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On 18/02/2021 at 16:29, LaveDisco said:

I’m on season 4 now. Boy it’s great stuff  

 

Yeah it's terrific. I'm finding I'd forgotten a lot of the details of the

 

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Mad Centauri Emperor

 

whose scenes are just glorious!

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Series 3 is really great. 

 

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The slow burn of the coup on Earth and the ratcheting up of tension via news reports, culminating in the battle to defend the station was really deftly handled. 

 

I'll admit to really staring into the abyss a few times watching series 1, but it's genuinely gotten brilliant and I'm glad I persevered. Fair dos. Even Londo's hair looks better. 

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I’ve just bought this because I want my partner to see it, and it’s a great excuse for a rewatch after nearly 20 years since the last time I properly watched it myself (also, I never watched all of S5). Hopefully she’ll be able to get over the production values and the dodginess of most of Season 1. ‘Midnight On The Firing Line’ is still a good opener - loads of nice foreshadowing, and the Jurasik/Katsulas combo is brilliant right from the start. The remaster looks excellent for the live action stuff... I hope the FX get a bit better as they have a problem with jerkiness at this point, like they’re frame-hitching. If JMS can do something with upscaling, as he’s hinting in his tweets, that would be amazing.

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7 hours ago, Eighthours said:

I’ve just bought this because I want my partner to see it, and it’s a great excuse for a rewatch after nearly 20 years since the last time I properly watched it myself (also, I never watched all of S5). Hopefully she’ll be able to get over the production values and the dodginess of most of Season 1. ‘Midnight On The Firing Line’ is still a good opener - loads of nice foreshadowing, and the Jurasik/Katsulas combo is brilliant right from the start. The remaster looks excellent for the live action stuff... I hope the FX get a bit better as they have a problem with jerkiness at this point, like they’re frame-hitching. If JMS can do something with upscaling, as he’s hinting in his tweets, that would be amazing.

Re the frame hitching, what device are you watching it on?

 

I'm sure someone on here mentioned that the effects are forced to run at 60hz and some apps (360 Amazon Prime?) we're trying to run it at 50hz.

 

I had the problem on Xbox but not if I ran through the  app built in to the TV.

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Don Wiskerando said:

Re the frame hitching, what device are you watching it on?

 

I'm sure someone on here mentioned that the effects are forced to run at 60hz and some apps (360 Amazon Prime?) we're trying to run it at 50hz.

 

I had the problem on Xbox but not if I ran through the  app built in to the TV.

 

 

 

 


Apple TV app on her Samsung LCD TV.

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I have reached 'Messages from Earth'. What a brilliant Act 4 that has - the chase with the Shadow vessel and then the descent into Jupiter's atmosphere are so exciting! In 2 eps' time, it's my favourite one of the series, 'Severed Dreams'. I really hope it holds up!

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4 hours ago, Eighthours said:

I have reached 'Messages from Earth'. What a brilliant Act 4 that has - the chase with the Shadow vessel and then the descent into Jupiter's atmosphere are so exciting! In 2 eps' time, it's my favourite one of the series, 'Severed Dreams'. I really hope it holds up!

What does your partner think of it, if they made it past season 1?

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31 minutes ago, davidcotton said:

What does your partner think of it, if they made it past season 1?

 

As season 1 is pretty dodgy in places, I made a deal with her that we could drop the show if she wasn't into it after 'The Coming of Shadows'. This gave what I thought would be enough time to get over the season 1 jank, to establish Sheridan, start the proper story arc stuff, and also 'end' on one of the best eps of the entire run (I thought it would be really weird to not want to see what comes next after watching that one!). I also skipped 3 or 4 of the particularly bad episodes (eg. TKO). By the time we were getting towards the end of season 1, it was pretty clear that she was enjoying it so I was confident about continuing, and sure enough after TCOS she said that she authorised further viewing. :lol: I was only really worried that the production values would be too much (or rather, too little) for her. I knew she'd appreciate a lot of the characters and story. I'm absolutely LOVING rewatching the show, personally, and it's great to go through it with a noob as all the surprises are fresh! I'm well excited about tonight.

 

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My 8 year old and I used to play a game when he was about 3 or so. At a certain time of day there were shadows cast on our lounge wall from the stonework outside, and they looked like figures. We would pretend to retreat and hide from them in a different room, but would then come back at them with ray-guns blazing to destroy them. To start the game, he'd pretend to be scared when they appeared and he'd say, 'Nooooo, the saddos!'

 

Naturally every time there's a Shadow ship on screen in B5 now, my partner and I look at each other in mock-fear and say, 'Noooooo, the saddos!' 

 

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I'm up to episode 10 of season 5 now, and I have to say that as someone who mostly only knows season 5 by reputation rather than watching all of it... it's not that bad?! I mean, it's obvious that the budget has plummeted (IIRC each episode lost an entire day of shooting) and the FX are actually worse than previously in many ways, the station feels emptier, the camerawork and direction are clearly less interesting due to being more rushed, but this all seems to have led to JMS writing even more of the 'stage play' style scenes between characters like Londo and G'Kar that are brilliantly acted, and so it's actually fine. Shorn of the hype that must have been around from the final season, it's actually alright! Byron and his telepaths are irritating as all fuck, though, but I knew that beforehand having watched 3 or 4 of these eps before. Anyway, it all seems to be building up to something bad that I haven't seen. Excellent!

 

Shoutout to the Day of the Dead episode, btw, which had the most unintentionally funny two words in a script I think I've ever heard. Lochley's password, OMG. My girlfriend and I nearly fell off the sofa laughing. Those words were definitely not written by Neil Gaiman (they were soooooo JMS). I'd have taken my name off the episode for this if I was him:

 

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Her password was DEAD ZOE. 😂

 

I'm also noticing how much JMS has started being notably snarky in the scripts (and in the on-screen message at the end of season 4) towards people he feels have wronged him. Internet commenters, Claudia Christian, the network - it's all there and it's more than a little childish!

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Don’t know if any one watches react type videos on YouTube.  User Medusa Cascade has been doing B5, Farscape and classic Doctor Who.  Won’t spoil it for you but they’ve gotten up to Severed Dreams and the reaction at the end is classic. 

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9 minutes ago, monkeydog said:

Something featuring the remaining cast members of B5 is coming next year.  Seems appropriate to do something on it's 30th anniversary.

 

 

Oh god, let rampant speculation commence followed by dissapointment!

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7 minutes ago, Vulgar Monkey said:

'The remaining cast members' must be a fairly short list by now though, right?

I seem to recall the curse of B5 being a bit of a thing. :(

Every time this thread got bumped it was “oh god who now?” at one point!

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9 hours ago, Benny said:

 

Or even without ads if you can watch in a browser.


or the pc desktop app 

 

or be stupid and buy it on Amazon, then watch it just before they were the remastered versions, just before they were free with ads.

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