see something concrete to believe your premise. Things...
Forum: B5.personnel July 28th 16, 18:38
Replies: 22
Views: 9,783
Posted By Springer
Re: RIP Jerry Doyle

The BBC have a brief obituary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36918773

Edit: and a statement from JMS on Jerry Doyle's Epic Times website:...
Forum: B5.personnel July 28th 16, 17:43
Replies: 22
Views: 9,783
Posted By Springer
Re: RIP Jerry Doyle

I don't believe it. Absolutely don't believe it. I'm gutted. Holding out hope that this is a hoax of some kind.

Far too many of the cast have gone before their time. RIP Jerry.
Forum: B5.world July 27th 16, 20:29
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

The way the music worked in the show was that JMS would sit with Chris Franke and "spot" the episode - marking exactly where Joe wanted music and how long it would last and of what type (sad, fast,...
Forum: B5.world July 27th 16, 20:11
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Before I talk about the next episode, I just want to go back to the appearance of the Drakh in the previous episode, when the Drakh saves Londo’s life. The implication is that they are telekinetic...
Forum: B5.related July 26th 16, 11:10
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

He can't. Well, not without permission from and paying a hefty license fee to Warner Bros. And maybe not even then. More than one company has been told by WB that no licenses are available....
Forum: B5.related July 25th 16, 11:30
Replies: 79
Views: 31,958
Posted By Springer
Re: Has There Been Any News Re. The New B5 ~2016+~ Theatrical Movie?

I'm glad his eyesight has gotten better – if it had gotten worse I imagine it could have threatened to end his career, and then there definitely would have been no more B5. It sounds like it slowed...
Forum: B5.world July 25th 16, 11:21
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

B5 was never on the level of a high end Hong Kong actioner but I actually felt that a lot of the previous fight choreography could be pretty good, at least relative to Trek of the same era. The Narn...
Forum: B5.world July 22nd 16, 19:32
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

I disagree that the story needs to be that explicit. It wasn't a dilemma to Sheridan at the time; but it ended up spinning out of his control. That is the story showing consequences.[/QUOTE]
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Forum: B5.world July 22nd 16, 19:15
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

In the Kingdom of the Blind

The thematic heart of this episode isn’t about telepaths or nefarious happenings on Centauri Prime – it’s about the legacy of the Shadow War and is just as much an ‘arc...
Forum: B5.world July 15th 16, 21:31
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

You may be right, but I'll reply to this once I've watched In the Kingdom of the Blind/Tragedy of Telepaths/Phoenix Rising and I've been able to refresh my memory of what happens!

Next up: Day of...
Forum: B5.world July 13th 16, 00:28
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Even if the character doesn't acknowledge their flaws (and I maintain these particular flaws are out of character for the way those characters behaved in earlier seasons) the *story* must acknowledge...
Forum: B5.world July 12th 16, 11:31
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Part of the exploration is - will Sheridan make mistakes as well? Recall in the season two vision Sheridan is in a Psi Cop uniform; and he used the telepaths in the civil war. This is someone who...
Forum: B5.related July 8th 16, 11:34
Replies: 3
Views: 5,506
Posted By Springer
Re: B5 comes second in Digital Spy poll

Channel 4 actually started showing season 4 at prime time - 10pm on Thursday nights after being stuck at 6pm on Mondays (season 1) Tuesdays (season 2) and Sundays (season 3). I remember there was a...
Forum: B5.related July 6th 16, 16:15
Replies: 3
Views: 5,506
Posted By Springer
B5 comes second in Digital Spy poll

Not bad for a 20-year old show that Warners likes to pretend doesn't exist.
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Forum: B5.world June 29th 16, 10:49
Replies: 11
Views: 10,732
Posted By Springer
Re: Music Question: \"Bar Song\" in \"Face of the Enemy\"

On a related note, what is the pop song that plays in the casino in Chrysalis? Like the bar music from Face of the Enemy it's on the soundtrack CD but there's no information about it. I'd assumed...
Forum: B5.world June 26th 16, 10:06
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Strange Relations

At last, six episodes in and we have some impetus! It takes the return of an arch villain – Bester – to provide that impetus. It’s not quite as explosive or tense as I’d like,...
Forum: B5.world June 21st 16, 00:32
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Learning Curve

I originally had this episode down as the nadir of the series but in truth it’s not quite that bad. That’s not to say it’s not without its problems, mostly from the side of the...
Forum: B5.world June 20th 16, 16:04
Replies: 47
Views: 26,131
Posted By Springer
Re: EpDis: The Deconstruction Of Falling Stars

Maybe the Dark Ages weren't that dark, but they were still pretty miserable for most people. What was the average life expectancy? The standard of living? While I imagine there might be a reaction to...
Forum: B5.related June 19th 16, 21:31
Replies: 1
Views: 5,294
Posted By Springer
Re: TNT Guide To Babylon 5

Excellent! Thanks for posting this! I knew this existed but had never before seen it. It's actually a pretty good introduction, it's a shame it's never appeared on any of the DVDs. Curious about the...
Forum: B5.world June 17th 16, 11:08
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

So far the only person I've felt she's detracted from is Garibaldi, but frankly she's right about him - Garibaldi should never have been given that job in the first place.

