Monday, September 18, 2006

Babylon 5 - Season 2

Another draft entry that has been gathering dust since June.

Babylon 5

Let me quickly complete it by saying... Season 2 was excellent, better than Season 1, and despite my initial reservations I grew to prefer Sheridan to Sinclair. Londo continues to be a lovable bastard (although mostly a bastard), G'kar is now a tragic figure, Garibaldi and Ivanova are... still themselves, which is a good thing. Revelations are made and the stakes continue to be raised, and I can't wait to see Season 3.


sanity index said...

Hello. Glad you stopped by my blog and commented even though you were initially compelled to click away! I do love scifi (IMHO Babylon 5 is one of the best, if not the best, scifi shows to have existed), and own up to many of the same interests as you, saw several of the movies you mentioned - but even geeks need a little place for emotional outlet from time to time.

I've been wanting to read His Dark Materials, but time and things always get in the way. Hopefully you will review the rest of the trilogy soon. :)

Antimatter said...

Never judge a book by it's cover! Or a blog by it's title! Juvenile blogs are ubiquitous, so it's always nice to find something mature on a blog! (although admittedly my choices of subject matter are hardly intellectual!)

Babylon 5 is brilliant, and I also think it's one of the best sci-fi shows despite having seen less than half of it. (I've heard it's great all the way upto Season 4, with 5 being a bit iffy)

I finished His Dark Materials some time ago actually, but I was planning on putting a little entry on the last two books for completeness sake. :D

sanity index said...

Are you watching B5 on DVD or on broadcast somewhere? My first exposure to it was on a series of VHS tapes and was ready to forego sleep to watch "just one more episode."

It's been a while since I last watched B5, but don't let others' opinions sway you. IIRC s5 had a lot to do with telepaths. Loving the show is kind of like loving a child (not that I'd know, just guessing) - you know it has flaws but love it nonetheless because it is such an amazing entity to begin with.

Antimatter said...

DVD... and I know what you mean, it's very addictive! Fortunately, I have a lot of self control, so I force myself to stop at the end of an episode - unless it's a two parter!

Oh, I wouldn't skip S5 just because of less than stellar reviews. I have to see it for myself. From what I've heard, JMS was forced to end his 5 year story arc prematurely in S4 because the show wasn't being renewed.. but it was then picked up by another network for a fifth season. I've heard it ends up being a 'season long epilogue'.

Regardless, I love the universe and the characters, so the more there is, the better!

As an aside, I've found the new Battlestar Galactica to be, in some ways, a spiritual successor to B5. Though tonally and visually quite different, it has a similar combination of politics and religion / spiritualism, and a large cast of characters who are flawed and morally ambiguous.

sanity index said...

You are correct about the seasons of B5. Now that I've recalled it, I didn't like the female captain in s5 too much, but the series wrapped up nicely. I cried at the very last scene. Won't spoil what it is for you.

I actually haven't watched the new BG, since it is only on cable TV in the U.S., but I've heard great things about it from diehard scifi fans.