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  • Originally posted by Jan View Post
    Facebook, I think. I was sad a week or so ago when I felt it necessary to leave a really large B5 FB page with over 12K members. The single admin had suddenly found it desirable to use the page as a platform for views and vocabulary (no, not profanity, I'm all in favor of that when called for - things like 'feminazi') I simply couldn't abide. Pity, too, because I enjoyed most of it and liked to think that I helped keep some of the misinformation about B5 to a minimum.

    Jan
    I left that group ages ago. Too many arguments, lots of moaning and ill informed fans. It was fun to begin with, but I got tired of it pretty fast.
    Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

    Kosh: Good!

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    • Originally posted by Ubik View Post
      I left that group ages ago. Too many arguments, lots of moaning and ill informed fans. It was fun to begin with, but I got tired of it pretty fast.
      What a shame. We could really use their numbers to spread the word. Of course I assume the only folks who are really involved over there are still involved because they want to continue to argue . . . and stay uninformed . I am sure most of their LIKES numbers are people who don't pay much attention to it. I probably LIKED them at some point, but don't remember and am not following them.
      Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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      • So I had a nice experience today. I went the nearest comic shop to get my supply of Joe’s Comics for the month and I started talking about the reboot news with the guy who runs the shop. Well the next thing I knew the other people in the shop were joining in the conversation. I usually get very little attention when I mention Babylon 5, but not this time. There were just a couple other people in the shop, but it was so much fun to discuss the possibilities. I mean we’ve all had times where we get in fun conversations about upcoming movies or TV shows or comics or whatever. This time mine was about Babylon 5 and it was just thrilling. And it was about something that is still just an idea. There isn’t a script yet. There isn’t a teaser trailer. It is just something JMS said at this point and I had a long conversation with strangers about all of our excitement about it. It was fantastic. But I digress. It was a lucky coincidence that I thought I would share with everyone and hopefully it is an example of something we will all start to experience as anticipation grows for the upcoming movie release of the century, as I am calling it.

        On a down note, I just read that actor Stephen Lee passed away earlier this month at 58. He play Tharg in the Season One episode Believers.

        http://deadline.com/2014/08/stephen-...tiator-825828/
        Last edited by Looney; 08-27-2014, 07:32 PM.
        Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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        • Hey all. I just heard this news, and wasn't sure how true it was. Figured I best check in here. I knew one of the Joes, or Auntie Jan would know what's going on.

          Looks like it will actually happen this time, god bless JMS for never giving up
          *Den-Sha*

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          • Originally posted by Bonehead View Post
            Hey all. I just heard this news, and wasn't sure how true it was. Figured I best check in here. I knew one of the Joes, or Auntie Jan would know what's going on.

            Looks like it will actually happen this time, god bless JMS for never giving up
            Cool isn't it?

            Although, I'm not holding my breath. There are still many many hurdles to be overcome before it can be made. Financing and distribution will be the biggest challenges. I do kinda hope WB bites, because that would be a quick win in terms of both of those.

            Kinda wish I could hibernate till 2016 to see how this all pans out.
            Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

            Kosh: Good!

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            • WOW! I can't believe this thread got so quiet. I guess a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have to keep the speculation very vague . . . . . . . . . . . and detailed speculation is where Looney thrives!
              Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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              • I would prefer to forget about the whole thing and be pleasantly suprised a few years down the road with a movie. I don't care what JMS said, I've been Lucy footballed too many times.
                "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
                "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

                "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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                • Asked on Twitter why do a reboot instead of a continuation:

                  Originally posted by JMS
                  show's been off air fifteen years. Can't sell more to an unfamiliar audience. Have to reboot
                  Makes sense. Especially since there's no reruns.

                  Jan
                  "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                  • Originally posted by Jan View Post
                    Asked on Twitter why do a reboot instead of a continuation:

                    Originally Posted by JMS
                    show's been off air fifteen years. Can't sell more to an unfamiliar audience. Have to reboot


                    Makes sense. Especially since there's no reruns.

                    Jan
                    He's totally right.

                    In all honesty, I'm unsure if a wider awareness of the ‘orginal B5’ would do a feature film much good. Modern audiences might struggle to take the existing B5 series seriously. I mean, we KNOW it’s an amazing show, but I can also appreciate that I have a major case of ‘rose tinted glasses’ when it comes to B5. As a whole, it's superb, but it also has its flaws.

