We're waiting for tmosler to get back to us about her Babylon 5 viewing and keeping the thread warm while we wait.
It would work out MUCH better if you "kept it warm" with b5-oriented content.
For example, how many folks here can recall how they started their B5 viewing? Was it at the urging of a friend or a commercial or a convention. etc?
Since you asked for a story, here's mine:
After seeing The Gathering in first run in 1993, I thought it good, but figured that it was just another "one off" in the sci-fi boom that happened that spring alongside DS9 and Space Rangers, and one or two others that I can't recall at the moment. I had no idea that it was going to be a series, and, a year later when THAT was announced, I attempted to watch it, only, my TV guide listed it as being on Sunday mornings at 3:30am. So, I set my VCR, but ALWAYS got the last 30 minutes of a movie, and an informerical. This went on for two years, and I finally just gave up, figuring that this series was a hoax, or lie, or something.
Then, in 1998, TNT premiered the fifth season, along with reruns of the first four, at a promised 7pm weeknight time slot. I was skeptical, but again, set my VCR, and to my surprise, ACTUALLY saw the show. Shortly after this, I discovered that it was a serialized program with a set ending, so, rather than watch it every week, I taped all the episodes on TNT, acquired an in-order episode list, and waited for season five to end. Then, when I had them all, I started watching one episode a day off my tapes in early 1999, and was hooked.
Also, around this time, I became aware of that whole "DS9 stole from B5" business, and THAT helped to make me curious about the show too, since I had been watching DS9 on my local FOX station for it's entire run (the TV guide reported CORRECT air times for that show).