Regarding her arrival...
Forum: B5.world June 16th 16, 23:28
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Except that the story told in The Deconstruction of Falling Stars implies that the Alliance became a good thing. But yeah, the birth of the Alliance has some peculiarly dark overtones. Given that...
Forum: B5.personnel June 16th 16, 10:17
Replies: 5
Views: 5,348
Posted By Springer
Re: Ian McShane on Game of Thrones

I grew up watching him in Lovejoy, which was about a roguish antiques dealer and was great fun. It was kind of weird then to see him on B5, as I was unaware of many of his roles on US TV.

I...
Forum: B5.world June 14th 16, 15:33
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Because actual habitable planets belong to somebody. And they're valuable real estate. One doesn't simply give them away to a small splinter group.

As for our characters making 'grey' decisions...
Forum: B5.world June 13th 16, 14:59
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Not at all! I was worried I was sounding too critical. :-)

Having said that....

The Paragon of Animals

This is a curious episode. It's a solid if unspectacular piece of television; there's...
Forum: B5.world June 11th 16, 20:46
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Wolf 359 is a real star; it's the seventh closest star to our Solar System, just over 7 light years away, so it crops up a lot in fiction. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Starfleet famously fought...
Forum: B5.world June 11th 16, 16:48
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari

No Compromises may have gone about its business at least with the best of intentions, but The Very Long Night of London Mollari is a step up in every...
Forum: B5.world June 10th 16, 12:37
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Re: Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

Londo and G'Kar and Delenn - sure. But all the other dignitaries? Everyone just acted as though there'd been a minor skirmish, not an attempt on the life of the president!



Fair enough - and I...
Forum: B5.world June 9th 16, 23:30
Replies: 74
Views: 32,489
Posted By Springer
Is it time to give season 5 another chance?

The last time I re-watched the show, I decided only to go up to season four - for whatever reason I couldn’t find the motivation to watch season five. Was my impression of the fifth season biased by...
Forum: B5.world June 6th 16, 15:01
Replies: 4
Views: 6,498
Posted By Springer
Re: DVD omen?

Alas, I don't think so. I've heard nothing about production starting, though maybe Jan will have the latest news.

Great to hear it has been redistributed on DVD though. Has the box art changed at...
Forum: B5.world June 6th 16, 15:00
Replies: 28
Views: 17,235
Posted By Springer
Re: Who was the real star of the whole series?

Well, in the Psi Corps version of B5 that we glimpsed in The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father, Bester was certainly the star of that!

A spin-off just about the Psi Corps and telepaths, both...
Forum: B5.world May 26th 16, 20:15
Replies: 17
Views: 11,106
Posted By Springer
Re: Three opportunities to avoid the fire.....

I actually do think the one who is already dead is meant to be Sheridan. I was just playing devil's advocate with Refa, as some people have suggested it meant him. I guess it depends on whether Lady...
Forum: B5.world May 26th 16, 13:46
Replies: 17
Views: 11,106
Posted By Springer
Re: Three opportunities to avoid the fire.....

I think the prophecy was left deliberately vague, as most prophecies are. I'd always assumed the one who is already dead was Sheridan, although I've also heard people suggesting it could be Refa, as...
Forum: B5.world May 19th 16, 23:09
Replies: 8
Views: 7,806
Posted By Springer
Re: Cyclops cruiser

I remember that now and feeling bad for the publisher that they'd been shamed so badly in public by JMS! But having just gone on Google and hunted down the synopses of the books, it sounds like a...
Forum: B5.world May 19th 16, 12:47
Replies: 8
Views: 7,806
Posted By Springer
Re: Cyclops cruiser

Did Mongoose publish the novels in the US? I was referring more to their gaming books - I've never bothered with their gaming books as it looks like there's a lot of made up ships so I always assumed...
Forum: B5.world May 18th 16, 22:21
Replies: 8
Views: 7,806
Posted By Springer
Re: Cyclops cruiser

I'll need to check out those Mongoose books - I see them on eBay quite a bit (and it always lovely to look at pictures of the painted miniatures, I have a few of them myself for display). I presume...
Forum: B5.world May 15th 16, 20:06
Replies: 1
Views: 13,390
Posted By Springer
Good new article about B5

Nice to see a good new article on B5 written by somebody who seems to know their stuff about the show (although wasn't the pilot always called The Gathering, not just the JMS cut?), and nice to see...
Forum: B5.world May 15th 16, 20:04
Replies: 8
Views: 7,806
Posted By Springer
Re: Cyclops cruiser

I haven't read The Nautilus Coil since - well, since it was first published in the B5 magazine. I'd have to dig my copy out, but would it be related to the class of Psi Corps ships that we glimpsed...
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