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Sleeping in light

I was all set to start editing aquarium pictures and prepared to tell you about Valentine's Day, but then I saw this:

Babylon 5's Andreas Katsulas dies


He was very gracious the one time I met him, and he was an accomplished actor. It really, truly grieves me to hear this.

"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?"
- Ivanova, "Sleeping in Light"


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streamweaver
Feb. 14th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Ah heck. Thanks for posting this though.
pointedview
Feb. 15th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
D. had to hug me because I was tearing up. And, on strictly selfish grounds, I feel like there will never be a B5 movie now. Sure, hopes were always very slim, but this seems to grind them to none, because I just don't feel like his role can be recast. If there ever is one, it won't be in the time frame of the series. We might see small cameos from the original players if it's set a decade or so after the show's events, but they won't be the main actors.

streamweaver, is it so much to ask to see the shows that I like be successful? Is it so much to ask to have a sci-fi related show see the longevity of shows like Seventh Heaven and ER? Is it wrong to want to see our talented writers do well, and to see some of our actors get the recognition they deserve?

Andreas was no hack: he was a very talented Method actor who had done Shakespeare all over Europe and who truly cared about his craft. It just seems so unfair that more people will remember Jessica Simpson than remember him. Yes, we the sci-fi community will remember, but ... it just bugs me.

I know you know all of the above, and I know I'm preaching to the choir ... I guess I just needed to share a little.
streamweaver
Feb. 15th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
It's definitely not too much to ask and I think many people wish for the same thing. I am perplexed by entertainment executives who shovel out bland and derivative programming or movies then complain they aren't raking enough in while letting quality shows wither on the vine. I'm equally perplexed though by sci-fi fans in general. B5 was a great show and we are also able to say it was a success, that it had it's run through the full story and didn't have a premature death. For all the talk about quality though, there has been quality sci-fi programming but fans seem to let it die. Firefly is a great example of people just not supporting a great show when they had the chance. Battlestar Galactica is another example, and while it's doing better than Firefly did it's just limping along. I do trust you are sincere, as I am, about wanting good sci-fi programming but for all the talk I do have to wonder if other sci-fi fans actually mean it.
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