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Subj: Re: Regarding the post about Babylon 5
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:32:16 pm EDT (Viewed 10 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Regarding the post about Babylon 5
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:10:05 pm EDT (Viewed 126 times)

    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.

I will say I agree with that. As an atheist it still bothered me that most of the humans in Star Trek were atheist. Part of my disgust was that the humans had become so enamored with their technology you had Barclay living out his life in holodecks and Riker and Harry Kim falling in love with holograms and another hologram giving himself the delusion of family. Humanity in Star Trek is well...wretched. Preachy, non-religious, overly optimistic, they for the most part abstain from real alcohol (fools!), they're utterly dependent on their technology, and they're just so utterly devoid of any real passion. Their utopia is built on blandness and they've evolved past real interpersonal conflict. You can't relate to them.

That's why I liked Sisko...he didn't seem like one of the other Federation drones lacking flaws. He was obnoxious, demanding, manipulative and abrasive at times. He's the one person in Star Fleet I could relate to.


    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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