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Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 05, 2016 09:28PM
What a great series.

It's really awesome to binge-watch; you know Season 1 is not as good as the other seasons, but there's so much background, etc, in every single scene.

No spoilers - just noting how great a show this is - it seems to be surviving the test of time.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 05, 2016 09:48PM
I love Sci-Fi but I've never been able to watch B5 through. Unfortunately every time I see Stephen Furst's character all I see is Flounder from Animal House and game over.





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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: July 05, 2016 09:50PM
Amigas were awesome back in the day.

$6k for an offline editing system nearly as capable as a quarter million dollar SGI supercomputer. (Storage extra.)

Put 20 of them together and your digital FX could rival the best Hollywood modelers. (With a bit of motion-blur to take care of the rough-edges.)

I so wanted a Video Toaster back in the early 90s. Commodore blew a huge opportunity by not joining with NewTek to release faster hardware and expand their dealer network. (In fact, Commodore ignored the Video Toaster, abused their resellers terribly and hurt the brand by trying to make boring office machines with no upgradable parts to tinker with. Apple should have learned a thing or two from Commodore's demise. There are limits to vertical marketing profit-taking and there's a point where dictating features without consideration of the user experience generates push-back from once-loyal consumers.)



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: silvarios
Date: July 05, 2016 09:54PM
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Onamuji
Amigas were awesome back in the day.

$6k for an offline editing system nearly as capable as a quarter million dollar SGI supercomputer. (Storage extra.)

Put 20 of them together and your digital FX could rival the best Hollywood modelers. (With a bit of motion-blur to take care of the rough-edges.)

I so wanted a Video Toaster back in the early 90s. Commodore blew a huge opportunity by not joining with NewTek to release faster hardware and expand their dealer network. (In fact, Commodore ignored the Video Toaster, abused their resellers terribly and hurt the brand by trying to make boring office machines with no upgradable parts to tinker with. Apple should have learned a thing or two from Commodore's demise. There are limits to vertical marketing profit-taking and there's a point where dictating features without consideration of the user experience generates push-back from once-loyal consumers.)

This was a great post and I pretty much agree with all of it.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: silvarios
Date: July 05, 2016 09:54PM
DVDs or streaming? If the latter, which service?
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 05, 2016 09:56PM
....could never get into B5......tried though.....



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 05, 2016 09:58PM
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silvarios
DVDs or streaming? If the latter, which service?

Streaming at home from my ripped DVD collection.

The show looks great on my widescreen as it was shot anticipating HDTV.

(WB lost the originals, alas, so what we have it what we are ever going to get unless someone recodes everything).
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 05, 2016 10:49PM
I thought the last season was kind of weak. It seemed like they should have made it a half season to me. Even after milking out a whole season with a half seasons worth of material, they still managed to leave some things hanging.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 05, 2016 10:50PM
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freeradical
I thought the last season was kind of weak. It seemed like they should have made it a half season to me. Even after milking out a whole season with a half seasons worth of material, they still managed to leave some things hanging.

Yeah, the show through a lot in season 4 because they didn't know whether there would BE a season 5...
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: JoeH
Date: July 05, 2016 11:06PM
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sekker
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freeradical
I thought the last season was kind of weak. It seemed like they should have made it a half season to me. Even after milking out a whole season with a half seasons worth of material, they still managed to leave some things hanging.

Yeah, the show through a lot in season 4 because they didn't know whether there would BE a season 5...

The PTEN consortium was being dismantled during the 4th season, so there was no clear indication the 5th season would be produced by WB for broadcast. A last minute deal with TNT meant the series could go ahead, but it was past the option date for the actors. Most agreed to extending their availability, but not all came back for the final season. Between that and part of the story for the 5th season being used in the 4th, the final season was a bit weak.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 05, 2016 11:57PM
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Jack D.
I love Sci-Fi but I've never been able to watch B5 through. Unfortunately every time I see Stephen Furst's character all I see is Flounder from Animal House and game over.


His character was good in B5, but I know what you mean.

Every time I see Sally Field, all I can think of is the Flying Nun.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: max
Date: July 06, 2016 12:06AM
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silvarios
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Onamuji
Amigas were awesome back in the day.

$6k for an offline editing system nearly as capable as a quarter million dollar SGI supercomputer. (Storage extra.)

Put 20 of them together and your digital FX could rival the best Hollywood modelers. (With a bit of motion-blur to take care of the rough-edges.)

I so wanted a Video Toaster back in the early 90s. Commodore blew a huge opportunity by not joining with NewTek to release faster hardware and expand their dealer network. (In fact, Commodore ignored the Video Toaster, abused their resellers terribly and hurt the brand by trying to make boring office machines with no upgradable parts to tinker with. Apple should have learned a thing or two from Commodore's demise. There are limits to vertical marketing profit-taking and there's a point where dictating features without consideration of the user experience generates push-back from once-loyal consumers.)

