A few years ago I decided to finally watch a TV series I had starred in called Babylon 5. This series became a cult hit, won Hugo awards and created a fan base for me that I am forever grateful for but the truth of the matter is… I had never watched it. So, I decided to watch it and write about it. I posted it on: http://www.claudiachristian.net.
I got through two seasons and then life got in the way and now years later I am back and starting with season 3 (which I hear is very exciting) episode one: “Matters of Honor”
My first impression is that Christopher Franke’s music still rocks and that the CGI looks slightly dated and a little cheesy but not as bad as some fans claim… then again what the hell do I know?
After watching the opening scene with a youthful looking Sheridan (Jeez he does look like he stepped out of an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King!) and a flashy-shiny fabric-disco curtain wearing Kosh; I finally “get” the line: “I have always been here”, that fans love to post on my Facebook fan page, ha! This is fun! I’m getting the joke now folks!
Hey, Wait! I’m narrating the opening of the show! I forgot about that… my voice sounds lighter and less deep than it does now, I guess 20 years of living made a difference…
Okay, Tucker Smallwood is very familiar, I run into him at loads of cons and at coffee shops in Studio City, cool! He’s very good in this episode and so is the very creepy Ed Wasser as Morden or should I say the very handsome Ed Wasser as the very creepy Morden…? So Londo tries to end his secret pact with the shadows and we humans and “nice” aliens realize that the proverbial shyte is going to eventually hit the fan with these nasty Shadows so we form a covert little war council and they allow me to do those scenes with my hair down.
Now I see the scene where Londo is talking about seeing the shadows in his dream and I recall Robin Atkin Downes telling the audience in Galveston recently at a reunion con we did that that was the only scene we ever shot outside! It’s true! They shot that right in the back of the old hot tub factory that was our home. Peter Jurasik stood on a little pile of dirt and tried to look noble yet scared (he did very well at that) and they shot that with actual Sun Valley sky then added little Shadow ships with our ancient CGI techniques from WAY back then… sweet…
I also noticed the little scene with the alien juggling liquor bottles like Tom Cruise in cocktail, nice touch.
Now, I was pretty shocked to realize that this first episode of season 3 is the first time Ivanova meets Marcus… now you must understand that we (me and Jason) did not know that we would end up unrequited anything, much less lovers, so all of this kind of plays out in”real time” which is very cool…to me at least, not to you experts of B5 😉
God we all look so young… look at my freckles!
The Year is 2260 and I am now sort of hooked on this show…
Stay tuned for “Convictions” next!