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Babylon 5: Lost Tales [DVD]
Babylon 5: Lost Tales [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Boxleitner
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £4.85

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has great potential, 6 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Babylon 5: Lost Tales [DVD] (DVD)
I've seen all previous Babylon 5 movies. Let's summarize:

`A Call To Arms' and `Legend Of The Rangers' did not add much to the universe on their own. Maybe if their spin-offs had succeeded. `Crusade' could have been good. Too bad it was canceled. But still, they were not a waste. `In The Beginning' really tied in well with the series. A worthy addition. `The River Of Souls' and `Thirdspace' didn't add anything at all. As far as I'm concerned, they could have skipped those altogether.

I've now seen `Voices in The Dark', this first installment of `The Lost Tales'. Before you jump to conclusions because it's limited to Sheridan and Lochley, keep in mind that this is the *beginning* of an *anthology show*. Each episode is meant to center around a single established character and still be connected to the whole story. In my opinion, a very interesting style of storytelling.

Now, these first two episodes may be lacking in the area of explosions and space battles, but they sure tell an interesting and unexpected story. The first deals with Lochley and a supernatural threat to the station. The second deals with Sheridan and Galen trying to prevent a possible future disaster. A lot happens, but admittedly there is a lot of talk. This may not be everyone's cup of tea. But that doesn't make it bad in and of itself.

`The Lost Tales' has more potential than all those other movies. More episodes are planned that will center around Psi Corps (Lyta, Bester and someone else), Minbari (Delenn, Lennier, Sheridan), Centauri (Londo, Vir and someone else) and Garibaldi.

I like it.

Heroes - Season 1 Complete [DVD]
Heroes - Season 1 Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Milo Ventimiglia
Price: £9.95

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first season, 10 Jun. 2007
Heroes is my new favorite tv-series. I've been following it with great enthusiasm this last year. I'm planning to buy this set, and I wouldn't pay 40 pounds for just any single season dvd-box.

You follow the stories of several people, most of which have discovered they possess extraordinary abilities. After one or two introductory episodes, several of them individually find out that New York is facing a big crisis. Eventually they all meet up and try to stop it. To complicate matters, there is a serial killer that hunts down super-powered people and a mysterious organization that seems to be deeply connected with everything.

There is so much going on, you have to watch the show twice to catch it all. And yet, everything fits together perfectly. You will notice subtle hints from the first episode playing out 10 episodes later. Unanswered questions all over the place that are answered as the show progresses. The story is impeccably written, and the characters are very believable. Add super-powers to the mix, and you know why I am paying this kind of money for these DVD's.

I can't wait to see season 2.

Babylon 5: The Complete Universe [DVD]
Babylon 5: The Complete Universe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Janet Greek

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, very complete, 24 May 2007
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Babylon 5 is, in my humble opinion, one of the best science fiction series ever made. There is not one boring episode and the plot fits together perfectly. In fact, B5 is the only scifi show I know that is completely self-consistent. It looks like all 5 seasons were planned from the very start, and they probably were.

This boxset is very complete. All 5 seasons of B5, The canceled spin-off Crusade and the 6 movies. The B5 seasons each have a small booklet with a summary and chapter-headings for each episode. The box is beautiful. It's too bad I have no place for it myself and have to display the season separately.

In case anyone is wondering: All the DVD's (except for a single movie) have at least the following subtitle-options: English, French, Dutch and Arabic. The first season and three of the movies have even more options.

I would highly recommend this boxset to all Babylon 5 fans.

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