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8 hours ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +3 points

vg'f tbaan or yvxr guvf sbe gur jubyr fubj yznb

V pna'g rira chg GUVF pbzzrag va erthyne grkg, orpnhfr V qba'g jnaan fcbvy gur snpg gung nyzbfg rirelguvat gung unccraf va guvf fubj vf n fcbvyre sbe bgure fghss yngre ba, orpnhfr vg'f nyy ernyyl ernyyl pbaarpgrq naq fb zhpu vf cynaarq bhg va nqinapr

V zrna...guvf jubyr frnfba VF pnyyrq 'Fvtaf naq Cbegragf', n uhtr nzbhag bs vg vf sberfunqbjvat yngre fghss ><

1 day ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +4 points

Nterrq. V npghnyyl crefbanyyl xvaq bs yvxr B'Uner'f cresbeznapr nf Fvapynve, ohg uvf haqrefgngrq uhzbhe naq yriry urnqrq qrzrnabe znxrf na bqq pubvpr sbe n punenpgre jub unf fb zhpu fperra gvzr - vg'f abg greevoyl qlanzvp naq hasbeghangryl znantrf gb fhpx gur yvsr bhg bs n ybg bs fprarf. Ur'f ZHPU orggre nf Inyra, gur cuvybfbcure naq yrnqre, ohg evtug abj jr'er fgvyy ng gur cbvag jurer gur fubj vf gelvat gb fubir uvz vagb gur 'npgvba ureb' ebyr naq vg qbrfa'g fhvg uvz ng nyy.

Ba er-jngpu, V npghnyyl guvax gur svefg frnfba nyfb fhssref sebz n ynpx bs Qryraa, fgenatryl rabhtu. Nf lbh fnl, Ybaqb naq T'Xne ner nyernql gurer shyyl sbezrq naq oevyyvnagyl pbzcryyvat gb jngpu evtug sebz gur bhgfrg, ohg nf zhpu nf V ybir gur uhzna punenpgref, vgf nyjnlf orra gubfr Ovt Sbhe nyvra Nzonffnqbef jub ner gur prager bs gur fubj sbe zr. Ohg va gur svefg frnfba obgu Xbfu naq Qryraa fcraq fb zhpu gvzr orvat zlfgrevbhf sbe gur checbfrf bs cybg gung jr qba'g trg zhpu bs n ybbx vagb gurve vaare yvirf. Sebz frnfba gjb bajneqf jr trg sne zber fprarf naq cybgyvarf sebz Qryraa'f crefcrpgvir, naq vg yrgf Zven Sheyna fuvar n ybg zber.

2 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 5 replies · +11 points

One thing I love about this episode is how it manages to feel both wide in scope and very character focused all at the same time. It makes the political personal, showing how these sweeping, grand decisions that affect whole races can be shaped by just a small group of people, and the ramifications that those choices have. It does a good job of showing how different people interact with their governments - Londo is furious at the inaction of Centauri Prime, and seeks personal revenge instead, trying to take matters into his own hands. Sinclair similarly tries to find a way around the orders of his superiors - ironic, given that the events take place on election day for Earth, the point in which in theory he has the most power to help decide his people's future policies on such matters. Even G'Kar, who is the most in tune with what his government is doing, is clearly fueled as much by his personal grudge as anything else.

Things are never cut and dried - choices on issues that seem like a matter of principle or policy still have deeply personal and immediate consequences for those affected by them...and those making them. Ragesh 3 might seem like a small and unimportant colony in the grand scheme of things for the Centauri, but it's not so for Londo's nephew and the other colonists, whose very lives might be at stake based on the outcome of that council meeting. Psi-Corps doubtless seems like a good idea to most people to protect the privacy of non-telepaths, but the consequences of what it meant for Ivanova's mother and her family are devastating.

Decisions that are made on a galactic scale still have personal, tangible consequences. No character is free from bias or conflicting motivations. The grudges from old wars, the fear of new ones, political ideologies and personal vendettas and pride all play a part. Throughout this whole episode we see a lot of different characters bouncing off each other in different ways; arguing, fighting, pleading, scheming and trying to think ten steps ahead because they know that the choices they make today might have far reaching consequences for their people in the future.

This episode throws a lot of stuff at the wall, but I think most of it really works. It comes across as frantic, complicated and in places almost shockingly raw. It doesn't pull punches, it expects you to keep up and it doesn't always make it easy for you to 'side' with any one person in any argument.

Actually my very favourite moment of the whole episode is just a little thing - when Londo is having his furious rant at Vir about how Centauri Prime is taking no action, he gets more and more loud and furious until he starts to say: '...by the time our ships get there everyone will be dead anyway.' I love how he suddenly realises what he's saying halfway through, what it means for his nephew, and his voice just drops in an instant from anger to despair. It's a really great moment, and it stands out all the more because not everyone is quite as note-perfect performance wise yet as I feel like Peter Jurasik is.

