Anyone here go to KiScon?

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:43 pm
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Did anyone on this community attend KiScon this past weekend? It was my first time attending and was a thoroughly wonderful experience. I'd be glad to connect on DW with folks who were there.
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2017/74: Penric's Fox -- Lois McMaster Bujold
Did demons mourn? Oh, yes, breathed Des. It is not something we come into the world knowing, as elementals. But we learn. Oh, how we learn. [loc. 1662]


This novella begins some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman: Penric has become friends with Inglis, and is visiting him -- and trying to learn shamanic magic -- when both are sought out by Senior Locator Oswyl. A local sorceress has been murdered, and he needs to find the murderer. Penric, though, is more interested in the fate of the dead sorceress' demon ...not very spoilery )
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2017/73: Penric and the Shaman -- Lois McMaster Bujold
I take my first duty to be to souls, not laws. And to learn as well as teach, or what else do the gods put us in this world for? [loc. 856]


Four years have passed since Penric acquired, or began to host, the chaos demon he calls Desdemona. Now a fully-fledged Divine of the Bastard's Order, he is living in the palace of the Princess-Archdivine Llewen, sorcerously crafting printing plates, and studying greedily.
non-spoilery )
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Recap and Discussion for 4 x 22 – The Deconstruction of Falling Stars

This is an odd episode, to say the least.

It begins with John and Delenn arriving back on Babylon 5 with a Just Married sign on their ship. Everyone is jubilant and partying. Londo notes that Centauri celebrate funerals while weddings are very somber occasions.

John assures Delenn that everything will settles down and what they’ve done will endure.

We realize that this is a video feed as it breaks up into static.

We hear a computerized voice saying it is retrieving video records for 2262 through 3262…

First –
A few weeks after the end of the war, three people discuss, on ISN, John Sheridan. One thinks the ISA might succeed while one, who was a Clark supporter, says it will fail and they third says time will tell. They argue and talk over one another.

The record ends and goes to the next one. We see the face of the viewer.

Second –
2362 - 100 years later
A newscast. A discussion of John and Delenn. One panelist says they really didn’t DO anything themselves. They were simply the catalyst and others did all the work.

There is footage of everything that went wrong on Babylon 5. We see a hostage situation and Sheridan refusing to deal with terrorists.

After they discuss the fact that Delenn cannot be alive, she walks in and basically tells them that they overrate themselves and that John was a good man.

Third –
2762 – 500 years later
We see a hologram of a conference room on Babylon 5. A man is speaking. We get the idea really quick that he is representative of a new world order, one similar to that of Orwell’s 1984. He is going to ‘deconstruct’ Delenn, Sheridan, Franklin and Garibaldi to make their images work better in this new world, where they will be made into something horrible so his regime will have an easier time when they take over.

Oddly enough, the Garibaldi construct is a little too Garibaldi-like. They make John into a monster who kills prisoners, Franklin a mad scientist trying to create hybrids and using children to do it.

Before he can do anything with Delenn and Garibaldi, Garinaldi acts by sending the man’s speech about deconstruction out to his opposition and the ISA supporters call an attack on the military installations where the overthrow is being planned… just so happens they are at a military base.

Kaboom!

Fourth –
3262 – 1000 years later
Monks! A monk is speaking into a recorder on the wall and someone knocks. It’s a young scribe who says he has a crisis of faith. The church in Rome will not accept them. They are tasked with record keeping since all technology was lost in the Great Burn, which was the war that Garibaldi’s construct seemed to have help start.

The young man has trouble with believing that the Rangers will one day come to save them. Brother Alwyn tells the young man that he must have faith and reason to survive and that for all he knows, there might be Rangers among them already. The young man is satisfied and leaves.

Brother Alwyn talks to the camera and we realize he is a Ranger walking among the people. He thinks now might be a good time to reintroduce the gasoline engine. He thinks the young man, Brother Michael, might be a good recruit.

Finally –
1 million years have passed
The computer says it has gathered and archived all the records for a million years. The watcher tells the computer to carry the records to new Earth, where he will go shortly as well. It reminds him to leave soon as the sun is about to go out. He comments on the earth swallowed in fire. He says they have created the world their ancestors would have wanted and have kept the records. He then turns into a bright light and moves into an encounter suit not unlike those of the Vorlons and flies away in a ship that looks a bit like a Vorlon ship.

Back in 2262, Sheridan wonders if they’ll be remembered. Delenn reminds him they did what they did because it was the right thing to do.

*

Quotes:
Title card at the ending of episode: “DEDICATED TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PREDICTED THAT THE BABYLON PROJECT WOULD FAIL IN ITS MISSION. - FAITH MANAGES.” JMS himself that this was remain at the end of the ep no matter what.

