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Old January 3rd 14, 00:36   #5
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Re: Babylon 5 Customs?

Originally Posted by Aelwulf View Post
I'm starting another run through of B5, and began by watching "Infection," and right off the bat I'm thinking "gee, Babylon 5 customs is the worst."

I mean really! When I last went to Hong Kong the inspection of my baggage was pretty thorough and conducted by a score of individuals at different ports. I'm now wondering if later episodes of B5 had examples of perhaps a better system for checking out cargo / luggage, or if it stayed pretty inept. I know - I know, at the time the customs weren't as strict as they are now, post-9/11, but still I remember traveling in the early nineties outside of the states and still having to go through pretty stringent practices for entering another country.
I think that's an "All the world is Hollywood" thing. H'wood just naturally assumes they know everything that's worth knowing, and what they don't know they can simply fake. Thus in Jericho, for instance, a town in central Kansas can see a city in Colorado blowing up. Or on X-files they can drive from NYC to DC in an hour. It's just bad writing.

Also: I'd be rather surprised if JMS had actually traveled terribly much out of the US prior to B5. This is a guy who's never driven a car.

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