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Old May 23 2013, 12:51 PM   #16
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Re: is babylonian 5 any good

B5 never descended to the cringe-worthy depths that some DS9 episodes did, but perhaps it never quite achieved the memorable heights either. I would suggest renting or streaming rather than buying if you're uncertain. In the Beginning does contain spoilers, but B5 is more about the journey.
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Old May 23 2013, 01:10 PM   #17
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Spoilers?

It must be wonderful to work backwards.
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Old May 23 2013, 02:49 PM   #18
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It's interesting into the second season, then just becomes increasingly narrow and repetitious. Nor has time been kind to the low budget production, other than perhaps with respect to the elaborate alien makeups.
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Old May 23 2013, 03:49 PM   #19
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Easily the best US sci-fi show ever. definitely watch it.
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Old May 23 2013, 06:37 PM   #20
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In my opinion, Babylon 5 is, right behind Star Trek (yes, all of them), the second best thing that ever happened to both science fiction and television.
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Old May 23 2013, 10:45 PM   #21
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I think it's better than Star Trek. There's just a lot more Star Trek and huge fandom.
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Old May 24 2013, 02:06 AM   #22
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Just start from the beginning, and dive right in. It's the best Science Fiction TV show ever produced.

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skip the first season? skip the first season! not on my watch, mister...
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Old May 24 2013, 03:44 AM   #23
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Love this show. My second favourite SF series after Star Trek TOS.
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Old May 25 2013, 05:12 AM   #24
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so befoure buying the series I am going to watch the movie in the beginng and if I like it babylon 5 will probly be for me. I dont care about spoilors so is this a good way to go about watching it?
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Old May 25 2013, 05:28 AM   #25
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The movie is set 20 years before the pilot and 20 years after the pilot.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo many spoilers, and just as many out right clips since the TV show is heavily laden with Flashbacks to things that happened 20 years ago and things that will happen in 20 years.

But yes, if you don't like the movie, the first season might kill you.
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Old May 25 2013, 06:30 AM   #26
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I thought some of the smaller less important lines of dialog were often clunky and the shots at humor were usually far off course. That being said, when it came time to deliver a powerful moving speech or some important critical information, JMS more than made up for it. G'kar and Delenn deliver some of the most moving monologues of any piece of sci-fi I have ever seen on TV or film.

It's a series that every sci-fi fan should see at least once.
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Old May 25 2013, 06:33 AM   #27
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Don't you mean "twice"?
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Old May 25 2013, 08:14 AM   #28
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Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
Don't you mean "twice"?
One of the advantages of the show. It actually rewards you for watching it again and again, like all the stuff foreshadowed through background characters, set decorations (TV reports on screens in the background), the number on the display in the pilot movie that answered the original version of one early-season mystery, ...
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Old May 25 2013, 10:59 AM   #29
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I am in pain thinking about anyone watching In the Beginning first.

WAY too spoilery
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Old May 25 2013, 11:14 AM   #30
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TV was awful when Babylon 5 came out.

TV was awful, and we were stupid(er).

You can't tell me that in today's market that Babylon 5 would make any impression on the zeitgeist when Game of Thrones is thumping around dating raping everyone's expectations?

I watched an early episode of Voyager today.

To sort a pissing match in the Voyager Forum.

Point is, I warmly recall being more challenged by the seminal episodes of Blues Clues while raising "my" children than that fleck of Star Trek trope.
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