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    ... J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5.  There are episodes that are lackluster, but when the show is on, it's on.  The show does look dated -- it was made from 1993 to 1998, after all -- but the story is huge and there are some soul-crushingly poignant, sad, and dramatic moments for the characters.  It can feel like it takes a bit to get started, but that's because the show was conceived as five seasons start-to-finish long before the first episode was filmed, and each of the five seasons is one part of a larger narrative: introduction, rising action, complication, climax, and denouement.  The way B5 deals with things like political and military manipulation from outside sources or the rise of fascism is awesome.

    And while I'm busy recommending shows, I'd also recommend Avatar The Last Airbender.  Yeah, it's a cartoon from Nickelodeon, but it's amazingly good.  All three seasons are out on DVD.  I've gotten my best friend into it, and she's commented that while watching the quality of the story easily makes her forget that it's animation and not real people acting that she's watching.  I mean, how many other cartoons have thematic elements about how wars of choice (as opposed to wars of defense) diminish world opinion of the country executing said war or other surprisingly "adult" topics that the show includes like the conflict between pacifism and being expected to kill someone to remove them from power and prevent them from committing further atrocities?

    •  If you go to Z'ha'dum, you will die (0+ / 0-)

      J. Michael Straczynski has serious testicular fortitude, I grant you that.

      I think the show lost a lot of its punch after the Shadows and the Vorlons wandered out to the Outer Rim,  but until then, I can't think of anything that had as many WTF moments until Ron Moore starting fraking with us.

      The biggest being when we find out just what Kosh looks like without the suit.  WTF.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 03:31:14 AM PDT

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