Babylon 5 – Beam Me Up, Scotty! – Funny Little Guy – tape 2730

Well, I moaned about jumping around with Babylon 5 episodes, but today, we’ve got a tape that follows on directly from the lst but one B5 tape we had, from the second half of season 5.

First we have Meditations on the Abyss. Delenn wakes up in the middle of the night, goes down below incognito, gets hit upon by a stupid man, breaks his finger, and then meets up with Lennier, who has been away for some time.

On a mission for the Rangers, Lennier and another Minbari are left stranded in their ships with only an hour of air left. It gets a bit too much for the other Minbari, but in the end it was a test by the captain of the White Star they are aboard.

Richard Yniguez is very good as the captain of the White Star, Enrique Montoya, although I had to look up his name, as all I could hear was Inigo Montoya.

At the end of the episode, we check in with Garibaldi, who’s still drunk.

The next episode is Darkness Ascending. Looks like Garibaldi is having nightmares.

When he wakes up, there’s a glowy-eyed Lyta Alexander sitting in his bedroom watching him, telling him that this is also a dream.

Then he actually wakes up (or does he?) and has a visitor. His old girlfriend Lise.

She’s not happy to discover he’s drinking again. And he’s stupid enough to try to tell her she’s wrong to be worried.

Lennier goes on a super secret mission to find out who is attacking other races. It’s the Centauri, to nobody’s real surprise.

The next episode is And All My Dreams Torn Asunder. Londo doesn’t believe the evidence, doesn’t believe that his government would attack civilians.

Zack confronts Garibaldi about his drinking. Garibaldi asks for a bit more time to sort things out and prove he’s getting over it, rather than destroying his career.

On Centauri Prime, Londo and G’Kar are worried about the rather militaristic displays of fighters.

Rather than sort himself out, Garibaldi is drunk again.

Franklin has to protect Vir from attack from other aliens.

On Centauri, they want to arrest G’Kar, but Londo stands up for him, so they both end up in a cell.

This was an altogether depressing episode. But when was war ever cheery.

After this, recording continues, with a programme I didn’t remember I had. The announcer says it was “recorded earlier this year” which is sometimes code for the fact that it says something that sounds bad given subsequent events. Or it features someone who has died subsequently.

It’s Beam Me Up, Scotty!, a documentary presented by Craig Charles, from the 1995 World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow. It’s fighting the natural TV Maker’s urge to sneer and poke fun, with the fact that it also has to talk to a lot of the professionals who attend, who naturally have a more inclusive attitude, like Terry Pratchett.

And SF legend Forry Ackerman.

They talk to a couple of people who, the programme assumes, are unlikely SF fans, like Donald Findley, a Queen’s Counsel.

And Roseanna Cunningham, an MP.

There’s a segment on Comics, featuring 2000AD writer Robbie Morrison

Artist Frank Quitely.

A very young looking Mark Millar, who thinks all adult comics fans should be seeing a psychiatrist.

Colin MacNeil is another 2000AD artist.

Writer Grant Morrison

There’s a piece on those strange FTL News segments that the Sci Fi Channel sometimes showed. I didn’t know they were co-created by F Paul Wilson.

Writer Samuel Delaney talks about sexuality in SF. “If you postulate a time in which those manners and mores are different you can bring certain other things to the fore.” To me, this sounds like code for “I want to be able to do anything I want to anyone I want without repercussions” and is precisely the kind of thing I dislike about so much handling of sex in SF.

Opening this segment, Ellen Datlow reads from a book entitled Alien Sex, which proves that Alien Sex is just as awful, when written down, as regular human sex.

Iain M Banks manages to talk about sex without sounding creepy.

After this, recording continues with a short film, Funny Little Guy. It’s a film from New Zealand about a woman who meets an alien. It’s strange, but interesting.

After this, there’s the start to an old film, The Libeled Lady. The tape ends shortly into this.

