Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Mostly about Babylon 5

Awhile back I started a rewatch of the whole show from start to end, making notes on things I noticed that I hadn't done first time around, especially those which take on a whole new significance after seeing the whole thing. Well, I got as far as the end of season 1 and then mislaid the notebook I was taking notes in, and thereafter never did get back to the project. Until JMS started releasing a complete set of his scripts and a lotta other stuff. I realized if I was ever going to finish this I'd better get moving on making my own comments before reading his (what fun is is to make guesses on "the man in the middle" if I've got Joe's explanations in front of me?) and got back to it. So I'm letting the books pile up and reading them as I finisn making and posting notes. I've now got up to the start of Season 3, and am letting them accumulate on my website rather than posting them places. So here are the links thus far: Season One, Season Two, and Season Three. As always, be advised that these are NOT reviews, and should not be read by anybody not familiar with the entire series, because just about any entry may contain spoilers, not only for the episode in question but any number of later ones which I was reminded of.

On another tack, I vaguely recall writing the following up before, but not where, and if it was in here it was over a year or two ago because I just checked. (I must say reviewing old posts is dangerously similar to looking things up in an encyclopedia - I kept getting distracted by links and things.)


Way back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was an undergraduate at USC, there was something of a fad for reading JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and finally I decided to see for myself what the fuss was about. So I checked out a copy of The Hobbit from the library (Hey, students chronically short on cash don't BUY books unless they're required for class!) and started reading, figuring that if it was any good I'd read the rest. When I came up for air round about the end of The Two Towers it was to see Finals Week bearing down on me, and I reluctantly decided that it would be better to not check out Return of the King until after finals in favor of getting some much needed studying done. Which I did, and I passed the finals, but the way my mind kept tossing up possible scenarios for what happened next, I can't help wondering just how much good this really did. In due time I read the last book, then went out and bought the authorized three volume paperback set anyway. I've still got it, though these days when I want to reread LOTR I've got the single-volume, slipcovered, fancy "Red Book of Westmarch" version sitting in my bedroom (for which I traded a whole LOT of used books to a friend setting up as a used book dealer - long story.) This was what got me to start reading fantasy as well as SF.

My next experience with "OMG what happens next!" in a different format was when I bought a copy of the first (and as it turned out only) edition of a comic book entitled "Fantasy Quarterly", which featured the start of "Elfquest", by Wendi Pini. I read the first part, then the second story which I forget what was, then was delighted to find part two at the back of the issue. Which of course ended on an impressive cliffhanger. I awaited the next issue eagerly... and waited... and waited... never got to see it until the Pinis decided to produce "Elfquest" themselves, and released it a year or two later. I was married by that time, and Nicolai and I made a point to buy two copies of each issue so nobody had to wait for the other one to finish it. Again, this was a serialized novel or maybe sequence of novels, of which the first 20 issues amounted to the first book and ended on a high note, the second went through somewhat murkier territory and ended by closing the circle. There are later Elfquest tales, but these are the ones I think of in this context.

Star Wars (eps 4-6) sort of counts as the next such experience, as there was plenty of speculation between each, but not quite as strong because after all there were only three episodes to contend with. And although I adored Star Trek (The Original Series), it was a series, not a serial, with each episode complete in itself.

And then, years later, came Babylon 5. Forget the added drama of wondering if we'd ever get to see the next season, the story itself had the same effect of sheer enjoyment, and wondering what comes next that the earlier works mentioned above had.

So that's prose, graphics, movies (sort of) and television. Wonder what's next?

[Am I the only one who's getting error messages when they hit preview? Not errors in my posts, which save just fine when I post them to my journal, but what looks like format errors for the preview pane itself.]


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 15th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I strongly suggest reading Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind if you can find the complete set. It's the graphic novel (4 or more volumes, depending on the printing) written and illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki in preparation for the movie of the same name. It is truly one of the most fantastic things I have ever read.
May. 15th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
thanks, I shall have to give that a try - I do have the movie and it's very good.
May. 15th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
This has so much more than the movie even, although I'm sure you'd guessed that. You may want to check Amazon for the boxed set - it's well worth it.
May. 16th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't know there was a Nausicaa graphic novel--will have to find that!

You might also want to check out The Babylon File by Andy Lane, which goes episode by episode and has lots of tidbits. (And of course there's MJS's weekly podcast.) I have an audio clip of Ivanova saying, "No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow." that I use as my logoff sound on the Windows box, for those times when I actually turn it off rather than hit reset...

I am feeling mildly, "gee what happens next?" about Eragon/Eldest/? lately.

Never read Elfquest, that kind of art grates on me for reasons I can't fathom.
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

March 2017
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow