helsinkibaby: (warehouse13_petemyka_walking)
Because ruuger just posted and reminded me what happened ten years ago today...


Franklin: I realised I always defined myself in terms of what I wasn't. I wasn't a good soldier like my father, I wasn't a job, I wasn't a good prospect for marriage or kids. Always what I wasn't, never what I was. But when you do that, you miss the moments. And the moments are all we've got. When I thought I was going to die, even after everything that's happened, I realised I didn't want to let go. I was willing to do it all over again, and this time I could appreciate the moments. I can't go back, but I can appreciate what I have right now, and I can define myself by what I am, rather than what I'm not.

Sheridan: And what are you?

Franklin: IAlive. Everything else is negotiable.


RIP Richard Biggs
helsinkibaby: (bondmoneypenny)
29 What movie, book, or TV episode makes you cry without fail? (Or get wibbly, if you're not a crier.)


As jaqofspades reminded me when I read her entry, the last thing I looked at that made me sob was the Farewell Finn episode of Glee because of the circumstances and the performances and Romy Rosemont who absolutely deserves an Emmy for the scene she did.

However, my bulletproof answer, the one that I can't think of without hurting even all these years later, is the Babylon 5 finale, Sleeping in Light -- it aired over here over New Year's and I was away and looked at the last three episodes in a row on my own, thank goodness, because by the end I was just hysterical. The goodbye scene between Sheridan and Delenn had me full on ugly crying (and I'd cried already) and the last speech by Ivanova...

An expedition to Coriana space found Sheridan's ship a few days later, but they never found him. All the airlocks were sealed, but there was no trace of him inside. Some of the Minbari believe he'll come back some day, but I never saw him again in my lifetime.

Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future, and it changed us.

It taught us that we had to create the future, or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for each other – because if we don't, who will? And that strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely of places.

Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings, even for people like us.

As for Delenn.... Every morning for as long as she lived, Delenn got up before dawn and watched the sun come up.


BRB, bawling.

30 We started the month with something funny. Send us off with something else that tickles your funny bone!

From the sublime to the ridiculous...

Brendan O'Carroll is a very well known Irish comedian whose series Mrs Brown's Boys has done really well on the BBC. He plays Agnes Brown, the stereotypical Irish mammy and I cry laughing at most of the episodes. The scene where Agnes accidentally takes some LSD and ends up running around the house impersonating a horse while dressed as Wonder Woman -- I was in pain from laughing so hard.

B5

May. 25th, 2013 11:05 pm
helsinkibaby: (weever_trust)
Seen on LJ and Facebook and boosting the signal FWIW...quote taken from the FB
Babylon 5 page and via LJ on Universe Today.


This is a special update. I just read this at Babylon 5 on Facebook. It would seem that JMS has finally broken his silence on Michael O'Hare and I felt this was worth sharing. I am quoting the facebook page, not JMS himself:

I'm lucky enough to be at the big Babylon 5 20th anniversary celebration at the Phoenix Comicon this weekend. One of the many B5 related panels was a special one that JMS requested and asked all the fans to attend. He didn't say why, but said we would be helping him keep a many years promise.

The first part of the panel was...stupid. A mod who wasn't a fan asked JMS a few generic questions and then let fans ask questions (that wasn't stupid, just the first guy) for a while.

For the second half of the panel, JMS shooed to 'moderator' off and talked about Rick Biggs, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Connaway and Michael O'Hare. It was a true tribute to their courage and grace in ways that inspired him. Rick's love of life, Jeff's courage at beginning his career again with B5 and Andreas' courage and grace at facing terminal cancer. Then he told us about Michael O'Hare.

Toward the last third of season one, both JMS and Michael realized that Michael had a problem of increasingly delusional episodes, typified by paranoia. This can be helped with medication but that takes time and there really wasnt time while the show was shooting. JMS was even willing to shut down production for Michael to be able to get the help he needed but Michael didn't want to be responsible for the show shutting down and asked JMS to let him try to complete shooting. JMS did, and admired Michael was he struggled every day.

After shooting was done, they all knew that Michael couldn't carry on so JMS let him know that when the time came, Michael could come back to complete Sinclair's arc. Thanks to friends, JMS knew when Michael was able to come back and perform in "War Without End". Afterward, JMS promised Michael that he'd 'keep the secret to his grave' but Michael asked him to keep the secret to *his* (Michael's) grave instead. And so...JMS told the story of Michael's struggle today. And he told us how there were times when the fans really helped Michael keep. going.

JMS' admiration for the courage that each man showed was obviously deeply felt and sincere and the entire room (which was full to capacity) gave him a standing ovation and thanked him for what he'd said. It was an amazing experience and, I think an important moment in B5 history.
(Jan Schroeder)

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