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Old December 27 2012, 08:54 PM   #481
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Re: Farscape or Babylon 5?

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Fast forward through the Jeremiah parts
what a waste of a Robert Englund appearance. I'd rather of seen him as the captain of a ship or a teep instead of the usual weird part.
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Old December 27 2012, 11:39 PM   #482
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Is it really necessary to discuss a third season episode before Kirk55555 even starts season 2?

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Old December 29 2012, 03:42 AM   #483
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Well with Season 2 you got episodes by a variety of write r's, bu then I think the last five were written solely by JMS, which leads into both Seasons 3 and 4 which were completely written by JMS as well.

But, just on a slight OT note, another great Sci-Fi series to watch (and which unfortunately only has 2 of 3 seasons on DVD) along with B5 is seaQuest DSV (third season was renamed seaQuest 2032). "seaQuest" originally ran from 1993-96.
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Old December 29 2012, 04:49 PM   #484
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SeaQuest?! You may as well hold up the 1970s Logan's Run series as great TV sci fi, then.

Well, to each his own.
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Old December 29 2012, 06:14 PM   #485
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SeaQuest?! You may as well hold up the 1970s Logan's Run series as great TV sci fi, then.

Well, to each his own.
Nah, SeaQuest is MUCH better than Logan's Run.

Well, okay, a little better.....
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Old December 29 2012, 08:23 PM   #486
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It should be noted that SeaQuest was also created by Rockne S. O'Bannon, personally I liked the first and third seasons.
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Old December 30 2012, 01:32 AM   #487
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You should buy one, then the other when you can afford it. I don't think you can make a bad choice, but I'll lean slightly towards Farscape. Along with being dramatic, epic, compelling, and all that, it's also funny.
I think Babylon-5 while slower is written far more intelligently, but Farscape, its got lovely sets, great actors, beautiful CGI, but its really far away in the cosmos and escapism with that gothic, edgy, sexy, slick, funny feel to it. Don't get me wrong I love both shows but for different reasons, I just thought the plot and subtle story arcs in Babylon-5 were better structured. B5 might visually look a little dated but you got to give JMS credit, he wrote the whole thing himself, it was the only flagship program to challenge Trek when Trek was in its prime and JMS wrote over 18 episodes per season by himself...something totally unheard of today
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Old December 31 2012, 02:02 PM   #488
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JMS wrote over 18 episodes per season by himself...something totally unheard of today
Don't forget he also wrote all of Seasons 3 & 4 and a few episodes at the beginning of Season 5 for a straight run of about 56 episodes.
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Old January 1 2013, 04:51 AM   #489
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So did they even have a writing staff for those seasons, or was it all just him in an office somewhere by himself?
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Old January 1 2013, 04:53 AM   #490
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JMS wrote over 18 episodes per season by himself...something totally unheard of today
Isn't Downton Abbey largely written by one guy?
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Old January 1 2013, 05:05 AM   #491
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A lot of British shows seem to be. Of the 29 episode of Misfits that have been produced so far, only 5 of them have been written by someone other than Howard Overman and 4 of those were by Jon Brown.
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Old January 1 2013, 07:13 AM   #492
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JMS wrote over 18 episodes per season by himself...something totally unheard of today
Isn't Downton Abbey largely written by one guy?
I believe so, although it has shorter seasons.
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Old January 1 2013, 01:58 PM   #493
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So did they even have a writing staff for those seasons, or was it all just him in an office somewhere by himself?
Pretty much. The only other writing staff that there'd been at all was Larry DiTillio, the story editor (who also wrote 7 episodes) for the first two seasons. Once it was cleared with the studio that JMS would be writing all of season 3, he was released.

The breakdown of JMS-written episodes was
S1 - 12
S2 - 15
S3 - 22
S4 - 22
S5 - 21

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Old January 1 2013, 05:37 PM   #494
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JMS even wrote about 60% of "Crusade", and I believe most of the movies were written by JMS.
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Old January 1 2013, 06:09 PM   #495
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Aaron Sorkin wrote or co-wrote almost all the episodes of West Wing until he was fired/quit after season 4. That's 88 episodes. He rote all the episodes in the first season of Sports Night. So it's not unheard of.
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