12 replies on “Big screen Babylon 5?”

  1. y42 says:

    I’m not clicking that
    Stop trying to lure me to AICN…

    But some big budget B5 would certainly get me in a theatre.

    • fiziko says:

      Re: I’m not clicking that

      Stop trying to lure me to AICN…

      But some big budget B5 would certainly get me in a
      theatre.

      Well, we’ve already posted the news that he’s got some
      Babylon 5 project in the works. (Check January’s stuff.)
      The big hint now is a Usenet post that says he won’t
      reveal any information too soon for fear of being used to
      create a 2.35:1 shaped hole in the wall.

  2. Eldhrin says:

    ‘Well-founded speculation’ maybe…
    …but widescreen TV is 16:9, not 4:3 – 4:3 is the same as 1.33:1, which is as stated the standard TV aspect ratio. At least, that’s how it holds up in the UK.

    These days it’s arguable of course that 16:9 is the standard TV aspect ratio, as over here the BBC make all their own stuff in 16:9 now (and show it in 14:9 on analogue systems), and we’re seeing more stuff like Buffy and Angel and Enterprise coming over from the USA in 16:9. Such a shame Sky One still show almost everything in 4:3 really. Which do you prefer – Sky One Buffy in 4:3 with adverts, or BBC Two Buffy in 16:9 as was filmed, with no adverts?

    Just one slight catch, the BBC Two showing is about 9 months later than Sky’s.

    Sorry, drifting around a lot there. If it really is a B5 movie project (which I must admit does seem very plausible, the aspect ratio related comment is fairly telling isn’t it) then, well quite simply… wooohoo! I’d definitely go and see it.

    Which reminds me, I have B5 DVDs to buy.

    • fiziko says:

      Re: ‘Well-founded speculation’ maybe…

      Which do you prefer – Sky One Buffy in 4:3 with adverts,
      or BBC Two Buffy in 16:9 as was filmed, with no adverts?

      Later episodes of Buffy were shot 16:9, but with the
      exception of “Once More, With Feeling,” the episodes were
      composed for 4:3 broadcast, so that’s how I’d like to see
      them. Angel and Enterprise are shown either HDTV or
      letterboxed out here, so for those two, 16:9 is the only
      acceptable broadcast.

      • Eldhrin says:

        Re: ‘Well-founded speculation’ maybe…

        Later episodes of Buffy were shot 16:9, but with the
        exception of “Once More, With Feeling,” the episodes were
        composed for 4:3 broadcast, so that’s how I’d like to see
        them. Angel and Enterprise are shown either HDTV or
        letterboxed out here, so for those two, 16:9 is the only
        acceptable broadcast.

        Most certainly. I’d still prefer it if the makers could shoot in whatever aspect ratio they wanted and ensure that it gets broadcast that way though.

        As long as nobody decides it’d be a good idea to start making programmes in narrow-screen 9:16 or something.

  3. Mr. Vapor says:

    eek!
    Babylon 5 is one of my top 3 television shows of all time. But right now I have
    no confidence in any new B5 derived works. The Last Season of B5, Crusade,
    The Legend of the Rangers. These show a very clear and convincing decline in
    quality of the B5 universe.

    I really wish that JMS would have known that there was going to be a season 5
    earlier, so that the last season would have actually followed the vision
    (whatever it may have been).

    I really, really wish that the network suites wouldn’t have interfered with
    Crusade.

    I really, really, really wish they had never made the legend of the rangers. Or
    most of the other made-for-tv-movies (In the Beginning is the only one that I
    really liked) for that matter.

    JMS is god, but I think he has gone back to B5 once to many times already. Of
    course, if the new project is a B5 movie, I’ll be seeing it on opening day. I’m
    too much of a fan boy not to. Heck, I saw Star Trek V in theaters, and then
    bought the film on VHS (actually I got it for xmas, so I wasn’t really to blame).
    Shoot, I shouldn’t have thought of Star Trek V, now I’m fearing that the line
    “What does God need with a jump-gate” is going to be in the new movie.

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: eek!

      Heck, I saw Star Trek V in theaters, and then
      bought the film on VHS (actually I got it for xmas, so I wasn’t really to blame).
      Shoot, I shouldn’t have thought of Star Trek V, now I’m fearing that the line
      “What does God need with a jump-gate” is going to be in the new movie.

      …don’t forget ‘bought it on DVD’ and then ‘bought the collectors edition DVD’

      oh wait…that was me. I despised that movie too yet I still buy it, it’s a
      sickness I tell you.

      • fiziko says:

        Re: eek!

        oh wait…that was me. I despised that movie too yet I
        still buy it, it’s a
        sickness I tell you.

        That and Nemesis are the two I haven’t seen.
        I’ll probably get around to Nemesis,, but I doubt
        I’ll see #5. My High School valedictorian took the time
        to teach himself Klingon, even though he didn’t know a
        single person who spoke it, but he still told me that
        watching Star Trek V would be a waste of my time.
        That’s not a ringing endorsement.

      • Mr. Vapor says:

        Re: eek!

        …don’t forget ‘bought it on DVD’ and then ‘bought the collectors edition DVD’

        heh, I somehow got myself cured enough that I only bought 2, 3, and 4 on
        DVD. and only one version of each!

    • UncleJam says:

      Re: eek!

      I really wish that JMS would have known that there was going to be a
      season 5 earlier, so that the last season would have actually followed the
      vision (whatever it may have been).

      According to JMS (and I see no reason to doubt him), S5 did
      follow the “vision,” with the exception of a few episodes, due to his having to
      pull what would have been the first 4 or so eps of S5 into the end of S4.

      With the exception of the Byron storyline, I think S5 gets a bum deal from
      most fans.

      But I agree with you about Crusade and LotR.

      Most of the B5 novels and the B5 comics were pretty bad, too.

      • VarmintCong says:

        Re: eek!

        But I agree with you about Crusade and LotR.

        I sort of thought the same about Crusade while watching it. I remember watching the first show and thinking that it had seemed like it was B5 lite.

        Turns out that the problems were pretty much attributable to the execs at TNT, who had too much of a hands on approach. I can think of quite a few things that I rolled my eyes at that were directly placed in the show by TNT.

        Also, the shows that were filmed were nowhere near what the main arc of the show were going to be. I read the last two screenplays of the show for season one (which were never filmed, and which may still be online), and was completely blown away by the stories and the things that were hinted at in them.

        Originally when Crusade was cancelled, I didn’t mind very much. But after reading those screenplays and hearing about how TNT butchered the series, I wish I could see the remaining episodes as JMS intended. I have no doubt that the show was probably going to be the equal of B5, if not better.

        I wish network suits would just keep their damn hands off of these shows. They need to realize that there is a lucrative market out there for sci-fi shows that are not dumbed down. Sci-fi isn’t about laser fights and women in lycra.

    • Icehouseman says:

      Re: eek!

      Shoot, I shouldn’t have thought of Star Trek V, now I’m fearing that the line
      “What does God need with a jump-gate” is going to be in the new movie.

      Not just a Jump Gate, but one of the White Stars. Lousy god, you’d think he could build his own damn ship and jump gates.

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