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  1. Well JMS's Sense8 project has been cancelled, maybe he'll consider pushing a new B5 story of some kind with Netflix. I agree though that it would be in his best interest to get B5 on Netflix/streaming, rights or no rights. DS9 and Star Trek/etc have HUGE ratings on Netflix, I remember a couple years ago when I was campaigning to get the Star Trek 4 TV series added to the Canadian Netflix library (back during the big VPN crackdown, US Netflix had the 4 TV series, but not Canada), Netflix told me themselves that TNG and DS9 were 2 of the higher used programs in their catalogue. B5 would be similar I'll wager. It would show Netflix that there is interest in the stories, characters, and creators still.
  2. I just rewatched "The Gathering" last week. I remember reading that Stephen Furst nearly lost a foot to diabetes complications, and lost a lot of weight and changed his eating/exercise habits during the filming of the TV series, you can see in later seasons he really trimmed down. A shame the disease never left him, another great actor and person gone. So many have gone early from this great series. I think I'm going to do a re watch too, Wert are you planning a thread for a B5 re re watch? Such great information in the OP, I loved the ship designs in B5, even some at NASA thought so much of them that they became interested in that "workhorse" Star Fury type ship, I'm sure Werthead knows the name of what I'm talking about, it was featured in one of the TV movies IIRC. Other ships as well though, particularly the Earth vessels that didn't have artificial gravity, very interesting designs. Early CGI work was great IMO back when B5 came out. It was the 2nd sci fi series I discovered, the first being DS9, and having B5 recommended to me by a co worker, and fell in love with it. I really like "The Gathering", found it better than most Season 1 episodes in fact. Delenn's make up and character were very interesting in this pilot or whatever you want to call it - I wish they'd kept some of her traits and look the same for the first season until she "changed". I read Claudia's autobiography last year, I wish Jerry Doyle had been able to apply the success she had with The Sinclair method to get a hold of his own demons with drinking. Such a shame. Doyle's stories about living with Katsulas are hilarious, especially the "free ham" story he's told a few times at conventions. I remember when Doyle passed JMS said "it isn't fair, how much more are we expected to take". Now Stephen.
  3. I'm still hoping for an adult oriented animated ASOAIF series. So many great voice actors out there, and animation fixes a lot of the CGI costs for dragons, wolves, and other things in the GoT universe. Also, numbers of troops on the battlefield, while this has improved slightly in recent seasons, it's still a far cry for the battles GRRM describes in his books, the Blackwater Bay battle especially, which looked like about 100 Lannister/KL soldiers vs about 300 Stannis troops. With an animated series, you could put 10s of thousands of troops, cavalry, etc on screen at at time. Also, characters like the Mountain could be made to be actually nearly 8 feet tall and 500lbs of walking muscle, instead of a 6"7 guy who weighs about 300 lbs. Things like that. Of course I want to see live action series first, but I do feel that a secondary or tertiary series would be great as an animated project. Robert's Rebellion or TPAQ, any of the stories that require massive battles and such would work well IMO.
  4. Regarding Michael Mando - watch the first episode of Orphan Black season 1, the premier EP. Mando is so brilliant there, especially reading his letter at the "wake". Truly a gifted actor, when you compare what he shows in Orphan Black to BCS. Easily my favorite character on Saul.
  5. Heh, I wonder how the USA, and with it the rest of the world, would have turned out had JFK not been killed, and spent 2 full terms in office, followed by his brother perhaps. Regarding Jesus and liberals, the Democrat party, etc, I've also always found it curious that Carter spent his Sundays teaching Sunday school at his church. I don't think being a "believer" and being a kind, ethical, and generous person are necessarily at odds. Those were different times perhaps... This I agree with too - back in the 40s, 50s, and even into the 60s, most families could purchase a home, a vehicle, and have several children, and support all of the above on the wages of just one person. Today, even with both partners in the work force, owning a home, much less providing for things like children's future education, is a very tough stretch, a majority surviving month to month and amassing huge debts just to even TRY to do what was easy a generation or two ago. Economics, thanks to not just the Repubs but the Dems too - stupidity from our leaders, bankers, etc, crosses all borders - is what caused the family unit to "break down" as much, or more IMO, than anything else. Wealth inequality is responsible for the change in the family dynamic, not the reverse, again IMO. What I see, hear, and read from the Christian programs/etc out there, is that in virtually every case they hold liberals, progressive politics, and the like, responsible for the family unit breaking down. Ridiculous.
