Babylon 5

Apr. 24th, 2007 09:45 pm
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I'm up to near the end of season 4 - which is about a season beyond where I saw it when it when it was on (I gave up when I missed 2 episodes and had no idea what was going on). And I have thoughts! Yes, thoughts!



What I really like about Babylon 5 is that everything has to be paid for. Every victory comes at tremendous cost and there is no real lasting happiness. The best example is Sheridan and Delenn: they have each other - but only can be together for a limited and defined amount of time. And they know it and have to work with what they've been given. It's the opposite of many of the Treks (Voyager, I'm looking at you).

But it's not just that relationship - it's everyone. All the characters pay a huge price for their victories. Though I think that Marcus Cole is a complete wanker for putting Ivanova under such a huge obligation with the alien machine o'life. Look, she didn't want you in that way, but off you go and drain your life ostentatiously for her, without consider if maybe she wanted to die, or if it was her time, or if she'd be happy knowing that this was the price paid for her life. Wanker, I say, and I mean it.

And I really, really adore G'kar and Londo. They should be on the show endlessly and used in every scene - no matter what!

My big unhappiness is the often terrible acting in the show. Did they just go and drag people off the streets when they needed to cast minor roles? Given that the writing is clunky at times (the show is better with big ideas than with the finer moments), it means that the actors just gabble their way through awkward dialogue. When minor characters have to play quite crucial roles this is really annoying and wrecks some meaningful scenes.

Date: 2007-04-25 05:16 am (UTC)
anonymous_sibyl: Two adirondack chairs in front of a lake scene. (B5--Londo--G'kar until the very end)
From: [personal profile] anonymous_sibyl
Oh, Londo. He is my favorite.

Date: 2007-04-25 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I love Londo...but I am afraid that I love G'Kar even more.

Date: 2007-04-25 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl47.livejournal.com
I am with you in that -- G'Kar lights up the screen whenever he appears.

Although as you point out, sometimes the competition isn't, er, very competitive.

Date: 2007-04-25 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nolivingman.livejournal.com
All the characters pay a huge price for their victories

A friend and I were describing the show to another friend and he said it was about a space station and a war and the fallout, and I said "It's about accepting the consequences of your actions" and it was at that moment that I realized for the first time what the show really was about.

Wanker, I say, and I mean it.

When I started watching the show, people kept telling me I was going to love Marcus, but no. Leaving right on the verge of the battle to save a girl? Just the kind of romantic gesture I can't stand. Do your duty, asswipe.

Date: 2007-04-25 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
When I started watching the show, people kept telling me I was going to love Marcus, but no. Leaving right on the verge of the battle to save a girl? Just the kind of romantic gesture I can't stand.

What annoyed me also is that he does this big ostentatious gesture which negates her initial sacrifice and without thinking of what it would be like for her waking up and finding out what he would have done. It's very much about him and not really about her at all.

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