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Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark – A New Beginning? or a Pathetic comeback? August 15, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in b5, babylon 5, babylon 5 lost tales, babylon5, bionic woman, Dr. Who, JMS, lost tales, USPS.
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Alrighty I’ve held my tongue long enough on what I actually think about Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark.

Babylon 5 is a place of beginnings and endings, Sheridan says in the final five minutes. Whether this will be a new beginning or an ending we don’t know.

First of all these two episodes are hardly the best that Babylon 5 has to offer. In fact they’re down near the bottom.

We had all expected so much from this – the teaser trailer was awesome after all. But from the beginning intro of the actual DVD – no awesome intro music and voice over as we had in the series – (Babylon was our Last Best Hope for Peace…it failed… ) – till the final frame this experience was lacking.

In Something Here – the tale with Lochley and the Devil there are two few characters, too little of the station. Sure the story is good. The deep story on how religion will fare in space and the true meaning of heaven and hell is the type of story that only a master Sci Fi story teller like JMS would ever attempt.

But then again. Babylon 5 has tackled religion in the past. Remember the episode with the Rabbi after Ivana loses a relative?

So..sure dialogue is great and so is the story..but the pace is SLOW. As a regular Babylon 5 episode it would work, but as the first thing we the FANS see after nearly a decade..i dunno i was less than enthusiastic.

OK so ON to the second part.

Sheridan is back

Galen the Technomage is back.

But again..a well thought out well scripted episode in terms of dialogue..but SLOW

NO ACTION.

and oh so slow.

I tried watching this episode with someone that had never watched Babylon 5 before…needless to say this person didn’t last through the whole thing.

And therein lies the problem with Lost Tales. It is too slow and not engaging enough. The stories are long drawn out. The action is only dialogue in slooow sequences. The special effects looked flimsy, the station didn’t look right, the hyperspace gate didn’t look right, the landing bay didn’t look right at all!

Babylon 5 is the greatest Sci Fi series of all time. The original run had the best script, the best characters and the best story arcs.

Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark is a ‘shadow’ of the glory that was Babylon 5. I hope JMS makes another DVD and I hope the next one has more characters, more ships, more aliens and FRAK IT more story, more action and MORE OF THE BABYLON 5 WE ALL MISS SO VERY MUCH.

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In Search of Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales – Why Isn’t it being more widely promoted? August 13, 2007

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Babylon 5 Fans!! Be afraid. If my recent attempts at trying to see who is selling the new direct to DVD movie – Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is any indication , we’ve got trouble.

The DVD has been out for over a week and in that time i’ve tried to locate it at stores in Toronto, Buffalo and San Francisco with little luck (yes i travel alot).

Best Buy stores in Toronto did not have any kind of special display and didn’t even have it on their new releases shelf. In fact i went to three different Best Buys and all of them said they never even got the movie.

Target in Buffalo didn’t have Lost Tales either.

In San Francisco, I went to the Virgin Megastore off 4th and could not find the DVD. After going to the counter to ask, they said they had 50 copies. None of which were on the shelf. Again the DVD was not on the new releases shelf and was not being promoted.

If Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is not adequately promoted at retail how does Warner Bros or JMS expect for it to be successful?

Is Amazon enough?

Currently Amazon.com has Lost Tales listed as #12 on its Top DVD listing. Personally i think that Amazon is a great outlet but its not enough. And if JMS is wondering why Lost Tales isn’t selling more all he needs to do is walk into his local DVD retailer to try and find the movie.