Re: A Niner Watches Babylon 5 JMS had an annoying tendency to make his "heroes" seem bigger than they were, by creating petty and disgusting villains to contrast them with. That's just cheap. And his denoument to the Shadows vs Vorlons war was the very definition of anticlimactic. But there was something about B5 that was uniquely compelling. I really cannot put it into words, but it has to do with the feeling that there was more to it than we saw "on camera," in a way that no other series really managed to convey. It was similar to what Farscape did, to a lesser extent, that feeling that we're seeing a self-contained universe with its own rules that exists whether we watch the show or like it or not. Ok let me take another stab at it. I didn't care that much about the B5 characters. I thought Boxleitner was an idiot. Delenn's people lurched around in robes like cut-rate Jedi. A lot of characters seemed stilted, more like types (Ivanova = tough chick; Garabalid = tragic drunk) than characters. And the plotline? Frankly I can't even remember what it was. Regardless, the environment of B5 seemed alive to me. If someone were to do an extension - not reboot - of the series, I have no doubt I would instantly recognize whether it was authentic or not.