Originally Posted by moob
I didn't mention the goofy costumes, make-up, bad acting and clichéd writing. I know folks said that it (writing/story) gets better once you get to season two, but I still have to look at it
so never watched the whole series?
the very end of s1 sets the stage for the true story ark that goes all the way through to the end. s2 gets the ball rolling, s3 & 4 are the main story and s5 wraps up some loose ends, and gives the final outcomes of the main characters, including the guy with the big hair
, who becomes what he wanted to be, the emperor of his planet....and his very big tragic downfall that goes with it. there are big adult issues in the series
death & what it means to be mortal, war, the fate of earth, mankind & all alien races, thousand of yrs struggle between good & evil, chaos vs order, authoritarianism vs man's free will, colony on Mars, telepaths used as weapons, political intrigue, racial bigotry & the struggle for freedom, inter-species love & marriage as a metaphor for interracial, and religion thrown in. IMO, it is a very Dune-like story, with a messianic character, religion overtones, etc
if you haven't gotten past the cgi, the costumes, big hair, then you've missed the entire theme of the show. and if you haven't gotten past s.1 then you missed the main character of the entire rest of the series, a new base commander who eventually leads all mankind & alienkind into a war against the evil forces. and if you can watch the finale in s5 & not choke up a bit, then you're a harder man than me
maybe you should try skipping s.1, except for last 2 eps, then give it a try. It is a serial, not quite as much as BSG, but s3 &4 particularly serialized, one ep directly leads to the next.
Babylon 5 was the BSG of its day, just like BSG is of ours. Read the wiki on the show, some websites devoted to it, and go from there. it is NOT about the cgi, the big hair (that's the way males on that planet wore their hair, status symbol) & remember it was made in the early 90's
"Straczynski wondered why no one had done a television series with the same epic sweep (as Dune, Asimov's Foundation, LOTR), and concurrently with the first idea started developing the concept for a vastly-ambitious epic covering massive battles and other universe-changing events. Realizing that both the fixed-locale series and the epic could be done in a single series, he began to sketch the initial outline of what would become Babylon 5"
"his approach was "to take [science fiction] seriously, to build characters for grown-ups, to incorporate real science but keep the characters at the center of the story."