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August 02, 2007

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A Non

I enjoyed the DVD and thought it was better than it could have been expected, after all the problematic things JMS has done since B5 proper finished up.

I did find the first one being a bit weak in JMS's theological understanding (he should have read a bit of Lewis which asked the same question), but beyond that, it ended in a very positive fashion (respectful of religion).

The second was good, and well, Sheridan is Sheridan, he doesn't care for reporters.

Samantha & Matthew

Oh, yes, we too were terribly excited... B5 /Excalibur freaks :-)

Michael

The way that JMS treats the subject of religion is sometimes problematic but he flies far above most other science fiction writers by at least allowing human characters that hold religious beliefs - something the Star Trek universe precluded - and treating those beliefs with a certain respect. I became a regular watcher of the B5 series after seeing the episode, "Passing through Gesthemane".

More to the point of my own concern is I thought Lochley was the worst character JMS introduced and could barely sit through any episode with her in it. The thought of watching any entire mini-movie that centers on her gives me pause.

A Non

What surprised me with the Lochley episode is it worked -- as a whole it reminded me of a combination of "The Exorcist" with "Out of the Silent Planet." Indeed, it is because it was an exorcist pastiche that I was able to accept some of the poor philosophical understanding of "the heavens" in the beginning.

Randolph Carter

I had heard that Babylon 5: The Lost Tales was in the works, but I didn't know it was out yet. Thanks for the heads-up.

Also:

basically, CGI was at the stage that video games are now; this DVD may give you an idea of where video games will be in a few years

Actually, the CGI in the original Babylon 5 series is far, far more primitive than the graphics of most contemporary videogames. The Playstation 2 has more advanced graphics, as does the Playstation 3. Just check out this screenshot for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Link.

I find such imaging capabilities trully advanced, especially when compared to this.

Whether or not the GCI in the new Babylon 5 Lost Tales is better remains yet to be seen. I will definitely have to check them out.

Tim

Thanks for the heads up, Jimmy! I just went to Netflix and put it at the top of my queue.

Scott W

The way that JMS treats the subject of religion is sometimes problematic but he flies far above most other science fiction writers by at least allowing human characters that hold religious beliefs - something the Star Trek universe precluded...

No doubt. It was so flagrant, especially Next Gen, that they should have dropped the charade and just renamed the ship USS Humanist Manifesto II

Publius

allowing human characters that hold religious beliefs - something the Star Trek universe precluded

With the exception of Native American mysticism.

Rob F.

Re: Star Trek religion. There was an episonde in the Original series where Captain Kirk marries two of his crew members in a small Chapel on the Enterprise. Later, when the husband dies, the wife is shown praying in the same Chapel. IIRC, there was even a cross in the Chapel.

Rosemarie

+J.M.J+

>>>No doubt. It was so flagrant, especially Next Gen, that they should have dropped the charade and just renamed the ship USS Humanist Manifesto II

Didn't Data mention in one episode that some people on the ship were celebrating the Hindu festival of lights?

Hinduism and Native American religion si, Christianity no.

In Jesu et Maria,

Michael

In the original series, Kirk one time tells a Klingon to "Go to the devil!". At the end of TNG, Wesley Crusher goes all new agey. The original series did not do away with religion entirely. It probably could not go so far in the '60s. They even purposely kept the ratio of female and male crew members unequal so as not to create the impression that everyone was coupling.

But a new age spirituality, which in the mind of new agers includes Hinduism and Indian mysticism is not what I meant when I mentioned religion being precluded.

Jarnor23

I thought Wesley became like, some hyperintelligent shade of the color blue or something. At any rate, it got him off the ship, so I didn't ask too many questions. :)

Publius

I thought Wesley became like, some hyperintelligent shade of the color blue or something. At any rate, it got him off the ship, so I didn't ask too many questions. :)

You only think it did. Remember: ascended beings are invisible in their natural state.

BrianC

I love how they handled the untimely deaths of the actors who played G'kar and Dr Franklin, to bad they didn't mention Zathrus.

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