Tag Archives: Babylon 5

Happy International Women’s Day and Book Release Delay

Happy International Women’s Day!

I was planning to release Sci-Fi Women Interview: The2015  Collection today to celebrate it, but due to design delays, the free eBook gathering all 2015 interviews for the monthly feature is postponed until later this month. I will share details as soon as I have some, and I know that it will be worth the wait!

In the meantime, feel free to check the first amazing guest ladies I had since January 2016: Robin Rivera and Heather Jackson, and Jennifer A. Miller. You might also want to check out Rose B. Fischer’s blog series Fangirl: Doing’ It For Herself – A Writing Journey.

I am grateful for all the amazing women I have got to interact with on the blogging scene and I am looking forward to all the future collaboration there is in store for us!

Delenn

Delenn from Babylon 5.

TV Thursday – Letter B

Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. – IMDb

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth. – IMDb

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Beauty and the Beast (2012-Present)

Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. – IMDb

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Bionic Woman (2007)

A reimagining of the popular 1970s TV series about a female athlete who is given bionic strength. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Birds of Prey (2002-2003)

In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey–Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Shows I want to check out starting with a B: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990).

Quotes For The Day

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

– Leia Organa

Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me.

– Susan Ivanova

I don’t doubt what you saw, Mulder. I don’t doubt you. I’m willing to believe, but not in a lie and not in the opposite of what I can prove. It comes down to a matter of trust. I guess it always has. […] I’m asking you to trust my judgment. To trust me.

– Dana Scully

Source: cap-that.com

Susan Ivanova. Source: cap-that.com

 

Book Update, Falling Skies and Intelligence TV Reviews

My Iron Man upbeat video (yes I can make some of those sometimes) is a good way to illustrate how good and accomplished I am feeling about the progress of my Women in Science Fiction Television book project! I finished all the formatting today after having worked a lot on it for the past week. I reviewed everything again today, chapters, illustrations, bibliography and assorted documents. I was able to send everything to the collection’s director who is my contact with the publisher. I am really glad of how this project has gone over the last six months and I am looking forward to hearing back from my contact, to know what I can do to improve the book.

Last year, I finally arrived to the Falling Skies party. I fell in love with the show and watched the first two seasons back to back as soon as I could. Yet, I didn’t get around watching the third one until this week. I couldn’t stop as soon as I started the first episode. I liked how they had developed the characters, their dynamics and the stories in the first two seasons, but in my view, they have really pushed things even further with this latest season. Is it June yet so we can have the fourth season?

Having a jump in time, seven months further after the end of the previous season was a risky move, but they handled it really well. The information and developments were well set. I smirked when picking on Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica and assorted references and nods throughout the season. Anne’s baby scared the living hell out of me. I tend to be scared with such things, as weird as it might sound. I also was glad that the season finale didn’t end with a nasty cliffhanger. I’m grateful when a show has some mercy on its viewers.

I also got to watch Intelligence season finale, 1.13 Being Human. I loved it and it was great to get to see more of Gabriel’s past and family history. Seeing the whole team be so close and work together to save the day also was a real treat. Mei Chen is still an interesting character, and while I wasn’t surprised so much by the final scene between her and Lilian’s father, I am still curious of the exact game at play there, besides the remaining Tigers. The last scene between Gabriel and Riley reminded me of some Mulder and Scully scenes in the X-Files. It was a lovely moment between the two. I hope that not only the show gets renewed as it’s one of my favorites in the shows that premiered this season, and that if so, we get to see more of Gabriel’s mother!

Guest Lecture – Vidding: The Stories We Tell

On March 26, I gave a guest lecture at the University of Texas at Dallas, for the ATEC graduate class Transmedia Worlds, taught by Adam Brackin, Ph.D. In this talk, I drew parallels between the fan activity of vidding and narrative creation and work, generally speaking. Below, I share notes from my PowerPoint slides.

Fan artists appropriate ‘found footage’ from broadcast television and re-edit it to express their particular slant on the program, linking series images to music similarly appropriated from commercial culture. […] The creator’s primary contribution, in most cases, comes in the imaginative juxtaposition of someone else’s words and images.

– Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers, 1992, 225.

