The 5th season of this brilliant series had numerous hurdles to overcome. Primarily was the decision by Warner Brothers to cancel he series after season 4. Thankfully, creator J.M.Straczynski saw this coming and managed to tie up many of the major storylines (the Shadow War, the liberation of Earth) at the end of that series, assuming that it would end. As it happens, cable channel TNT stepped in at the last minute to save the series and commision the 5th season. Although a good thing overall, this resulted in a bit of a problem; with so many of the main plots completed, the writers had to come up with some new storylines for the final season.
Sadly, the primary new story, the rogue telepaths, just doesn't work. Byron, leader of the group, is annoying and po faced beyond belief. Plus, the whole situation could have been so easily resolved (sending them to Minbar?) but is drawn out over several tedious episodes. The stand alone stories are also poor/preachy/badly thought out.
Thankfully, the second half of the season improves as the originally planned arc story involving the Centuri being manipulated gets going. episodes such as 'all my dreams torn asunder' and 'the fall of centuri prime' are B5 at its best. The storyline involving Garibaldi's descent into alcohol addiction is also very well done. Sadly, the season finale, 'sleeping in light' is a little disappointing as it leaves too many hanging threads and unresolved stories.
Overall, the season isn't terrible, but certainly suffers from having to have new stories thought up to fill up the episodes. A noticeable example of this is the vast amount of expositional dialog (something Straczynski was already a bit guilty of) that is clearly used to fill up episode time.
Finally, the series does suffer from the same DVD mastering problems as the other seasons (drops in picture quality during CGI & composite scenes).
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