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Babylon 5 redux April 22, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Mentioned Babylon 5 last week, and here’s the wikia, and quite comprehensive it is too. I’m always amazed by fandom and how it manages to persist. But what of B5? There’s some – frankly – fairly cheesy CGI (good in its day, no mistake but twenty odd years later showing its age).

Oddly, and rather cleverly, the live action scenes were shot in widescreen which makes it an oddly enjoyable viewing experience, whereas the effects were all shot in 4:3 if I recall correctly and are very obviously pixellated. Given how difficult it has been to get some Star Trek series with updated CGI and it’s not hugely necessary (sure, I like The Original Series with fancy planet shapes but there was something charming about the original matte paintings etc – and yeah, the Blu-Ray’s have old and new on the same discs but that’s an expense too far), I’m almost certain B5 won’t be updated.

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1. Aengus Millen - April 22, 2017

It definitely has a strong following still on the internet I wasn’t even born when the show started but after hearing about it constantly I watched it about 2 years ago. It’s a good show does what sci-fi is supposed to do both entertain but also deal interestingly with social issues. I have a very strong memory of an episode in which a racist group tries to recruit one of the main characters into a plot against the aliens on the station. It has a lot of resonances with today.

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2. EWI - April 22, 2017

My understanding is that whoever owns the rights to the Trek TV series (now different to the movie rights!) and produced these and the NextGen sets, wasn’t able to shift many at the original asking price.

So much so that DS9, much the better series, will now never have a HD upgrade. I would think that the market for re-doing B9 in HD is even less able to bear the cost (although maybe Netflix?).

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3. deiseach - April 22, 2017

The CGI works fine for me, evoking nostalgia for the space combat games that were a thing at the time of Babylon 5 (X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Wing Commander, Freespacr, I-War – the last one borrowing heavily from B5’s tropes). What does not work so well is the business in the fourth series where Ivanova takes on the role of television news reader. I don’t feel quite so nostalgic for a time when CNN ruled the world. How very 90’s.

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WorldbyStorm - April 22, 2017

Yeah, I love Ivanovo as a character but that was grim.

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4. An Sionnach Fionn - April 24, 2017

Only six years separate the end of Babylon 5 and the start of Battlestar Galactica yet they seem worlds apart in terms of television styles. Deliberately so, of course. They were after slightly different audiences and with different budgets (and radically different times). But BG seems much more relatable and “adult” on a rewatch than B5.

If you ignore all the religious hokum which eventually became just plain annoying 😉

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