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Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

MrL_JaKiri posted:

S5: 10am on a Sunday morning during a beach themed breakfast show

I still remember that Christmas, when they broadcast the final few episodes with a great big obnoxiously-coloured clock in the bottom corner!

Channel 4 were great insofar as getting international premieres of the final few episodes of each season, but by the end they really didn't care. At least they were nice enough to have a repeat run of the series at 1am on Monday mornings...

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Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

Question to the newbies - what triggered watching Babylon 5? As far as I'm aware it's now only available on DVD (wasn't it taken down from Amazon Prime?), so to have several people all jumping in at the same time is a welcome surprise.

I'm enjoying watching this thread; but unlike something like Star Trek which is on Netflix it seems like this is a less likely show to have multiple people start fresh at the same time.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

TheAardvark posted:

Wow, they originally showed it 5 nights a week? That's crazy, but man watching this show air like that in 93 must have been incredible.

No - those dates are from when Sci-Fi repeated the show daily.

Babylon 5 was originally broadcast weekly.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

Elder Postsman posted:

I just noticed that the newspaper uses the same font as the TNG credits.

I like how it references past episodes - the Raghesh 3 situation from 'Midnight on the Firing Line' and the Home Guard from 'The War Prayer'

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

MrL_JaKiri posted:

Londo shouting "VIR!" is one of life's little pleasures

One of my favourite B5 stories is how Peter Jurasik gets into character as Mollari. He would sit up straight, shout out ‘MEEster GariBALdi!’, and he’s there.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

TheAardvark posted:


The intro gives away that Delenn is half-human now.


Regarding the first point:
This is an error on the US DVDs - the episodes as broadcast had Delenn in her S1 Minbari makeup up until her reveal.
Thankfully the UK DVDs had this error corrected.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

Regarding one of the guest stars:

quote:


Oh man, Londo’s wives. :allears: Timov is my favourite. Holy poo poo, every line of hers is absolute acid-filled gold. The whole plotline was a delight, and I had a strong feeling Londo was going to choose her, particularly for her honesty.



Did you see what they did with her name? Maybe look at it the other way...

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

The one thing I remember about Furlan was how she had barely escaped from one of the war-torn ex-Yugoslavia countries and had been in the US barely a year before she was hired for Babylon 5.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

Regarding a dialogue flub:

The_Doctor posted:


(and I noticed a weird flub at the end where they mention murders in the East End, but Sheridan clearly mouths ‘West End’).


IIRC when this was originally broadcast in the UK (scheduling quirks meant the last few episodes of each season were broadcast there before they were in the US) Sheridan indeed said West End - this was reported back to JMS on Usenet and he was able to get it corrected for all subsequent broadcasts.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

My problem with the Season 3 cast credits is that there seems to be no consistency with how they’re directed - some of them are trying to be stoic and straight faced, Vir looks terrified and then you have Dr Franklin and Zack Allen grinning away!

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

Regarding the general...

General Hague was supposed to be in this episode, but the actor portraying him chose to do the DS9 episodes Homefront and Paradise Lost so meaning he wasn’t available. As a result, JMS intentionally killed off Hague off-screen as revenge. As noted, it actually works out better for the story, and JMS had intended for him to die sooner rather than later.

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

The_Doctor posted:

Me in the UK: "cool."

Apparently the remastered editions are also available on Amazon Prime too - a UK twitter account I follow had purchased them and was commenting how they were significantly better.

Zorak of Michigan posted:

I am pissed as hell that there's no Blu-Ray release planned. I want to own, not depend on some provider to maintain the streaming rights.

Did anything come of those Babylon 5 Blurays which were listed on an online shop?

Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

The_Doctor posted:

S3ep18 - Walkabout
Cailyn’s song is some terrible easy listening dross. Was it allowed to play so long to pad out the episode?

IIRC JMS wrote that song himself, so I suspect he wanted to get as much airtime as he could with it...

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Zaroff
Nov 10, 2009

Nothing in the world can stop me now!

discoukulele posted:

s02e14 – And Now For a Word
  • I love this loving Psi Cop PSA lmfao. And drat I didn't realize how widespread the testing centers are. I'm really curious if there was some sort of triggering event that made telepathy so common.


Hopefully you caught the bonus message they snuck in?

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