  6. Great launch and landing today. I've been reading about Bigelow Aerospace a lot lately, what with his recent comments about being 100% that ET/UFO/etc are here already. That aside, his company is building a full sized autonomous space station based on their tech that is already an attached room on the ISS, and plan to be ready to loft it in 3 years in 2020. A space station without NASA control and classified clamp down on thing already in earth orbit, be interesting times.
  7. I agree that it's wrong, as does most everyone else here I'd bet, but it still doesn't answer as to why the rest of the planet that has been involved with one another and had our ideals evolve over time, don't act as nearly ALL of the uncontacted tribes still do. I suppose what I'm saying is that I believe that it isn't in human nature to know right from wrong. Are we not just animals, organic machines not all that different than a dolphin or some other intelligent animal - or do you suggest we have some magic spark in our "soul" that tells us right from wrong? Much of what I've seen in the mid east, and in the former Yugoslavia, leads me to believe that once society has broken down, the rules, and that kinder, gentler humanity you mention, flies right out the window. I don't disagree that this is wrong, however "wrong" I believe is based on the social conventions, and rules/laws, we've agreed to as a collective group in civil society. Once that civilized compact is gone, broken down by war or some other reason, mass famine, whatever - why do we as humans then largely ignore the "rules", and do whatever we please?
  8. Falcon 9 launch to the ISS for a resup mission is about 1.5 hours out, it's live on Space's website as well as Youtube.
  9. Fair question, and mostly, yes. Any group of a few or more becoming a "society", as it takes relations with others for rules and laws to matter. Isn't that the entire point of "freedom" and "democracy", that we decide our rules of right and wrong, and agree to act in this manner? And, that over time, these ideas and laws have greatly evolved and changed, mainly for the better? What do you believe then, if not this?
  10. WHAT?! Where did you get that from, from what I asked? My point was that civilized society and its laws didn't just pop into existence from something "self evident" or whatever you were describing in yourself, that it happened over a very long period of time, and as a group many, most, societies decided collectively what was right or wrong. How does that condone anything the Nazis did? IMO the rise of the national socialist workers party in Germany is nothing more than a good example of what happens when you stomp on people who are already down, and simultaneously through fate or bad luck a man or group comes along to stoke that fire - sound familiar? - IE election 2016 (and no, I'm not a Trump supporter). Those who formed the punitive treaty of Versailles are as much to blame for the Nazis as anything else. That still has nothing to do with the fact that undisturbed societies that still exist on this planet still maintain a pretty brutal standard when it comes to bringing harm to other people. How does that square up with other theories as to why the rest of us have an understand of right from wrong, without such things is laws or religion? Or, you can just throw the "you're a nazi" and punch me in the head instead of responding. I really am interested in an actual response, OGE is one of the members here I most enjoy reading, and having worked with many Marines, and having had a best friend that was a US Marine, I respect your opinion as both a Marine Officer and an educated and interesting poster here.
  11. OGM - do you believe that you came to believe these things are wrong without any outside stimulus? That it just happened to be self evident to you? If that 's the case, why do most uncontacted tribes on this planet not subscribe to the same beliefs as you do? The Sentinelese for example - every single person who has had the unfortunate chance to end up stranded on their little island, has been both raped, tortured, and eaten, sometimes while still alive, and not in that order. They have none of the social restraints against these things that developed societies have. This blows a big whole in the whole "self evident" idea IMO, as they are far from the only uncontacted tribe to behave in this manner.
