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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Revelations” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Let’s do this a little bit differently. There’s a lot of balls in the air here, so let’s lay ‘em down in order. Stuff with an Asterisk is specifically in or referred to in this episode. The rest is stuff we‘ve picked up over the last 24 episodes and the premier movie:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Chrysalis” (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Londo and G’kar are haranguing the B5 Council about the Quadrant 37 crisis, the latest in an endless show of Narn aggression and reluctant Centauri conciliation. This region borders their respective territories, and the Narn have started sending warships across the line on the map into Centauri space, probably just as a show of force. Somewhat later, Londo is instructed by his government to simply give in to Narn demands. He does not take it well:

Londo: “Vir, how many gods are there in our pantheon? I lost count after our last emperor was elevated to godhood”

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Babylon Squared” (Season 1, Episode 20)

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It’s a day like any other on the space station: Garibaldi and Sinclair are eating breakfast in the mess hall. Ivanova - not a morning person - comes in very sleepy. The guys prank her:

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The Hidden Evolution of Babylon 5, Part II: “Babylon Prime”

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Yesterday we discussed the “Original Plan” for B5, which differed pretty wildly from what we saw. It’s not fair to judge an original concept we didn’t see based on the heavily altered version we did see, though it is fair to say that the original seemed like much less of a crowd pleaser.

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The Hidden Evolution of Babylon 5

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Despite it’s slow start, low budget, faltering ending, and low ratings, Babylon 5 was unquestionably the best Science Fiction series of the 1990s. While many other shows may have had individually better episodes, B5’s average was consistently higher than any other show it competed with.

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Straight-to-DVD Movies: A way to keep the flag flying, or just jerking around?

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I've been thinking about Straight-to-DVD movies lately. In the past couple years, they've emerged as a sort of testing bed or weather baloon for the continuation/potential revival of various dead shows and/or franchises.

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