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Oz is away this week, so the catface and I are having a bachelor week. I haven't done the dishes in a few days, I'm staying up until I want to go to bed without having to tiptoe around the house so I don't wake the husband, I'm still wearing my pajamas and I've been editing with Babylon 5's fourth season in the background. I have been ridiculously productive even though I'm also godawfully sick.

All of my B5 episodes were taped directly off the television during '01, so I have to fast-forward through all of the commercials. The commercials in '01 are remarkably similar to those airing today, except for the fact that the SciFi Channel occasionally airs spots for "brand new Farscape" and I get all excited for about five seconds. I'm not usually one for reboots, but boy, I would love to see a Babylon 5 reboot with a big budget and a modern shooting style, sets that don't look like cardboard and modern special effects. Seriously, we had it good at the turn of the century for science fiction. And now? It's all vampires and stupidity.

I think one of the things I like the best about the characterizations on B5 is that nobody ever really shipped Sheridan and Ivanova. There is absolutely no sexual tension between the actors and absolutely no "will they/won't they" a la Jack/Sam. They're friends, and that's it. I'm all for relationship drama like the next person, but sometimes it's just nice to see a solid friendship.

There are other interesting, but small, changes in the advertising. For example, the AOL ads talking about "fastest logon times." Logon times! Ahahaha. Funny.

The catface usually ignores me completely when Oz is home -- but when he isn't, His Nibs is all up in my grill at every second of the day, sitting on my feet in the office, throwing himself bodily against my legs when I'm sitting on the couch, meowing incessantly. If I stop petting him for five seconds, he thinks the world is over. It's really quite hilarious, because as soon as Oz walks through that front door at the end of the week, I will go back to being completely ignored.

And now it's lunchtime. If the cat lets me get up.

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Date: 2012-07-02 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majic13.livejournal.com
I should get back to watching Babylon 5, if only it weren't for the filler. The interminable filler! I swear, Dr Franklin is the boringest ever.

I mean, yeah, it's supposed to pick up somewhere in season 3, but that doesn't help when I'm butt-deep in the morass that is season 2. Ugh.

I mean, if they did a reboot where they just covered the main plot I'm sure they could have a really slick and tightly-paced show that managed fit all of the action and intrigue into three amazing seasons, rather than five hit-or-miss ones.

Also, what the hell is up with seasons of two dozen freakin' episodes, that's way too many. Trim it down, people.

Date: 2012-07-03 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laetificat.livejournal.com
I forgot how talky the show was. I see now why it's yammer yammer yammer all the time -- the budget was tiny, so they had to tell, not show. I agree -- do the Shadows, the (redacted for spoilers) and get rid of season 5. I'd really love for you to see through Season 4, as Season 4 is one of my favorite TV moments of all time.

Seasons of two dozen episodes is how it's always done out here in the good ol' USA! And nineties shows had a LOT of filler. Since B5 was the first show in a long while to sustain a real arc, I can imagine they didn't really know how to do that yet.

But a reboot? The original is beautiful and JMS would never allow it over his dead body, but man. That would be one awesome show.

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