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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%
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Old November 8 2010, 01:31 AM   #31
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

There truly is no comparison between the two. You really couldn't find two shows within the genre that are more dissimilar. Both are among my favorite television shows ever. If pressed, I may have to give the slight edge to Farscape. It had an element of fun that could sometimes be lacking from the deathly serious Babylon 5. The cast was also more consistent in quality (though Katsulas and Jurasik are both brilliant actors.)

Farscape's biggest strength could also be it's biggest weakness at times. It could sometimes go so completely off the wall, that it could make the viewer tune out. When Farscape was bad, it was very very bad. When it was good, though, it was some of the finest television ever made.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:45 AM   #32
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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B5 is the superego and Farscape is the id.
LOL! Superb analogy!
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Old November 8 2010, 01:52 AM   #33
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

Like others have said it's like comparing apples and oranges. Both shows are great, but it's Farscape that got me hooked first off - and back in the day when when B5 was on, I wasn't really that interested. But sometime last year, watched the whole series of B5 (seen a few times now), but still prefer Farscape (as is my second favourite scifi series after DS9).
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Old November 8 2010, 01:55 AM   #34
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

1. best characters -FS
2. best storyline/plot -B5
3. best setting -FS
4. best themes -B5
5. best acting -FS
6. best music -B5
7. best special effects -FS
8. best ending/finale -B5
9. best overall (see poll) TIE
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Old November 8 2010, 06:14 AM   #35
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I guess I should answer the questions, even though I've already voted and posted here:

1. best characters: Farscape
2. best storyline/plot: Babylon 5
3. best setting: Farscape (It was an entirely different universe)
4. best themes: Babylon 5
5. best acting: Farscape
6. best music: Babylon 5
7. best special effects: Farscape
8. best ending/finale: Farscape
9. best overall (see poll): Farscape

I wanted to address number 8. I absolutely loved Sleeping in Light. It was a great way to end the series, but Farscape wins out because I actually found it more emotional. I didn't choke up during Sleeping in Light, even though there were emotional moments, but Farscape had
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Old November 8 2010, 11:41 AM   #36
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I prefer B5 overall, although it suffered because of the battle JMS had to make the suits realise that he was doing something ground-breaking and because of the adjustments he had to make with the actresses (losing Takinawa, then Talia, then Ivanova ahead of schedule, and the problems Julie Caitlin Brown (and other actresses had with the prosthetics). B5 also failed to capitalise on several interesting female characters (Sakai and Timov spring to mind). Season 5 definitely suffered because the Earth War finale had to be crammed into Season 4.

While it was often a tad too manic (thank goodness for Aeryn Sun to keep things a bit muted), Farscape took more chances with its characters, including the inspired idea of splitting them onto two different ships at one point. I also loved that Farscape was so visually striking, had a lot of really good roles for women, and put more effort into making aliens more alien (although I absolutely love the Vorlons and Shadows).
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Old November 8 2010, 12:29 PM   #37
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Babylon 5 by a country mile.

Farscape is just Muppets in Space.

Yeah, I went there!
I never understood that particular complaint. Use of puppets in Sci-Fi is not new or specific to Farscape. Yoda is brought to life with exactly the same technique in the original trilogy, yet i have never heard someone dismiss Star Wars as just "Muppets in Space".
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Old November 8 2010, 12:43 PM   #38
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

Farscape is my favourite of the two, though if this poll came up 6 months ago I would have voted for B5, despite only finding it merely "okay". Watching Farscape from start to finish in a short period of time completely changed my opinion of it from what I watched it when it was on TV. Now it is one of my favourite shows.
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Old November 8 2010, 01:07 PM   #39
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Sean_McCormick wrote: View Post
i have never heard someone dismiss Star Wars as just "Muppets in Space".

"All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets."


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Old November 8 2010, 03:25 PM   #40
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

Count me as one of the many who believe the two shows are so completely opposite to the other as to be incomparable to each other. I didn't vote as I would never give up either. I suppose if someone held a gun to my head, I'd say Bab 5 has an extremely slight edge from the perspective that story is king in my book and Bab 5's overall arc is slightly more epic and planned out.

1. best characters: Londo and Gkar put Bab5 slightly ahead of John and Aeryn.
2. best storyline/plot: Babylon 5
3. best setting: Farscape
4. best themes: Babylon 5
5. best acting: Farscape
6. best music: Babylon 5
7. best special effects: Farscape
8. best ending/finale: Farscape
9. best overall (see poll): Babylon 5
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Old November 10 2010, 10:33 AM   #41
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I definitely prefer Babylon 5 over Farscape, but the shows are so different they are hard to compare.
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Old November 10 2010, 08:22 PM   #42
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

Neroon wrote: View Post
Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
B5 is the superego and Farscape is the id.
LOL! Superb analogy!
Agreed. Both have points of interest-but those points barely intersect at all.
Still 2 of the 4 best scifi series I've seen in my life.
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Old November 10 2010, 08:34 PM   #43
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

Mistral wrote: View Post
Neroon wrote: View Post
Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
B5 is the superego and Farscape is the id.
LOL! Superb analogy!
Agreed. Both have points of interest-but those points barely intersect at all.
Still 2 of the 4 best scifi series I've seen in my life.
Just curious, what are the other two:

For me, my top 4 Sci fi series:

Farscape
DS9
Babylon 5
TNG

(Doctor Who would be up there two, if I was doing top 5)
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Old November 10 2010, 11:17 PM   #44
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

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Both are great. You can watch and love both.
Absolutely.

Of the two, I think Babylon 5 is the better show, and will always be my second favorite sci-fi universe behind the various Star Treks, but Farscape is fun and enjoyable too.

I guess if you were going to compare them (and that's really not necessary, but I will anyhow), Baylon 5 is political intrigue and mythology, while Farscape is one long space adventure.

In short, both are valid forms of storytelling.
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Old November 11 2010, 06:08 AM   #45
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Re: Babylon 5 vs Farscape

I liked both and there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been mentioned, numerous times. I would only suggest, to the OP, watch Farscape and see what you think about it. I'm sure you'd find something of value out of it.
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