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    Star Trek came before Babylon 5. Unless, of course, you travel via time machine. Or the "beam me up Scotty" method.

    •  B5's evolving, 4-year multiple story arcs, (8+ / 0-)

      the design for an ending (the final scene of the final episode was written before the first one aired), the killing off of main characters (and even an entire race) early and often, keeping viewers on their toes and taking away the certainty and predictability of shows like Star Trek, the deep literary and theatrical references, innovations such as show-within-a-shows, "subliminal" ads, features on minor, marginal characters (the janitors episode), TV-as-set-theater (the torture episode), playing with expectations and defying them (the "good" and "evil" forces in the show), not to mention use of the Internet to build direct relationships between creator and fans, and to build support and a fan campaign in support of a show - all are things JMS (J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the show) pioneered with Babylon 5.

      He also brought much more of a cyberpunk sensibility to televised SF, scratching up the shiny patina of the Star Trek series, showing the dark underbelly of humanity, and assuming it survives our journey into the stars. And, it was the first show to use CG extensively. And, the first time ever (and probably the last time) a single person - JMS wrote every show for three full TV seasons but one episode.

      Star Trek was trapped in the series convention of recurring characters and stories that resolved within a single episode.

      There is a lot more that made B5 a pathsetting show. Showing real physics in space, instead of making spaceships act like airplanes (BG's and Firefly's space battles are directly inspired by B5). Not for nothing do Whedon and Moore (of Battlestar Gallactica fame) cite B5 as a major influence.

      One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

      by RandomActsOfReason on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 06:58:11 PM PDT

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