(last updated 28 November, 2006)
*YES* Okay, actually probably not. At this point, it's been 7 years and it seems increasingly
unlikely that I'll be doing any more Babylon 5 parodies any time soon (if ever). I don't, however, have
any plans to take down the web site, so the existing parodies should continue to be available.
The remainder of this FAQ is hopelessly out-of-date...
I have very little time these days to devote to my parodies, but I haven't abandoned them. I'm working on the next one now, but I have no idea when it'll be available.
Of course, now that Crusade is airing, I've been a bit distracted, especially since I started doing Crusade Captions. Still, though, I haven't given up on the B5 parodies... honestly... no, really, I mean it.
I would very much like to do parodies of the first four seasons of Babylon 5, and will likely do so in the future. Unfortunately, right now, the primary constraint is time. Sadly, even doing one episode per week has proven to be more than I can realistically manage. Perhaps after season 5 is over, I'll look into to starting on the first season.
My eventual goal would be to have parodies for every episode of the series, and to basically become a sort of "Lurker's Guide" for those of us with a twisted sense of humour.
During the second break last year (starting 17 June), I had planned to work backwards through Season 4, until that fall (when Season 5 started back), but that didn't work out. I still hope to do them at some point in the future.
The parodies are numbered to match the official production number of the episode and are organised in the order that they were originally broadcast.
Thus, the first episode of Season 5 is 502 (there is no 501) and episode 511 appears between 508 and 509
Crusade episodes are numbered even stranger, with 108 being first, then 107, 106 and 109. From there they behave rather properly, until 113, after which it jumps back to 103, then 102, 101, and 104. Go figure.
...and of course, Grey 17 is missing...
I have been, and remain, a big fan of the series, and I could easily fill up numerous pages describing at length what I like about the show and why. However, to address the question above, I have received e-mails thanking me for making clear just how bad the current season has been, or for showing how really bad a specific hated character is. I do appreciate the e-mails and the thanks, and the opinions are always welcome, even though they don't mirror my own. However, I do want to make it clear that my parodies are not intended as any sort of negative commentary on the state of Babylon 5's writing, acting, etc.
These parodies represent only my peculiar sideways view of individual episodes. Nothing more. I hope they're funny and I want people to enjoy them, but I don't want anyone to misunderstand my purpose or intent, which is merely to amuse.
Robin Atkins Downes (Byron) has apparently read my song parody "I don't like Mundanes" and posted a very nice comment about it on the Babylon 5 Fan Club site. To be perfectly honest, I was not only flattered, but also somewhat unnerved by this, as it had simply never occured to me that someone from the show might read them.
As far as I'm aware, no other Babylon 5 cast or crew have seen my parodies, but I hope that if they do, they'll appreciate them in the spirit that they're intended, and maybe even have a chuckle or two.
As far back as I can remember, my mum has always told me that my brain is in a bit sideways and she could well be right, as I do tend to look at most things from a different perspective than some (of course, this is the same woman who still insists that aliens traded babies with her shortly after I was born, so I do proceed with caution when considering what she tells me).
I often find strange and funny connections between things, that either aren't immediately obvious or simply don't exist at all. These parodies are simply my way of subjecting the rest of the world to the inside of my head (or at least, as much of it as any human being can be reasonably expected to tolerate).
I realise, of course, that I haven't really answered the question at all, but given that one of the purposes of a FAQ (at least this one) is to distract you long enough that you forget what it was that you really wanted to know, I feel I've succeeded well enough here.
I try to write each parody by the weekend following the day of when the new episode first airs (Wednesday). Occasionally, though, I may not be finished until Monday or Tuesday of the next week (although, at the moment, I'm so far behind, it hardly bears thinking of).
Each new parody is posted to the following places:
My Babylon 5 Parody Site at http://babylon5.seriouscybernetics.net/
The Humour Board on TNT's Babylon 5 Site at http://tnt.turner.com/babylon5/
The Cultural Center Board on the Official Babylon 5 Fan Club Site at http://www.thestation.com/
The Moderated Babylon 5 Newsgroup news:rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated
The General Babylon 5 Newsgroup news:rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5
Although I prefer writing all of the actual parodies myself, I have had some excellent suggestions for titles, which I appreciate and welcome.
My current "working" titles for future episodes are listed in the Foreshadowing section of the Index.
I currently have working titles for all Season 5 episodes, but I welcome any suggestions for alternate titles, as I'm not particularly happy with some of the ones I've come up with so far.
I also welcome suggestions for titles for episodes from any other Season and for Crusade.
Speaking of Crusade, if you'd really like to get involved in this whole parody thing, you might want to try out my new Crusade Captions.
You can e-mail or post to newsgroups (if appropriate) the contents of my Episode Parodies and/or this FAQ, so long as they are intact and unmodified (either HTML or plain text) and include all of the notices that appear at the bottom (copyright, trademark, etc).
You can send me e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the e-mail button at the top of each page.
You can read/reply to my public messages at TNT's Babylon 5 Site and The Official Fan Club site.
I also used to frequent the #BabCom2 IRC channel on chat.turner.com and the #ComLink iChat channel on thestation.com, but I'm not there much any more.
When I am online, I post/chat using the name cScott.
I have been pleased to learn that there are some people who anxiously watch for my new parodies to be posted every week, and some people have asked if there is any sort of "notification list" that they could be placed on.
Well, up until now, there hasn't been. However, I've decided to start two new lists for this specific purpose. If you would like to be notified when a new parody has been posted to my site, send an e-mail to email@example.com. If you would like each new parody sent to you as text, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crusade Captions is an idea I had one evening while staring blankly off into space (or possibly after I'd gotten hold of some bad fish... you decide). I'm a big fan of Caption This! (where the SciFi Channel displays scenes from its programming and let's people write captions for them), and I thought that a similar idea might work for Babylon 5 or Crusade.
Of course, if I'm strictly honest, it's just a way to get everyone else to do the work for me... Seriously, though, try it and see what you think.
As I receive captions, I'll update the page with the caption(s) I currently like best. I plan to leave each episode "captionable" until I've picked a final caption for each image, after which that page will showcase the very best (my opinion) caption for each image.
And, if it turns out not to be popular, I'll just scrap the whole idea, crawl back into my corner and perhaps whimper a bit.
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