RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 139,602
Posts: 5,424,783
Members: 24,810
Currently online: 391
Newest member: David Ellerman

TrekToday headlines

September Loot Crate Features Trek Surprise
By: T'Bonz on Sep 16

USS Enterprise Miniature Out For Refit
By: T'Bonz on Sep 16

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Comic Crossover
By: T'Bonz on Sep 16

Trek 3 Shooting Next Spring?
By: T'Bonz on Sep 16

Star Trek: Alien Domain Game Announced
By: T'Bonz on Sep 15

Red Shirt Diaries Episode Three
By: T'Bonz on Sep 15

Made Out Of Mudd Photonovel
By: T'Bonz on Sep 15

Takei Has Growth Removed
By: T'Bonz on Sep 15

Retro Review: Tears of the Prophets
By: Michelle on Sep 12

New Wizkids Attack Wing Ships
By: T'Bonz on Sep 12


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Science Fiction & Fantasy

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 15 2013, 04:32 AM   #1
tmosler
Lieutenant Commander
 
is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Ok so i just finished watching season 4 of babylon 5 and i was blown away by the last 4 episodes of the season. But i was wondering since i heard many people hate season 5 if its worth watching. Also looking on tv.com many of the episodes are rated highly and i know bester (whos my favorite character) returns in some episodes so i cant understand the hate for season 5.
tmosler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 05:03 AM   #2
Reverend
Rear Admiral
 
Reverend's Avatar
 
Location: UK
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Short answer: yes, it's worth watching.

Honestly, my advise is to watch it, don't pay any attention to what anyone says and form your own opinion. Seriously, I've seen the merits of season 5 discussed to many times I can probably describe verbatim exactly how this is going to go.
Reverend is online now   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 05:56 AM   #3
Lindley
Moderator with a Soul
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Medium answer: It has some missteps early on but ends strong.
__________________
Lead Organizer for EVN: Firefly.
"So apparently the really smart zombies have automatic weapons!"
-Torg, Sluggy Freelance
Lindley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 05:58 AM   #4
DigificWriter
Rear Admiral
 
Location: West Haven, UT, USA
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

"Is Babylon 5 Season 5 worth watching?"

Yes.

Despite the very divided opinions on it, Season 5 is actually just as critical to the overall arc of the series as the four seasons which precede it are, as it serves as an Epilogue to those seasons and deals directly with the aftermath of those events.

In fact, it's actually my personal favorite out of the 5 seasons of the series because of how it explores the consequences and aftermath of Seasons 1-4.

Having said that, I would echo Reverend's advice to watch the season for yourself and form your own opinion on it.
__________________
Starbuck: We're all friendlies. So, let's just... be friendly.

"Ze director's cut is ze film you saw in ze theater."
DigificWriter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 06:39 AM   #5
RoJoHen
Awesome
 
RoJoHen's Avatar
 
Location: QC, IL, USA
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Absolutely yes. The back half of the season contains some of my favorite storylines from the entire show.
__________________
I am the Quintessential Admiral.
RoJoHen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 07:40 AM   #6
DalekJim
Fleet Captain
 
DalekJim's Avatar
 
Location: Great Britain
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

If you were blown away by Season 4... why would you skip Season 5? Don't listen to the opinions of others, decide for yourself.

Byron is a good character. There, I said it. Come at me bitches.
DalekJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 07:47 AM   #7
Ethros
Vice Admiral
 
Ethros's Avatar
 
Location: 1123 6536 5321
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

I watched B5 for the first time a few years ago via dvd, and remember thinking after finishing season 5 what people on this board moaned about? Yeah Byron was a bit annoying, and that Penn & Teller ones wasn't so hot, but overall there were some great episodes. Some folk on the internet just love to get their panties in a twist about nothing.




...early 2009 I watched it all, doesn't seem that long ago. I'd love to do a rewatch someday if I ever get time
Ethros is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 07:48 AM   #8
Asbo Zaprudder
Rear Admiral
 
Asbo Zaprudder's Avatar
 
Location: Sand in the Vaseline
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Season 5 is worth watching -- whether it's worth rewatching is another matter.
__________________
"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." -- Spock -- Flip flap!
Asbo Zaprudder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 07:59 AM   #9
DalekJim
Fleet Captain
 
DalekJim's Avatar
 
Location: Great Britain
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

You should also watch the charmingly goofy Crusade after Season 5, and the TV movies out of curiosity.

Ignore J. Michael Straczynski's entire career after this franchise though. It's pretty unbelievable how uninspired a writer he seemingly instantly became after he finished Babylon 5.
DalekJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 08:06 AM   #10
Mage
Commodore
 
Mage's Avatar
 
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Form your own opinion. I was going to post my thought on season 5, but no. You need to go in it unbiased, and form your own opinion about it, as you should with everything in life anyway.
__________________
Niner. Lurker. Browncoat.
Mage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 08:31 AM   #11
Sephiroth
Vice Admiral
 
Sephiroth's Avatar
 
Location: Sephiroth
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

watch it, watch crusade, form your own opinion, personally, I enjoyed both
__________________
Green chile cheeseburgers, Red and Green chile burritos, Green and Red chile pizza with beef and chicken, Green chile chicken kung pao, Green chile wine, Green and Red chile popsicles...You can get Red and Green on everything here.
Sephiroth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 08:33 AM   #12
Saga
Rear Admiral
 
Saga's Avatar
 
Location: VA
Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Saga Send a message via Yahoo to Saga
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

not watching season 5 would be the same as reading about 80% of a book and never finishing it.
Saga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 08:56 AM   #13
Asbo Zaprudder
Rear Admiral
 
Asbo Zaprudder's Avatar
 
Location: Sand in the Vaseline
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

If you do watch Crusade, watch the TV movie "A Call to Arms" first. "Legend of the Rangers" and "The Lost Tales" were pretty much meh.
__________________
"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." -- Spock -- Flip flap!
Asbo Zaprudder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 10:30 AM   #14
MacLeod
Admiral
 
Location: Great Britain
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Just about the only good scenes in "Legend of the Rangers" featured G'Kar.
__________________
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.
MacLeod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2013, 12:48 PM   #15
Mr Light
Admiral
 
Location: Pennsylvania
Re: is babylon 5 season 5 worth watching

Season Five is pretty bad and betrays the quality of the show in a myrriad of ways. That said, if you loved the first four years, you owe it to yourself to see how it ends!

Unfortunately a lot of it was due to outside factors. JMS was told at the start of S4 that he would not be getting a fifth year so he condensed the series to wrap up in one year instead of two. Then when he got an eleventh hour reprieve at another network, he suddenly had an empty year to fill up. (I exaggerate for effect)

Then, he killed off Marcus thinking Ivanova would be in S5. Then in between seasons, a tragic negotation misunderstanding resulted in her being off the show. So he lost two of his best characters instead of one.

This resulted in the inclusion of a horribly uninteresting and poorly acted new character, and the bastardization of an already terrible storyline.

Then, at a hotel he accidently threw away his story notes for the first half of Season Five, resulting in even more subpar episodes than there might have been.

Then, his Season Five budget was slashed to be much lower, resulting in a near total lack of CGI space battles and action. Also, they lost a day of shooting, meaning that they couldn't do complicated action-y scenes anymore.
__________________

Mr Light is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
babylon 5

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.