Having heard great things about B5 I decided to take the plunge and get it on DVD, Play.com had it cheap so I bought this (the pilot) and season 1. Having watched this, I really hope season 1 is better. The acting in this movie is awful, from the bland secondary characters (the Doctor and 1st officer) to the monotone of the main character, its just naff and comes off as cheesy. When the aliens are the most believable characters, you have a problem. Now I've heard the series proper is much better, and I hope so. That said, even this gets better as it goes on and there are a few interesting ideas, but the awful music, poor acting and stilted dialogue makes this unintentionally hilarious at times.
Someone told me you can pick up the first season and not bother with this movie as most plotpoints are re-addressed and there are cast changes, if thats the case, then I'd advise skipping this. Very poor.