In the ad breaks, one that I’ve shared before but I thought I’d mention it here – a Strongbow advert with Johnny Vaughan, filmed at Gaddesden Place, the house where I used to work for Computer Concepts

There’s also a revival from a childhood favourite. The Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum one with the classic jingle. If you’re around the same age as me, you might remember how this one played int he playground. “Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, Gum, Gum, Stick it up your CARRY THE BIG FRESH FLAVOUR!”

Adverts:

  • Somerfield
  • Kingsmill
  • Renault Laguna – Steve Jones
  • Oil of Ulay
  • Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
  • Singles Network
  • Listerine – Keith Allen
  • trail: Equinox
  • trail: South Park
  • Wrigley’s Extra
  • Friends chatline
  • Wash & Go – Steve Backley
  • Peugeot 306
  • Oil of Ulay – Oil of UK
  • Strongbow – Johnny Vaughn – Gaddesden Place
  • GayXchange
  • Singles Network
  • Oil of Ulay – Oil of UK
  • Specsavers
  • Lancome
  • Always Ultra
  • Renault Laguna – Steve Jones
  • Somerfield
  • Gay Cruise
  • Shreddies
  • Wall’s Winner Taco
  • Iceland
  • Gillette Sensor Excel for Women
  • Johnson’s Baby Skincare
  • L’Oreal Elvive – Kate Moss
  • Oasis – Terry Venables
  • BT
  • President Emmental
  • trail: Live Athletics
  • Peugeot 306
  • Royal Air Force
  • Kiss Mix 98
  • One 2 One – Trevor Bayliss
  • Bounty
  • Peugeot 306
  • Castrol GTX Magnatec
  • Renault Laguna – Steve Jones
  • Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
  • Vision Express
  • Clairol Herbal Essences
  • Oasis – Terry Venables
  • trail: Sacred Weeds
  • Friends chatline
  • Malibu
  • Science Museum
  • Always Ultra
  • Citroen Saxo
  • Hovis White
  • Cornhill Direct
  • Light Philadelphia
  • GayXchange
  • trail: South Park
  • Audi Quattro
  • Gillette Deodorant
  • Cover Girl
  • Strongbow – Johnny Vaughan
  • The Castle in cinemas
  • Light Philadelphia
  • SMA Progress
  • Singles Network
  • Singles Network
  • Royal Air Force
  • Pringles
  • Royal Mail
  • Listerine – Keith Allen
  • L’Oreal Elvive – Kate Moss
  • Nescafe
  • Lost In Space in cinemas
  • trail: The Tommyknockers
  • Singles Network
  • TV Licensing
  • Asda
  • Clearasil
  • Light Philadelphia
  • Ford
  • Nescafe
  • RAC
  • Clover
  • Gay Cruise
  • trail: Queer Street
  • Lost In Space in cinemas
  • Gillette Deodorant
  • Kodak Gold
  • Renault Laguna – Steve Jones
  • Always Ultra
  • Inland Revenue
  • Nescafe
  • Party On
  • Party On
  • Imodium Plus
  • Hellmann’s
  • Daily Telegraph
  • The Castle in cinemas
  • Royal Air Force
  • Sainsbury’s – Hugh Dennis
  • TV Licensing
  • Ford
  • trail: More Tales of the City
  • trail: Queer Street
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Pringles
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Strongbow – Johnny Vaughan – Gaddesden Place
  • Always Ultra
  • Polo
  • Clairol Herbal Essences
  • Singles Network
  • trail: Ally McBeal

3 comments

  1. I don’t mind sex in science fiction, within reason, it’s a part of humanity and worth exploring, but when people like Forrest J. Ackerman are the most visible superfans, you do wonder if it’s a good idea (he was outed as a sex pest recently).

  2. Mark Millar’s theory of all adult comic book fans needing to see a psychiatrist? Hmmmmmm. Yet he created Kick-Ass which was turned into a movie that made millions the world over with both adults and younger people watching it. Same with the Kingsman movies.

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