Amazon Prime now has all five seasons of the best science fiction series ever broadcast: Babylon 5.
Bester: Would it interest you to know that I’m married, Mr. Garibaldi? That I have a five-year-old daughter? That on Sundays when I’m back home, we pack a picnic lunch and go out under the dome on Syria Planum and watch the stars come out? Hardly the description of a monster.
Michael Garibaldi: [applauds sarcastically] Smooth! You’re getting good at this. Keep working on it, and one of these days I might even be convinced that you’re human.
My bride has been binge listening to the series while working at her computer. As always, she has impeccable taste.
A stand out performance by the late Jerry Doyle, who was one of the few contemporary outspoken Hollywood conservatives, as Security Chief Michael Garibaldi in the always underestimated sci fi show Babylon 5. This sequence shows the difference between GoodFacts and RealFacts. Orwell put it succinctly:
The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
Actor Stephen Furst has passed away at age 63. My favorite of his roles was that of Vir Cotto on Babylon 5. Unusual in Hollywood he had one and only wife who he was married to for 41 years. I will miss him. He went through life sometimes fat, but never drunk or stupid.
Farewell Mr. Garibaldi. Continue Reading