  12. I read the book in anticipation for this series, Gaiman meanders a little too much for my liking, but overall I loved the book. So far I'm digging the show too, especially the last couple episodes. The actor playing Sweeney, Pablo Schreiber played a friend of mine in another film (Benghazi), and he's a complete nut, perfect for this show. Trebla - I came to the same conclusion. Also, if the House on the Rock is going to be season 2's opener, MAN are they plodding along just slow as they please. If that's indeed the case, we could end up with more seasons than GoT at this rate, which I wouldn't complain about if the quality stay high. Is Ian McShane fantastic still or what? I'm an avid WW2 aviation history student, and re watch 1969's Battle of Britain film at least yearly, and every time I see McShane in that film, it blows me away he's still kicking ass. I truly hope the rumors of a Deadwood TV film/reboot are true. Regardless, McShane as Wednesday is something I'm finding myself looking forward to every week.
  13. They did release and awful lot of books which covered this, which they called "The DS9 Re launch", in at least some sort of semi official capacity. DS9 relaunch has its own wikipedia page, if you want to read about it, or ask Wert about it. I too wish they would go 5 or 10 years post Dominion War/Voyager, for all the excellent reasons Wert has already mentioned. If I was placing $ on best, I'd be betting large that Discovery is going to be in trouble ratings wise, and not just because of the content delivery method.
  14. Glad your daughter is OK. Incredibly tragic event. Having been hit by IEDs and VBIEDs myself, I'm very sad that your daughter had to experience this at her age, in such a great country and city.
  15. I would like to think that's true as well, hopefully those detractors won't matter. Still, I wish they would release it through regular channels, or at least NetFlix or some other similar, and already established, outlet.
  16. Red Snow, I think that's a great point - Gene R and the cast and crew performed as if this "ground shaking" concept of mixed race casts was completely normal. Most of us accepted what they put forward as the new normal, which is about as progressive as you can get. DS9, I remember watching the episode live when the Dax character kissed one of her symbiant's former hosts/lovers. I didn't take any special note of it, and only after reading in the media back then as it was, all the fuss about it being such a "shocking" thing having two women kiss, did I realize it was a "first" for prime time TV. Considering how split the nation is right now on LGBT rights - and everything else - having this issue added to the numerous other things this new Trek series needs to battle...who knows, maybe since it's the right thing to do, it'll have the opposite effect and help this series surmount other problems. I remain concerned, but I'm hopeful.
  17. Since 40% of Americans aren't in favor of LGBT/etc , or characters based on these communities, and that number is pretty similar across the West where this show will air, not only are they taking a risk on their delivery message, but their content. These 2 things combined are going to make the success of this show a very steep uphill battle in my opinion. Which sucks, as I'm really looking forward to some of the characters and ideas they are implementing in tradition of past Trek (DS9 being the first woman/woman kiss on prime time, TOS having one of the first really multi racial casts, etc).
  18. I'm not liking what I'm seeing so far either - at all. Hopefully a full episode will surprise me, but I'm not hopeful.
  19. Here here. I realize the thread is about console gaming, but when talking about retro/favorite consoles, it's difficult to have that conversation in a gaming context without talking about the first home gaming PCs. I was of a similar age, around 11 when I got my first C64, and then I got the 128 which did nothing the 64 didn't do except look "cooler". SO many great C64 games, it truly launched the PC gaming craze we're still in today, as the Vic20 or PET computer (I had the PET too, my first PC, it was in Star Trek Wrath of Khan, and my uncle owned the first Commodore store in Canada back in the 80s). I still mess with an emulator on my modern gaming PCs, when feeling nostalgic for some of the great C64 games, but it just isn't the same. I only wish I'd hung on to the old PCs and consoles I've had over the years, I only have the Intelivision left, and that was by fluke as it was packed away in a box of other important things.
