Archive for September, 2011|Monthly archive page
This begins the five book series compiling the various posts JMS has put up over the years. He talks about everything, but mostly he talks about Babylon 5. In this first volume, he talks about networks, what it is like working for them, how they function, and what an executive producer does. He talks about all the various characters and cast members. He delves a bit into Crusade. He also shares with us some ideas on culture, government, and more that were incorporated into B5. One major point is JMS shares with us some of the beliefs and ideas that he holds. Volume 1 includes a production timeline that goes from The Gathering to The Lost Tales. Very enlightening!
I am so glad I have picked this series up. It is a bit episodic, at least at this point. This is not a criticism per say. I enjoyed Star Trek in several of it’s incarnations back in the day. I speak from the standpoint of having Babylon 5 as my benchmark – a very arc driven show. However, even B5 started slow, and SG1 started pulling some exciting things together for the season finale. And yes, I confess I couldn’t leave it at that. I’ve already seen the first episode of season 2^^; What I love here are the characters. Jack is wonderful as the leader who may need a bit of polishing but has a heart of gold with unexpected depths. Daniel is equally good as a naive nerd with the courage of a lion when standing up for what he believes in. Sam is fun because she isn’t afraid to play with the boys, she’s tough and she’s smart without going overboard into unbelievability. Teal’c is amazingly human for an alien, and yet we never forget he is an alien.
Some favorite things from this season:
- Daniel getting the first kiss of the show^^;
- Jack standing up for Teal’c and becoming his friend.
- Daniel’s house. (I want that many books!)
- Thor’s hammer. Too bad they can’t make a portable one.
- All the guys getting brainwashed so the ladies have to save the day.
- Meeting Teal’c’s family.
- 2 Stargates on Earth!
- Jack not believing he and Sam were engaged in an alternate dimension.