Archive for September 17th, 2009

Babylon 5

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Entering the 4th season of Babylon 5 in my annual marathon.  I usually watch the series from stem to stern in January, but this year has mandated that it be postponed.

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I watch the series for several reasons.  It was one of the big reasons that I got seriously into 3D back in the 90’s.  It was pretty close to cutting edge animation back in the mid-90’s, quite impressive by any of the CGI standards back then.  It was a big feather in the cap of Lightwave.

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I watch it annually to measure the distance from the cutting edge now to  the cutting edge back then, and how much that divergence has grown.  It is a good ruler in the evolution of 3D tools.  It was also a good ruler of degrees from I wish that I could do that, to I can do that, to I can do better than that.

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I was also a Harlan Ellison fan, and he definitely left his dark side to be felt in this one.  True, the alien races were pretty humanized, their differences clearly illuminating known aspects of the human psyche, but it was TV, not a movie.  So I forgive that.  The plot was good for TV and all it requires.  It’s a fun watch if you can get past the depressing parts without succumbing.

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This time, I am stringing it out a little longer than usual.  I’m not jumping in during the dead of winter when I’m caged from the cold.  The weather is actually enjoyable now.  So it’s taking a little longer than usual, fewer episodes per day.  But that’s okay.  There is construction going on here, and it makes for a good medium to drown out the incessant banging.