  20. Old school is Pong, Intelivision, ColecoVision, and Atari, not SNES. The Intelivision was the first console I was given, it had an additional voice synth device that was only supported by a few games, but I had all of them. Atari was a decent system, and the famous Donkey Kong was on the Coleco system, but the Intelivision had some of the first role playing and other adventure type games, and IMO was the superior system of the three. It also feature a controller with more than just a couple buttons, it had 4 buttons, and a full telephone type keypad which you could slip plastic control cards over that came with the games, giving thousands of possible control combos/etc. Once PC gaming came around with the Commodore 64, I've only bought consoles for specific games that aren't available on PC. The "NHL" hockey game series on Sega Genesis comes to mind, and of course the Halo series and some others like that. I wouldn't argue with anyone placing the SNES as the number 1 on a list, that's for sure, it truly put console gaming on the "map". In fact the OP post pretty much IMO says it all.
  21. When was the last time the longer term/high post count members all met together in person? Was it at the Hugo awards or a convention of some kind? Is this a yearly thing?
  22. I'm saying that it's doubtful that China would do anything where it would end up sharing a border with the South, responding to your suggestion of annexation, the solution you yourself have suggested - the annexation of the DPRK by China. Any Korean re unification, regardless of how it happens, or an annexation of the North by China, result in the same thing strategically for China: a shared border with South Korea/Korea which has a large contingent of established US bases, as well as a presence of US troops and air power, not to mention South Korea's own huge and advanced military. Considering the lengths China is going to in the South China Sea, building up Island bases and militarizing them, all in order to keep US/ALlied/ETC forces further away from the mainland, and add anti access/area denial depth should they ever have to fight in the South China Sea, making a move which shortens the distance to their largest perceived threat, ie ending up with a common border with the ROK/US forces, is the 1/x of what they've been up to recently. Even IF the US agreed to withdraw some or all of its forces, they are really a drop in the bucket compared to the ROK forces, whose forces outnumber their US counterparts massively. There is only a wing of US fighters, F16s, some A10s, and about 20k of US Army troops, the 8th Army, which is made up largely of the 2nd Infantry Division and its attachments. It's not even 30k total US forces including all the air, land, and small contingent of naval forces permanently stationed int he ROK. You can't "draw down" the bases, which the US could surge forces into VERY quickly in time of conflict even IF the USA withdrew all their troops in some sort of "deal" with China. So long as the ROK and its military exists, the US can deploy there, and so far as air power goes, very quickly.
  23. The last thing China wants is to share a border with South Korea where US troops and bases are. The DPRK has always been a great buffer zone for China.
  24. Revolutions in the context you're suggesting - over politics/government/etc - have historically involved violence, ie force, in nearly every case. Violent - as in not throwing fireworks and bottles, but smaller much faster, and harder projectiles, in the 3000 foot per second range. In the USA, which side, the left or the right, has the majority of such weapons, ammunition, and more importantly the training and ability to use them? If you think any kind of revolution using force from the left has a hope of winning vs the right, you aren't being very realistic. That's such a non starter that it's almost laughable. Exactly - it takes more than bandanas, black clothes, a backpack, some dreadlocks, and the ability to throw things or hit people with bike locks. What's funny is that one of the heroes of "the revolution", said things perfectly clearly, and accurately. Mao Zedong, said nearly 80 years ago that "all political power grows/flows from the barrel of a gun". Strangely, you don't see many Antifa people picking up Mao's mantle. The other side however.... So far as some technical/technology miracle that somehow would overthrow those evil Republicans and right wingers, and give power back to the nice, thoughtful, and competent left wingers and Democrats...I wouldn't be holding my breath.
  25. Regarding driving on the left/right, a Brit Youtber I've watched and communicated for years with, LindyBeige, had a great video a while back on the subject from his always very...British...position. Some good info IMO, and entertaining as always.