This was a great post and I pretty much agree with all of it.
True dat, I started our business with the Amiga and it made tremendous difference.
Going to Apple after Commodore demise was a major setback
Commodore truly blew it....
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: billb
Date: July 06, 2016 04:48AM
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freeradical
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Jack D.
I love Sci-Fi but I've never been able to watch B5 through. Unfortunately every time I see Stephen Furst's character all I see is Flounder from Animal House and game over.


His character was good in B5, but I know what you mean.

Every time I see Sally Field, all I can think of is the Flying Nun.


Oh man, Gidget in a bikini. What's wrong with you. :-)



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 06, 2016 06:05AM
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Oh man, Gidget in a bikini. What's wrong with you. :-)

Poor old barnaclebill, still enthralled with his youth. Sally today would probably make him barf all over the erection he thought was just his and just for her.



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She's an outspoken fan of Hillary Clinton


We can now expect a sound thrashing of Ms Fields as being just another Hollywood airhead?
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: July 06, 2016 06:20AM
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billb
Oh man, Gidget in a bikini. What's wrong with you. :-)

That was no Gidget. That was a low-rent TV knockoff.



...Poor Sandy. The studio system shredded her. Wasn't even allowed to stand like a normal person.







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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: DP
Date: July 06, 2016 06:48AM
Boy, did this thread spin off into the blue...







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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 06, 2016 06:51AM
barnaclebill is enthralled with Hillary, else he wouldn't bring her into every thread so I surmised he'd like to have her here.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 06, 2016 07:13AM
Bab5 was all about how proximity would help with politics...
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: July 06, 2016 07:18AM
Andreas Katsulas FTW!



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 06, 2016 07:23AM
.....it kinda'.....BABbled....on......................



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: July 06, 2016 09:05AM
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Andreas Katsulas FTW!

Most outstanding character development of ANY sci-fi series in history... Bar none.
A truely fantastic performance by an amazing actor.



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: July 06, 2016 09:06AM
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RgrF
barnaclebill is enthralled with Hillary, else he wouldn't bring her into every thread so I surmised he'd like to have her here.

Somebody ban this @#$%& already....
Go back to the poop flinging side already.



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: billb
Date: July 06, 2016 09:40AM
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Paul F.
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RgrF
barnaclebill is enthralled with Hillary, else he wouldn't bring her into every thread so I surmised he'd like to have her here.

Somebody ban this @#$%& already....
Go back to the poop flinging side already.
Rules are for other people.



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: July 06, 2016 09:57AM
For those who haven't watched any of this series, do yourself a favor and at least watch the first episode. One of the creepiest and most unsettling things I've seen on teevee.



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 06, 2016 09:57AM
I liked the series quite a lot. Back in the pre Netflix days when you really HAD to schedule watching a show, I was pretty careful to not miss it.

And who can forget Bester ?
(Walter Koenig as an overtly amoral and ultimately evil telepath. )
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: July 06, 2016 10:45AM
I hope Netflix picks it up soon; I would love to watch the whole series.



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 06, 2016 11:05AM
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I hope Netflix picks it up soon; I would love to watch the whole series.

It is on Netflix if you have the DVD plan.


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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 06, 2016 11:07AM
....so everyone agrees......it is....BABYlicious.......???



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: July 06, 2016 01:44PM
One of my favorite series ever, due to the strong emphasis on morality/ethics/values. I mean, come on, when the good guy breaks cover and he looks just like a freaking angel!

My other favorite, lighter and less serious but still very good, was "Due South". Worth a try, IMHO. Very funny, very well acted, very tongue in cheek. Don't know if anyone's streaming it....
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: pqrst
Date: July 06, 2016 03:10PM
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freeradical
I thought the last season was kind of weak. It seemed like they should have made it a half season to me. Even after milking out a whole season with a half seasons worth of material, they still managed to leave some things hanging.

The fifth season was an "add-on" with the exception of the last episode which was actually filmed at the end of Season 4. When TNT opted for another season, it came as a big surprise and JMS worked to come up with another season. Season 4 is the one with Sheridan's great "Get out of our galaxy" speech. My 2 cents.
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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: pqrst
Date: July 06, 2016 03:32PM
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freeradical
I thought the last season was kind of weak. It seemed like they should have made it a half season to me. Even after milking out a whole season with a half seasons worth of material, they still managed to leave some things hanging.

My favorite stuff was the interactions between Londo and g'kar. Never been a better written character arc.

The fifth season was an "add-on" with the exception of the last episode which was actually filmed at the end of Season 4. When TNT opted for another season, it came as a big surprise and JMS worked to come up with another season. Season 4 is the one with Sheridan's great "Get out of our galaxy" speech. My 2 cents.



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Re: Rewatching Babylon5
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: July 06, 2016 07:19PM
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I hope Netflix picks it up soon; I would love to watch the whole series.

It is on Netflix if you have the DVD plan.

30 discs.

I'm not on the 30 discs at a time plan.



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