is better than Babylon 5
in many departments (acting, humor, visual effects) and slightly more ambitious than Babylon 5
in the way it upends genre expectations. Some are put off by the series' extensive use of puppetry and its rather off-beat sense of humor, though.
The first seasons of both shows exhibit growing pains, but plant seeds for the future, so it's not a great idea to miss them. The first season of Babylon 5
is especially rough, and the pilot only moreso ("The Gathering," which is part of the movie box set and not the first season box set, at least in the US). Farscape
, in my estimation, took less time to find its voice.
Both series end up being rather arc-based, and manage to finish off those arcs, but leave a number of minor arcs dangling.
In the end, I like both series, but prefer Farscape