Apropro of nothing, a quote:
[About net message boards,] the rule of the game is that it’s okay to say anything you want, about anybody, no matter how offensive or incorrect…but to defend yourself (or someone else), to take the person to task for it, THAT’S somehow wrong, it means you can’t stand the heat, or you’re infringing their right to speak, or being rude, or somesuch.
It’s carte blanche for the assholes and the nutcases and the rude folk to say any damned thing they want, no matter how untrue, hurtful, or libelous. And most astonishing of all is that people buy INTO this bullshit.
The ones who badrap everybody the most, who feel that they have the right to do whatever they want to other people, are always the ones who go most bugfuck when somebody goes after THEM in return. THAT they don’t like, THAT is unfair.
It’s the logic of the guy who pees in the pool ’cause he thinks its fun.
I say fuck ’em.
— J. Michael Stracynski
Creator, Babylon 5
That being said, I wasn’t terribly fond of “Legend of the Rangers”. The whole weapons targeting “virtua fighter” thing was… bad. Really bad. Really “who would ever create a military control system that involved KICKBOXING” bad. Most of the human cast was generic Californica. (The aliens were great though – the Minbari first officer reminded me strongly of a self-aware Lennier, and Turk the Drazi’s first and pretty much only speaking line had me laughing for about fifteen minutes.) And the alien enemy was far, far too Deus Ex Machina. It was just a bad episode.
Sci fi on television in general has been pretty weak. Let us not speak of Voyager again, for example. Enterprise is good, but only as the sci-fi version of pulp fiction – it’s really good pulp, but it’s pulp.
JMS can do MUCH better. Hopefully, if he gets the series, he will. And to be honest, the first season of Babylon 5 was pretty horrid as well.