Temis the Red-Nosed Vorta wrote:
These shows are in a way comparable to Star Wars.
Farscape is the OT. Original, unique, groundbreaking, magical, unlike anything you've seen before and totally captivating.
Babylon 5 is the PT. Talky, wooden, dull, overly concerned with story instead of storytelling, but still has moments of sheer brilliance (mostly during seasons 3 and 4).
It is indeed like comparing apples and oranges. You can't really compare the two shows. But if you haven't seen either one, I'd recommend you start with Farscape.
What moments of sheer brilliance did the PT have? I must have gone for more popcorn then.
I think you'll agree that the closing credits of epIII were brilliant.
And you're being too kind to the OT. Hey I love it, but it's hardly unique - it's a cobbling together of a lot of pre-existing stuff: Arthurian legend, cowboy movies, WWII movies, coming-of-age stories, and lots of elements swiped from Marvel Comics (mutant superpowers, Doctor Doom). The Jedi are a mashup of the Bene Gesserit from Dune and Lensmen.
You forgot the Kurosawa films. Then again very little is truely unique. Back in the day, when I wasn't as taken with Farscape as I am now, I pointed out the similarities between D'Argo and Worf, Zhaan and Spock, Aeryn and Seven of Nine, Rygel and Quark. The concept of Farscape was basically taken from Lost in Space. Farscape even took elements from Star Wars. The Peacekeepers were essentially FS's answer to The Empire and John and Aeryn were Han Solo and Princess Leia.
You could say that the cobbling together of those elements is what made the Star Wars movies and Farscape unique.