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30 Jan 2005

Science Fiction on TV

I enjoy watching the features on DVDs, and if they are good the commentaries. Recently I've watched quite a bit of Babylon 5 now that it's available on DVD at a decent price. One thing that is striking about it and Red Dwarf is how dirty and dysfunctional their view of the future is, when compared to the squeaky clean world of Start Trek: The Next Generation.

For a long time my favourite of the new Star Treks was Deep Space 9, which is clearly a copy of Babylon 5, a space station with a number, a purposeful long term story, war, destruction, and a much grittier and in many respects realistic view of the future.

When you watch the features on both Babylon 5 and Red Dwarf, both are striking in their creator's desire to not have a "cute teenager" or "aspirational robot".