Well, if you’re a big B5 fan like me, revisiting the old gang is great. Even if we do just get the three old-timers – Crusade counts as “old time”, right?
What you get is two separate stories that just happen to take place just before the tenth anniversary celebrations of the ISA. The biggest disappointment of this DVD is that the stories are rather short, just a smidge over a half-hour apiece. Still, it’s worth it to see the B5 universe in action again.
The first story is interesting and would fit in as a typical mid-season B5 episode, but without the connection to “larger events” that one might expect. It’s rather religious in nature, which sort of surprised me, and it didn’t have the resolution I would have expected. It involves a demon who possesses some random crew member … and it turns out to really be a real old-fashioned Old Testament demon. I kept expecting the “big reveal” but didn’t get it. I’m left wondering if I missed something, or if JMS was deliberately vague here to leave people wondering.
The second story I enjoyed more, although you see the ending coming from early on. I think the reason I liked this better is that it just felt good to see Sheridan in action again. And Galen popping in to be annoying, I must admit, is sort of fun, too.
The interviews are fun, but nothing revealing. There are also a couple of special memorials to Richard Biggs and Andreas Katsulas that are quite nice and moving.
Well, that’s my two cents worth. I definitely urge everyone to run out or go to Amazon and buy this DVD right away so that we can see more of these released from time to time.