July 19th, 2009


B5 Tonight, part II

As noted, rosinavs and I watched the first DVD (i.e. first four episodes) of Babylon 5 tonight. While the DVD ends on a B-episode (which is to say, it only foreshadows 3 of the series' major arcs), it ends with a fitting quote for tonight of all nights:

Is it worth it? Should we just pull back, forget the whole thing as a bad idea and take care of our own problems at home?

No. We have to stay here and there's a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu and Einstein and Morobuto and Buddy Holly and Aristophenes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars.

Happy Armstrong Day, everyone. Let's see what happens in the next forty years of Tranquility.
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