is babylonian 5 any good

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  1. tmosler

    tmosler Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I am trying to decide whether to buy the dvd sets of babylonian 5. I have watched star trek original series, ds9, and next generation and loved them but I also watched the new battlestar galactia and doctor who which I didnt like that much. I was wondering if Babylonian 5 is any good. Also I have heard the first season is bad but how to the rest of the show?
     
  2. tmosler

    tmosler Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    sorry thats babylon 5 I spelled it wrong
     
  3. T J

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    It depends on your tastes and tolerances.

    In general, yes, it's very very good and I highly recommend it to any self respecting sci-fi fan. Some parts are a bit dated, it has a long run up to the main plat but it the journey that's rewarding... if you stick to it by the end you'll be weaping for joy. Some if not much of the acting is the best you will find in sci-fi.
     
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  4. Kegg

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    If you enjoyed DS9 you may like B5 (both political shows with aliens and wars and dense arcs and set on a space station and so on), but you'll have to stick with it as the first season is slow going.
     
  5. Sephiroth

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    short answer, yes, long answer

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJmuHNDcXLQ[/yt]
     
  6. teacake

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    Absolutely wonderful stuff. You will not regret it.

    It's a lot less slick than BSG or Doctor Who, actually it's not slick at all. But it's wonderful, great stories, characters and arcs.

    I'm watching the vid sephiroth posted and Sheridan is making me happy.
     
  7. Lt. Uhura-Brown

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    I think it's a brilliant series and well worth the time.
     
  8. EmoBorg

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    Babylon 5 is like DS9. Babylon 5 can be described as a space opera.

    Babylon 5 - This is how the world ends.

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  9. Guy Gardener

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    The first season did not age well.

    It's best to start with the prequel they made between season 3 and 4, so you can add up if it's worth sticking around through some of the worst episodes.
     
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  10. teacake

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    Soul Hunter, Infection and Believers are the only bad episodes in the first season with the latter being some kind of Star Trek wank. Everything else is perfect.
     
  11. Gov Kodos

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    There is a lot of complaint about the first season, maybe well earned. It spends its time defining the B5 universe and the issues that will play out throughout the series as plots and underlying themes. It's my favorite season of the show, but that came after seeing the whole series and coming back to it. The first time through had a lot of 'why are they telling me all this' vibe to it. A lot of good episodes are there, too, but it can feel slow in the first year.
     
  12. Guy Gardener

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    TKO felt like swallowing a gym sock.

    Grail was a criminal waste of David Warner.

    Quality of Mercy. Did they book June Lockhart and then discover there's been some ongoing bloodsoaked feud between she and Bill Mummy for the past 30 years? Just try to imagine if those two actors had been paired for a love story or a fight to the death with fighting pikes? Again. CRIMINAL!
     
  13. Gov Kodos

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    Wow, I love those episodes. Still Lockhart and Mummy in the Mutai would have been great.
     
  14. Guy Gardener

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    And when she snaps his ulna over her knee, we all know what June's really saying is "This is for loving that stupid robot more than me!"
     
  15. Kegg

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    I'd agree with that. In the Beginning is as good as B5 gets, and if you enjoy it, then the series is worth it.
     
  16. Asbo Zaprudder

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    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.
     
  17. Guy Gardener

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    Spoilers?

    It must be wonderful to work backwards.
     
  18. Admiral Buzzkill

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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.
     
  19. flavaflav

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    Easily the best US sci-fi show ever. definitely watch it.
     
  20. RandyS

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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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