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tmosler August 15 2013 04:32 AM

is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Ok so i just finished watching season 4 of babylon 5 and i was blown away by the last 4 episodes of the season. But i was wondering since i heard many people hate season 5 if its worth watching. Also looking on tv.com many of the episodes are rated highly and i know bester (whos my favorite character) returns in some episodes so i cant understand the hate for season 5.

Reverend August 15 2013 05:03 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Short answer: yes, it's worth watching.

Honestly, my advise is to watch it, don't pay any attention to what anyone says and form your own opinion. Seriously, I've seen the merits of season 5 discussed to many times I can probably describe verbatim exactly how this is going to go.

Lindley August 15 2013 05:56 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Medium answer: It has some missteps early on but ends strong.

DigificWriter August 15 2013 05:58 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
"Is Babylon 5 Season 5 worth watching?"

Yes.

Despite the very divided opinions on it, Season 5 is actually just as critical to the overall arc of the series as the four seasons which precede it are, as it serves as an Epilogue to those seasons and deals directly with the aftermath of those events.

In fact, it's actually my personal favorite out of the 5 seasons of the series because of how it explores the consequences and aftermath of Seasons 1-4.

Having said that, I would echo Reverend's advice to watch the season for yourself and form your own opinion on it.

RoJoHen August 15 2013 06:39 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Absolutely yes. The back half of the season contains some of my favorite storylines from the entire show.

DalekJim August 15 2013 07:40 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
If you were blown away by Season 4... why would you skip Season 5? Don't listen to the opinions of others, decide for yourself.

Byron is a good character. There, I said it. Come at me bitches.

Ethros August 15 2013 07:47 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
I watched B5 for the first time a few years ago via dvd, and remember thinking after finishing season 5 what people on this board moaned about? Yeah Byron was a bit annoying, and that Penn & Teller ones wasn't so hot, but overall there were some great episodes. Some folk on the internet just love to get their panties in a twist about nothing.




...early 2009 I watched it all, doesn't seem that long ago. I'd love to do a rewatch someday if I ever get time

Asbo Zaprudder August 15 2013 07:48 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Season 5 is worth watching -- whether it's worth rewatching is another matter.

DalekJim August 15 2013 07:59 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
You should also watch the charmingly goofy Crusade after Season 5, and the TV movies out of curiosity.

Ignore J. Michael Straczynski's entire career after this franchise though. It's pretty unbelievable how uninspired a writer he seemingly instantly became after he finished Babylon 5.

Mage August 15 2013 08:06 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Form your own opinion. I was going to post my thought on season 5, but no. You need to go in it unbiased, and form your own opinion about it, as you should with everything in life anyway.

Sephiroth August 15 2013 08:31 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
watch it, watch crusade, form your own opinion, personally, I enjoyed both

Saga August 15 2013 08:33 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
not watching season 5 would be the same as reading about 80% of a book and never finishing it.

Asbo Zaprudder August 15 2013 08:56 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
If you do watch Crusade, watch the TV movie "A Call to Arms" first. "Legend of the Rangers" and "The Lost Tales" were pretty much meh.

MacLeod August 15 2013 10:30 AM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Just about the only good scenes in "Legend of the Rangers" featured G'Kar.

Mr Light August 15 2013 12:48 PM

Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching
 
Season Five is pretty bad and betrays the quality of the show in a myrriad of ways. That said, if you loved the first four years, you owe it to yourself to see how it ends! ;)

Unfortunately a lot of it was due to outside factors. JMS was told at the start of S4 that he would not be getting a fifth year so he condensed the series to wrap up in one year instead of two. Then when he got an eleventh hour reprieve at another network, he suddenly had an empty year to fill up. (I exaggerate for effect)

Then, he killed off Marcus thinking Ivanova would be in S5. Then in between seasons, a tragic negotation misunderstanding resulted in her being off the show. So he lost two of his best characters instead of one.

This resulted in the inclusion of a horribly uninteresting and poorly acted new character, and the bastardization of an already terrible storyline.

Then, at a hotel he accidently threw away his story notes for the first half of Season Five, resulting in even more subpar episodes than there might have been.

Then, his Season Five budget was slashed to be much lower, resulting in a near total lack of CGI space battles and action. Also, they lost a day of shooting, meaning that they couldn't do complicated action-y scenes anymore.


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