Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Babylon 5

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Transmitted:February 1993 - January 1999
Country of origin:USA
Genre:Epic, arc plotline, political intrigue
Starring:Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Michael O'Hare, Jason Carter, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Bill Mumy
No. of seasons:5

Space opera's just don’t get any better than this.
After a ropey start, it has to be said - series one is pretty disposable apart from maybe 5 episodes - this really kicks into gear.
The story is a familiar one: Good versus an ancient evil that has started to stir. Brief glimpses of the sinister vessels of The Shadows stir the tension, ably assisted by some truly wonderful CGI effects - check Londo's reflection as he watches the destruction of the Narn homeworld for proof of this.
Intricate and intelligent, with oodles of religious quasi-philosophising and more politics than you could fit into a cabinet, this is gripping stuff.
Please note, Season 5 I have not seen at all. Well, I watched the first two or three, but they were so god damn awful I gave up.
Similarly with the specials.
Ultimately, the heart of the show is seasons two through four. The rest can be readily ignored.

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