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    My husband died Oct. 20th, but one thing he told me while he was going to boot camp was to watch Babylon 5 if I missed him. I'm about to finish the first season now, for the 3rd time. I had never seen Babylon 5 until I had met him. We watched all the seasons on DVD together and the movies, I'm just happy to have something that still links me to him. We were cleaning out his stuff today and I found some of the books and two of the scripts to the show. However, yesterday I ordered all the books from Amazon just because I miss him so much. Thank you.


  • #2

    My sincere condolences on your loss! I'm glad that B5 is something you shared together and that gives you comfort right now. That memory will help in the time to come.

    Please feel free to share your thoughts on favorite episodes you both enjoyed or things/characters you talked about.

    Take care,
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization we're seeing now.


    • #3
      Stacie, my heartfelt condolences for your loss.


      • #4
        He always talked about Talia and Ivanovah and the censorship the networks put on the show. While he was gone, I used a program to scan him into the Sims game so he could live with both of them. :P We both really liked season 3. We both liked when Dr. Franklin got a chance to jump into the action, which was mostly season 5. He was surprised when he came back and I told him I bought the movie collection, he didn't realize that it was coming up yet. The last thing we watched together was the cross over movie into Crusades. He already had In the Begining and the pilot on DVD, so we had already seen them both. He really loved Morden, he thought he was one of the best characters on B5. He'd use Morden as a screen name for a lot of things. He told me I always needed to read the Psi-Corps books and the Centauri triology, which I will do soon!



        • #5
          My condolences as well. [hug]

          It is indeed wonderful that Babylon 5 gave you two something to share. If in the show the station can have "echoes" of all the voices of the fictional characters that lived there over the years as Zack talks to Sheridan about, so too does the show carry pieces of all us fans of the show who've found such joy from the show over the years.


          • #6

            My condolences on your loss, its a hard thing to lose someone you love. but im happy to hear youve shared something special, and that b5 is something you have to remember him by
            There is a greater darkness than the one we fight, its is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way.


            • #7
              I can only imagine how you must feel at this time.

              May you meet again in a place where no Shadows fall.
              Duracell Bunny is arrested and charged with BATTERY!!


              • #8
                May I add my sincerest condolences to those expressed here.

                I remember when my father died, I was at university. I bought the video set of Edge of Darkness. It was a show that my father and I both enjoyed. It also deals with grief and I found watching it helped me cope and vividly activated memories of my father.

                I watched it with friends who had also lost loved ones and they felt the same way.

                Watching a show that you both liked can be a comfort but sharing it and your memories with friends may help you more.

                Take care.
                I have the wings for Bingo.


                • #9
                  Is the Edge of Darkness a good series, my works been keeping me out with all the meds they have me on, I recieved the third legion of fire book today, and started on, I can't remember, the name of the book, its a single it has Bestor as a child


                  • #10

                    My deepest condolences on your loss. And, welcome to this forum. I'm glad that, among your happy memories of your husband, you have the time shared watching Babylon 5 together. It's such a rich universe, and definitely a series that can stand up to repeated viewings. I expect your love of it will deepen as you continue to watch it, and find all of its hidden treasures.

                    May it be a small comfort to you in this sad and difficult time.

                    Peace and blessings,



                    • #11
                      Stacie, I, too, am sorry for your loss. I hope the community here at JMSNews can offer some small comfort. Welcome.
                      "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."


                      • #12
                        Hello Stacie,

                        My condolences on your loss. I hope that the shared memories of B5 will be of some comfort in the future.
                        Anything you want to know or talk about you now know where to find us.

                        "En wat als tijd de helft van echtheid was, was alles dan dubbelsnel verbaal?"


                        • #13
                          As echoed many time before me. My wife and I offer our condolences. I know you said you were in season 3. So you won't understand this until the end. There is a very touching scene in the very last episode of B5..It is called "Sleeping in Light"..I wont ruin it for you. But so you udnerstand how my wife and I feel for you. The last lines Sheridan and Delenn share is something my wife and I say to each other anytime we will be apart for a while. I think it is something you will be able to think of your husband.
                          If it won't hurt too much, could you let us know where he served?
                          I have the uimost respect for not only the men and women in our armed forces, but even more for their families who willingly let their spouses put their lives on the line to help others attain the freedom we enjoy.
                          Again our condolences for your loss, and our respect for the sacrifice you and your family have made.
                          There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against such power, governments, and kingdoms, and conquerors cannot stand.
                          WE WILL BE FREE!


