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Babylon 5

Posted on 2009.12.29 at 14:36

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Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-12-30 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
I would mention that chronologically "In the Beginning" (the framing story with Londo and the children that ties into the sequence from "War Without End") would actually fall after Crusade and before The Lost Tales.

While I did notice the similarities to Deep Space Nine on the outset, I did see the program veering into territory that Star Trek generally wouldn't have gone into at the time, such as the episodes "Believers" and "Confessions and Lamentations" (Deep Space Nine would soon push the limits of what Star Trek would address with such episodes such as "Rocks and Shoals").

I also have to mention that the characters of Londo and G'Kar are fantastic to watch as they evolve over the course of the series. G'Kar's evolution from the resident scumbag into a spiritual leader is fascinating to watch because it comes through as so believable in context (the scenes where he is attempting to contact people on the Narn homeworld after the Centauri bombed them back to the stone age were not only heartbreaking because of his helplessness, but brought back uncomfortable memories of a similar experience I had about eight years ago).

I forgot to mention another of the series shining moments: the episode in which Brad Dourif guest starred. Great performance and great use of the science fiction genre to explore really interesting moral questions.

Edited at 2009-12-30 03:17 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-12-30 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
"In the Beginning"
Agreed - but nothing is given away because those arcs are already closed, and we'd already seen a (at the time) possible-future Londo so I thought it would have been nice while I was watching the entire collection to have heard the full story of the Battle of the Line at that point. I was just trying to find the most well-balanced place to put it, as you're correct about its order.

Deep Space Nine
In that respect there were several cues (which escape me now) in which I thought, "...so that's where BSG got that idea," especially given the conflict we saw in many of the characters.

Londo and G'Kar
Their relationship - throughout it all, everything - filled with so much promise, and lessons. Lessons for us, as viewers to digest, lest we be doomed to repeat them. I missed their perspectives in the majority of the follow-up movies.

Brad Dourif
In watching as many television shows as my wife and I do, we love seeing the character actors come out and fill different roles. "Passing Through Gethsemane" (coupled with "The Quality of Mercy") were marvelous episodes - especially Sheridan's reaction to the man who killed Brad Dourif after he'd been altered - that scene immediately reminded me of the Season 4 Voyager episode "Nemesis." Easy to sit and watch. Harder still to practice.

I've been listening to Alone in the Night often and it really is all-encompassing. A must-have companion to the Babylon 5 universe.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-12-31 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
I thank you for the complement on Alone on the Night. It was indeed my intention to try to make something that encompassed the musical language Christopher Franke created for the series that made a decent listening experience on its own. After I had assembled it, I realized that the music was sort of a "missing link" between the Berlin synth scene (Franke was in Tangerine Dream) and the sort of soundscape that Hans Zimmer has developed, sort of evolving parallel to the Media Ventures/Remote Control sound which was beginning to be popularized in movie theaters at the time.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-12-31 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
I see it as sweeping anthology - a medley of sorts encompassing the mood of the series as a whole, from start to finish. With it alone I can relive all the excitement, horror, pride, and pain in a mere eighty-one minutes.

Every so often you create a mix which plays so effortlessly from start to finish I'm shocked that nearly an hour and a half has passed. This is one of those scores, but I didn't know it until I'd seen the series. Now I will never forget it.
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