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Old January 1 2013, 06:56 AM   #31
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Re: Babylon 5 or Lexx?

You can get beer and Pizza on amazon? HD=home delivery, right?

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Old January 1 2013, 07:17 AM   #32
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Buy Firefly instead, spend the extra money on beer and pizza.
Really, a perfect evening.

Now if I had someone to watch it with that might be even more perfect, though I'm so used to watching such shows in the complete privacy of headphones on the computer that I might just irritated.
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Old January 1 2013, 12:34 PM   #33
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[There's more to Lexx than that (although that's definitely part of it). It's best episodes are bizarre surreal farces - a character playing a game of chess with a Death-like antagonist, the cast being compelled to sing in a musical about the undead character's living days. At it's worst, Lexx is the worst TV show I've willingly sat through, but in its better hours, it was pretty fun.

But to answer the OP's question, Babylon 5 is a better purchase. Lexx has it's moments, but it's wildly uneven and it's probably too weird and/or too filthy or too often terrible for most viewers. And even then, when it comes to outre space opera, Farscape is by far the better series
That's a pretty good summation for me. Although in the end I went with both, having skipped on broadcast TV for releases on DVD/streaming, why not enjoy both.
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Old January 2 2013, 04:31 PM   #34
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Babylon 5 and Lexx are as apples and oranges as you can get the only thing that these two shows have in common is that they are set in space and feature organic starships.
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Old January 2 2013, 05:18 PM   #35
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Babylon 5 and Lexx are as apples and oranges as you can get the only thing that these two shows have in common is that they are set in space and feature organic starships.
Yeah, it's kind of like comparing a straight version of Frankenstein to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

They both have mad scientists, but . . . .
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Old January 2 2013, 06:58 PM   #36
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Babylon 5 and Lexx are as apples and oranges as you can get the only thing that these two shows have in common is that they are set in space and feature organic starships.
Yeah, it's kind of like comparing a straight version of Frankenstein to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

They both have mad scientists, but . . . .
That's the best analogy ever.
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Old January 2 2013, 09:16 PM   #37
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Babylon 5 and Lexx are as apples and oranges as you can get the only thing that these two shows have in common is that they are set in space and feature organic starships.
Yeah, it's kind of like comparing a straight version of Frankenstein to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

They both have mad scientists, but . . . .
That's the best analogy ever.
Thanks! And pretty on-target, I think.
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Old January 2 2013, 11:31 PM   #38
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^^ It is.

Well, the decision's been made, but I'll weigh in anyway, since these are both among my favorite shows. Basically, as has been said, they are way too different to be comparable.

Babylon 5 is classic SF-slanted Space Opera in an Asimovian vein, with big, epic ideas, lots of interesting characters and a storyline that spans centuries. In terms of quality, it is on the same level as stuff like Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly (and the special effects are fine-- people complain about them being primitive, but the bottom line is that the show looks beautiful, like the original Star Trek).

Lexx is classic Adventure-slanted Space Opera in a somewhat twisted Jack Vance vein. It's clever, funny and very exotic-- although not as erotic as people seem to think (at least not on my erotic-o-meter). The characters are very weird, but mostly lovable. In terms of quality, it is the equal of Star Trek and Babylon 5-- season three and The Lost Tales respectively.

And the series finales of both are tear jerkers.
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