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  • Babylon 5 Characters

    The Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV podcast is doing another countdown. This one is for best genre characters of all time. There will probably be a lot of votes there for fantasy characters, Farscape characters, and Joss Whedonverse characters, but I definitely plan to vote for several Babylon 5 characters.

    So, who are your favorite characters from Babylon 5 (or Crusade or Legend of the Rangers)?

    If you want to vote on the new TIST countdown and maybe give a little support to B5 characters, click here for the ballot page. Click here for the initial discussion thread about the countdown. November 30 is the last day for voting, and you can also send TIST some voicemail or voice recordings talking about your favorite characters, and they may use some of that audio on the actual countdown podcasts.

    My all-time favorite character, of any medium, of any genre, is G'Kar. A close 2nd would be Londo Mollari. I haven't submitted my ballot for the TIST countdown yet, but I'm positive G'Kar and Londo will be in my #1 and #2 slots.


    If you'd like to hear what installments of TIST's first two countdowns were like, Top 100 Genre Shows of All Time (in which B5 came in #10) and Top 50 Genre Themes of All Time (in which B5 came in #8), they are archived here.
    Ambassador G'Kar
    Ambassador Londo Mollari
    Ambassador Delenn
    Captain John Sheridan
    Commander Susan Ivanova
    CWO Michael Garibaldi
    Some other alien (Kosh, Vir, Lennier, etc.)
    A telepath (Talia, Lyta, Bester, etc.)
    Some other human (Sinclair, Franklin, Marcus, Zack, etc.)
    A recurring/guest character or someone from Crusade/LotR
    Last edited by Ninja_Squirrel; 11-10-2011, 05:02 AM.

  • #2
    Two thngs...

    1) I think it was a foregone conclusion who would be top in a poll on this site.

    2) It's a good job it is not called "Tune Into TV Scifi"
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    • #3
      I voted Sheridan even though my heart says Mollari.


      • #4
        The Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV podcast released episode 1 of their Top Genre Characters of All Time Countdown last night. It includes characters ranked 100 to 91.

        A Babylon 5 character was #99. That character was #15 on my ballot of 20 slots. I voted for nine Babylon 5 characters, including my number 8, 5, 2, and 1 slots. So, I'd like to think there are other B5 characters coming in future episodes of the countdown.

        You can download episode 1 of the countdown on iTunes or listen to it online here.

        The discussion thread for episode 1 is here.


        • #5
          Originally posted by lotjx View Post
          I voted Sheridan even though my heart says Mollari.
          You should always follow the calling of your heart.
          "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."


          • #6
            I'm going with Mollari. As hard as it may be to like the guy, he is one of the most developed characters on the show and has quite some depth. None of the character's fates got me thinking in a way like Mollari's. Enough to read the Centauri Prime trilogy which even goes further with Mollari. G'Kar comes in a close second.


            • #7
              It's interesting timing for this question. I just watched "Acts of Sacrifice" today and once again was amazed at G'Kar/Londo and Andreas/Peter. For me, I think this episode is where the characters really come into their own and the actors own them completely. That's not say there weren't wonderful episodes earlier with great perforamnces and character moments, but it just seems that this is the episode where G'Kar hits bottom and starts his climb back to enlightenment, and Londo fully recognizes that his climb to power will have a cost. Just terrific moments for both of them, not to mention some good, lighter work for Claudia.
              "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."


              • #8
                01. G'Kar
                02. Londo Mollari
                03. Jeffrey Sinclair
                04. Alfred Bester
                05. Mr. Morden

                06. Michael Garibaldi
                07. Max Eilerson
                08. Galen
                09. Zathras
                10. Catherine Sakai
                11. Elisabeth Lochley
                12. Minister / Regent Virini
                13. Tessa Holloran
                My UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD Collection


                • #9
                  Episode 2 of the Top Genre Characters Countdown came out a few days ago for ranks 90 to 81. Another Babylon 5 character was included in those 10.

                  You can listen to the episode here or check out the forum discussion for it here.


                  • #10
                    Episode 3 of the Top Genre Characters Countdown came out last night for ranks 80 to 71.

                    Yet another Babylon 5 character was included in those 10. This one was a recurring character and not one of the eight B5 characters I had on my own ballot. So, that's a good sign that other people voted for B5 characters too and took into consideration more than just the main cast.

                    Also, Babylon 5 is the only show to be represented by characters in all three episodes of the countdown so far. There have been two Deep Space Nine characters, two Buffy/Angel characters, two Doctor Who characters (sort of a third by way of Torchwood, but that was in the same episode as a DW character), two Supernatural characters, two DC comics TV characters, and a lot of one-offs. B5 is doing well.

                    You can get the episode from iTunes or listen to the episode here. Check out the forum discussion for it here.