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  • #31
    Originally posted by Ubik View Post
    Alpha,

    I did a similar thing for one or two of my friends who were sceptical
    ubik... you consider people sceptical of B5 as friends!!!

    ha , i also have a few who dont even like sci fi, although as time goes on those become fewer and fewer.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Looney View Post
      I was only able to see a few scattered episodes of Season One back in 1994, due to various reason, and couldn't really sit down and get into the show until Season Two.
      I was in the same boat. I saw only a handful of Season 1 repeats right before Season 2 started. Thankfully they included the absolutely essential "Signs and Portents" and "Chrysalis".

      Originally posted by Looney View Post
      Having said this I guess it seems okay to skip some First Season episodes initially... I definitely understand trying to sell SciFi to people who aren't already into it is a TOUGH sell.
      Exactly. I like the idea of showing "Parliament of Dreams" as the second episode because we'd be coming to B5 from "Person of Interest". The plot of a person of interest (even if they are a lizard ) threatened with death by an unknown perpetrator is very similar to what they're used to from POI.

      We've got one more POI episode to go, and then I hope to start Season 1 of B5.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by WorkerCaste View Post
        Sadly, you're also facing a challenge due to the standards in production values today. People expect a lot more, especially lacking a hi-res version.
        This is sooo true - I already "de-tune" the family TV so as to minimize the dreaded "soap opera effect." Even so, Seasons 1 and 2 DVD transfers can be a little rough on the eyes sometimes, resolution-wise. In any one scene camera focus seems to go from sharp and crisp to no so crisp with a soft focus.

        We have a Millennial in the house, and you can watch him struggle to pay attention within a few minutes of watching anything not shot in Hi Def.
        Kosh: "Yes"

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Household Gods View Post

          We have a Millennial in the house, and you can watch him struggle to pay attention within a few minutes of watching anything not shot in Hi Def.
          This reminds me of my niece who was about 10 at the time, when she first saw a TV programme in B/W. Her reaction : "Where did all the colours go ?!?"

          This was before HD became common.
          Jan from Denmark

          My blog :

          http://www.babylonlurker.dk

          "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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          • #35
            Hey! My first TV was in B&W. All the shows lacked color.
            "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Household Gods View Post
              We have a Millennial in the house, and you can watch him struggle to pay attention within a few minutes of watching anything not shot in Hi Def.
              Apparently all millennials aren't all like that. I was searching for B5 videos on Youtube, and came upon a series of videos entitled: Katie Watches Babylon 5. It's interesting, and often amusing, to see the series again through a newbie's eyes.

              As for my own prospects, we have finished "Person of Interest" (my selection) and have started watching "Sherlock" (their selection). I've never seen it before and it's good so far.

              "Sherlock" has only 13 episodes, so after that's done, I'm going pitch B5 to them again. I'll play up the mystery angle, and tell them that JMS previously worked on "Murder She Wrote".

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              • #37
                Originally posted by alpha128 View Post
                Apparently all millennials aren't all like that. I was searching for B5 videos on Youtube, and came upon a series of videos entitled: Katie Watches Babylon 5. It's interesting, and often amusing, to see the series again through a newbie's eyes.
                We got a dose of Katie a few years back after, I believe, JMS pointed her out. If not then it was Jan. I don't recall exactly how it went, but I am 98% certain JMS pointed her out. She is very entertaining. I wonder why I stopped watching. Maybe she took a long break and I didn't stick with it. I don't recall. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE UPDATED LINK ! ! ! !

                Originally posted by alpha128 View Post
                I'll play up the mystery angle, and tell them that JMS previously worked on "Murder She Wrote".
                It's funny you mention it. I was just thinking that I really wish there were more straight up B5 mysteries. What I mean is something that has nothing to do with grander schemes and is just Garibaldi or Allen having to solve a real Agatha Christie style 'Who Done It?' that doesn't necessarily involve any or all of the main cast. It could involve some of the main cast and of course others involved with running the station would take notice, but I wouldn't want it to be a matter of who is guilty, Londo, G'Kar, Delenn, Lennier, Vir, Na'Toth, Lyta, Ivanova, and so on. And it wouldn't have to be a murder. It could be theft or smuggling or any crime. I know there are plots that touch on this idea, but I wish there were more that were maybe just more self-contained.
                Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by WorkerCaste View Post
                  Hey! My first TV was in B&W. All the shows lacked color.
                  My first TV was B/W, a small 17" screen in a Huuuuge box that weighed a ton or so
                  Jan from Denmark

                  My blog :

                  http://www.babylonlurker.dk

                  "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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                  • #39
                    It was *great* seeing Katie reacting to every episode. I loved it.
                    Jan from Denmark

                    My blog :

                    http://www.babylonlurker.dk

                    "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by babylonlurker View Post
                      It was *great* seeing Katie reacting to every episode. I loved it.
                      It was a lot of fun. Wasn't she the one who kept repeating "This show...this fucking show..." so often?

                      It was JMS who pointed it out the first time, I think.
                      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by babylonlurker View Post
                        My first TV was B/W, a small 17" screen in a Huuuuge box that weighed a ton or so
                        And the set had to "warm up" in order to get the best picture!?
                        Kosh: "Yes"

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Household Gods View Post
                          And the set had to "warm up" in order to get the best picture!?
                          OH WOW DO I REMEMBER THAT ! ! ! ! 4 Channels and the TV had to warm up for a quality picture. . . scratch that, a picture you could actually tell what was happening. It was never a quality picture.
                          Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Looney View Post
                            OH WOW DO I REMEMBER THAT ! ! ! ! 4 Channels and the TV had to warm up for a quality picture. . . scratch that, a picture you could actually tell what was happening. It was never a quality picture.
                            Yeah, I snicker when I hear people complain about anything less than 'count-the-pores-on-their-nose' clarity. "When I was a youngster" it looked like somebody had smeared Vaseline on the camera lens!

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

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                            • #44
                              I remember watching stuff in black and white when I was a kid. A few years later when I was recording in color the colors would sometimes be in the wrong places. I don't know how many inches it was, but I remember when my parents got a new TV. It was in color and looked huge. B5 would probably have looked fantastic on it.
                              "It means living each moment as if it were your last one. It means doing each right thing because it is the right thing. The scale doesn't matter. The where, the when, the how, or in what cause... none of those things matter."

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Looney View Post
                                We got a dose of Katie a few years back after, I believe, JMS pointed her out. She is very entertaining. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE UPDATED LINK ! ! ! !
                                You're welcome!

                                I was just thinking that I really wish there were more straight up B5 mysteries. What I mean is Garibaldi or Allen having to solve a real Agatha Christie style 'Who Done It?' that doesn't necessarily involve any or all of the main cast. And it wouldn't have to be a murder. It could be theft or smuggling or any crime. I know there are plots that touch on this idea, but I wish there were more that were maybe just more self-contained.
                                Actually, B5 does have a number of mystery stories. "The Gathering" is essentially a "Who Done It" about the attempted murder of Kosh. "Legacies" is a "Who Done It" about the theft of Branmer's body. "Legacies" even has a near "Scooby Doo" resolution. I half-expected Delenn to say, "I was going to explain Bramner's disappearance as a true religious mystery, and I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for you meddling humans!"

                                Furthermore, other mystery stories like "Survivors" and "There All the Honor Lies" have Garibaldi and Sheridan, respectively, framed for crimes they didn't commit.
                                Last edited by alpha128; 03-02-2017, 06:36 PM.

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