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  • grumbler
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    Bester is much more sinister as a "regular guy" named Al than as a cypher named Bester. You can see from his interactions with his superiors and peers that he loves his work - he is no Darth Vader, he is much worse than that.

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  • Jan
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    And a little more from the footnote in the script book:

    10-At the risk of stating the obvious...yes, I'd named this character after Alfred Bester, noted Science fiction author, among whose books is probably the definitive novel about telepathy, The Demolished Man. Initially, I never wanted to use the first name, because as a lefelong Batman fan I had a hard time imagining a really bad guy named Alfred, and because keeping him sans first name made him more of a cipher, a force of nature more than some guy named al. But when the first of the B5 novels were written involving the Psi Corps, the name was used and it seemed weird after that not to use it, so the name showed up a few times toard the end of the series.
    Jan

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  • Towelmaster
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    http://jmsnews.net/msg.aspx?id=1-14649&query=Demolished

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  • phazedout
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    Bester

    This is porbably well known to most of the forum but...

    has anyone read a novel called "The Demolished Man" it covers stuff such as mind wipe (the demolishing part) as a sentance for murder and is written by.....
    Alfred Bester - methinks a theme here?
    Phaze

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  • The Puzzled Pak'Ma'Ra
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    ... This is too hilarious!

    ... Mr. Bester, well, Walter Koening, actually, wrote a novel called, get this, " Buck Alice And The Actor-Robot". (1988).

    ... The review is here , and it's side-splitting!

    ... Some people are better off in front of the camera, I guess. (Not to diss the guy - I stumbled upon this page and had to read it. I loved Chekov, and Al Bester was a great villian.)

    ... cheers

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  • vacantlook
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    Originally posted by SpooRancher
    ...Enterprise never really was that memorable (at least not in the 11 episodes I have seen from season 1).

    Could it have gotten better in seasons 2-4?
    The final season of Enterprise was decent -- not great, but not ho-hum like the prior seasons. I think season 4 of Enterprise could have done well as season one of Enterprise with some of what was done there expanded in following seasons.

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  • Ranger1
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    Originally posted by The Puzzled Pak'Ma'Ra
    ... BSG ? Pray tell, what is BSG?
    Battlestar Galactica.

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  • The Puzzled Pak'Ma'Ra
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    Originally posted by SpooRancher
    ...Would I buy satellite TV to watch B5? Would have, but don't need to, I have the DVD's. Will I buy it in order to watch the new BSG? Oh, yeah!
    ... BSG ? Pray tell, what is BSG?

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  • SpooRancher
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    Star Trek finally began tinkering with the idea that what happened in one episode could effect another. The events in "Yesterday's Enterprise" came to fruition in "Unification" when the Romulans were hatching a plot to invade Vulcan, a plot led by the daughter of a crewmember who had been dead, reborn in "Yesterday's Enterprise" and left in the past abord Enterprise C.

    That was a nice touch. Star Trek really did not have any real continuity until the second and third movies. Then came Deep Space 9 and Voyager, who expanded on the arc idea (though nowhere near as well as B5). And Enterprise never really got the chance to get good. It's low viewership was mostly due to the same pressures that hurt B5 during it's run. Jumping schedules, difficulty finding the channel hosting the show, and so on. The biggest difference was that B5 had good enough writing to make it worth the effort to find, whereas Enterprise never really was that memorable (at least not in the 11 episodes I have seen from season 1).

    Could it have gotten better in seasons 2-4? Maybe, but I never could find out. I never could find it on the TV. I only saw what I did because of a friend in another city who had the UPN channel. Where I lived, they did not.

    Could I have paid for satellite to watch it? Sure. Did I think it would have been worth it? Nope. Would I buy satellite TV to watch B5? Would have, but don't need to, I have the DVD's. Will I buy it in order to watch the new BSG? Oh, yeah!

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  • grumbler
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    Originally posted by The Puzzled Pak'Ma'Ra
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    ... Anybody remember the TNG episode where the Federation is at war with the Klingon Empire, and things are not going well - reality has slipped into an different reality... Picard and his crew's uniforms slip to "dangerous black" before our very eyes as the change takes place... That was a great episode.
    I believe that was "Yesterday's Enterprise" and was, indeed, an outstanding episode.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by phazedout
    I was in a specialist comic book store in Dublin yesterday (and no, not the one in Idaho ) when I spotted a "Babylon 5 RPG book" I'm wondering is this rare and should I pop back in tomorrow and buy, I'd never heard mention of it previously.
    Chances are it's from Mongoose which does B5 roleplaying now, and has for some time. I think there was another company doing it before they were but since I don't roleplay, I'm not sure. Might want to do some research before you spend a whole lot.

    Jan

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  • phazedout
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    New Random Thought

    I was in a specialist comic book store in Dublin yesterday (and no, not the one in Idaho ) when I spotted a "Babylon 5 RPG book" I'm wondering is this rare and should I pop back in tomorrow and buy, I'd never heard mention of it previously.
    Phaze
    on the "lotsa posts tonight" ID

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  • vacantlook
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    I think the thing that I dislike about Crusade's openning theme is the voice over and not the music itself. The questioning just feels (to me) thrown together.

    Also, there are few moments that I can even recall in my mind when the music really got to me. But one such moment was in "A Call To Arms." It's the quiet drawn out drum during a semi-distance shot on the bridge of the Excalibur as Sheridan and crew sits watching the virus entering the atmosphere of Earth and being able to do nothing about it. Adding Dureena's not quite knowing why everyone's suddenly quiet compliments the music and calls us to understanding the scene without having Sheridan or someone else explain that something horrible just happened.

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  • cornholio1980
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    Crusade's music was different, but I happened to like it. I have the Crusade Soundtrack CD from Sonic Images in my collection and happen to listen to it now and then (if not so often than B5 ), and I enjoy it every time.

    That said, I absolutely HATE what Evan H. Chen did for "A Call to Arms". His "music" (rather: noise) for that one really ruined the whole movie for me. Such a shame...

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  • Jan
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    I loved the Crusade opening title. There were a few other times when I found the music jarring but I adored the main title. It was mysterious and just a touch sad which worked nicely when you think of Gideon and Galen.

    Jan

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