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Arc of Infinity

There's a trailer for the new Babylon 5: The Lost Tales DVD on the official website. The website has been given a facelift too, by someone without any noticeable design skills.

The DVD is set ten years after the series. Just seeing the familiar ships and hearing the music certainly gets my B5 juices flowing. For all its flaws, and they are many, Babylon 5 was a show that completely hooked me at the time. Although it didn't make it to the end of its five year story as seamlessly as planned, it inspired subsequent science fiction series to seriously consider long-term storytelling as a viable proposition. My wife has managed to get one of her work colleagues into the original series and he seems to be having a hugely good time watching our DVDs. He's right in the show's heyday (mid Season 2) with plenty of good stuff ahead, and I can't help but be a little envious.

Battlestar Galactica is a series that takes almost the opposite approach to story arc, preferring to make it up as it goes along. Nonetheless its producers are still bravely claiming that "This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end." They simply have no idea what any of those things are. Hopefully they'll make their minds up soon, since they've just announced that Galactica will officially end after its Fourth Season.


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Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
I missed Starfurys and their attitude control! Must get around to getting the B5 DVDs at some point. I /was/ going to get the complete universe set, but it's not going to be so complete now is it...
Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
and, finally, an end.

As opposed to "initially, an end". :-)


Am currently working through B5 in order (courtesy of the not-quite-as-complete-as-it-was-a-month-or-so-ago Universe), having only ever seen snippets of the second half of S4 and S5. Will doubtless post some thoughts then.

However, I will note that Deconstruction of Falling Stars deserves more brownie points than it is possible to imagine for borrowing imagery from A Cantlicle for Leibowitz, possibly the finest Sf novel ever written.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
All those Brownie points get taken away though, due to the sheer overwhelming suckiness of the episode.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
I quite like it. It was the subject of much debate on various B5 newsgroups, being variously proclaimed 'a load of rubbish' and 'a work of genius'.

Season 5 is certainly the weakest of B5 by far.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Or, on the other hand, not.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end

I'm still waiting on the first two.
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