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...AND ANOTHER THING WE'RE INTERESTED IN: The Return of Babylon 5

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I've been burned by this at least seven times before (The TNT movies, Legend of the Rangers, Crusade, The Memory of Shadows, Lost Tales, and the abortive reboot from two years back) that I know of, and probably a few more that I don't know about, so I don't honestly believe that Babylon 5 is coming back.

That said, JMS has said that B5 is coming back as a big-screen movie with a $100-200 million budget by the end of 2016.

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THINGS WE ARE DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN: "Mad Max Fury Road" (2015)

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It is impossible to overstate my love for "The Road Warrior" (1981). The original Mad Max (1979) is a very solid B-movie made for about a million dollars, Austrailian (About a half million US at the tme). Solid, but not brilliant, it's still a triumph of an inventive storyteller getting around his limitations. In no way did it prepare us for "The Road Warrior," however, which was made for about $1.5 million Australian (About $750,00 US) and remains arguably one of the best action films of all time.

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Why is SF always set in the future, and not in the past or an alternate present?

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My buddy MOATMAI gave me a copy of "The Black Cloud" by world-famous astronomer Fred Hoyle, published in 1957. It's a hard-science SF novel about our solar system moving into a nebula, basically. It's set in the then-future year of 1964. I think it was written at least partially in reaction to George Pal's incredibly soft SF movie, "When Worlds Collide," from 1954. This, in turn, was based on a spectacularly soft SF novel by the same name from the late 1930s.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY (Now on a Monday): "Pilgrim Of Eternity" by Star Trek Continues

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I know we've discussed stuff like this before, but I don't know how much of it you remember, or care, so I'll recap. Forgive me if I'm being condescending, it's not my intent. I just haven't done one of these in a long time.

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