You asked for it and you shall get it! Daily Babylon 5 reviews starting, well, tomorrow. (That's what happens when you don't know a series as well as some of those other ones I did - the one with the spaceships and the one with the police box - you watch episode 1 all raring to go, then realize the actual pilot is in a different DVD set.) While, yes, I did watch B5 when it first aired, I've never rewatched it, nor did I see every episode. My kid brother got me into it around the time Sheridan became commander, so my memories of the occasional first season episode are spotty at best. Babylon 5 is an intricate web, and not one I know intimately enough to go "ahhhh, that thing in episode 1 will pay off in episode 100" like I might've in past daily review projects, and this BUGS ME. But coming to something fairly fresh isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Some technical notes
I am obviously using the DVD releases which differ from the original broadcasts in one important way: They've been widescreened. This means the image isn't as crisp, though it's not necessarily noticeable in the live action elements. The CG outer space effects, however, look terrible: Blurry and flickery. The version of the pilot I'll be using is the 1998 re-issue, I guess, and that's a "special edition" edit. At least, I think so. (I feel like such a relative n00b!) I have all five seasons and the movies, as well as the Lost Tales, and I just ordered Crusade and Legend of the Rangers, so I guess I'm committed to covering the entire B5 universe. How will it be covered, well...
As with Doctor Who, I'll be including a quote from the episode at the top, and a screenshot.
IN THIS ONE... As the series becomes more and more serialized, it'll become important to give readers points of reference to help them situate each episode.
REVIEW: The meat of the article, discussing plot, character and production, as standard. Like I said above, I'm not clear on all the connections running through the series, so I'll be discovering them as I go along, discussing them in order. I kind of look forward to appreciating J. Michael Straczynski's work from back before I hated it. (That is to say, I think writing almost every episode of a long-running series is damn impressive and a huge achievement, but I've disliked every comic book he's ever written.)
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: Because Babylon 5 premiered more or less alongside the rather similar Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - which happens to be my favorite of all the Treks by a wide margin - and to give this series of reviews its own unique spin, I'll be attracting your attention towards connections between the two. Who was first? Who copied who? Was it all just zeitgeist? It's definitely not a one-way street. The category won't appear if it's irrelevant to any given episode, and might disappear entirely over time.
REWATCHABILITY: The final score, from Low to High, and a brief evaluation. Same thing I used to do for Trek and Who. Rewatchability is a value based on both quality and canonical importance.
Should take us through the next five months or so! Watch along if you dare, and don't let the Shadows get you!