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At the urging of a friend of mine, I tried to watch B5 during its initial run, and actually gave it more than a fair chance and watched its entire first season. I thought it was just dreadful.
I'm more of a Trekker, and even though each incarnation's early seasons had their stinkers, they at least had a few episodes here and there that made it worth sticking with them. By contrast, I found no redeemable quality in B5.
It must be something specific about J. Michael Straczynski, because - I'm not exaggerating - I also watched both Jeremiah and Sense8 (or tried to watch them) and, without ever realizing he was actually involved, my first thought in each instance was that "this is bad on Babylon 5 level". Seems like I can somehow smell this guy's work a mile away.
Season One was dreadful - really, it was pretty poor. But unfortunately you really need to plod through it to get the most out of the rest - and, my own criticisms notwithstanding, it does improve, greatly.
Personally I found Star Trek boring, and poorly acted. Voyager was alright, at least it had some more interesting characters and a sense of humour, but none of the rest of the ST franchise does much for me.
If a show needs more than a season to find its stride - especially back at a time when a season meant a full two dozen episodes - then it's off my list.
As for Voyager - to me this one's near the bottom of the list, because by that time they had seriously run out of ideas. Of course that might not be that obvious if you haven't already seen everything that came before it.
Enterprise is pretty good
- first Enterprise in space didn't even have big phasers on the ship
- captain didn't always take the high-road; much more human
- no prime directive
- no federation
- sort of a prequel
I watched it all, but didn't like the physics in it. The "blink drive" bugged me especially. "Oh let's plug this chip into our existing drive and all of a sudden we can be anywhere in the universe instantaneously."
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I really like The Expanse, whose third season is planned to air on April, 11th.
A story where Earth is confronted to two other entities who arose upon space conquest: Mars, and its military-based society, and the people living in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
If you did not see it yet, you may enjoy it.
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