GoodFacts v. RealFacts

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A stand out performance by the late Jerry Doyle, who was one of the few contemporary outspoken Hollywood conservatives, as Security Chief Michael Garibaldi in the always underestimated sci fi show Babylon 5.  This sequence shows the difference between GoodFacts and RealFacts.  Orwell put it succinctly:


The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.









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  1. Babylon 5 was a favorite for my wife and me. The author and producer, Michael Straczynski, is Catholic (lapsed?), and whether he intended to do so or not, he produced a Christian epic, in the tradition of the Lord of the Rings. The final episode, “Sleeping in the Light”, in which Sheridan dies and then is resurrected, shows an image (accidental?) of a cross reflected in a mirror as Sheridan passes by. See the YouTube video at
    It’s at 0.47

  2. I never heart of any of this but does sound fascinating. Wikipedia has a good write-up on it.

    Question: Is there a Pope Francis like character in the series, i.e., a would-be totalitarian politician operating under the guise of a religious leader?

  3. Thanks for these Maister McC. Off the top of my head “Passing Through Gethsemane” and “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place” are two of my favourites. Brad Dourif playing against type in the former is awesome. Almost the sort of power he brought to Haze Motes in Huston’s 1979 adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood”. And the puzzlement on the faces of the Minbari attending a Gospel service in the latter is priceless!

  4. “A great character actor…”

    Indeed. I cannot recall a bad performance from him. Speaking of him playing against type, have you seen him in “Deadwood”? He plays Doc Cochran as a flawed, tormented angel trapped in Hell on Earth…

  5. “Dune”! Almost that time of the year again Maister McC! 🙂

    In keeping with the material that is ham rather than a bad performance Maister McC! lol

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