Our weekly Scifi Night continued last night with episode 3 of Torchwood, plus episodes 5 & 6 of Babylon 5.
Torchwood… is not doing so well. There didn’t seem to be really a point to the episode last night, it just went around in circles, with an eventual “whadda twist!” at the end. It definitely seemed forced, and there was little that was really keeping any of us interested. Please just start digging into Jack’s background (from the episode guides online now, I know they get there eventually), the rest is pretty uninteresting at this point.
Babylon 5 is starting to pick up steam, which is good, as Mike and I did sell B5 as really awesome, and I had forgotten how uneven the first couple episodes are. I guess it helped that I first started seeing B5 consistently somewhere in Season 2. Favorite quotes of the the night by the room were clearly:
“Do you know what the last Xon said just before he died? [Clutches heart]
— Londo in Babylon 5:”The Parliament of Dreams”
“With luck, they may never find you, but if they do, you will know pain..”
“..and you will know fear..”
“..and then you will die. Have a pleasant flight.”
— G’Kar & Na’Toth to Tu’Pari in Babylon 5:”The Parliament of Dreams”
I also hadn’t realized that Na’toth and Lenir were both introduced in Parliament of Dreams (it’s been a long time). Bestor, of course, is introduced in Mind War.
I had also forgotten that Mind War threw in the idea of truly old creatures wandering the galaxy that have no awareness of us. Sakai’s acting through all of that could be better, but B5’s strength in acting was never the reason to watch it, it was always about the story and the writing. As of Parliament of dreams, both Londo and G’Kar’s characters really fleshed out, the actors are definitely comfortable in those roles, and are currently carrying some of the weaker actors through the force of their personalities.
All in all, I think B5 is going over quite well, which makes me quite happy.