Kevin Trotter Posted January 14, 2002 Report Share Posted January 14, 2002 While reading the post about the new Ranger movie I began to think about Sci Fi on tv and just where the B5 franchise stood. I remember my sister in law a few years ago telling me about a new series that rivaled ST and was better than STTNG. I tuned in and watched B5(year one) and after I stopped laughing quickly began work on my sister in law's commitment papers. The lead actor was so stiff I thought he'd break everytime moved, the guy with the crew cut was worse and the costumes belonged on a 50's saturday kiddie show. I did'nt watch again and made quite a bit of sport of my sister in law. This show wouldn't last a season! It wasn't until the final year of the series that a took a second look and discovered my sister in law was right (ouch!) I have since come to the following conclusions B5 had far superior character development. The growth and change in G'Kar and Londo was subtle and gradual but real. Garibaldi's struggle with the bottle , Stephen's addiction to "stims" and the unrequited love between Ivanova and Marcus ring a little more true than TNG's issue of the week approach. B5 influenced Deep Space Nine Is it me or did it seem that the grand space battles between the Federation and the Founders owe something to the Shadow wars? ST franchises prevoius approaches to warfare on that level always seemed so small. Also it seemed that B5's characterization of political intrigue and the difficulty involved in diplomacy seemed to rub off on DS9. Kirk vs Sheridan Okay I know I'm out on a limb but here me out. Hands down Kirk is the most heroic figure in Sci Fi tv history but Sheridan's pretty cool too. We all think of Kirk as a rebel who flouts the rules and tramples on the Prime Directive , but truth be told he always toed the line and backed the federation. Sheridan basically attempted (sucessfuly) a coup of a corrupt government and was branded a traitor , he bullied , cojoled , browbeat other races to fall in line with what he knew was the greater good. His character seemed more human to me and when fell in love , died and left Delenn as a widow (Sleeping in Light, as good as any episode ST has produced) It felt like a friend had passed. In closing ,in many ways B5 is every bit as good as anything ST ever produced. Maybe even better. "We Live for the One, we die for the One" Ranger proverb (Sounds like us talking about the SC) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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