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Old January 11th 21, 19:27   #1
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New To Babylon 5

Hi Folks,

Just thought I would post here to get some opinions on the later seasons of Babylon 5, well after season 1 really as I've never actually watched Babylon 5 before.

It's only been the last week or so that I started watching season 1 (and I've instantly fell in love with the story/characters, fantastic!) and I do remember the name from back in the day but never really got round to it, big sci fi fan and star trek mainly Voyager/DS9 so when it came to finding another sci fi space show I remembered Babylon 5 being in the mix. I'm an 80s child so I was still young when this was on TV back then which is why it sort of drifted off the radar for so long.

So I started watching Babylon 5 Season 1 the other week and I'm about to watch the last episode "Chrysalis" and Michael O'hare has completely grown on me so as you can imagine I'm absolutely gutted when I found out online that he only stayed as the commander for Season 1, and unfortunately left due to mental health issues at that time which is such a shame as I've seen some videos when he was attending fan meet ups at London back in 1995 on youtube and he seems like such a nice guy, very charismatic and full of life type of character but then again JMS did say O'hare said the fans kept him going for a long time, so sad.

Ok so sorry for the long winded effort here but I was looking to get some opinions on the seasons after the 1st, losing a lead/key actor like that must have impacted big time for the fans, I can see some posts with people saying the new lead commander fits in nice but still, I think it's gonna be tough moving past O'hare not being there anymore.

Let me know how you felt moving into the later seasons after Michael O'hare left the show.

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Old January 12th 21, 01:50   #2
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Glad to see we're still getting new people to watch the show.


As much as I liked Sinclair, Sheridan will always have a very special place in my heart so I feel that the show actually got better after season one. That's not due to the way O'Hare portrayed Sinclair in any way of course.
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Old January 12th 21, 10:50   #3
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A child of the 80s here too – B5 made such a huge impact on me growing up as a teenager, it helped frame who I became as an adult and remains my favourite TV series ever.

I too really enjoyed Michael O'Hare's performance, but Bruce Boxleitner does a fantastic job playing Captain Sheridan from season 2 onwards. In fact, I think it's fair to say that seasons 2, 3 and 4 are the favourites among the fandom. Boxleitner starts off all smiles, deliberately playing to type at first, so that when his character evolves it gives him room to grow into the performance. I think Sheridan has a better rapport with some of the other characters too, like Delenn and Ivanova, so his presence helps make the other characters better too.

Besides, what makes you think you've seen the last of Sinclair...?

PS. welcome to the boards! Please do let us know what you think of Sheridan when you start watching season 2, and what you think of the show as you progress through it!

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Old January 12th 21, 16:32   #4
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Hello Axionz,

From here on you are getting into the real heart of the series.

My personal experience is thus, Through some jogging of memory I recalled seeing some if not all of THE GATHERING when it aired and some scattered Season One episodes, but this was the time I was transitioning from High School to College so I had other things on my mind. My REAL obsession with B5 didn't start until Boxleitner joined in Season Two. From there on I was hooked. And let me tell you, being hooked was no easy task. At that time there was no way to go back and watch Season One and watching what was available was very difficult where I lived because the show jumped all over the TV schedule. It was never consistently on the same channel at the same time every week. But B5 made me the Science Fiction fan I am today. I liked SciFi before B5, but Season Two coming at a critical time in my education helped structure the adult I am today. (It is everything other than B5 that screwed me up. )

Later when the show started appearing on VHS and then reruns I was able to see Season One and fall in love with Sinclair. Consider this Axionz, O'Hare left the show after Season One, 1994, and fans didn't find out the real reason behind his departure until after he passed away in 2012. Just imagine getting that revelation about a show you'd been in love with for almost twenty years. In the end you'll find that just because he leaves after Season One doesn't mean Sinclair didn't add to the overall wonder that is the Babylon 5 story arc. Sinclair / O'Hare is a critical part of the Babylon 5 Universe and we were all very lucky to have one full season with him. We'll never know how the show might have gone had he stayed, but everyone here knows the show did not go downhill after his departure. That is not a slight on him. It is a compliment to those whom continued on after he moved on. It is a testament to a team making the show go in a direction that salvaged what was lost by his absence. (And maybe JMS helped. )

Glad you found us Axionz. Can't wait to read more of your thoughts on Babylon 5.
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Old January 13th 21, 23:12   #5
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A child of the 80s here too – B5 made such a huge impact on me growing up as a teenager, it helped frame who I became as an adult and remains my favourite TV series ever.

