Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - To Live and Die in StarlightFeatured
To Live and Die in Starlight is refocused as an episode in the Lost Tales series. G'Kar takes on a mission to help the Rangers investigate an agressive unknown race. They are the main protagonists, while the new Rangers are mostly relegated from "individuals" to "crew".
- Cut Kendo practice. No more bickering between Martell and Tannier.
- Minimal crop to a few scenes where an overscan white line showed.
- Removed much of the repetitive exposition that the Liandra is a damaged ship.
- Cut the naming of names ceremony. Fun idea, but it took too long, sounded like an opening session of D&D newbies, and we're just not that interested in the individual crew members anymore.
- Cut inside the weapons control chamber. All of it. No more floating tantrum.
- Cut the mines attack on the Liandra. It's an interesting new weapon but it made the battle drag on too long, and after cutting the weapons chamber shots there weren't enough cutaway shots left to keep this flowing seamlessly.
- Trimmed Kafta's confession. No more fist-fight, less droning on-and-on about how great the Hand is.
- Shifted G'Kar with holo-cloak G'Kar to later in the story, where it fits more logically.
- Lots and lots of small trims for pacing.
One of the last B5 projects to come out of the franchise, Legend of the Rangers in it's original form is a crammed product with some truly unnecessary sequences, but here all of that is stripped back and we get a tidy little adventure. I didn't notice anything missing and the story breezed past. The use of the Lost Tales intro makes it a fine companion piece and extension to the short-lived anthology that signalled the end of B5 as a continuing franchise, and gives G'Kar one last dignified turn, and how appropriate that we end our journey "out there" than with B5's most poetic character. A fine watch for B5 fans.