"Understanding is a three-edged sword."
"You and the rest of your kind take blind comfort in the belief that we are monsters, that you could never do what we did. The key ingredient in the anti-agapic cannot be synthesized. It must be taken from living beings. For one to live forever, another one must die. You will fall upon one another like wolves. It will make what we did pale by comparison. The billions who live forever will be a testimony to my work. And the billions who are murdered to buy that immortality will be the continuance of my work. Not like us? You will become us."
"Every damn patient who comes through that door, that's who. People come to doctors because they want us to be gods. They want us to make it better…or make it not so. They want to be healed and they come to me when their prayers aren't enough. Well, if I have to take the responsibility, then I claim the authority too. I did good. And we both know it. And no one is going to take that away."
"When I was 21, I visited Tibet. I went to see the new Dalai Lama. Uh, you do that sort of thing when you're 21 and the son of a diplomatic envoy. We had a simple dinner. Rice, raisins, carrots—steamed, not boiled—and green tea. When it was over, he looked at me and said, "Do you understand?" I said no, I didn't. "Good beginning," he said. "You'll be even better when you begin to understand what you do not understand." After reading some of your reports, I begin to understand what I don't understand about Babylon 5. But I couldn't wish for a more capable and skilled group of people to learn from. It was an early Earth President, Abraham Lincoln, who best described our current situation. He said…
is so much better than that. I would like to believe the man who wrote those things would not have had any hand in the...words fail me...complete and utter gong-show that was episodes 1 - 7. I don't think he was allowed near the word processor until episode 8 - it was the first episode that actually had dialogue and plot development. I will reserve final judgement to the end, just to see how it plays out and if they'll actually give Sturgeon the credit he's due.
Good science fiction should make you think, not push an agenda so blatantly it verges on propagandizing. The JMS of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah did this; the responsible parties for this plagerization of a classic SF masterpiece do not.
Will the real JMS please stand up?