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25 October 2003 @ 09:40 pm
Tribute to a Quiet One  
I just participated in a really neat B5 quiz created by hobsonphile :

Season 1
You are Season One- a prologue for the larger
Babylon 5 story. Your primary purpose is to
introduce the characters and races which live
in the Babylon 5 universe, though you also
manage to insert details and moments of
foreshadowing that are fulfilled in later
seasons. Although you were not very popular at
first, the fans have come to appreciate you in

Which Season of Babylon 5 Are You?
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Since I usually consider season 3 to be my absolute favourite, I believe this result is mostly influenced by my unfaltering appreciation of the station's first commander Jeff Sinclair, a quiet, introspective character of subtle charm and impressive serenity. Although Sinclair's qualities as a commanding officer and hero may appear dimmed by the bright, energetic flame that is John Sheridan, the sacrifice he commits in War Without End is probably as crucial as Sheridan's desperate jump into the abyss of Z'ha'dum.

What kind of personality, how much longing for peace does it take to give up your entire life to become another species' religious icon?

So, here's to you, Entil Zha, in the wise words of the late Emperor Londo Mollari:

The quiet ones are the ones who change the universe, the loud ones only take the credit
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Cavendishcavendish on October 25th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)
Let me say it with the words of one of the greater poets in the German Language: "Drumm Sei, gewährt mir die Bitte, in eurem Bunde der Dritte." ;-))

That makes three of us: Me, you, selenak ;-)

With me it was, I guess, also the peacenik attitude and choosing "beauty" as the most important value.

Oh, and I always get curious when a writer / artist says she is in a creative mood: What are you working on?


Bimo: Coopbimo on October 26th, 2003 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Schiller
I wasn't really working, just playing arround with one of my original characters, the hesitant independence fighter from my little short story/mini series/novella-thingie.

Since the guy has been bugging me for the last couple of days, I finally gave in and did one of those fun interviews that vashtan likes to do with her characters.

While the interview didn't reveal anything new as far as the more idealistic aspects his personality are concerned, I made one or two interesting discoveries in the "less heroic" department ;-)

Cavendishcavendish on October 26th, 2003 03:21 am (UTC)
This sounds like a good technique. (Sounds also like fun, and to none writers it may sound like going crazy ;-) ). I wouldn`t know that vahstan does this.

I wonder if I always end up with poetry because my characters never speak to me, but _things_ I see and observe do. ;-).

Maybe I am going crazy too, on the other hand ;-)

Hobsonphilehobsonphile on October 25th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
I generally agree with you on the subject of Sinclair. I appreciate his thoughtfulness.

On the whole, I appreciate the less frequently recognized heroes. Sinclair is one of these, as are G'Kar and the humble Vir.
Bimobimo on October 26th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
He is my hero, too :-)
I already wanted to tell you this when I saw the Vir/Stephen Furst-centric entries in your LJ, but got caught in a variety of real lief issues ...

It's so great to finally meet another professed Vir fan! I've always considered the humble Centauri one of the bravest and most impressive people ever to set foot on the B5 station, since Vir not only possessed a wonderful inner decency, but also developed the courage to overcome his insecurities and to stand by his ideals, without ever betraying his loyalty towards the Centauri people and Londo.

Hobsonphilehobsonphile on October 27th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
I have made it my mission to blast away the square-jawed hero stereotype and sing Vir's praises as loudly as I am able. *g* Vir was in the most difficult position and he was the most vulnerable. Yet in spite of that, he saved thousands of Narn, assassinated a mad emperor, and led the Centauri resistance against the Drakh. Though he sometimes wept over what life demanded of him, he didn't shrink from the responsibilities that were placed on his shoulders, even when those responsibilities ran counter to his innate pacifism. And though his path required that he harden somewhat- that he adopt some of Londo's art of political manipulation- he retained his elemental decency.

Plus, he's just so endearing. I find it very odd that JMS claims he hates cute, because he certainly achieved it with Vir. The scene in Into the Fire from which my icon was snagged was so sweet, I couldn't help but say "awwww" loud enough for my neighbors to hear. *g*
Selena: Neilselenak on October 26th, 2003 12:00 am (UTC)
Ah, Sinclair.
I never understood the "wooden" and "dull" accusations. As you said, he was subtle. And had gravitas.

Incidentally, Sinclair's life between Chrysalis and War Without End is described in a quite readable novel called To Dream in the City of Sorrows, by Kathryn Drennan (who wrote the first season episode By Any Means Necessary, the one with the workers on strike). You could also call it coming to terms with being Valen.
Christineneuralclone on October 28th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
A Toast to the Quiet Ones
Here's to Sinclair, whom I much preferred to Sheridan as the "hero". (Also to that other hero, Vir.)

It's interesting how I'm discovering all these fans of the quiet, less appreciated characters of B5 on Livejournal, years after the show ended. I think, maybe, that all the Sheridan/Delenn fans must have drowned them out on other forums.
Cavendishcavendish on October 28th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC)
Let me join ranks then. I remember being terribly disappointed when they replaced Sinclair.

I liked the way they build up and then deconstructed Sheridan though. I don't think he was really intended to be _liked_ as a hero, but he personified both positive and problematic aspects of a hero figure (in fiction and otherwise)