Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers

I declare it: good.

The ship is not only a rust bucket, it’s a haunted rust bucket. The crew is an interesting mix of characters that I’m sure they’ll focus on bit by bit. The acting is adequate, and there is a nice chemistry in the central friendship between the human captain and the minbari first officer.

Also, duct tape is used.

There are some weak spots, but with a television series it’s important to withhold judgement until several episodes have aired. If the premiere is watchable, I’ll usually stick around for the whole season to see how things develop. Rangers has legs–I’ll stay with it for a while.

3 Responses to Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers

  1. I enjoyed it, too. I could nitpick a bunch of things, but the only thing that really bothered me was the weapons control system. It’s a way cool idea and generally looks great, but it makes one wonder why an old rustbucket like that ship has a weapons control system so much cooler than the ones in the White Star fleet. The real reason, of course, is that “JMS just now thought of it” or maybe “Our FX budget can just now handle it” but it doesn’t do much for continuity.

    I liked the Drazi crewman. Comic relief for now, but lots of potential for tragedy or other reversal as the show goes on. And I thought the design of the new alien (the one who was involved with the duct tape scene) was striking.

    All in all, it was great to be back in the B5 universe. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it.

  2. Cat says:

    I thought the weapons system was pretty inefficient. I’m assuming she must be wired to interface, and it looks like she can only take four shots at a time. It worked for me that it was 20 years old, and that the White Stars are panel controlled and probably more versatile.

    One thing I really liked was how the stations are all set around one small table. Interesting concept. It tones down the blocking–I wonder if it’s going to create directorial problems later. It’s gotta be a pain not to be able to get everyone facing forward in one shot.

  3. I agree about having everyone around the table. Frankly, the ship (especially the bridge) reminded me a lot of a submarine, which is the metaphor David Gerrold used for his “Star Wolf” novels. Although I doubt JMS intends to go as far as Gerrold did, the novels make the point that due to the distances involved, a battle in space would be more like a sub hunt than a dogfight.