                    At first glance, new viewers could easily find it cheesy, dated and badly acted, especially when watching Season 1. They have to overcome that initial hurdle, and many may not get beyond the first few episodes to later discover what a gem it truly is. So many of my friends have stopped after 4-5 episodes, and only those I've really sat down with have gotten far enough to appreciate it.

                    The production values of TV shows have increased tenfold since B5, and are now on a par with Hollywood films in the way they look and feel. I mean, something like House of Cards just oozes quality. A reboot is definitely for the best.

                    And me, personally... I want to see something fresh and new that will surprise and wow me anew. I actually kinda wish it could be on the small screen. I know it'll never happen, but a Netflix funded reboot series. I could totally go for that.
                    Last edited by Ubik; 03-04-2015, 09:21 AM.
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                    • ...but it also has its flaws.
                      Nothing personal but I'm SO very sick of that phrase. What *doesn't* have flaws? Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine. You went on to explain what you meant but I got a bellyful of "It's flawed" in reading reviews for Jupiter Ascending that didn't.

                      </rant mode>

                      Jan
                      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                      • Originally posted by Jan View Post
                        Nothing personal but I'm SO very sick of that phrase. What *doesn't* have flaws? Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine. You went on to explain what you meant but I got a bellyful of "It's flawed" in reading reviews for Jupiter Ascending that didn't.

                        </rant mode>

                        Jan
                        Hey, it's all good. It's all a matter of personal taste at the end of the day isn't it? Something that's a perfect piece of entertainment for one person, may be utter tripe to another. Everything has flaws... sometimes it's the flaws that make it truly charming (that's how I think of B5).

                        Enjoy what you enjoy unashamedly. Everyone will always have an opinion or view. (most of my friends think B5 is awful... but I do my best to argue the case when challenged!)
                        Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

                        Kosh: Good!

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                        • I wonder how B5 would transition to Broadway?
                          So crazy it might actually work.

                          (just not 'B5 on ice'... that would just be wrong)

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                          • Originally posted by Ubik View Post
                            most of my friends think B5 is awful.
                            See that is really weird to me. Why do they think it is awful? I can see people having problems with certain things here and there, but I can't see how anyone who has seen the entire series thinks it is awful. I can see people thinking it is dated, but that only means they can't put it into the context of when it was on and they don't realize how groundbreaking it was. I can also see people blindly thinking it is awful because they are die hard fans of other series and they've never given B5 a real shot.

                            I was in a store my friend owns and a customer started talking about being a Star Trek fan. The owner of the store and I asked him if he'd ever seen B5. He said never more than a couple episodes, but he'd tried the CCG game and didn't like it. We asked him why he'd never given B5 a real chance. He said that he was a military man and he wasn't interested in all that talking and political stuff they did on B5. He was a military man so that was why he was a Trek fan. So yeah there are people like that.

                            Anyway, I can only assume your friends who think it is awful haven't given the entire series a real shot; or they think it can't be good because there are dated aspects; or they are Trek fans who are military people and not interested in a show about a space station run by the Earth military.
                            Last edited by Looney; 03-04-2015, 09:22 PM.
                            Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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                            • Originally posted by Looney View Post
                              See that is really weird to me. ...

                              Anyway, I can only assume your friends who think it is awful haven't given the entire series a real shot; or they think it can't be good because there are dated aspects; or they are Trek fans who are military people and not interested in a show about a space station run by the Earth military.
                              Sounds about right to me, Looney - anyone I know who has seen all of B5 has - et the least appreciated it, even if they did not like it for one reason or another.
                              Jan from Denmark

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                              • Originally posted by Looney View Post
                                See that is really weird to me. Why do they think it is awful?

                                Anyway, I can only assume your friends who think it is awful haven't given the entire series a real shot.
                                That's it exactly Looney, it’s getting people invested enough for them to plow through the slightly bumpy ride that is Season 1. Most of my friends aren’t really SF fans, or even Trek fans. I think most of them will have watched BSG, as that show really captured a mainstream audience who didn’t previously consider themselves SF fans.

                                I think anyone that’s seen the whole of B5, will definitely have good things to say, even if there are aspects that don’t always work for them. It’s why I sometimes do people a ‘Season 1 survival guide’, as there are definitely episodes you can skip to make it easier going for a new viewer. In principal, I don’t think you should skip anything, but it can help speed things along. I always recommend they do the whole of S1 once they’ve got the bug, or go back and watch the episodes they skipped later.

                                I think season 1 improves tenfold after you’ve seen the rest of the series. Re-visiting that season just makes you appreciate how tightly developed the arc was. All the little hints that come to fruition later are fun to pick out.
                                Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

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