STORY

VIDDING: PRE-EXISTING ELEMENTS / CANON

  • žCharacter(s)
  • žSpecific narrative arc
  • žSpecific episode/season
žžNARRATIVE TOOLS
  • žScript
  • žKey moments
  • žCharacters
  • žDialogs
  • žSong use
NOTABLE ELEMENTS
  • žDana Scully centric
  • žCore aspects of who she is: Scientist/doctor, FBI agent, reconciling the unknown and her Christian faith
  • žLyric interpretation as to show her dedication to her work, her calling
  • žPanning over both the TV series and the movies

WORLD BUILDING

VIDDING: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE / WHAT IF

  • žFan fiction based
  • žRole playing based
  • žVidder’s idea
žžNARRATIVE TOOLS
  • žFictional universe Imagery
  • žGenre codes
  • žVisual immersion
  • žTrademark music and/or sounds

NOTABLE ELEMENTS

  • žTechnical tools to blend the fictional universe of the video (Star Wars) and the external sources / new characters
  • žIconic images: stock shots from the universe.
  • žAdded characters ‘cast’ by joint decision between fan fiction writer & vidder (creative team work)

MESSAGE

VIDDING: ‘MARKETING’ /  TOOL APPROACH

  • žTrailer (fan made canon, alternate universe)
  • žAca-Vidding (vidding as an educational instrument)

NARRATIVE TOOLS

  • žPromotion or illustration?
  • žFormat: single unit, multi segments, flexible storytelling?
  • žAudio and/or visual communication (dialogs, voice over…)

NOTABLE ELEMENTS:

  • žKey moments to introduce the visual style and the character(s)
  • žImages and dialogs picked from the examples cited in the actual paper
  • žTrailer parallel to a bullet point approach

EMOTIONS

VIDDING: VIDDER’S EXPERIENCE

  • žCreative outlet as self-exploring and/or coping method (i.e. fan creation’s personal dimension no matter the medium)
  • žMusical emotional impact: adding to the state of mind’s depiction

NARRATIVE TOOLS

  • žExpected audience’s response
  • žTranslating personal into universal
  • žMusic use as emotional underlining?

NOTABLE ELEMENTS:

  • žThemes and emotions can be easier to translate than some specific narrative content, especially in short format.
  • žMusic, including lyrics, can be pivotal in translating personal to universal

MORE ON VIDDING

RESOURCES PAGE:

žOTHER READING:

Writing, Website Content Musings, Frozen Review And Links

To start this weekend post, I had to share music I have been listening to for a good part of the day, while working on the introduction of my contracted book Women in Science Fiction TelevisionTranscendence (Orchestral) by Lindsey Stirling. I love Stirling’s music and this new version of a beloved title was another great one. I also like what she explains at the end of the people she collaborated with at the end of the video. It is always nice to see people support worthy causes and projects.

On the writing front, I have started the introduction for my upcoming book, as mentioned right above. I am very happy with the Leia (Star Wars) and Ivanova (Babylon 5) quotes I have picked to open it. I believe it sets the tone and idea for the whole volume. I am so happy that I now have written 95% of this book. I started it in October last year. Knowing I will be done with it this month is wonderful. Once all is polished after going through my usual amazing proofreader, I will first work on the screen capping for the illustrations (a little over twenty, plus a personal graphic about Science Fiction hybrid nature). Then it will be formatting time. I am grateful I have specific and clear guidelines about how I shall set things. I am planning to send everything to the collection’s director at the publisher before the end of April.

cropped-main.jpg

I have been thinking about ways of improving the website content in the near future. I have been more actively networking and interacting both on WordPress and Twitter and am glad that I was thus introduced to quite a few very interesting people. I am looking forward to continue to get to know them as well as future new persons.

I have an upcoming blog series for this Spring if all goes well. I have regular content between my writing and also some media reviews: TV, movies, book and sometimes video games. Making sure to have some link roundups of interest is something else I am trying to do on a regular basis.

I’m not sure of what else I could do. I considered the possibility of inviting some other bloggers for guest posts but I am not exactly sure how it works or how I would go about it. I feel a bit shy about this, just like I have always found podcasting fascinating but very daunting. I know it might be ironic because I have extensive video editing experience, but this seems something completely different. I guess that I also consider podcasting something that needs a team behind, so unsure of what little sense me working on something like that would do.

Anyway, I am open to suggestions and input if any of you has any, as a lot of you have very interesting blogs! I am not set on anything particular besides the usual type of posting I am doing, minus that future blog series, so the thinking process is full blown these days, as I find that WordPress and actual blogging give me more room to bring worthy content than how my old website did.

