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Better Late than Never (B5)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:04 am 
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So I have finally broken down at started watching Babylon 5, at my brother's insistence.


You know what, I have really started enjoying it. I am half way through season 3 right now. (aired in 1996)

I missed it when it was on TV the first time, as I was in High School and College. So, I spent my weeknight studying and my weekend nights drinking.


I must admit, my first impression of the show was that it was another Star Trek knock off or western in space. I have been pleasantly surprised and I was wondering if anyone else out there missed this great sci-fi series too?

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The few bits of episodes I caught while it was on air didn't impress me. Then my wife (who also missed it when it was broadcast) suggested we give it a try. I rather enjoyed it! It was very engaging, and dealt with a wide range of issues. I think I liked Cmdr. Sinclair better than Cmdr. Sherridan, but I enjoyed all 6 seasons. They were pretty cool.

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Double post!

But yeah, B5 never caught my eye as interesting or innovative science fiction, i've seen a hand full of episodes over the decade.


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I thought Season 1 was pretty rough but once it got going B5 became a really enjoyable show. I liked the fact that there were larger plots running through multiple seasons and things could change. The "universe resets to default values after each episode" style of show just can't compare. Of course this could also turn off the random/occasional viewer who found it impossible to follow the larger stories.

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That is exactly why I stayed away from B5 when I read/heard about it.

When I tried watching an episode I remember asking, "Who are the Shadow?, Why is everyone afraid of the Vorlon, are they good guys? What's with the chick that's half-Minbari? etc."

Between the various plot points, it was hard to get into.

That and I had a lot of stuff going on at the same time this show was on.

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I just recently finished watching the complete series on DVD (again) and just got the The Movies and Lost Episodes DVD's.

It is one of the better sci-fi series. :D

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I watched a fair bit of it when it was first aired. I liked it enough at the time that I made a point of watching it every week. Though I doubt I'd ever spend the time to watch it again.
I can't recall seeing any episodes with sub-space anomalies, time travel, 'What if?'s or excessive holo-deck, so in that regard, Babylon 5 gets my thumbs up.

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RobbieBuckshotLaFunk wrote:
sub-space anomalies, time travel,


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Hey if it was festooned with sub-space anomalies and time travel, don't tell me. Let me keep my un-soiled selective memories. I'll never watch it again, so I can pretend the series was good.
That arsehole Yarlen keeps reminding me that Halo has the Flood in it...

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The time travel is actually pretty good, what they do has already been done kind of stuff.

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I just watched a great episode, all be it with a silly title. The episode I watched was titled, "Shadow Dancing".

It's the episode when Sheridan organizes an strategic surprise attack on The Shadow fleet.

It was a pretty cool episode, I love epic space battles.

I still need to watch the Season finale for S3.

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B5 is by far one of the coolest shows of all time (definitely much superior to DS9). Just been watching 'deconstruction of falling stars'. Great episode, especially as it shows that humans will eventually end up (almost) exactly like the Vorlons. Z'ha'dum is a cool episode too.

And Sinclair is a pansy compared to 'nuke em' Sheridan!

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Yeah, but nukes really don't work that well in space. If you can hit a ship directly with it, it will create a devastating shockwave inside the ship, but near misses won't do much more than pepper the ship with fragments of the bomb casing. You need an atmosphere to create a really nasty shockwave, and space just doesn't have it.

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