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Subj: Re: Regarding the post about Babylon 5
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:10:05 pm EDT (Viewed 125 times)
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I just felt like adding my pennyworth into this conversation. The truth is that when Babylon 5 first came out I felt like it was an underdone show, poor sets and panto acting but I came to the show in Season 4 and quicky rewatched all the show from Season 4 on. Once you get to love Londo and G'Kar as well as get to enjoy Garibaldi falling out with Sheridan, well you are taken with it.

Shame the final season was so hit and miss.

I always found the 'war room' with its cardboard map pretending to be screens and the sense the walls could fall down at any moment annoying, but take a look at the interrogation episodes with Sheridan and Garibaldi realising he has betrayed his friend and can't kill Bester no much how he wants to... Or at Londo giving in and being fitted with his 'keeper'. How could anyone doubt the quality of some of the ingredients even if the whole was sometimes pompous and cheap.

I don't think anyone can deny that the show's production values could not stand up to Paramount and DS9, but I think the show was superior in that they gave us a different universe and I found the characters to be more interesting. And they took chances. Doctor Franklin suffered from a drug addiction and had to suffer the consequences, unlike a certain female Vulcan on a show that aired post 90s.

One of the things I loved about the show was in regards to religion. Roddenberry unrealistically believed everyone in the future would be atheists, that Mankind would toss out thousands of years of belief. JMS himself is an atheist and yet he recognized that people take comfort in their beliefs and institutions that have been around so long would not just go away. So it was nice to see a Baptist minister and Catholic monks, and there was this awesome scene in season one where Command Sinclair lined up what looked like a hundred men and women who represented religions and beliefs from all over Earth, among them an Atheist.


To Berman and Braga, it was okay to have Chakotay, generic Native American with his incomprehensible belief system, or the Bajorans with their fully fleshed out religion, but we can't have a Muslim with a prayer rug or a Lutheran wearing a cross. :/

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