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23 July 2011 @ 01:00 pm
Fandom Manifesto  


1. Story (Five Seasons, One Arc)

Creator (and writer of 92 of the show's 110 episodes) J. Michael Straczynski - hereafter referred to as JMS - decided he wanted to tell a story the likes of which had never been told on television before.  Babylon 5 is a show with a dense backstory - alien civilizations, distant wars, dozens of regular and recurring characters - that makes for a rich, epic world.  JMS planned out all five seasons of the show in advance, intending the story to unfold like a novel for television.  Each season functioned as a single act, each episode moving the story forward bit by bit.

2. Character Growth (Everyone Changes)

A lot of shows have what I call passive character development - a lot of things happen to the character, but the character himself remains the same.  The way he reacts to Event A in the first season is the same way he reacts in the last.  Not so on Babylon 5.  Characters change and evolve; some become better people, some do not; the idealistic become jaded; the weak become strong; the bitter become wise.

3. Speeches (Sci-Fi Requires Great Speeches)

Is there anyone whose heart doesn't beat a little faster when someone makes a grand, courageous, death-defying, truly awesome speech?  Most of us live ho-hum lives, and don't generally have the opportunities to really tell someone to fuck off in such wonderful, grandiose ways - watching TV characters do so is living vicariously, and few shows have as many or as great speeches as Babylon 5.

4. Bruce Boxleitner (I Mean Seriously Just Look At Him)

The dude is handsome.
 
 
 
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I sometimes wonder if Delenn would have gone to bat for the station if these events had unfolded a year earlier - do you think she was just defending the place that she knew would be vital in winning the war, or do you really think that her primary concern was about John? I think he was a part of it, but I wonder....
enigmaticblues: babylon 5 crewenigmaticblues on July 23rd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
LOVE this pic!spam, and all the reasons to watch B5. It's still one of my favorite shows of all time.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks!
weaselett: b5 - susanweaselett on July 23rd, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
This is awesome - and I love your reasons (Bruce, the reason I have watched so many thing *heh* - plus the EPIC speeches)


*hearts the gif*
Shannon: b5 ivanovakungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was the first thing I'd seen Bruce in (that I was aware of), and it changed me, LOL.
Ale: B5ale_rambles on July 23rd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Amazing reasons and gorgeous picspams!
Lovely manifesto for an awesome show. <3
Shannon: b5 at restkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Angie: movies: stxi: scotty wants you to explaiicequeen3101 on July 23rd, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH, I THINK I NEED A REWATCH :D
Shannon: sttos spockkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
A REWATCH IS ALWAYS GOOD.

I'M ALSO ALWAYS EXCITED TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE WHO KNOW THIS SHOW. SOMETIMES I WILL PICK B5 FOR LANDCOMM CHALLENGES AND I'M LIKE LOLOL EVERYONE WILL SKIP THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
Angie: actors: lizzie and the seaicequeen3101 on July 24th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
*NODS*

Haha, I have season 3 - 5 on dvd. :D
I should probably get 1 and 2, too, BUT 3 - 5 ARE MY FAVORITES!!!
Ms Dref: The Mentalist - iz confuseddref22 on July 24th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Shame on me. I swear I will watch it...one day. D: Bruce Boxleitner's prettiness is undeniable...
Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Haha, D: is my face almost all of the time when it comes to people wanting me to watch a new show. I'm like, don't you know how much TV I'm already watching?!

But yes, BB is very pretty. Very, very pretty.
craterdweller: PUDSY: ASH & Colin no textcraterdweller on July 24th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
I just watched this recently on DVD. I think my favorite seasons were the middle one, they sort of took too long to wrap things up in the final episodes, IMO.

Great job on the manifesto! :D
Shannon: cate nosekungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, S5 isn't...the best. But there's no point in being critical in a spam trying to convince people to watch, LOL.

Thanks!
if it bleeds, we can kill it;: pic#111315194jamesie_boy on July 24th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
i should add this show to my 'to-watch' list i reckon. :D
Shannon: miranda gary pillowkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
YESYESYESYES.
mac_beth13: Delenn1mac_beth13 on July 24th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
THIS! This was made of all sorts of win! Love the speeches and the picspam! Love it all! :D I finally convinced my sister to watch the show and she's at the best parts of season three. I have someone else who needs some persuasion to watch, may send them here. Hehe! ;)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I can't get my sister to sit down and watch - she caught part of an episode one day doing something else in the same room I was watching, didn't like it, and won't try again. (Of COURSE she caught part of some bad early first season episode. OF COURSE.)
nhpw: space cowboynhpw on July 24th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
SO. MUCH. PRETTY.

*hugs Reason #4*

(I mean. Don't get me wrong, the rest of them are great, too. But um. Yeah.)
Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! It's funny, when I was first watching, I knew the captain got replaced for season two. But by the end of season one, I had grown fond of Sinclair, and I was like, no, I don't want him to leave! The show has finally figured out all the character dynamics and he's settled into the role and it'll be all weird!

Like, four minutes into the S2 premiere, I was just sorta grinning dreamily at my TV and writing love letters to Sheridan.
ghanima sun: j/dghanimasun on July 24th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome stuff. Especially like the photos you picked for the show arc and each individual character arc.

&hearts
Shannon: b5 darkness and light grabskungfuwaynewho on July 24th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I could have kept doing the character arcs, but I ran out of time, LOL.
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