Babylon 5: The Lost Tales DVD Review

Posted: November 11, 2007 in Scifi
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When a friend at work made me a copy of this dvd, I was excited to see some new B5 b5-lost-tales.jpgmaterial. Right from the outset, this movie lacks many of the bells and whistle effects that B5 is known for in the series, spinoffs, and movies. However, one of the other strengths of B5 is the creator, writer and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski was helming the project once more. If you can through some of the bad blue/green screen shots and the lack of cast, the writing of Straczynski shines as well as brightly through.

When Sheridan comes on, a side note – I will admit to a sort of man crush on Bruce as he looks fantastic with the goatee, his presences can be felt. He took me back to what made B5 one of my top 5 series of all time.

By the looks of the cover, I was expecting to see three stories instead of two. Also, the movie was way less than 90 minutes. Figure had this been on cable the commercials would have made up the difference to two hours.

The first story starts on Lochley. The story is supernatural which sometimes does not work in scifi as the two are rarely mixed. In the B5 universe, there were some interesting concepts discussed that made this story work but I will not reveal any more details about it as to not spoil it for others. As noted earlier, there is a lack of extras on the set of B5 which makes the set feel barren. There are about 2 or 3 extras of B5 officer walking back and both in some scenes but not enough to make it really feel like B5 even on the lower decks. How Lochley was able to piece together the mystery of this tale is done way too quickly and was in no way connected to the next tale except for Lochley to mention something in passing to Sheridan.

As we then move on to the next tale, Sheridan is on a Minbari transport back to B5 for the 10th anniversary of the Intersellar Alliance. There a female reporter gets an interview with the President who recounts past dealings with certain characters. The most notable points G’Kar and Dr. Franklin are travel together beyond the Great Rim which was a great line to remember the fine actors who passed away and who portrayed these wonderful characters. Later, Galen shows up to reveal some information about the future of Earth to Sheridan. Again, I don’t want to go into specifics after this but would like to say this; as the story unfurls, there is a great potential to do another spinoff which would be better than Crusades.

Finally, B5: The Lost Tales is not one of the best but for something new to watch from this universe, its a must for any B5 fan. Don’t expect huge action scences but look and pay attention to the subtle acting of these characters. Also, in the opening credits, missing from B5 crew was Commander Ivanova played by Claudia Christian. Also, there was no mention of the character by Sheridan which I was a bit ticked as he mentioned everyone else. Another and final bone to pick is the character of Galen. When has he every interacted with Sheridan before the dvd? I found it odd to use Galen rather than another Technomage that visited B5 during the series.

Off topic, sort of, several years ago, back when I had no computer but rather had a WebTv, I had great fun poking at the silliness of the opening intro of Crusades by Galen. The tag line was, “Who Do You Serve, And Who Do You Trust?” I posted on a message board about other questions Galen might have wanted to ask but was too afraid. Please feel free to add below and enjoy:

  1. Do you know the way to San Jose?

  2. What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  3. Aren’t you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?

  4. Doc are you telling me you built a time machine . . . out of a Delorean?

  5. Have you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?

  6. This is pure snow! It’s everywhere! Have you any idea of what the street value of this mountain is?

  7. What’s a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?

  8. When someone asks you “if you’re a god?”

  9. It’s got a cop motor: a 440 cubic inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is this the new Bluesmobile, or what?

  10. Which did you like better? “Jedi” or “The Empire Strikes Back?”

  11. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?

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  3. psyche says:

    Nice review I really appreciate it…I like Babylon a lot…


  4. Kiran my says:

    I am going to buy this DVD.
    nice informational blog..keep up the good work.



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