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Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark – A New Beginning? or a Pathetic comeback? August 15, 2007

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Alrighty I’ve held my tongue long enough on what I actually think about Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark.

Babylon 5 is a place of beginnings and endings, Sheridan says in the final five minutes. Whether this will be a new beginning or an ending we don’t know.

First of all these two episodes are hardly the best that Babylon 5 has to offer. In fact they’re down near the bottom.

We had all expected so much from this – the teaser trailer was awesome after all. But from the beginning intro of the actual DVD – no awesome intro music and voice over as we had in the series – (Babylon was our Last Best Hope for Peace…it failed… ) – till the final frame this experience was lacking.

In Something Here – the tale with Lochley and the Devil there are two few characters, too little of the station. Sure the story is good. The deep story on how religion will fare in space and the true meaning of heaven and hell is the type of story that only a master Sci Fi story teller like JMS would ever attempt.

But then again. Babylon 5 has tackled religion in the past. Remember the episode with the Rabbi after Ivana loses a relative?

So..sure dialogue is great and so is the story..but the pace is SLOW. As a regular Babylon 5 episode it would work, but as the first thing we the FANS see after nearly a decade..i dunno i was less than enthusiastic.

OK so ON to the second part.

Sheridan is back

Galen the Technomage is back.

But again..a well thought out well scripted episode in terms of dialogue..but SLOW

NO ACTION.

and oh so slow.

I tried watching this episode with someone that had never watched Babylon 5 before…needless to say this person didn’t last through the whole thing.

And therein lies the problem with Lost Tales. It is too slow and not engaging enough. The stories are long drawn out. The action is only dialogue in slooow sequences. The special effects looked flimsy, the station didn’t look right, the hyperspace gate didn’t look right, the landing bay didn’t look right at all!

Babylon 5 is the greatest Sci Fi series of all time. The original run had the best script, the best characters and the best story arcs.

Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark is a ‘shadow’ of the glory that was Babylon 5. I hope JMS makes another DVD and I hope the next one has more characters, more ships, more aliens and FRAK IT more story, more action and MORE OF THE BABYLON 5 WE ALL MISS SO VERY MUCH.

In Search of Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales – Why Isn’t it being more widely promoted? August 13, 2007

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Babylon 5 Fans!! Be afraid. If my recent attempts at trying to see who is selling the new direct to DVD movie – Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is any indication , we’ve got trouble.

The DVD has been out for over a week and in that time i’ve tried to locate it at stores in Toronto, Buffalo and San Francisco with little luck (yes i travel alot).

Best Buy stores in Toronto did not have any kind of special display and didn’t even have it on their new releases shelf. In fact i went to three different Best Buys and all of them said they never even got the movie.

Target in Buffalo didn’t have Lost Tales either.

In San Francisco, I went to the Virgin Megastore off 4th and could not find the DVD. After going to the counter to ask, they said they had 50 copies. None of which were on the shelf. Again the DVD was not on the new releases shelf and was not being promoted.

If Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is not adequately promoted at retail how does Warner Bros or JMS expect for it to be successful?

Is Amazon enough?

Currently Amazon.com has Lost Tales listed as #12 on its Top DVD listing. Personally i think that Amazon is a great outlet but its not enough. And if JMS is wondering why Lost Tales isn’t selling more all he needs to do is walk into his local DVD retailer to try and find the movie.

Star Trek The Next Generation Gets US Postal Stamps June 26, 2007

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Last month it was Star Wars (at USPSjedimaster.com) and now it looks like Star Trek TNG is going postal too.

It’s all in honor to the 20th Anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation – (hard to believe it has been 20 years..)

Unlike the Star Wars stamps though the Star Trek stamps aren’t available at USPS outlets across the nation..but only exclusively through Creation Entertainment (they do Trek Conventions).

They’re selling them now on eBay and apparently only have some 200 units available for auction.Each set includes 10 pages of stamps (10 stamps per page), so you will have 100 total stamps.

Check out the bidding now…boldy go

Yoda Wins USPSjedimaster.com contest May 29, 2007

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Won He Has.

So apparently voters prefer the Light Side to the Dark Side. Yoda has emerged victorious in the USPSjedimaster.com Star Wars stamp contest winning over the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader. Yoda had been leading for much of the past month so his victory isn’t a surprise.

The contest first kicked off in March and was teased out with R2D2 mailboxes that still are on street corners across America.

So what does Yoda win??

A stand alone sheet of stamps. Not that it’s really a big deal the United States Postal Service is already selling all of the Star Wars stamps in one big sheet at post offices across the U.S.

USPSjedimaster.com With 18 Days To Go Yoda Rules! May 6, 2007

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With only 18 days to go..Yoda is winning in the poll at USPSjedimaster.com..over Darth Vader! This is the contest that’s been running for the last six weeks or so.

Hard to believe..but it’s not over yet..you can vote up to once a day and it’ll be interesting to see who ultimately wins. Not that it really matters though does it?

The US Postal Service will print both Yoda and Vader stamps in the end…but it’s all good fun nonetheless.

Get Your Own R2D2 Star Wars USPSjedimaster.com Mailbox! March 31, 2007

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They’ve appeared all across America and now you too can have your very own Star Wars R2D2 mailbox.

KIND OF.

Lucas Online has a PDF (linked here) which lets kids make their own little mailbox replica – sure it’s not quite the same as what the USPS has …but for now it’s what we’ve got.

USPS March 28th Star Wars Event Details March 23, 2007

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Thanks to ShowMeSciFi reader Pat who just sent this in about the March 28th event for USPSJediMaster.com

For 12 days, R2-D2 has been waiting patiently on street corners around the United States, eager to show how the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Saga. On March 28, the U.S. Postal Service will preview the design of a commemorative stamp based on the most successful and popular epic adventure movies of all time and announce when the stamp will be available for purchase.

At 10 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 28th, USPS Executive Director of Stamp Services David Failor will be joined by R2-D2, Darth Vader, and Imperial stormtroopers in front of Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to reveal the design of a new stamp commemorating 30 years of the Star Wars saga.

The Grauman’s Chinese (actually Mann’s Chinese back in 1977), was one of 32 theaters to open Star Wars on May 25, 1977, and has since become a destination for fans who wish to explore some of the Star Wars hotspots scattered throughout the region. It is the perfect venue for revealing a stamp commemorating the cultural impact of the Star Wars saga.

Although the March 28 event is intended as an unveiling for the media, it will be held in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater, and there will no doubt be opportunities for fans to be the first to see the new stamp design. Of course, fans and collectors will soon get to send a little piece of Star Wars with every letter sent through the mail.

When: 10 a.m. (PT), Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Find USPSjedimaster.com Mailboxes Across the US March 23, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in R2D2, scifi, Star Wars, starwars, USPS, YouTube.
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R2 D2 WHERE are you?

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Looking to find where those R2D2 mail boxes are?

Now there is an easy way to find them.

There is a wickedly cool site up now that shows the location of all reported R2D2 boxes in the US – complete with pictures. There is also some great footage up on YouTube.

Check it out the interactive map at :

http://www.frappr.com/r2d2

YouTube vid below:

USPSjedimaster.com is live (sort of) March 16, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in news, R2D2, scifi, showmescifi, Star Wars, starwars, USPS.
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uspsjedimaster.jpgFinally! uspsjedimaster.com is live so now there is no doubt that jedi mail is coming...

The US Post Office just has a little teaser up now with a few clips from Star Wars..and a big hint –

MARCH 28TH is the day that US Postal Service will formally announce

something…

I have no doubt whatsoever that it’s the R2D2 post boxes and likely some stamps and other 30th anniversary stuff.