skalpel wrote: Donkey Toon wrote:
Was never really a fan of Star Trek, but am a bit partial to Babylon 5.
Yeah I know ...
That's kind of surprising actually, since you're fond of the Aubrey-Maturin and Hornblower novels if I remember right. The Next Generation is basically sea exploration allegories set during a time of political tension between two great powers. Each episode is its own short story within this setting and carried on the back of one main character who is a sort of mix of Marcus Aurelius, James Cook and Horatio Nelson.
Never tried Babylon 5
. Worth it?
Yeah I've watched both the original Star Trek (numerous times) and much of Next Gen. The original was rarely off the tv when I was a kid. But I never really got that in to either ... it was just something to watch.
Babylon 5 was lent to me when I became ill 8 years or so ago. Binge watched them, bought my own box-set and have re-watched the whole lot twice (5 series and 7 feature length movies).
The visuals have dated quite badly and like Star Trek it has some pretty terrible individual episodes. But the overall long-story arks (there are two of them) are in my opinion really good and the core story also very engaging. Babylon 5 being a space station set up to be a base for Diplomatic and social interaction between the many Alien races of the universe, sort of a Galactic United Nations. So many of the storylines revolve around the political differences and machiavellian plots of these various races. The races themselves are very well thought out and it is the growing/changing relationships between them that is the best thing about the show for me.
I'd recommend it, but also suggest that you give it time to grow on you. It is a grower rather than an impact show.
Just found this vid on youtube which does a much better job of describing it. I also agree with pretty much everything he said.