Kxmode wrote on Feb 19, 2020, 17:30:
Unfortunately, I can't! I wish I could ignore the special effects, but I can't. I know that makes me shallow. The acting and plot are top-notch for the first few episodes I've seen, but those "$20 special effects" completely breaks the immersion for me. The quality has to be consistent throughout. I think The Expanse is my Babylon 5 (I know, it's not the same story). But it has top-notch special effects, excellent story, great acting, and unfolding and an ever-growing conspiracy that just keeps pushing the limits. I almost stopped watching because it was such a slow-burner in the first season, but once it got to its starting point, the show kicked into overdrive and never let go of the throttle.
Your loss, but The Expanse is great too. I bet if you just keep watching you would eventually get wrapped up in the stories and the characters enough to start ignoring the FX (they do improve as the seasons go too).
OR...!! Pretend B5 is a cheesy (yet great) tv show within the Expanse universe! Note that things take off after first season, but somehow 99% of all 1'st season episodes become relevant in some way or form eventually.
One thing to note about B5 is it was basically the first American show to have a complete story arc laid out instead of doing the Star Trek episodic thing.
Also, JMS accused Paramount of plagiarizing his work in DS:9, he never mentioned TNG that I know of.