This week, I was able to finally watch Frozen. I was blown away. I admit that past the first sequences between the sisters as little girls, I had about 10-20 minutes when I wasn’t so sure about whether I’d like the movie. From the moment Elsa freezes things again and runs away, soon followed by Anna going after her, I was won over. I had already listened to “Let It Go” way too many times (wait, is there such a thing?!) before even watching the movie and had been curious about it. I didn’t have that many expectations, though I had read some interesting pieces about it (which also made me aware of the other clever idea of the film of having gay characters featured!). I loved it. It is really smart that Elsa wasn’t made the villain as I read it was the original idea. The fact that the sisters are able to rescue each other and their people is brilliant and empowering. I laughed at some of the banter between Kristoff, Sven, Olaf and Anna. It had brilliant moments.

Elsa and Anna were compelling characters and seeing them able to fix things on their own, without belittling others’s support (such as Kristoff’s and Olaf’s) was very positive. To me, that was well thought feminism and egalitarian thinking. Elsa and Anna are both layered, they make mistakes, they learn from them, they are strong and yet have weaknesses. Neither of them needs a man to get things done, but it doesn’t mean they spit on them when they are positive figures, such as Kristoff. Elsa doesn’t need a king to be a queen. Anna learns that rushing into things can be trouble, as with the so called prince. Yet, Anna and Kristoff actually start a relationship at the end, without rushing into marriage right away (which was a good thing to see them both willing to take their time). Elsa and Anna make their own choices and deal with them, in the bad and the good.

And just because I can, sharing the Let It Go sequence from the movie, because this is still such a strong song and also sequence. It gives me so many goosebumps!

Links: Video Games, Writing, Feminism

Studious Weekend

Getting up early on a Saturday morning, feeling awake and inspired is a blessing. I even started the day by baking apple and cinnamon cupcakes and an almond/chocolate/chocolate chips cake. The sun has been gone for quite many hours already, but a sunny morning was enjoyable nonetheless. Did I mention how I can’t wait for Spring?

Since I am a little itching to work on that blog series about female role models when I grew up, I took some time to sit down and go through my music collection to try to get song ideas for the four videos I need to make for this blog series to get started. I might have songs for three of the four characters. By the way, Rose, I think that they are all Genius material, and at least two of those songs I picked, you’re the one who made me discover them! Now I just need to find the missing song for the final character. Of course, I also need to make the actual videos, but everything in due time, right? I don’t plan on starting working on these videos before I’m done with my current book chapter.

I am taking a break from writing to make this post, as I already reached the goal of the day, i.e. a subsection of the chapter. Given how inspired I still feel, I am going to tackle another one, as soon as this is posted. Like it happened with all my previous chapters, this one is turning out even better than I expected! I also realized how I still remember Farscape by heart, and that I already want to go through a Babylon 5 rewatch – once I am done with the TV movies I didn’t see of course. The first TV show rewatch which will probably happen though, especially as it is on top of my list, will be The X-Files, but this is another story!

I realized that so far I have no Farscape video posted to my YouTube channel – and there might be only one I deem good enough to be ever posted, since I especially vidded this show in my early vidding years. I will work on a new one within the next months – hint, hint, blog series – but until then, I will leave you with the only Babylon 5 video I made, which I posted last summer for my 8th vidding anniversary.

Writing Progress, Book Recommendations & Vidding Projects

Besides the brain still poking at me about future book projects – including reminding me of that comparative studies between Ridley and Tony Scott’s respective filmography – I have been able to get solid progress done for my current chapter for Women in Science Fiction Television.  I also still think that making further volumes on that topic would be fantastic if I was ever given the opportunity, because there is so much more to say. I am now at 1/3 of my chapter about Aeryn, Ivanova and Delenn, and like its predecessors, this one is turning out even better than I had first expected!

Speaking of books, I have been reading a lot as I mentioned. Two books have recently stood out. The first is The Beauty Blueprint by Michelle Phillips. I can easily be wary of authors saying how they wish to focus on the “inner” beauty, but Michelle Phillips really does an outstanding job at bringing crucial questions for one to ask themselves in order to get (or continue to get) their life on the path they really want to. Many of what she wrote found echoes in what I am currently going through, and the projects I have. This a book I definitely recommend when it comes to personal (and even spiritual) development! The second book is The Art of Persistence by R.L. Adams, which seemed like a perfect follow up to Phillips’s book! I liked how not only Adams conveyed some famous or less famous examples of people who persisted long enough to get to success, no matter how many times they encountered failure before, but also how he broke down what he calls “the art of persistence” into clear and concise elements.

