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It's that time again - the time when I insist that everyone watch what I'm watching. Oh wait, that's all the time.

So vidrecs!

I'm SO HAPPY to see some B5verse vids out there. And even more happy to see some that are good!

1. Babylon 5 - "Eric's Song" by Barkley

Sheridan. Delenn. Very touching and sweet.

2. Babylon 5 - "What about Everything?" by Happyme

This is the best Babylon 5 video I have ever seen. I know that's not saying a lot when you consider the fact that I've only been able to find...::counts:: 16 Babylon 5 vids ever. That is so sad. But this is also one of the best vids in *general* I have ever seen. Even I didn't quite catch all the canon points (those pesky one-episode guest actors...), but I keep finding new things every time I watch it, just like you should in all the best vids. So go! Shoo! Download! Five years of canon in 3:40 minutes! (Well, most of it.) And you thought just following the Arc and keeping track of the Koshes made your brain splody...

3. Crusade - "Holy Grail" by Andraste

Crusade!! The only Crusade vid I've found. Galen! Dureena! Love! And I didn't remember how much Max is like Rodney McKay, right down to the cat. Except he seems like *more* of an asshole somehow (or maybe the Rodney of fanfic is just a kinder, gentler Rodney) because Max seems at times like he actually *would* sell his own grandmother for money and alien technology.

ETA: Her site seems to have gone MIA since I posted this, but her lj is over at [livejournal.com profile] andrastewhite.

4. Rah Xephon - "Euphoria" by Koopiskeva

Rah Xephon is one of those underrated anime that I enjoyed while watching and then mostly forgot about. But this vid. Wow.

I have watched a lot of AMVs - oh boy have I watched AMVs. But I think that I like this one the best out of all AMVs EVER, even ones for fandoms that I'm active in. It's one of those good vids that I get something new out of every time I watch. The absolute parallelism and treatment of the canon is really - Christ - really *good*. I've been rewatching this vid for at least 2 years, and it's definitely stood the test of time.

There has been a trend lately to take advantage of the technological effects wizardry that because of the nature of their source AMVs can employ where live action vids can't. This has led to some truly astounding editing, but I sometimes felt like the point of vidding was lost. The point is to move people, just like any art - to make an emotional impact on your viewer. Effects of course should be used to help you achieve this end, not be the end in themselves. But this vid combines the best of: 1. effects (really, the parallelism and musical visualization - gah! so good!) + 2. good storytelling + 3. canon insight. This vid is a happy place.

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