I had high hopes for the first B5 TV movie in a long time. But "Legend of the Rangers" was lame from start to finish. The storyline was acceptable, if not very imaginative--VIP ambassadors get attacked, have to be defended/escorted by good guys--but what was really, really grating was the characters and the combat.
The Captain looks straight out of casting from Space Above and Beyond, or Starship Troopers, or 90210, or any teen-anguish show. The first officer is the typical B5 butch woman, with a twist. Butchie is the weapons officer, which means she floats in a zero G simulator where she fires the ships weapons by throwing punches and kicks at the enemy ships!
This looks extremely ridiculous, like a Mel Brooks parody, as Butchie uses karate to subdue the enemy ships. What's more, the expression on Butchie's face as she grits her teeth during her boxing moves only adds to the comical effect.
The other characters are the usual PC collection of minority tokens who were given no real characterizations by the writers. None of them have the presence of, say, Tyr Anasazi of Andromeda.
Nothing really extraordinary happens in the story; there are no giant space battles with giant ships, or large artifacts discovered. Instead we are simply treated to scenes of Captain 90210 posing for the cameras and Butchie punching the alien ships.
"The Legend of the Rangers" was so bad that it was almost as bad as a typical Enterprise episode.
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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