Originally Posted by GrouchoDude
Oh, now I get it. Of course. Subtle reference for the faithful there, HDTVC...
Beyond the rim = the other side, and other thematic similarities. But this was better, yes?
Man, now there's
Certainly there are similarities. Both have "spiritual" overtones of Lorien as "the" First One trying to get the Vorlons and Shadows to make nice, and the "god" of BSG (though it
apparently doesn't like to be called so) trying to get humans and Cylons to share the sandbox.
There's at least one major character in both who experiences death and resurrection and winds up becoming the person s/he was destined to be. Both had at least 1 "sleeper" agent.
Both series have multi-year arcs that were sabotaged by events beyond their control (absurd network scheduling---writer's strike (BSG)---a maybe yes-maybe no final season (B5))
I wouldn't trade either one as an experience---but I will go out on a limb and say that J. Michael Straczynski probably did a better job of keeping the elements of the arc together in B5. It had its "filler" moments, but the overall story elements appeared more planful to me. Then again, it may be that RDM was too
open about his creative process (which some believe was throw ideas against a wall and see what sticks)
Of course, even JMS had his problems--- Sleeping in Light
was meant to end Season Four as a series finale---then he got word that there was a "go" for a fifth season (IMHO, an unfortunate situation---though there are some really good individual episodes in it).
From the start, B5 was planned as a "novel for television" with a defined beginning, middle and end. BSG can easily also fit into that category.
I'd have to say though, that while there were some excellent moments in B5, the overall level of acting in BSG was well above it.