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22 Mar 2019 6:17 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Mar 2019 6:16 p.m. PST

Both sci-fi shows involved a space station. Which show did you prefer?

Rich Bliss22 Mar 2019 6:21 p.m. PST


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

Babylon 5

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 6:38 p.m. PST


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 6:49 p.m. PST


DS9 is just terrible, most of the time.

Dn Jackson22 Mar 2019 6:51 p.m. PST

B5, by far.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 6:58 p.m. PST


Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 7:01 p.m. PST

Another for B5

Calico Bill22 Mar 2019 7:05 p.m. PST


mad monkey 122 Mar 2019 7:31 p.m. PST


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 7:37 p.m. PST

B5 without question

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 8:11 p.m. PST

Both. I don't see why I can't like both.

goragrad22 Mar 2019 8:22 p.m. PST


Soaring Soren22 Mar 2019 8:26 p.m. PST

I loved them both, except for the Ferengi comedy episodes on DS9.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 8:32 p.m. PST


jdpintex22 Mar 2019 9:06 p.m. PST


Winston Smith22 Mar 2019 9:36 p.m. PST

Never watched either one.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 9:38 p.m. PST

B5 kicked DS9s butt to the curb.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 9:44 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC22 Mar 2019 10:36 p.m. PST

Babylon 5

SgtPain22 Mar 2019 11:48 p.m. PST

Another vote for B5. The specal effects on B5 where not as good as DS9, hover the story line was much better.

alan L23 Mar 2019 2:08 a.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 2:17 a.m. PST

B5 over all, but the last 3 seasons of DS9 fantastic.

Dynaman878923 Mar 2019 3:54 a.m. PST


Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 4:03 a.m. PST


John Leahy23 Mar 2019 4:51 a.m. PST

Babylon 5

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 5:52 a.m. PST


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 5:53 a.m. PST

B5 surely.

21eRegt23 Mar 2019 6:04 a.m. PST

B5. The first show where there was an extended story thread. I recall the shock of having something that happened five episodes ago suddenly have big significance. Before that shows were just stand alones or two parters at best.

I did however enjoy DS9 until the end when it got too weird for me.

Bob in Edmonton23 Mar 2019 6:06 a.m. PST


Legion 423 Mar 2019 7:12 a.m. PST

Yep … DS9 … But I also did like watching B5.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 7:47 a.m. PST

DS9 DID have it's moments/shows, but again B5 was always consistent!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 8:16 a.m. PST

Let's be honest. The first season of Babylon 5 started out HORRIBLY. The Commander walked and talked like was trying to sell deodorant. Others chewed the scenery so much you were surprised there weren't holes in the wall. The whole "down below" "homeless" parts of the station were absurdly illogical, despite the attempt to explain them in (see "AIR AIN'T FREE" on the Atomic Rocket page). And many of the episodic plots were just recycled, bad 60s space opera. But then something happened and things started to twist, the actors got better (or got replaced), and from there on the show became steadily greater and greater…until the lousy final "historical flashback" episode in Season 4.

DS9 began with superior actors (and sets), but equally weak episodic plots. But then it, too, began to build as the Founders/Dominion started creeping into the plots. And once the war was full bore, you had episodes like "By the Pale Moonlight," which remains among the best sci-fi stories (almost film noir) ever done for television.

The truth is you have to give both series time to find their footing and build. Are there stinker moments along the way? Most definitely. Are they both good, in the end? (Ignoring the last episodes of both.) Yes.

I don't have a favorite among them. My wife and I enjoy watching both (though we certainly find DS9 more palatable in the beginning than the ham-handed early episodes of B5).

All that for a solid "Both!" vote.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 8:28 a.m. PST

B 5

Roderick Robertson Fezian23 Mar 2019 10:13 a.m. PST


Vigilant23 Mar 2019 10:31 a.m. PST

B5 for complete series. DS9 had some good episodes, but not enough consistency for my tastes.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 10:34 a.m. PST


Never finished watching B5. We have watched DS9 twice, going through it a third time. After TOS, I think it the best ST series of the three (new current series is terrible, never got into the Bakula series). Cheers!

Dynaman878923 Mar 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

> Let's be honest. The first season of Babylon 5 started out HORRIBLY. The Commander walked and talked like was trying to sell deodorant.

Can't argue with that, I stopped watching the show after a couple of episodes and then gave it another shot in Season 3 when things REALLY picked up. After doing that going back to season 1 looks much better – things that would have been one off comments and done in the background of the main plot of the episode take on important meanings in later seasons. The third season also has my favorite "Kirk Speech" – when Sheridan is summing up how it is wrong to hate those who have paid for their crimes, and before he can finish has it thrown back in his face.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 11:28 a.m. PST

Babylon 5 – it grows on you!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 11:36 a.m. PST

Never watched B5, DS9 only occasionally. Couldn't stand the Ferengi.

johnbear4423 Mar 2019 11:38 a.m. PST


pvernon23 Mar 2019 12:44 p.m. PST

another vote for both.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 1:53 p.m. PST

B5, DS9 has one or two interesting characters, but B5 is amazing!

Greg G123 Mar 2019 4:06 p.m. PST


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 5:32 p.m. PST


PzGeneral23 Mar 2019 5:47 p.m. PST

B5 by far…

Covert Walrus23 Mar 2019 8:19 p.m. PST

StoneMtnMinis, I like your style :)

But I have to say B5 in preference to DS9, mostly because the former had fewer racist/bigot characters thate we weren'y expected to lionize, and yet had more realitsic characters ( Even those with alien motivations ).

Puster Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2019 1:04 a.m. PST

B5. Watched and liked both, but DS9 was too patronizing in many episodes.

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2019 5:46 a.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2019 5:42 p.m. PST


However much of the last season of DS9 was really good.

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