I started watching B-5 recently and some of the special effects seem really dated. Do they get better as the series progress? Is this series worth watching now or has it aged poorly?
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What's wrong with B5 effects? Other than the pilot movie The Gathering which was probably produced with a quite smaller budget, I thought of the effects as quite fine. Especially, if you take into account that it is a TV series, not a film - TV series usually work with a lot smaller budget than most films.
One thing that does drastically improve is the quality of makeup and costumes. The best examples is probably G'Kar, who at the start of the series look like a plastic doll and later has a much more convincing look. Also, the uniforms are much better later.
Babylon 5 is most famous for its superb epic story arcs. Also, many of the cliches introduced by older works (most notably Star Trek) were brutally broken apart. And that's why I liked it quite a lot.
So, if you are tired of reset shows, I think you'll like Babylon 5 and after some time even stop noticing that the effects are a bit older. Also, since in those days they relied on CGI less, you may even find the use of some physical models more realistic. But again, even if you don't, story arcs are the main reason to watch B5.