Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart. I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me. *Blows enemy ship to smithereens*
—  Commander Susan Ivanova
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Independence Movements in Science Fiction

The blog is back! With the Scottish referendum just a day away, here are the five most instructive independence movements from science fiction!  

Voting is not at all heroic so it’s no wonder that most independence movements in science fiction resorted to war rather than referendums. Still, while congratulating the British that in this regard they seem to be more advanced than societies in our future, it’s fun to look at some of the most famous independence struggles in science fiction!

The most devastating: The Separatist Alliance (Star Wars)


The independence movement of the Separatists led by Count Dooku in the last days of the glorious Old Republic of Star Wars is directly responsible for the Clone Wars, a galactic civil war and the emergence of the evil Empire. While professing noble goals against a corrupt Republic, the Separatists were actually led by a Sith, manipulated by Palpatine. The result: the death of the Republic, the wiping out of the Jedi and the emergence of Palpatine as emperor. Not a pattern to repeat!

The most heroic: The Jaffa Rebellion (Stargate)

Is there anything more heroic than a slave race rising up against its oppressors and defeating them? This is exactly what the Jaffa did against the Goa’uld: after countless failed attempts, under the leadership of Bra’tac and SG-1’s very own Teal’c, and with some help from the Tau’ri (that’s humans in Stargate-speak) they managed to form their own nation. Of course, problems later arose, but that is a different story…

The most complex: Bajoran Independence Movement (Star Trek)

Complexity is not something Star Trek is generally famous for, but the question of Bajoran independence presented a host of difficult questions. Bajorans won their independence from the Cardassians – only to be presented with the problem of whether to join the Federation or remain independent. The arrival of the Dominion and their successes against the Federation further complicated the question. The message: if you are a smaller nation (planet) among more powerful neighbours, independence can be tricky…

The most noble (and successful): The independence of Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

When Earth moved towards a dictatorship, the leadership of Babylon 5 decided to become independent – and restore democracy to Earth. Sheridan became one of few military leaders to actually stick to his promises and not take over power over the liberated Earth – which makes this one of the most inspirational independence movements!

The most Scottish: The Scottish “Ship” (Doctor Who)


In the episode “The Beast Below” of Doctor Who, Scottish independence is a given: as the people left Earth in spaceships, the Doctor presents Amy with the “United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland”. Where is Scotland? Well, they wanted their own ship… Of course, this all takes place in the 29th century, so independence might just come a bit later.

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Size Comparison - Science Fiction Spaceships by DirkLoechel

Updated with even more ships! Be sure to check out the full resolution version to really get into the details!


J. Michael Straczysnki has announced plans for a Babylon 5 feature film, which is expected to enter production in 2016.

Speaking at San Diego Comic Con last week, Straczsynki announced that he would soon be sitting down to write aBabylon 5 feature film, which is envisioned as a reboot of the iconic sci-fi series. JMS said that he plans to get the script locked down by the end of 2015 and the film would then enter production the following year in 2016. more


Though to be fair, without the original cast it would be really weird. But still… 


Science fiction films have a long history of reuse with costumes, sets, sound design, and even the occasional video footage.   It has been rumored that when Stanley Kubrick finished his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey that he chose to destroy most of the blueprints, props and models, as he did not want to have them appear again in future science fiction films like so many others before his.

Whether or not this rumor is true, a few rare props and costumes managed to escape destruction to either go up for auction or be used in other films.  This blue space suit is one of three created for the film.  While its yellow and red counterparts were worn in the film itself, the blue suit was only used as a prop.   The blue suit was seen again in 1994 in the television show Babylon 5, in the episode entitled Babylon Squared, where it was worn on Michael O’Hare as  Jeffrey Sinclair.  It has been altered in some minor ways, but ultimately is easily identifiable as the same piece due to the shape of the helmet and the placement of the various patches.

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