Why so much hype?
Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
The story-telling is good with flashbacks.The film is both funny and heartbreaking. You smile in a scene and get a soulcrushing revelation in the next.
1) The writing
2) The acting
3) The directing
4) The special effects
5) The writingDisgrace to good sci-fi shows in the past 50 years.
I don't know what to say.... as another fellow reviewer stated.... "Babylon 5 is the greatest science fiction show in the history of television." there is simply nothing more to say... even now in the fall of 2017... The story is a timeless masterpiece which is still unparalleled and the character arches are one of a kind.
After the first 8 episodes of viewing i was not that impressed.No storyline in the show seemed to catch my interest and some of the characters were not to my liking. Garabaldi for example i found to be simply ridiculous and played really bad by Jerry Doyle. Londo was to much of a comical character for my liking and i immediately disliked him for that. The main character Commander Sinclair was also a rubbish character played badly. Luckily i knew when watching that the lead role would later be replaced and played by Bruce Boxleitner who usually is a good actor.(I also knew that Melissa Gilbert would be in a couple of episodes and i looked forward to that)Susan Ivanova was a good character so far in but i didn't always like how the actress Claudia Christian chose to act out the scenes. G'Kar was very good and well played and i looked forward to more story lines involving him. Also Delenn played by Mira Furlan was very good and probably so far in my favorite character. :)One thing i immediately liked about Babylon 5 is that they have experimented more with the appearance of aliens than many other sci-fi series who often portray aliens as basically humans with a few bumps on the forehead or with a different shaped nose.After watching a few episodes i wished for development of the characters and for some better story lines. I also hoped that it would be a bit brighter. And i mean literally. I felt like that space station didn't had any lights.When reaching the mid of season 2 certain things had become just as i though. Things picked up a bit when Boxleitner took over the lead role.Londo, who i disliked from the start had i my opinion became a more serious character which was good but at the same time Delenn, who i really liked was now almost the comical character. She still had serious story lines but i didn't like at all that they changed her. She's also changed appearance and i didn't care at all for her more human look. One really good thing about the show is Walter Koenig's very interesting role. Unfortunately at this stage he's not nearly in as many episodes as one would wish for.The episodes in season 2 are alright at best i'd say. Good enough to watch but not good enough to watch a second time.When reaching the end of the show i must use the word roller-coaster to describe the quality. I'm glad to say that Walter Koenig's character became a recurring one and he is brilliant all the way through.The storyline about the war between the Centauri and the Narns was great! The characters stepped up and those stupid comic moments were finally gone. And i even started to like Londo who was from the beginning a comical character. Some of the shows best scenes was during this era of the series and involved Londo.I think i'm going against the flow a bit when i say that during the second part of season 4 when the storyline was about earth civil war was the most boring episodes of all. I could hardly get through them.But during the last season the show really picked up. Season 5 is really good and the characters seems to finally at that point be in the right places. Londo is now one of the best and most interesting ones. G'kar is very important again for the story (he was almost forgotten during last half of season 4)Overall i would say that many of the episodes (especially half of season 4) are totally over rated and once is definitely enough times to watch them.Season 5 is absolutely the best part of this series surprisingly considering and also the first half of season 4.So...Roller-coaster.(Silly observation)All the way through the series they totally over use the terms "I Repeat" or "I say again" Feels sometimes like they say that in each and every line.
In general, it is an excellent TV series because it has an excellent main story and the actors are excellent.The only big problem is that the special effects are not good at all for this TV series and that is where you see how important it is for a science-fiction TV series to make sure that at least the special effects are at a minimum level of quality.Yes, there are filler episodes but it is still good to see the main story unfold.Despite its imperfections, this TV series is among the classics in science-fiction TV series and that is the reason why it gets a 10 out of 10.I very well could see a new version of this TV series where the special effects would be of high quality and the story for each of the individual episodes would be much better than they are. Like Battlestar Galactica did where the new version of Battlestar Galactica became a classics and a huge hit. The only challenge when creating a new version of this TV series with excellent special effects is the cost. I truly believe that a new version with excellent special effects and better stories for the individual episodes would produce another hit TV series. Here are mostly TV series and a few movies that I highly recommend, as I watched them and enjoyed them a lot.--------------------------------------------------------There are a few classics in science-fiction TV series:---Smallville---Star Trek: Enterprise---Babylon 5---Earth: Final Conflict---Battlestar Galactica---Star Wars (6 movies so far and counting)---Jupiter Ascending (a movie)all deserving 15 out of 10 because they are all very special TV series for the quality of their stories and for the amazing actors that they have. Are these TV series perfect? No, as they sometimes have "filler" episodes that are not too great and they also sometimes have "holes", illogical elements in the main story or in the individual stories of particular episodes. Despite sometimes the presence of these very few shortcomings, these TV series are really unique and special in many ways that you will nevertheless enjoy them greatly.Other TV series that are excellent but not necessarily science-fiction? Here is my list of other excellent TV series that you will appreciate a lot:--A few more science-fiction:---Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (it is science-fiction)---Caprica (it is science-fiction)---Babylon 5: Thirdspace (it is science-fiction)---Space: Above and Beyond (it is science-fiction)---Defying Gravity (it is science-fiction)---The Tomorrow People (it is science-fiction)---The 100 (it is science-fiction)---Almost Human (it is science-fiction)--Non-science fiction:---24---24: Live Another Day---Dexter---The Vampire Diaries (it is fantasy I could call it)---Breaking Bad---Kyle XY (it is slightly science-fiction)---Nikita---Damages--------------------------------------------------------