And the other thing to remember vis a vis comparisons with "Star Trek"...the science.
In "Trek," the science and technology is all nigh unto magical in nature, with very, very little of it actually based upon real-world science. The Federation's technology has become so godlike in nature that all one needs to do is simply press a button, and one can receive anything from an enormous banquet to marital aids, or even modify the verteron nodes of the ship via the EPS conduits and save the star system/alien species/Neelix from complete annihilation.
With "Babylon 5," on the other hand, JMS has taken extraordinary pains to integrate ACTUAL spaceflight physics and spacecraft design into the very fabric of the story, along with cooperation from NASA.
When you look at "Babylon 5," unlike "Trek," you actually think to yourself, "That could be real someday. I'm looking at something that's *possible*!"
And that is where the true "sense of wonder" emerges. Not from watching mere pretty pictures...but from witnessing something that could one day be seen in orbit or in space. This is why "Babylon 5" holds a place in my heart that "Star Trek" has never managed to accomplish.
And I am looking forward to what is to come in the future.
[This message has been edited by Leto II (edited April 17, 2001).]