Babylon 5: The Lost Tales Reviews
Anyhow, with the release of this fresh new movie, I was happy to see that the legacy of B5 still lives on, however unsure I was as to what to expect from it. Without going into too much detail, I was both disappointed and pleased with this particular production. The writing remains as good as in the series, but the two stories presented here were of very different quality. The first was quite predictable and dismal, whereas the second was pretty much B5 at it's best. So in the end, it left me a little conflicted. It was still good overall though and as a fan of the show I was amazed by the transformation from its low-budget style to something that now looks more up to date, with high quality CGI and a much more improved production design. I truly hope they make more of the same, so that the franchise may live on for a long time to come.
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[color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=4] I will admit that it was fun to see some new stuff come out of the [i]Babylon[/i][i] 5[/i] universe! This direct to home release gives us a look at how things are going a decade after the end of the series. We get what amounts to two ?episodes? that pretty much play as one short film. Herein lies one of the things that brought its score down for me. Neither plot, with the exception of being in and around the station Babylon 5, have anything to do with each other. If this really were two separate episodes that wouldn?t be a big deal. This is released as, and plays as, one movie though. We get the B5 version of [i]The Exorcist[/i] followed by Sheridan and Galen the ?Technomage? playing a game of political cat and mouse around an assassination bid against the 3rd in line for the Centauri Throne.[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=4] As I said, taken separately they are both interesting stories, but when played back to back and passed off as one movie, it just doesn?t flow well. As always the special effects are really well done. I liked the new ?Valen Class? ship, it was pretty cool looking. The music score was all right. The acting was not too bad either. The Galen character was sent in a bit of a dark direction compared to the one we got to know on the spin off show [i]Crusade[/i]. If you are a [i]Babylon[/i][i] 5[/i] fan you will love this one just for the fact that we got something new. General science fiction fans will find it mildly interesting at best, especially if you don?t know the background story of the series.[/size][/font][/color]
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[font='Times New Roman'][size=4][color=#000000]Notes: N/A Suggested Age: 8+[/color][/size][/font]
A mixed bag... even for a casual B5 fan like me.
Over here (Lochley story) is complete waste of time and resource. It tells religious themed story of demon, and priest who is supposed to cast him out. And then there is Lochley, and it all takes place in Babylon 5. Nothing to do with overall storyline of B5. And take off Lochley, and B5, it would just another dull short film. 1 star.
Over there (Sheridan and Galen story) is completely another thing. Here we have actual story that connects to B5 canon, and most of all, feels like B5. It references to some other characters, and developes appearing characters. Story is simple but works, too bad budget is so thight that sets are minimalistic and it's mostly just talking. Short and little minimalistic little story. I wish this would have been whole movie, 1 and half hours long. 3½ stars.
Overall feels like couple of webisodes, or short films, that they are. Just skip first film, and watch second for fun, but if you wan't good B5 movie, watch older ones. Or watch series again.
So, stars? 1+3½=4½ and divide that with 2... 2.25. I'll give it 2½.
The cast is watered down a lot, and the sets are near non-existent, but the essence of the stories are still true. Hopefully they make a few more of these, but all odds are on they won't.