Category Archives: Reading & Watching

Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows

Spock: Edith Keeler. Founder of the peace movement. Kirk: She was right. Peace was the way. Spock: She was right. At the wrong time. —The City on the Edge of Forever Somewhere in my gut, storytelling and polyphony are mapped … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A Race Through Dark Places

I will look upon him who shall have taught me this Art as one of my parents. I will share my substance with him, and I will supply his necessities if he be in need. I will regard his offspring … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Soul Mates

This is an episode about the relationships we choose and those that we choose to abandon. Not just for Londo, though he’s the most overt example; two other characters spend this episode deciding among relationships. But let’s deal with Londo … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Spider in the Web

Remember back in Mind War, when G’Kar was playing Mysterious Soothsayer to Catherine Sakai? Let me pass on to you the one thing I’ve learned about this place. No one here is exactly what he appears. This is another one … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Long Dark

What’s the matter with my chapter? Everything. Bear in mind that I don’t write fiction; I edit it. Chapter 15 may be written in passable commercial prose, but it sheds no light, tells no stories, leads nowhere, says nothing that … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A Distant Star

When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an astronaut. I didn’t pursue it, which was fortunate—my tendency to motion sickness alone would have been enough to disqualify me. But what do you do if you have pursued a … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Geometry of Shadows

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. —Worstward Ho, Samuel Beckett You know the trope. Young Trainee goes to Hidden Monastery in the Mountains (or functional equivalent) to learn Obscure Art. There follows a montage … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Revelations

Ostensibly, this is an episode where Things Are Revealed1. I recall it being very effective at the time. But watching it again, knowing most of its secrets already, I found this episode interesting in other ways. For me, Babylon 5 … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Points of Departure

Nothing’s the same any more. —Commander Jeffrey Sinclair The last line spoken in Chrysalis is the lament of anyone whose old certainties—some so solid they weren’t even identifiable as certainties—have passed away. It’s an excellent summing-up of the end of … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Chrysalis

Babylon 5 came about by working on two different ideas for series. One was a vast, galaxy-spanning, huge show following the rise and fall of empires. The other show in the back of my head was about a small space … Continue reading

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