So there you have it, Babylon 5: The Complete Third Season: Point Of No Return.
You can't say I don't completely immerse myself in a program. That's how it feels watching Babylon 5 at least. I just can't help myself. I keep getting pulled backwards to soak in those details that continue to inform more recent entries in the Babylon 5 cannon. I know, I should probably proceed forward full speed ahead and then watch it all over again later. Admittedly it would even be more entertaining for me to watch it straight through, but I know I would miss many of the details. I still miss some of the details watching it as I do now with the stop and starts. I'll do my best to stay on task. Sadly, I do frustrate my son who sometimes joins me for an episode. He sees those nasty Shadows and he gets very interested. I feel so bad when he tries watching with me as he usually gets quite annoyed. "DAD! Again with the pause button. It is so frustrating to watch this show with you."
Let's face it. The world of Babylon 5 is a completely engrossing thrill ride. It's sci-fi like nothing I've ever seen and that's really how it should be. Having said that, I think part of what has slowed me is the fact the story has gotten so dense and episodes are so packed with layer upon layer of information building upon what has come before it. This has had me viewing with a magnifying glass or at least attempting to do so. In fact, things got so dense in the end I had actually forgotten what a quote unquote 'standalone' story was like.
Season Three's overarching theme is best illustrated by its subtitle, Point Of No Return. Everything is building and sending us hurtling into the next Great War with The Shadows. Season One definitively gave us the Signs & Portents of things to come. Season Two was the harbinger of The Shadows in the form of The Coming Of Shadows. Personally, Season Two definitely stands as my favorite season thus far. Season Three is a very, very close second for me and arguably better and more consistent than Season Two, but damn Season Two had some humdingers too. Gosh, it's a real toss up as to which one I enjoyed more.
Season Three has some nice extras including those All-New Digital Widescreen Transfers [this show would need significant love to make it to Blu-Ray based on what we see here]. Couldn't you tell it was a digital transfer? I didn't think so. The Soundtrack is Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There is not only an Introduction by J. Michael Straczynski but Audio Commentaries on three key episodes by Straczynski, Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Richard Biggs and Ed Wasser. Documentaries include: Behind The Mask: Creating The Aliens Of Babylon 5, Building A Better Narn and Designing Tomorrow: The Look Of Babylon 5.
Anyway, I know it seems as though I'm taking my sweet ass time getting through this amazing series, but I am enjoying it. I would simply have to agree that I'm not exactly moving at the briskest of paces.
Season Four here we come, full steam ahead [ahem ...or not].