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Forum: Babylon 5 Yesterday, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By Jonas
Whoops. Changed the original post. He was still...

Whoops. Changed the original post. He was still excellent in Falling Skies!
Forum: Babylon 5 Yesterday, 03:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By Jonas
Bruce Gray (1936-2017)

Bruce Gray, who played the Interrogator in Intersections in Real Time and Between the Darkness and the Light, died the other day. He was apparently best known for playing the groom's father in My Big...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-30-2017, 02:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,963
Posted By Jonas
I've read about that, and hate it. Because while...

I've read about that, and hate it. Because while the current ending suggests at least some kind of hint of liberation, no matter how faint, the other ending accepts that imprisonment is forever -...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-29-2017, 07:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,963
Posted By Jonas
I think what's brilliant about the ending of The...

I think what's brilliant about the ending of The Prisoner is precisely how it bursts out of its own reality into something much weirder and metaphorical. I don't think every show should do that, but...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-28-2017, 01:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,963
Posted By Jonas
Without wanting to derail the conversation from...

Without wanting to derail the conversation from Sleeping in Light too much, I think the reaction to Lost has far more to do with wrong expectations. Lost and The Leftovers are extremely similar; the...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-27-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,963
Posted By Jonas
I can't wait to see season 3 of The Leftovers;...

I can't wait to see season 3 of The Leftovers; given the emotional power of the first two seasons, it might just reach the level of Sleeping in Light, which I still consider to be one of the finest...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-01-2017, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,377
Posted By Jonas
JMS posted this...

JMS posted this (http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-5321), uh, 16 years ago:
Forum: TV Series 11-01-2017, 03:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 26,202
Posted By Jonas
I disagree. What defines Trek is a set of...

I disagree. What defines Trek is a set of humanist values, of Enlightenment principles. That's what makes it good - certainly not the worldbuilding or anything else. And that's what's brought people...
Forum: TV Series 10-31-2017, 12:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 26,202
Posted By Jonas
Episode 4 was downright evil. It seems to...

Episode 4 was downright evil. It seems to deliberately do a Star Trek story - hey look, this creature isn't aggressive by nature after all - and then twists the ending so that the characters do that...
Forum: TV Series 10-21-2017, 03:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 26,202
Posted By Jonas
I thought Ep. 3 was hilariously bad. The writing...

I thought Ep. 3 was hilariously bad. The writing was just awful - at one point my wife was joking about how they're telling Burnham so little, they won't even tell her what the research she's working...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 10-11-2017, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,879
Posted By Jonas
It's... eh. I don't like this director, because...

It's... eh. I don't like this director, because he always does the exact same thing: slow takes, monochromatic visuals, extremely intense droney music. This gives the impression of artistic depth...
Forum: TV Series 09-30-2017, 02:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,850
Posted By Jonas
I haven't seen Season 3 yet, but seasons 1 and 2...

I haven't seen Season 3 yet, but seasons 1 and 2 are some of the best storytelling I've ever seen in any medium. Immensely powerful, deeply human.

On a totally different note, you know what's...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 09-27-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,834
Posted By Jonas
Yeah, but the entire point of the story seemed to...

Yeah, but the entire point of the story seemed to be that this was naive, that they should have shot first. They were wrong not to listen to Burnham and kill the Evil Ugly Space Native immediately....
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 09-26-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,834
Posted By Jonas
I thought it was... awful. More awful than I...

I thought it was... awful. More awful than I could have expected. So cold, sinister, militaristic... just not Star Trek, not even a little bit. Shoot first, ask questions later. Just no. Nothing...
Forum: Babylon 5 09-13-2017, 01:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,001
Posted By Jonas
The Keff is a minor character, but I kinda like...

The Keff is a minor character, but I kinda like how he was handled. His horrible death adds to the sense of menace going into season 3. He probably would've been dull if he'd stuck around longer, but...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 08-22-2017, 05:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,049
Posted By Jonas
Agreed with all of the above.

Agreed with all of the above.
Forum: Babylon 5 08-11-2017, 02:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,637
Posted By Jonas
Reading that left me strangely emotional. The...

Reading that left me strangely emotional. The contrast between that amazing feeling of a new journey beginning, of something coming together, and the thought that so many people have been lost.
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 08-03-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,765
Posted By Jonas
I'm reading the fourth book in the series of...

I'm reading the fourth book in the series of novels this is based on. They are much, much better, because they're about the adventures of a group of extremely lovable people.

The Expanse (books):...
Forum: Babylon 5 08-01-2017, 12:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,958
Posted By Jonas
I love TLT, and the Lochley segment in...

I love TLT, and the Lochley segment in particular. I think it's a superb piece of writing that does amazing and complex things with religion and philosophy, reimagining Christian myth from a humanist...
Forum: Sense8 07-28-2017, 02:45 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 18,215
Posted By Jonas
I think nobody here knows anything, because none...

I think nobody here knows anything, because none of us are involved in the production, and it's fruitless to guess. Could be anything. Could be something none of us are even thinking about (as with...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-24-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,438
Posted By Jonas
Before, if I remember correctly.

Before, if I remember correctly.
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-24-2017, 01:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,438
Posted By Jonas
A while ago there was a plan to make a new B5 TV...

A while ago there was a plan to make a new B5 TV show for some WB online streaming portal. That would have been a complete reboot, with different characters etc.

As for the proposed movie, it's...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-21-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,438
Posted By Jonas
Do keep in mind that the proposed new B5 series...

Do keep in mind that the proposed new B5 series was a reboot/reimagining, and would not have included any of established characters as such (except via intertextual references, i.e. the Book of...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-20-2017, 03:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,438
Posted By Jonas
Don't show that to my wife. :eek: Seriously,...

Don't show that to my wife. :eek:

Seriously, if there's something that encapsulates why she finds all this so annoying, it's phrases like that. Like women are some kind of magical alien species...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-19-2017, 01:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,438
Posted By Jonas
I think it's possible to keep these two separate...

I think it's possible to keep these two separate ideas in one's head at the same time:

1) that it's perfectly legitimate for this character to be a woman
2) that a very simplistic idea of...
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