Exam Period screening – Babylon 5 Season 2

Babylon 5 StationHi everyone,

A lot has happened in the past week, and many of you might be feeling helpless, or disheartened, or just plain upset and angry. You’ve probably read a lot of words about it, and I don’t really want to add any more. So I’ll just say this: it is not the end. Right now, it feels like humanity has taken a collective step back, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about human beings it’s that we are tenacious bastards. We might not be directly affected by the events of last Wednesday. We might not even know anyone who is. But that doesn’t mean we can’t offer help and support for the next four years and beyond. And keep fighting for that future we know is just around the corner.

*steps off soapbox*

It’s become a Spocksoc tradition to run some more old-school programming in the summer and winter breaks, and we’re certainly not making an exception this summer. This Friday, we’re continuing our rewatch of the 90s classic Babylon 5.

Babylon 5 is set on the eponymous station, a multi-species centre for trade, diplomacy and the accompanying amount of nefarious scheming, watched over by the humans of the Earth Alliance.

There’s a lot going on in this show, and we’re starting this session from episode 17 of season 2, which I swear is not a deliberate attempt to be difficult. If you’ve never watched B5 before (and you miraculously have free time this week), I’d definitely urge you to watch a few episodes or the entire first season and most of the second, after all sleep is for the weak and this show is worth it in order to get up to speed. Otherwise, you can find summaries of the first and second seasons here and here.

As per usual, we’ll be kicking off at about 5pm in the Macauley Theatre, with a pizza run for dinner around 7ish.

We also have not one, but two movie outings this week. On Tuesday, Amy Adams attempts to unravel an alien language, save humanity and score an Oscar nomination in Arrival:

Then on Wednesday night Eddie Redmayne leads us back into the Wizarding World with a special midnight screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

Of course if you value your sleep there will be a regular screening of Fantastic Beasts next Tuesday:

We hope to see you there this week,

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