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Science Fiction & Fantasy Farscape, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Firefly, vampires, genre books and film.

View Poll Results: Which series is best overall?
Babylon 5 51 56.67%
Farscape 39 43.33%
Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll

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Old November 7 2010, 11:50 PM   #16
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I liked Farscape more, even though the writing was much more uneven.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:00 AM   #17
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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I liked Farscape more, even though the writing was much more uneven.
Unlike this poll, which is split right down the middle.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:01 AM   #18
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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I liked Farscape more, even though the writing was much more uneven.
Unlike this poll, which is split right down the middle.
I think that speaks to the high quality of both shows more than anything else.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:02 AM   #19
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I agree.

I really want to re-watch Farscape, but I've already re-watched it about 20 times, so it doesn't quite have the magic that it once had.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:16 AM   #20
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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Apples and oranges. They are both excellent series and well worth anyone's time. I don't see why they would have to compete.
Interesting. I thought them both to be space dramas but I had heard before that FS had a strong comedic element.

And the purpose of this poll wasn't to have an either/or, I was just curious how people felt they compared.

And I am quite surprised to see the one person who voted FS over B5 for music! I always thought the music is one of the things B5 is most acclaimed for.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:19 AM   #21
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Apples and oranges. They are both excellent series and well worth anyone's time. I don't see why they would have to compete.
Interesting. I thought them both to be space dramas
They are, but that's like comparing "Ally McBeal" to "Law & Order." Sure, they're both lawyer shows, but that's about all they have in common.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:19 AM   #22
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I like both shows equally. They are both space opera, but very different and complimentary in nature. It would be glorious to see a show that mixed the best aspects of these two show.

1. best characters - Tie
2. best storyline/plot - B5 (Farscape is more of a journey/character show)
3. best setting - Farscape (some really far out settings, and a wide variety)
4. best themes - B5
5. best acting - Farscape (but a very close one - Thanks to Andreas katsulas and Peter Jurasik)
6. best music - B5
7. best special effects - Farscape (mostly due to being a later production)
8. best ending/finale - B5
9. best overall (see poll) - A TIE
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Old November 8 2010, 12:20 AM   #23
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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It would be glorious to see a show the mixed the best aspects of these two show.
I hope it never happens because then I will know that no TV show will ever be as good.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:22 AM   #24
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Farscape is a wildly imaginative, novel series with intriguing characters, great performances and humor that works a great deal of the time.

B5 had none of those qualities.
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Old November 8 2010, 12:58 AM   #25
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Babylon 5 has a better ensemble cast overall and some excellent character writing and story writing, able to juggle both arc material and standalone sci-fi stories in a way Babylon 5 wasn't quite as adept at.

It was hardly as arc intensive as Babylon 5 and lacked Babylon 5's dependence on arc payoffs, of course, and Babylon 5 made a much greater effort at having a stable, immersive space opera world (rather then the chaotic, endlessly weird pernumbrations of Farscape) because instead of one story progressing gradually over seasons Farscape's arc was more of an unending cat and mouse, but I'd still say the series overall had a much stronger standing.

And at the last, there isn't the smug JMS sneer. JMS was the best guy around for patting himself on the back for his own cleverness, and this entitlement occasionally creeped into his scripts. Farscape could be pretty weird and terrible but I rarely felt like I was being looked down on.

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I liked Farscape more, even though the writing was much more uneven.
I'd actually see Farscape's writing as more even... in the sense that there was pretty strong writing in all four seasons and from reasonably early on. There are definitely some quite bad episodes but nothing quite as dire as the opening stretch of Babylon 5's first season.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:00 AM   #26
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Farscape could be pretty weird and terrible but I rarely felt like I was being looked down on.
At least when Farscape was being terrible, it was because it was trying to do weird and creative things. They just didn't always work very well.

It's my favorite show of all time, but I admit there are certain episodes that I will never watch ever again.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:14 AM   #27
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Watched and enjoyed both shows, but I gotta go with Babylon 5.

Farscape was fun but all over the place, and sometimes just too stylistic for its own good.

Babylon 5 was pre-planned, intricately plotted and I just could not help but be amazed at well it all hung together and played out.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:19 AM   #28
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When Farscape worked (which was often) it was absolutely fantastic. When it didn't, it was dreadful.

B5 was more dependable and intricately plotted, but never really reached Farscape's heights.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:20 AM   #29
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I would answer everything to Babylon 5 in the poll except for the acting, which for the exception of a few actors on B5, it was pretty dire.

As much as I loved Ivanova, Claudia wasn't that great.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:30 AM   #30
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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I liked Farscape more, even though the writing was much more uneven.
Unlike this poll, which is split right down the middle.
This is one of those polls where I don't know how to vote. Objectively, B5 is the better series - both shows are imaginative, exciting, have great ongoing plot threads, and terrific actors playing emotionally engaging characters. Farscape is zanier and more creative but also often much stupider - two sides of the same coin. B5 has more interesting underlying ideas, but Farscape does much better with humor and sexiness. B5 is the superego and Farscape is the id.

So I voted for the one I just like better for reasons I cannot explain other than that I have to give the edge to the one that has Ben Browder.
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