In watching classic Doctor Who episodes for a second time, and mostly in order - I'm up to “Pyramids of Mars” - I was thrown off course by an episode of The Incomparable! podcast, discussing Babylon 5. I had never seen the show, not a single episode. I don't recall why - perhaps because I saw Babylon 5 as an inferior imitation of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, itself a show I rarely watched. How interesting could hanging around a space station be?
Very interesting indeed, according to the participants in the podcast: host Jason Snell, Erika Ensign (of the Verity! Doctor Who podcast), Chip Sudderth (of the Two-Minute Time Lord podcast), Andy Ihnatko, and Michael Gartenberg. Their love of the show convinced me to try it. Amazon had better prices on DVDs than I could get for iTunes downloads, so I bought Season 1 and was immediately hooked.
In a fortuitous coincidence, Erika Ensign and Chip and Shannon Sudderth have joined forces to start The Audio Guide to Babylon 5. They plan on discussing each episode of the series, in order, on a biweekly schedule. As I'm nearly done Seasons 1 and 2, I'm enough ahead of them that spoilers shouldn't be a problem, while I've watched those episodes recently enough that they're still reasonably fresh in memory.
And - spoiler alert! - the show is nothing like Deep Space 9. It's much better.