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Friday, February 22, 2013

Babylon 5: The Gathering Turns 20

The Gathering turned 20 today. Here is the original opening few minutes of the episode. Babylon 5, the dream of one sci-fi fan turned into reality. Makes you feel like anyone can go from frustrated fan writer to professional writer over night. J. Michael Straczynski and the rest of the crew that brought you B5 should be proud of the quality production they created.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 Race Preview

Mr. Bill Says: "Take a look at these Polls!"
2013 looks to be just as interesting for the political junkie as 2012 turned out to be. There are 4, count them 4 special elections for congress going on right now. The race to fill the remainder of John Kerry's senate term is happening in Massachusetts right now. Congressman Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch are vying for the Democratic nomination. The Republicans have several candidates, none of which are household names. Former Senator Scott Brown declined to run and he was probably the only Republican that could have fared well against either Markey or Lynch. Mo Cowan, a former Chief of Staff for Governor Deval Patrick will be filling in as the interim Senator until the election is over.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GSY Review: Earth Final Conflict Season 1

I know. It has been a while. School has been keeping me busy. So, to ease back into to some daily writing I thought I might start off with a Go Screen Yourself Review of Earth Final Conflict. This is yet another great show from the television buffet table that was 90s science fiction. It was a little slow to build, but once you got about four or five episodes in it started to click. The series deals with the ramifications of first contact by a race called the Taelons. They appear genderless, have advanced technology and want to be humanity's friend. Gee. What could possibly go wrong?

Running from 1997-2002, the show holds up great for sixteen years out of production. This was one of two shows that Gene Roddenberry had written down ideas for before he had passed away in 1991. His wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, shopped around and was able to get both Earth Final Conflict and Andromeda into production. She served as executive producer of both shows. Her partner on Earth Final Conflict was David Kirschner.  MBR was also able to secure a recurring role in the first season as Dr. Julianne Belman.