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We totally need a B5 thread. This is one of the best sci-fi series I’ve ever seen, especially season 2-3, and parts of 4.
Having been a Star Trek fan for a long time, I was initially wary of the series. “Oh, another rip-off space series? Set phasers on Yawn!” But the more I watched it, the more I came to appreciate the conspiracies, drama, and shades of gray inherent in that show that was not present in Star Trek.
I like the realism of the characters. They weren’t all perfect like the Star Trek people with their replicators and utopian planets where nobody has to work but somehow waiters and stuff still existed. These people had issues, some were drug addicts, some had crazed pasts, and they make mistakes, and not the “Oh, the variance for the K plasma conduit must be attuned to the INVERSE frequency of the shield modulators!” kind, but actual moral failings. It was like Deep Space 9 except worse, because while Sisko was more of a real character than Picard the wunderkid, Sinclair and later Sheridan went through all kinds of crap and not every one of their decisions were admirable.
I think also that I enjoyed the space battles a lot more. The Enterprise, while cool, didn’t perform must like a lithe combat flagship like the White Star or even teh Defiant. Battles were usually against hopeless outgunned aliens, or the Klingons or someone who basically sat there and traded shots. Two big ships firing at each other with hardly any movement is nothing compared to the oddly mesmerizing Earth Fleet ships with their rotating hulls vs. some Centari warship or tiny Narn cruiser. Plus, I like the nebulas in the background.
While the series kind of lost me in the last season with all the psychic war stuff, those middle seasons are pure sci-fi gold. I don’t know if it was really true when J. Michael Strazinski said he was in the shower and sudden had an epiphany and the whole series came to him, but its a good reason to write your stuff ahead of time so you can foreshadow more than a few episodes prior.