V nyjnlf sbetrg whfg ubj tbqqnza ZHPU gurer vf va guvf rcvfbqr - ubj znal guvatf ner vagebqhprq nyy ng bapr. Guvatf yvxr Ybaqb'f qernz naq gur sberfunqbjvat bs uvf naq T'Xne'f riraghny sngr, gur svefg zragvba bs Shgher-Cerfvqrag Pynex, Vinabin'f zbgure, Vinabin naq Gnyvn, uvagf ng Xbfu'f gehr angher...rirel gvzr V'z fhecevfrq ng whfg ubj zhpu fghss vf cynagrq evtug va gur svefg rcvfbqr.

2 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 4 replies · +7 points

V'z nyjnlf nznmrq ubj boivbhfyl dhrre gur eryngvbafuvc fgevxrf zr nf evtug bss gur ong ba er-jngpu, orpnhfr jura V svefg jngpurq gur fubj va zl rneyl grraf V qvq abg cvpx hc ba vg NG NYY. Gung urnegoernxvat yvar yngre ba jura Fhfna nqzvgf gb Qryraa gung fur oryvrirf fur ybirq Gnyvn uvg zr bhg bs abjurer ng gur gvzr.

V guvax vg jnf orpnhfr vg jnf trahvaryl gur svefg j/j ebznagvp eryngvbafuvc V unq frra ba gi RIRE. Ab bgure fubj V unq frra, puvyqera be nqhyg, unq nal j/j ercerfragngvba.

Boivbhfyl V'z abg fhcre unccl jvgu ubj vg ghearq bhg, ohg gur eryngvbafuvc vgfrys erznvaf fhcre vzcbegnag gb zr sbe gung ernfba.

2 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 3 replies · +4 points

I love that this is my legacy ><

I have a pact with a friend of mine that if either of us ever get famous in any way, or end up on live TV or any kind of world stage with a large audience, we will throw a quick 'WATCH BABYLON 5' out there

2 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 0 replies · +4 points

V'z ybbxvat sbejneq gb gur sngr bs gur Znexno ng gur raq bs Pbasrffvbaf naq Ynzragngvbaf gbb! Vg'f bar bs zl snibhevgr haqreengrq rcvfbqrf, cheryl orpnhfr vg raqf va n jnl gung V nofbyhgryl qvq ABG rkcrpg. Gung'f bar bs gur cvaanpyr zbzragf Onolyba 5 unf bs 'guvf vf qrsvavgryl abg Fgne Gerx' sbe zr, orpnhfr bhe urebrf snvy gb fnir gur qnl naq yvgrenyyl rirelbar qvrf. Vg'yy or vagrerfgvat gb frr vs Znex frrf gung raqvat pbzvat be abg.

Nyfb rcvfbqr-jvfr...Cnffvat Guebhtu Trgufrznar naq Vagrefrpgvbaf va Erny Gvzr, orpnhfr V srry yvxr gurer'yy or n ybg gb qvfphff/hacnpx jvgu gubfr gjb.

3 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +3 points

WHAT oh my god I don't why this seems more shocking to me than me not having watched The Gathering

3 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +5 points

Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I know every single word of that song ><

3 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 4 replies · +6 points

I remember when I got my friend to watch Babylon 5 and I lent her the DVDs, there was a certain episode I actually stuck a post-it note over the blurb on the back because it had such a MASSIVE SPOILER. If the DVD cases themselves are bad, then the blurbs are even worse!

3 days ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +3 points

Vg'f npghnyyl fhecevfvatyl rnfl gb trg ol jvgubhg vg, fvapr zbfg bs gur fghss va vg irel eneryl pbzrf hc rire ntnva. Ernyyl gur bayl znva ceboyrz V erzrzore pbzvat npebff jura V jngpurq O5 sbe gur svefg gvzr jnf abg xabjvat jung jnf tbvat ba jura Ylgn pnzr onpx, orpnhfr V unq ab vqrn jub fur jnf! Bgurejvfr gurer ner bayl n srj bssunaq pbzzragf nobhg gur riragf bs Gur Tngurevat gung pna rnfvyl or jnirq njnl vs lbh unira'g frra vg.

Ba ersyrpgvba, V guvax V'z fgvyy tynq gung Zvqavtug ba gur Svevat Yvar jnf zl svefg rc bs O5, vg'f n ZHPU orggre cvybg sbe vagebqhpvat lbh gb gur fubj naq gur punenpgref naq n zhpu gvtugre fgbel nyy nebhaq.