I too really enjoyed Michael O'Hare's performance, but Bruce Boxleitner does a fantastic job playing Captain Sheridan from season 2 onwards. In fact, I think it's fair to say that seasons 2, 3 and 4 are the favourites among the fandom. Boxleitner starts off all smiles, deliberately playing to type at first, so that when his character evolves it gives him room to grow into the performance. I think Sheridan has a better rapport with some of the other characters too, like Delenn and Ivanova, so his presence helps make the other characters better too.

Besides, what makes you think you've seen the last of Sinclair...?

PS. welcome to the boards! Please do let us know what you think of Sheridan when you start watching season 2, and what you think of the show as you progress through it!
Thanks and yeh I just watched Season 2 Episode 9 The Coming of Shadows which as you know has a nice cameo of Michael O'Hare as ambassador!

I am enjoying Season 2 so far and Sheridan seems to be fitting in quite well but I still do feel like there is a bit of a void with Michael O'Hare gone and even having his Intro replaced for Season 2 is just different, takes a bit of getting use to and I definitely miss his voice on that Intro, it's just stellar.

It still feels fresh to me with Sinclair being gone after a full season with him as the lead, maybe moving onto season 3 that may fade slightly as I do really enjoy all the characters in Babylon 5 so far, loving it!



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Hello Axionz,

From here on you are getting into the real heart of the series.

My personal experience is thus, Through some jogging of memory I recalled seeing some if not all of THE GATHERING when it aired and some scattered Season One episodes, but this was the time I was transitioning from High School to College so I had other things on my mind. My REAL obsession with B5 didn't start until Boxleitner joined in Season Two. From there on I was hooked. And let me tell you, being hooked was no easy task. At that time there was no way to go back and watch Season One and watching what was available was very difficult where I lived because the show jumped all over the TV schedule. It was never consistently on the same channel at the same time every week. But B5 made me the Science Fiction fan I am today. I liked SciFi before B5, but Season Two coming at a critical time in my education helped structure the adult I am today. (It is everything other than B5 that screwed me up. )

Later when the show started appearing on VHS and then reruns I was able to see Season One and fall in love with Sinclair. Consider this Axionz, O'Hare left the show after Season One, 1994, and fans didn't find out the real reason behind his departure until after he passed away in 2012. Just imagine getting that revelation about a show you'd been in love with for almost twenty years. In the end you'll find that just because he leaves after Season One doesn't mean Sinclair didn't add to the overall wonder that is the Babylon 5 story arc. Sinclair / O'Hare is a critical part of the Babylon 5 Universe and we were all very lucky to have one full season with him. We'll never know how the show might have gone had he stayed, but everyone here knows the show did not go downhill after his departure. That is not a slight on him. It is a compliment to those whom continued on after he moved on. It is a testament to a team making the show go in a direction that salvaged what was lost by his absence. (And maybe JMS helped. )

Glad you found us Axionz. Can't wait to read more of your thoughts on Babylon 5.
Hi Mate,

For sure watching it back then with no solid schedule and no way to catch a missed episode would have been such a nightmare and very gutting! And yes that would have been terrible for the fans back then with O'Hare being the lead for an entire season and then just gone out the blue with no response as to why.... and it wasn't just any season it was the season to set it all off really and start the character building and story arcs, so he's heavily missed I feel.

