A pleasant visit with familiar friends,
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This review is from: Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (DVD)
If you're a die-hard fan of B5, then it's best to view this without an expectation level. Let it be what it is, an all-too-brief visit from some familiar faces, a little older, but still focused on the task of entertaining and making us believe in this city in the sky. Rather than a continuation of the shows themes, this is more theater, with lots of dialogue and a continuation of the remarkable writing that set B5 above most any other science fiction series. Only three familiar faces make their way into this short pair of stories, Sheridan, Lockley, and Galen, the techno-mage. But cleverly, ALL the cast is mentioned, their whereabouts addressed, and in separate extras, some moving and sincere tribute is paid to Andreas Katsulas and Richard Biggs, who are just "beyond the rim." It looks like it was mostly shot in green-screen, with maybe 3 actual "real" sets, which undoubtedly kept production costs down, a concern that also may have limited the "stars" appearing. Overall quality is at least as good as the series, with only one backdrop looking fake. And while I do enjoy the writing, I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3 if the first of the two stories hadn't been QUITE so talky. Nonetheless, kudos to one of the finest talents in science fiction, JMS, and double kudos for bringing B5 back once again in this innovative DVD series. Look forward to more.