the merits of Star Trek and Babylon 5...

john grigg (
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:15:18 PST

Daniel Ust wrote:
>One thing in favor of "Babylon 5": at least it wasn't "Star Trek.":)

Hey, now I realize that "Star Trek" has been accused of growing stale but it has alot going for it! "Star Trek" has shown not just this nation but the globe a vision of the world where humanity lives in harmony with itself and many other species with the goal of peaceful exploration. This show has broken racial stereotypes in terms of tv and inspired many young people to pursue careers in science.

And frankly while I am not the biggest fan of "Voyager" I did love "Deep Space Nine" and really enjoyed the final season even if some called it world war two in space. I got to really care about the characters and did not find them to be cardboard like with some science-fiction programs.

I do love "Babylon Five" and in some ways found it superior. The aliens were certainly generally more alien! Though the Narn and the Centauri were as "human" as Klingons and Romulans. Also, sadly it is possible that B5 is a more realistic take on what the future may be life for humanity. We may not have a benevolent "Federation" to govern and protect us. Humans may very well not be dominant "big shot" race as as they appear to be in "Star Trek."

I think I experienced at times more of a sense of wonder from B5 in the ways I have also felt it when reading science-fiction. But I love both series and ST certainly has had some great episodes too.

To end my post I will make this statement... "One thing in favor of "Star Trek, at least it wasn't "Battlestar Galactica!" :)


John Grigg

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