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    Question Explain, please

    I've been assured by many people whom I trust their tv watching content and they know what I like. And honestly, I 've given the show a couple of tries. But it seems to me to be a UN in space. Am I wrong?


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    Default Re: Explain, please

    Yes.


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    It's a great deal more than that, but you need to watch all of the first season to find out exactly what. B5 is one of my favorite shows ever.
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    I'll try and give it yet another go.


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    Season 1 is primarily introduction of people, places, races, and alliances, and fleshing all that out so that when they start to play with it all in Season 2, the changes and consequences are far more meaningful.


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    B5 is one of the pioneers of the current trend of shows best suited to binge watching. Some may be bothered by the fact that it was also one of the first shows to use CGI rather than miniature models for most shots, and sadly, that CGI shows its age. But if you can see past that, you're in for some very good storytelling.
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    It's also basically sci-fi's Lord of the rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Everlovin View Post
    I've been assured by many people whom I trust their tv watching content and they know what I like. And honestly, I 've given the show a couple of tries. But it seems to me to be a UN in space. Am I wrong?
    If you have only seen the first couple of eps, I can understand how you would feel that way (though, for a comparison, I would use Switzerland being "historically neutral", rather than the UN (which has never been neutral).
    I -feel- that B5 draws it's finest stories from the shared commonality of the hero's journey across cultures, beliefs and even (actual!!) differing races (Human, Mimbari, Centauri and Naan for the most part), and then the broad background of what I would call "generational differences" between mainly the Shadow and the Vorlons and the younger races (Humans etc).

    Does it have political intrigue and plotting?
    Certainly does, but they too are a function of, not so much "humanity" but of communities, be they a tribe, a village, a city, a state, a country, a planet or an alliance of worlds.

    Star trek, especially TNG draws on parables and fables to teach "morals" in easily digested 45 minute stories, B5 does it in Seasons.

    To "tailor make" this response for -you-, Something like TNG is like hearing a fantastic sermon for the first time, it stands alone and can induce "rapture" and "reflection"
    B5 is the first time you read the Bible, and right now, as others have noted, you are still in the "and beget, and then they beget". It's sorta boring, it's sorta stale, but without knowing it, you won't know -how- that becomes important later.

    Give B5 another go, grit your teeth and get through all the begetting, cause B5 is one of the finest Aspirational Scifi shows ever created. In fact, With ALL the scifi movies and TV shows I own, it is the -only- series I will rewatch every year, and even pull YouTube clips from at random to watch based on how I am feeling.
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    Thanks everyone. Like I said, I'll give it another go. There's been some compelling reasons to give it a try


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    Quote Originally Posted by maneth View Post
    B5 is one of the pioneers of the current trend of shows best suited to binge watching. Some may be bothered by the fact that it was also one of the first shows to use CGI rather than miniature models for most shots, and sadly, that CGI shows its age. But if you can see past that, you're in for some very good storytelling.
    Absolutely true, I remember bursting out laughing when I first saw the CGI scenes of the first season. At least the quality improves in the later seasons.

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