December 1, 2011
Babble On, part 1.
And I hated the thing. Other science fiction fans around me loved it to bits, and I just couldn't see the appeal. Years of being treated like something of a nerd pariah (I'm being serious - getting told to your face "well it must be because you've got no taste" isn't very nice) led me to exaggerate my opinions to a ridiculous degree. I went from not really engaging with the series to disliking the series to actively trying to tear it to pieces whenever it came up in conversation. There was also the problem that the five year arc, as it played out on screen, is in my opinion a staggering disappointment. Actually it's more than that. It honestly felt like a slap in the face to any viewer dedicated enough to watch through the first 3 1/2 years of the show.
Recent events dropped a copy of Babylon 5's pilot and first season into my lap, and this led me to thinking: is the series really as bad as I remembered it? After all, I've only seen each episode once. I saw some of them more than 15 years ago. I had never rewatched them, knowing what was coming in the story, and able to recognise any foreshadowing or clever worldbuilding that might be hidden in the series.
Everything deserves a second chance, so over the next few months I'm going to start reviewing Babylon 5 right here. I'm trying my best to watch it with an open mind. I'm watching it with a particular eye to point out what's good, and what doesn't work. I don't intend to be brutal, but I do intend to be brutally fair - and that works both ways. If I like something, despite my preconceived opinions of the series as a whole, I'm damn well going to credit it.