Shelter in Place Day 115
“Prophecy is a poor guide to the future. You only understand it when the event’s already upon you.” — Delenn, Babylon 5
We finished watching the last episode of Babylon 5 last night. I’d say the final four episodes leading up to the finale were emotional. Sending people off to new positions and unknown lives, and the show delivered everything I ever imagined it would.
I’d remembered when it first came out, I was excited about everything. But then I never found the time to watch it or other shows had my attention. I just thought of it as another Star Trek or Deep Space Nine, and I missed much of it.
My one connection to the show. I sold Michael Garibaldi and Talia Winters a bed when I worked at Eddie Bauer Home in the Beverly Center. It was this exceptionally carved wood and wrought iron bed. I knew who they were, but I didn’t let on that I was a sorta fanboy. In fact, I wasn’t really a fan of the Talia character at the beginning of the show.
I suppose it was because I didn’t give it much time. Fast forward to 2020 and we’d just finished our Marvel Universe binge watch and our Star Wars Machete order watch and we were looking for something else to watch. The Husbear inherited a ton of DVD’s from his dad and I saw Babylon 5. I also remember suggesting Battlestar Galactica, but he said, oh I’ve never watched Bab5 all the way through.
I admitted that I didn’t give it a chance after the first season and that I’d only caught it on reruns occasionally. I mentioned on Facebook that we would delve into it. And tons of people told me what an amazing show it was.
Guys! It’s such an amazing show. You’ve got to give it a chance, sure the special effects in season one aren’t amazing, but as the show progresses they only get better and the stories will blow you away. The character development is jaw-dropping, and I learned a lot about writing from this show.
Like the noodle. Where the characters tell a story that doesn’t really explain the story and not everyone is in on the joke, but they are getting such pleasure out of remembering the time when and do you remember when he did this.
Or leaving things untied, like something that would take place sixteen years from the moment they got something. And there’s only one episode left. Or dropping something in the first season that pays off in the fifth season.
The most frightening thing about watching the show was seeing exactly how close the stories tied into what’s happening in our world today. From the politics to the pandemic. Like they prophesied it for our future. Like what Delenn said above, “You only understand it when the event’s already upon you.” And we were watching it, knowing how things might turn out.
We’ve got three of the six movies made, and we’re thinking of watching them before we tackle our next marathon television show. Stargate. We’ve got 9 of the ten seasons of Stargate SG-1 and 3 of five seasons of Stargate Atlantis. So, this will probably last us to the end of the year.
But first The Husbear wants to catch up on The Crown because it’s a pleasant change of pace.
Have you been binge-watching any old television shows?