In between of all of this, I still want to get to write my blog post series about the female characters who were role models for me when I grew up (i.e. until I graduated high school, as I gained a lot more role models afterwards!). I sat down and checked the list, which has eight names on it still. Two are book characters who can’t have videos made to illustrate, two more I already have videos for. That leaves me with four videos to make for the following characters: Aeryn Sun (Farscape) because my few Aeryn videos are too old and poorly made, Jo March (Little Women), Leia Organa (Star Wars) as I don’t have a Leia focused video so far, and Lorna Cole (Lethal Weapon) as she is featured in all my videos for this fandom, but none are Lorna centric.

Book Writing & TV Watching

Book writing is going well, and it feels so good to be doing that again. I’m glad that I took that short break earlier this month, because now I feel so rejuvenated for my research and academic writing. So far I did about 1,450 words (out of 10,000 planned) in my chapter about Aeryn, Ivanova and Delen.

Speaking of Babylon 5, I am confused about the spelling of Delen’s name. I see it as much written Delen or Delenn. I always do my best to use the correct spelling, but in that case, I am just confused, especially as the different sources I checked are as valid as the other, so it’s not helping.

On the TV front, I watched Intelligence 102 and still hooked on the show. It is really starting strongly and I am curious to see how they are going to keep up, especially since something in that second episode wasn’t a point in the story I thought they would reach before close to the finale of this first season. It was well done, but now I just hope that they keep up with the same quality and character development.

I am glad that Beauty and the Beast is back on air, because it has been quite the break since November. I can’t stand the Tori character. She just annoys the hell out of me, but all the rest of the characters is still as great. Once again, I was unsure of the new direction of the second season, but I think they have been doing well and I am curious to see where they are going to take the remaining episodes of this season.

In terms of older shows that I’m watching, I finished Angel season three and have started the fourth one. I am still enjoying it and all the characters, except one. I just can’t stand Angel’s son, Connor. I just want him gone but I fear this isn’t going to happen any time soon, for he is main cast in this fourth season.

The Beauty Of Writing And Some TV Rambling While On It

You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. – Gillian Anderson

I discovered that quote from a mug on Gillian Anderson’s official site. Easy to say that this mug has been on my purchase list since then, and for many reasons! Not only is she my favorite actress, a talented and inspiring person, but this quote just rings so true in regards to what I believe!

I was reminded of that quote/mug when I discovered The Literary Gift Company through a friend. That website has so many nice items! For anyone who loves reading and/or writing, this is a website to check! Reading and writing have been such an important part of my life and shaped who I am that such a place is heaven on the internet!

Speaking of writing, I wrote the introduction of my book chapter about Aeryn Sun (Farscape), Susan Ivanova and Delen (both Babylon 5) last night. It feels good to be back to work on that project. I like that I always try to work with well broken down structures for any paper, so it makes it easier to go through writing it bit by bit and see progress.  That method has worked for me during the past  few years, so I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of writing and reading, I found out about The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. It is available for free until January 15. I made sure I could add it to my Kindle library as soon as I read not only about the topic, but also the table of content, with so many important topics and gifted contributors. Here is part of the blurb (you can find all details on the link above):

The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to provide and parent in a nation that hasn’t kept pace with the modern realities of their lives. It combines research, analysis and ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks, essays by leading thinkers, stories of real women struggling with our modern economy, and a comprehensive poll.

I am looking forward to reading it at some point, despite already having an indecent pile of books to read and that doesn’t even include the books on Amazon Wish Lists! Did I say proud book worm?

Besides writing and reading, I have also caught up with some TV yesterday. I watched Lost Girl 408 and 409. The fourth season is still one of the strongest of the show so far and I really hope they renew it for (at least) a fifth season. 408 was kind of boring at times, as I’m never a big fan of time loop and some supposedly funny things didn’t make me laugh. Yet, it had great character moments (as always) and some important revelations. 409 blew my mind and I was stuck to my screen and I can’t wait for 410 to air!

I also watched Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 111 and the show keeps getting better in my view. The characters are better developed, there is a real team/family spirit growing and the story is interesting. I think that this second half of the first season opened with a strong episode and I hope they keep continuing on this track, and that it will lead to a renewal.

Last but not least, I gave a try to the new series Intelligence. I am a big Josh Holloway fan and have been hoping for him to get something great since the end of the mess called LOST. I was a bit sad to hear that Meghan Ory wasn’t in Once Upon a Time anymore, but when I learned it was because she landed a part in Intelligence, it only made me more eager to check it out. Holloway and Ory give flesh to their characters and the pilot was full of promises in my view. I was already grinning to recognize some secondary faces as well, making me think “I see fandom everywhere” all over again! The script has potential, the visuals as fine and Holloway and Ory have good chemistry, so I will definitely be following that show!