Babylon 5: The Lost TalesHD Closed Captioning
J. Michael Straczynski
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Times change. Dangers remain. 10 years after he became President of the Interstellar Alliance, Sheridan prepares for a fateful Babylon 5 reunion that could prevent Earth's impending doom...if he will also compromise his core principles. Meanwhile, commander Lochley confronts an unexpected interloper on the way station - a being whose presence makes the B5 freeport the crossroads between heaven and hell. In Voices in the Dark, Series creator J. Michael Straczynski reunites with stars Bruce Boxleitner and Tracy Scoggins in two richly imagined stories set after the events of the original series. Richly imagined, too, is Straczynski's vision of the 23rd century (including a dazzling New York City) - a vision made more spectacular via filmmaking technology unavailable during the original series.
Great writing, OK action.
J. Michael Straczynski has written some great material. The movie is sort of two tales in one. The writing is truly first rate. But given the run time and that this was the first B-5 story to come along in quite some time, I was hoping for more action and excitement. B-5 itself looks amazing. All of the ships and space scenes are wonderful in HD (on AppleTV). While watching it I kept imagining how great the original series would have looked in this much crisp detail. But for the most part the sets were very minimal and there was really little action to get excited about. To me, B-5 was at it's peak in episodes like Severed Dreams and End Game, where both the writing and the action were off the charts. Still though, if you are a B-5 fan like me, you'll enjoy the story telling. I hope he can pull more of the original cast together to do another movie, this time with a bit more thrills.
Nice to revisit Bab5 again
Not much action in this, but Bab5 was never about the action for me, it was about Straczynski's vision and philosophy behind the series. If that's your taste too, you'll like this, especially the first story with Tracy Scoggins. It gets right into the whole good/evil debate and has a great ending. The second story is OK, but it was better to see Bruce Boxleitner again!
Not Reminiscent of the Series
I am a huge fan of Babylon 5. It focused on the story line rather than the newest warp drive or invention. But this movie is a far cry from the series. There are 2 semi-interconnecting episodes in this movie. Each episode essentially has only 3 actors in it set against various CGI backgrounds. They are more psychological thrillers than anything, and somewhat lacking on the thriller side. I think J. Michael Straczynski is a genius, but it could have been a lot better. We need a Babylon 5 movie, not a featurette.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2007
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