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DVD TV Show Reviews
As a Babylon 5 fan, I really enjoyed watching this. Any peek
into the B5 universe, any new story, is great. The show was so great, and I
really miss it. There aren't too many shows I could say that about. The writing
of the show was always so good, that it rose above everything else on
television. So I would probably watch even a really bad, inferior version of the
show, with no budget, as long as the writing and characters were still there.
That's how much of a fan I am.
Part of me, however, wonders why they bothered with this DVD set. There are only
three "short stories". Why didn't they make more? These feel like parts of the
show, almost like scenes or something, that they never got around to releasing.
One is very very short. So it was sort of disappointing in that sense - I really
wanted more. One feature involves Scoggins and a priest. I really didn't like
that one because of the religious aspects. There is another one where a reporter
is interviewing Sheridan. To me, that one was way too short. Then the third and
best one had Sheridan arriving at the station and meeting Lando's successor. The
three tales were all loosely related and take place at the same general time.
The only other problem is that I wish we could have seen more of the regular
characters from the show. Sadly, two of the actors have died, so they couldn't
exactly do that. For any show that has such a long history and detailed
background, it's hard to make new ones because it is constricted by what has
already been written. You can't bring back characters who have been killed off,
for instance. And the other factor is the aging. You can't go back in time and
make the actors look younger to do a story that may have happened back during
the original show because the actors just look older and it would be
distracting. I think Bruce Boxleitner (Sheridan) looks great, but Tracy Scoggins
(Monica) really looks older. I enjoyed seeing them both, but the old saying "you
can't go home again" really does sort of work here.
Still, if you are a huge B5 fan like I am, you MUST have this DVD set to get the
few scraps they are giving us here. There are three extra features. One has
Boxleitner and creator/writer Joe Stracyzynski sitting around, chatting, and
that is great to see. Another small short has Tracy Scoggins showing us around
the Lost Tales set. In the third feature, Stracyzynski chats with Peter
Woodward, who was a fairly minor character on Babylon 5 but is featured
predominantly in one of the Lost Tales.
Anyone who did not watch the original show may still enjoy this DVD, but they
might also be a bit confused...or maybe it will just whet their appetite for the
rest of the shows, and they will want to go rent or buy the whole set of Babylon
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