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Why are some bad endings good, while other bad endings are bad?

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The other day, one of my blogerly aquaintences asked me why I was so worried about the Lost finale before the fact. He said that a show is more than its ending, and even if it sucked, why would that make me feel like an idiot for all the enjoyment it gave me over the previous six years?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Crusade: Behind the Scenes” by Joe Nazzaro (2010)

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I’m a pretty obsessive compulsive guy, and Babylon 5 is my favorite show in the history of ever. I’m easily as obsessive over the show - though I like to think I’m a bit more enlightened about it - as diehard Trekies are about their shows. It’s sad, really.

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INTERVIEW: Chris Cook from Modern Conservative Talks Politics, And About Being A Pro Genre Extra

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Today we've got Chris from Modern Conservative (dot) Com with us to talk about the absolute best Science Fiction series of the 1990s, Babylon 5, among other things. Chris, thank you for being with us today!

CHRIS: Thanks so much for having me. Gosh, I've never been interviewed by a robot before. What a wonderful time to be alive!

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Now, Chris: rather than the normal geekish blather we throw around here, you actually have a personal connection to the show, right? You were actually *In* a couple episodes?

CHRIS:

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning"

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Ok, let's start the new year off right, shall we? As regular readers of this site will recall, I've long bemoaned the fact that there are no Babylon 5 Fan Films. I can't quite understand why, since it's such a ripe territory to mine, and there's no end of dangling threads from the various failed spinoffs. Alas, none. Well, actually, there *is* one partial exception, and that is the deservedly famous "Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning," a high quality feature-length comedy fan film released in 2005.

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INTERVIEW: Joe Straczynski

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Today we're speaking with Joe Straczynski, the creator, producer, and main writer of "Babylon 5," and "Jeremiah." Mister Straszynski has created and/or produced a half-dozen TV series, he's been a radio host, he's a comics writer, he's a novelist, he's written the best damn book on Screenwriting you'll ever read, he's been nominated for a BAFTA, and won two Hugos, a Saturn, a Bradbury, an Eisner, an Inkpot, and he's the only person I've ever spoken with who has an asteroid named after him. Mister Straczynski, thank you very much for being with us today. It's a huge honor.

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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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TV MOVIE CAPSULE REVIEWS:Babylon 5:”Legend of the Rangers” (2002), “River of Souls” (1998) and “A Call to Arms” (1999)

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Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight (2002) – yet another TV Movie, intended as a pilot for yet another B5 spinoff. This one was stillborn, but watching it again for the first time in 5 years or so, I rather liked it. Not great, but I think maybe it had more potential than the quickly-cancelled Crusade. As with nearly all pilots, it’s really exposition-heavy. The acting is all rather stiff, and it’s a crying shame seeing the late Andreas Katsulas in his last-ever appearance as G’kar without him having someone solid to play off of.

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