"This is how the world ends: swallowed in fire, but not in darkness. You will live on: the voice of all our ancestors, the voice of our fathers and mothers to the last generation. We created the world we think you would've wished for us. And now we leave the cradle for the last time." The man as Earth’s destruction.
President John Sheridan: ...and I was wondering if they will remember us in hundred years from now or a thousand. And I figure probably not.
Delenn: But it does not matter. We did what we did because it was right and not to be remembered. And history will attend to itself; it always does.


*

Questions:
1. Were you initially surprised when you realized you were watching a series of videos?
2. Do ‘goodfacts’ sound suspiciously like newspeak or alternate truth?
3. Which bit was your favorite?
4. WAS John just a self-serving megalomaniac? Was Delenn’s simply his best cheerleader/
5. Did you catch the Sheridan as Christ bit in the monk scene? He died, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven? Well, he did, didn’t he?
6. Most people love or hate this one. Which camp are you in? Why?


My answers to the questions:
1. I was, even this last time. For a second I thought the DVd was corrupted. It’s been a while since I saw it.
2. I hate it when governments or politicians twist the truth to suit their own needs. We and they all do this to an extent, I suspect, but to completely ignore the truth and change things to suit your own agenda is despicable and I see it today in our US government more than any time in my 57 years and it find it frightening.
3. The bit with Brother Alwyn. He was very cute and reminded me of Brother Theo. I loved that the Rangers were still working to help mankind.
4. No. He was autocratic and sometimes quite self-righteous, especially after he died, but he did what had to be done to save Earth from Clark and from a darkness that I’m not sure John even understood. Delenn’s defense of him reminded me of Libby Custer’s defense of her husband, George Armstrong Custer, until her death many years after the battle at the Little Bighorn.
5. I kinda liked that bit. It also reminded me of Tolkien and the death and resurrection of Gandalf.
6. I loved it because we do get to see it to the end of earth itself. I like things all tied up.

*

Sources:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517699/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu
The Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/088.html
The Babylon Project: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/The_Deconstruction_of_Falling_Stars
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Recap and discussion for 4 x 21 – Rising Star

I am going to do a brief recap and discussion. [personal profile] vjs2259 will post her own to replace it when she has the time to do so. She has had a death in the family and was staying with her father in Florida and was leaving before the storm so she had little time to do this recap.

This episode ties up the loose ends, since the series, as far as they knew, was done.

The Civil war is over.

John has turned himself in to earth forces and is awaiting his fate.

Susanna Luchenko is the new president.


Franklin is making a mad dash for Babylon 5 to save Marcus from what he knows has happened.

Marcus is all but dead and Susan is crying. She mutters the famous “All love is unrequited” line.

Londo and G’kar are late for the meeting… Vir comes up and informs Londo that the regent is ill and he will soon be the emperor.

Bester comes into the room where Sheridan waits and finally asks him about Carolyn Sanderson.

John tells him she is alive and on Babylon 5.

Garibaldi is beating up criminals as he hunts for Lise.

Delenn is meeting with the heads of the Unaligned Worlds on her White Star and we are not yet privy to what they’re doing.

Luchenko comes into the room with Sheridan and talks a lot about doing the wrong thing for the right reason. She finally says if he will leave RF, she will give his people amnesty and after she agrees to pout the amnesty in writing, he agrees.

Garibaldi and a bunch of Rangers find Lise in a warehouse. She’s all right and glad to see him.

Delenn’s ship comes into earth orbit. She talks a little to Lennier who tells her about Susan’s unrequited love speech and she assures him that this is not true. Maybe not her best idea.

Delenn and her group arrive on Earth.

Luchenko introduces Sheridan, who does his resignation thing. Then G’kar speaks then Delenn comes to the podium and tells them about the Interstellar Alliance. And the benefits of joining.

The leaders meet privately and discuss this. Delenn offers artificial gravity tech and tells earth that the rangers will patrol for problems and report but will not act… Sheridan is to be president.

Delenn joins John and brings David Sheridan with her.

John is president. Earth joins the alliance and agrees to give Mars its independence. Michael and Lise watch from bed. She mentions needing help running Edgars Industries.

Susan is promoted to Captain and leaves B5.

ISN reports that Delenn and Sheridan were married.

G’kar and Londo are talking and wondering what Delenn and Sheridan are doing and we see where G’kar’s missing prosthetic eye is…

Delenn leaves with this:
"It was the end of the Earth year 2261. and it was the dawn of a new age, for all of us. It was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. The next 20 years would see great changes, great joy, and great sorrow. The Telepath War... The Drakh War... The new Alliance would waver and crack, but in the end it would hold because what is built endures and what is loved endures. And Babylon 5...Babylon 5...endures."

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