halO bendeR, on 27 September 2012 - 09:05 PM, said:
I started B5 from the beginning and slogged my way through four seasons before giving up completely. I respect that they were trying to tell a multi-season spanning saga in an era where such a thing was far from the norm, I just wish they had done it with a cast of characters that didn't feel hokey or dull.
I felt a little guilty about only coming into this thread to post my negativity, so I decided to pop in one of my Farscape Season 2 DVDs and give it another shot. I was instantly reminded that I don't hate the show, and in fact, quite love the zany creature effects and puppetry. I still feel like the characters aren't all that strong, but certainly nothing as bad as a Garabaldi or an Ivanova.
I think my problem is that I tried to watch this series like I would Breaking Bad or Damages or the like -- namely, all at once. I just can't do that with episodic shows. I get quickly frustrated with the lack of plot progression and then I burn out.
Yeah we are pretty much in agreement on B5
I can understand your complaint about episodic, how far through S2 did you get? As the show progresses it moves away from episodic as the arc slowly gets stronger. There are still lots of one off episodes sprinkled through but theres definitely a strong arc that's the primary drive of the show by the end of the second season. If the characters don't work for you that will detract though, a lot of the arc is about the changes in the characters - specifically John.
ETA: Yeah Jolene, it's completely insane. Has some really bad episodes, but also reaches some soaring heights.
Edited by karaddin, 28 September 2012 - 12:19 AM.