                          • #14
                            Stacie, let me add my condolences, and note that my father and I shared a love for this series (he was the one who turned my on to SF loe these many years ago) and though he passed away four years ago, I still think of him when I watch the show. It was hard to watch the show again the first time, especially the episodes dealing with the death of loved ones (I remember how affected I was by Sheridan's comment about "I still see things and say 'I have to remember to tell Anna about this'" because that was exactly what was going through my mind - I wonder if dad caught THIS reference" and then remembering that I could never ask him). Still, it does help keep a loved one close to the heart and "in memory, still bright."
                            I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone .. our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit .. that the part of me that is going .. will very much miss the part of you that is staying.


                            • #15
                              Stacie, welcome.

                              You'll come to notice that, even though it's been 10 years, most of us are here because B5 resonates very strongly with all of us.
                              Each has a slightly different (or very different) resonance, but it has managed to speak very strongly to each of us.

                              So, welcome to the family.

                              And, as you watch the episodes, I'm sure you'll find places where the screen gets all blurry and you have to stop for a while.
                              That's all right. That's what we all love about the show.
                              It's honest. Sometimes brutally, painfully so.
                              But, it also has the moments when it offers us that glimpse of Hope.

                              "The job of Babylon 5 is not to enforce the peace. It's to create the peace. And this place was built on the assumption that we could work out our problems and build a better future, and that, to me, is the key issue.
                              See, in the last few years .. we've stumbled. We stumbled at the death of the president, the war, and on and on.
                              And when you stumble a lot, you .. you start looking at your feet.
                              We have to make people .. lift their eyes back to the horizon and see the line of ancestors behind us saying, 'Make my life have meaning.'
                              And to our inheritors before us saying, 'Create the world we will live in.'
                              I mean, we're not just holding jobs and having dinner. We are in the process of building the future. That's what Babylon 5 is all about.
                              Only by making people understand that can we hope to create a better world for ourselves and our posterity."

                              Sheridan in Babylon 5:"And Now For a Word"

                              "It might be helpful for you to know that you are not alone. And that in the long, twilight struggle, which lies ahead of us, there is the possibility of hope."

                              Draal to Sheridan in Babylon 5:"The Long, Twilight Struggle"

                              "God goes by many names, perhaps some alien sounding, different faces, and history, but all describing the same Creator. We've come here to learn all those names, in hopes of better understanding the One who's behind them."

                              Brother Theo to Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Convictions"

                              "G'Quan wrote: 'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.'"

                              G'Kar in Babylon 5:"Z'ha'dum"

                              "It's easy to find something worth dying for. Do you have anything worth living for?"
                              "I can't see you anymore."
                              "As it should be."
                              "What if I fall? How will I know you'll catch me?"
                              "I caught you before."
                              "What if I die?"
                              "I can not create life, but I can breathe on the remaining embers.. It may not work."
                              "But I can hope."
                              "Hope is all we have."

                              Lorien & Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?"

                              I can not tell you that your pain will ever go away.
                              I can not tell you that you'll ever forget his face.
                              I can only tell you that it was necessary.
                              You may have helped to save our people. You did a hard thing.
                              But you still have your heart, and your heart is a good one.
                              You would not be in such great pain otherwise.
                              That means there is still hope for you.
                              And for that.. I find that I still envy you."

                              Londo to Vir in Babylon 5:"The Long Night"

                              "The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. The language is not narn or human or centauri or gaim or minbari. It speaks in the language of hope."
                              "It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us and the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. The small, still voice that says: 'We are one. No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star. .. We are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. .. We are one.' Here, gathered together in common cause, we begin to realize this singular truth and this singular rule that we must be kind to one another. Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light our way to a better future. We are one."
                              "We are one."

                              Sheridan / G'Kar in Babylon 5:"The Paragon of Animals"

                              "Singing? They can sing?"
                              "There's nothing about that in the literature."
                              "Apparently it's something they only do certain times of the year as part of their religious ceremonies. You may not believe this, but .. it was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. I couldn't make out the words, but I knew it was full of sadness and .. hope and wonder and .. terrible .. sense of loss. I looked at Londo and -- this is the amazing part -- there was a .. tear running down his face. I said: 'Londo, we should leave.' And 'This is upsetting you.' He just stood there and .. listened. And when it was over he turned to me and he said: 'There are 49 gods in our pantheon, Vir. To tell you the truth I never believed in any of them. But if only one of them exist, .. then god sings with that voice.' It's funny. After everything we've been through, all he did, .. I miss him."

                              Sheridan, Franklin, Vir in Babylon 5:"Sleeping in Light"