Let us give credit to JMS for introducing us into this branch of the B5 universe and giving us all a new show that rekindles old passions.
For those of you who are complaining about some aspects of the show, I say we can overlook whatever heartaches we had. Just be glad that Sci-Fi channel and JMS have given us something new to discuss.
Think of the magnitude of effort it would have been to start up a new movie/(series?). From choosing the cast, selecting music, titles, a whole new written language, ship design and special effects creation, production co-ordination, not to mention the creative genius it took to imagine these characters, situations and their future fates. We all know how much JMS gets involved in all these processes, and I'm sure many more that I do not have the insight to mention. Do not overlook the fact that we have just witnessed an unprecedented science fiction idea, the VR, 3D, thought controlled human-weapons-interface.
I think for now we can overlook a couple of points of contention I have read other people had with the show. A few of these are the look of the Valen, the weapons interface and The Hand. The haunted ship was interesting. If there is a purpose for this in the grand design, I could grow to like it. Initially however it was tiring.
The master has laid out all the elements for a great series if the Sci-Fi channel has the foresight to pick it up. Great potential for character development, political conflict within the rangers, super villains and a ship that we have yet to see the full potential of yet.
I love the idea that the Liandra is an old ship with a history and a personality all it's own. Similar to an old Dodge I used to drive.
Hopefully since the Liandra is 20 years old, we can modernize the human-weapons interface, so as to be more in line with the rest of the fleet. I must also point out, and you've probably read this as many times as the characters voiced it, "We live for the One, we die for the One". That part was overdone.
What makes it special is that it's a new vein in a familiar genre. Show the sponsors and Sci-Fi the interest and buying power of their audience. CDW, H&R Block, Jeep were the main advertisers. Buy some merchandise from these vendors and make sure they know that you were inspired to select their companies merchandise because of their support of this show.
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