Monthly Archives: March 2011

Welcome to N2S

So, welcome to my new place. What do you like about it? What do you hate? I’m still tweaking the CSS, trying to get it to feel like home rather than just a generic WordPress blog. Suggestions are welcome, though … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A Voice in the Wilderness

Live with a man forty years. Share his house, his meals. Speak on every subject. Then tie him up, and hold him over the volcano’s edge. And on that day, you will finally meet the man. — Xian Yu, as … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Legacies

The Rule about Movies: 1. It has to have at least two women in it 2. Who talk to each other 3. About something besides a man —The Bechdel Test Watching Babylon 5, I frequently find myself thinking about that … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Eyes

Ostensibly, this is a “story arc” episode, where the consequences of past choices come back to haunt the crew of Babylon 5. Having sent Bester about his business in Mind War, reinterpreted the Rush Act in By Any Means Necessary, … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Grail

When he tugged off his belt, made a loop in it, and moved clumsily toward her, the unicorn was more pleased than frightened. The man knew what she was, and what he himself was for: to hoe turnips and pursue … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: TKO

I think this is the first episode of Babylon 5 that’s not lived up to my memories of it. I wouldn’t say the Suck Fairy’s done more than pop by it for a cup of tea, but the Meh Fairy … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Signs and Portents

Between the essence And the descent Falls the Shadow —The Hollow Men, TS Eliot I’m a huge fan of roller coasters. And one of the best parts of every ride, for me, is when the cars have been cranked all … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: This Wooden O

…can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt? —Henry V, Act I, Prologue You know, the problem Shakespeare’s referring to doesn’t … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Kobayashi Maru

How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say? —James T. Kirk One of Babylon 5’s great strengths as a series was its ability to tackle difficult ethical questions without … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Hate Leads to Suffering

Ambassador, I have traveled far and seen much. And what I have seen is that all sentient beings are best defined by their capacity and their need for love. —Shaal Mayan The next two episodes make a logical pair, in … Continue reading

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