On this Friday Night Fights, we’re looking at the best non-Star Trek show that Trek fans absolutely love, so it’s Babylon 5 vs. Battlestar Galactica!
It’s not just a Star Trek-world when it comes to science fiction television, good science fiction television that is. There are many Trek-like t.v. shows that inspire fans to gob onto them and ride with them as if they were a Trek show. Two of the ones that I seem to see many Star Trek fans talk about is Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.
For a lot of older Trek fans, they may remember the rivalry that Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 had during their broadcast years. Both shows were set in a space-station that featured a diverse cast of alien and human types intermingling and living their lives, while always on the bring of some catastrophe waiting to happen.
For Battlestar Galactica, we’re talking exclusively the 2004 series. In it, we see a real-world version of Star Fleet, where humanity is on twelve different planets referred to as the Colonies of Kobol. The colonies are attacked by androids called Cylons, which were created by humanity to serve their needs.
Eventually, a war broke out. Battles raged and bodies dropped, then out of nowhere the Cylons were gone. And then they weren’t. The series follows the aftermath of the destruction of the colonies, and what life would be like if the Star Fleet in this universe was more militaristic than scientific in nature. The series follows similar themes from Star Trek because it was rebooted and re-written by famous Trek writer Ronald D. Moore.
So which series is better, Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica?