B5: The Legend of the Rangers

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  1. Joseph DeMartino

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    The first new B5-universe TV movie in two years (and the pilot for a possible series), Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers debuts at 9 PM (ET/PT) on The Sci-Fi Channel tonight. Those who actually care about the outcome of the NFL play-off game (I don't have a team in the play-offs this year) tape it or catch the encores - tonight at 11 PM, Sunday at 5 PM.
    The film features a group of Rangers (or Anla'shok, a 1,000 year old peace-keeping and covert intelligence force founded by the alien Minbari, but now serving the Interstellar Alliance and open to all speicies) on a dangerous mission. (Of course, what other kind is there in the world of TV movies? [​IMG]) Andreas Katsulas has a guest role as G'Kar. No one else from the original series is featured, but if Sci-Fi picks Rangers up as a weekly show, other old favorites will doubtless appear, schedules and budgets permitting. (The film is set in 2265, about three years after the Alliance was founded, so Delenn is still Anla'shok Na or "Ranger One", head of the organization.)
    You can read a review of the movie here: TV Guide
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    I agree Joseph. I'm gonna be catching this one on the Encore showing at 11PM. I liked the previous series, and since I've never been a fan of the Star Trek TV series, the Sci-Fi channel is my only channel that has some sci-fi shows I like on TV. Here's hoping it's good, and gets picked up.
     
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    Well, I gotta say that I thought it was great. A couple points were predictable, but it was certainly worthy of Babylon 5.

    And the ending really had me excited.



    As soon as they mentioned the Epsilon Jumpgate, I knew they were going to reveal the Babylon 5 station on a (new) television show for the first time in almost 3 years. But they sure dragged out the dialogue, which made me yell at the TV "Show the station already!"
     
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    I'm with you Joe. Especially...

    When they cranked up the S5 theme music just before they panned over to the station. Pity they couldn't go aboard. We'll have to wait for the series.

    I just hope all the advertising has paid off and that the ratings are what Sci-Fi was hoping for.

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    Joe
     
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    Yeah, I have a thing for redheads too. My wife's a brunette, but she oblidges with the red highlights.

    I thought that Dylan reminded me of Robert Patrick a bit (and I don't watch X-Files).
     
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    Okay, I thought it was great except for one thing, the part where she was destroying the mines and clearing the way. It looked cheesy. But hey, great show. I certainly hope it gets picked up.
     
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    "We live for the one, we die for the one"
    Heard this 5 times too many, got really irritating, really fast.
    The screaming while firing sequence was just cheesy, no excuse there. The VR-pod needs to go, or be silent. You get the impression that Sarah makes a physical exertion when she fires, which falls flat.
    The dialog was great between the captain and Dulann, good with the rest of the cast. Though only decent between Sarah and the captain.
    The story was nothing new or groundbreaking, but it would make a great pilot episode. The weekly show type intro was a dead giveaway on JMS's intentions for B5:LOTR.
    Overall, I was prepared to be dissapointed, but came away pleasantly surprised.
     
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    Over all I enjoyed it except for one thing. Weapons Control Working in 3-D environment was fine, but actually showing her shooting blasts from her hands and feet? Having no type of control console in front of her? Just kicking and punching blasts. Nope that did not work for me. And yes, she was a hottie.
     
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    I agree about the VR mine destroying sequence -- that was overdone and rather cheesy.

    My other complaint is the introduction of another "ancient evil." Most of the 5 years of the B5 series was devoted to the Shadows, Vorlons, and the First Ones and how Earth fit into that. Now we find out that the Shadows were supposedly "nothing" compared to this new and even older enemy? This essentially trivializes nearly everything that happened in the first 5 years of the series, IMHO.

    One question: How does this new series relate to the Crusade series, time-wise? I missed most of Crusade, unfortunately, so I'm unsure what happened. Did they find a cure, or is the alien disease still present on Earth at the time "The Legend of the Rangers" (and any new series) occurs?
     
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    I know I'll probably take some flack for my opinion on B5, but here goes:

    I wish JMS would stop making any more B5 series period. Much like Galactica 1980 cheapened the original Battlestar Galactica series, I think all of these other B5 shows like Crusaders and LotR cheapen the original series. I also think they go directly against one of the things the original B5 series stood for. The original series was one story arc spread out across 5 seasons. It was a story that was supposed to have a beginning, middle, and an end. No more, no less. Instead of trying to continue making a B5 series, I wish JMS would put his efforts into make a completely new sci-fi story arc series that was as good as B5 was. Some B5 season DVD's wouldn't hurt either. As I said, in my opinion . . .
     
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    I think if LOTR is renewed as a series. You will see a conclusion to Crusade (ie-Similar to Millieniums ending on X-Files). Maybe someone has heard something more about this.
     
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    When I first saw The Gathering, I thought "Wow. This is going to be something special."

    Legend of the Rangers' To Live and Die in Starlight just didn't have the same impact. Perhaps it's because the Babylon 5 universe isn't a new concept. Perhaps it's because the pilot movie looked like an average episode of an average science-fiction television series.

    It reminded me of Space Rangers with a budget.

    Re: The VR gunpod. I thought it was a neat concept, but it seemed rather silly in execution.
     
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    I'm sad that I missed this show this past weekend. Hopefully theu will rebroadcast it again over the next few weeks. One thing I did notice was when peeps here talk about tis show they shorten the name to "LOTR".
    Now just what are we talking about....
    LOTR - Lord of the Rings
    LOTR - Legend of the Rangers?????
    i'm so confused..[​IMG]
     

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