...and it's such a shame, too.
I'm a very big fan of Babylon 5. I think its one of the best space operas ever made, if not 'the' best. It is in my all-time top five of television favourites. A wonderful story of people, understanding, and love. And ofcourse, som kick-ass action and stuff.
I had looked forward to this ever since I heard about it being made, which I think is about a year or so ago. I really thought it would be wonderful to get B5 back on my television screen again. I expected JMS to write more wonderful stories to expand his universe some, but how I've been disappointed.
The best thing about this release is the CGI, which is very good indeed, but really - who cares about the quality of the CGI if the story is just not there?
These two shorts have no real use in the B5 mythos. JMS has said that he wanted to revisit story ideas, that he could not produce back in the shows original run. Well, it shows. The whole thing really comes off as being little more than an afterthought. An afterthought, that we really do not need.
It's fun, sure, to watch Boxleitner and Scoggins back in their roles, but... Darn it, I just don't care.
The story just isn't there.
And JMS is no director, let that be spoken. He doesnt do a terrible job, but quite alot of the shots puzzled me - especially in the beginning of the first story. Stick to the writing, and do that properly (like we all know you CAN), and let someone else do the direction... It obviously does not mean quality, if you are handling both assignments.
I sincerely hope that this is not the best that B5 as direct-to-DVD has to offer, because that would be so sad.
Give it another try, JMS ...