Like I mentioned above when replying to Springer, having O'Hare gone is still pretty tough to accept when you build up that character connection from a show like this and then all of a sudden such an important key character is just completely taken out, although it was very nice to see the short cameo role in season 2 episode 9 which I just watched! Even hearing O'Hare's voice in that episode instantly brought a smile to my face especially when we all know what really happened with him and why he had to give it all up, such a damn shame and JMS did mention he fought like hell to make sure Season 1 got finished not only for the fans but for the entire show and so no one would lose their jobs, just such a sad thing to happen but speaks volumes about Michael O'Hare as a person and how he really was.

I have read online that O'Hare does come back in for 2 episodes or so later on to basically finish off his story arc so I'm always thinking about that and when that's going to happen lol, I try not to read too much so I don't spoil anything in terms of character plot/story, but cannot wait for O'Hare to at least be back in for a couple of episodes as I just completely fell in love with Season 1 and his character, so will see how it goes!

It's such a strange feeling when watching it, almost like I'm jumping back in time to the early 90s lol, a completely different world back then and they just don't make TV shows like that anymore these days, even the actual episode count from back then on shows they were always very high, reaching around 18-25 episodes per season but these days the shows don't even push past 10 episodes in some cases and they're not as long either, just a totally different work ethic now in today's soft world.

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Old January 14th 21, 01:43   #6
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Oh you will absolutely love those two episodes.
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Soooo any updates? How far have you made it?


And yes it was a completely different world. I enjoy how people get a little dose of that reality with shows like THE MANDALORIAN. I know Disney Plus spaces out releasing the episodes so you can't just get a free month subscription and see the whole thing when it is released, but that tactic does let people know a little of how it once was when it came to watching shows you love. No binge watching. You just had to wait week to week. Think of the chaos that would explode the world if it went back to that now. The show is on this week and if you miss the episode you might NEVER see it again. Re-Runs were never a guarantee. I mean they were sometimes around the original air date, but a couple of years later you couldn't just say, "I'd like to see this show again." and go find it on the internet or physical media. You just had to hope some day it would air again.
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And yes it was a completely different world. I enjoy how people get a little dose of that reality with shows like THE MANDALORIAN. I know Disney Plus spaces out releasing the episodes so you can't just get a free month subscription and see the whole thing when it is released, but that tactic does let people know a little of how it once was when it came to watching shows you love. No binge watching. You just had to wait week to week. Think of the chaos that would explode the world if it went back to that now. The show is on this week and if you miss the episode you might NEVER see it again. Re-Runs were never a guarantee. I mean they were sometimes around the original air date, but a couple of years later you couldn't just say, "I'd like to see this show again." and go find it on the internet or physical media. You just had to hope some day it would air again.

Haha I'm on Season 2 Episode 16, been taking my time with it so I don't rush it too much and it's done too fast lol! I hate it when something is good then it's just done because I binge it like crazy! But sometimes it cannot be helped
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Haha I'm on Season 2 Episode 16, been taking my time with it so I don't rush it too much and it's done too fast lol! I hate it when something is good then it's just done because I binge it like crazy! But sometimes it cannot be helped
That is exactly how I do it. When you rush to get through it you risk missing details. I recall watching a season of Game of Thrones many years ago on Blu-Ray. I rushed through it in a few days. Then a couple of years later I watched it with someone at a MUCH slower pace. There was an entire episode I didn't recall seeing the first time around. When a show is good I want to try to take my time and savor it. I want to make it last as long as possible because if it is a current show I know it will be at least a year until I see it again, if it comes back. If it is an older show I know when I am through it that is it. One big one I am savoring right now is Poirot with David Suchet.
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Old January 22nd 21, 16:52   #10
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Please feel free to post your thoughts as you proceed through your watching of the series. B5 fans tend to enjoy being able to vicariously relive the first time viewing experience.

Personally, I think Sinclair and Sheridan are very different energies. I think I might have preferred Sheridan back in the days that the show was new and ongoing, but in the years since, I've come to prefer Sinclair. That doesn't mean that I don't still enjoy Sheridan as a character, but I think if I were to aspire toward either of them, I would more want to be like Sinclair.
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