I thought Season 1 of B5 was an interesting prelude and seasons 2 through 4 were great (this is going on memories from nearly 25 years ago now). I only watched maybe half the episodes of season 5--what I did see was very non-engaging. All I recall was really disliking the Tracy Scoggins character. I thought it might be a dislike of the actress, but I did enjoy her later on in something called Dante's Cove, which I do not recommend--a campy gay soap opera that was like a riff on Dark Shadows and a couple of other shows. It was fun for me but I don't think most would find it worth spending time over.
I also was very disturbed by how Straczynski jettisoned the fabulous Claudia Christian, whose character for me was a core presence in the narrative of that story. I'm sure there was backstory but ultimately I didn't care enough to poke around and find out why he fired her in such a dismissive manner. I'm remembering as I write this that my dislike for the Scoggins character was that she was the replacement for Christian and I just couldn't get beyond my gut emotional dislike.
I am really out of the loop when it comes to comic books and all the related paraphernalia and marketing so I know nothing of JMS's market identity beyond B5. And maybe the whole debacle around season 5 is part of why I have found myself unable to spend time revisiting the series. It took me months before I could bring myself to watch the final episode which of course had been recorded at the end of season 4.
I also was very disturbed by how Straczynski jettisoned the fabulous Claudia Christian, whose character for me was a core presence in the narrative of that story. I'm sure there was backstory but ultimately I didn't care enough to poke around and find out why he fired her in such a dismissive manner.
Back then I was reading a lot about B5, the Lurkers Guide was one of the first big internet project I followed. Bought the merchandise like the novels - a few very good but most just blah - and the DVDs. I remember the Christian mess. It was some BS about ending actor contracts, agents which didn't call and ego. Afterwards it became the usual Hollywood she said, he said, but time was up and her role had to be re-written, resulting in Scoggins' character.
I always found it quite sad how uninteresting the last season was. Those lame, wannabe byronic telepaths. What could have been was shown with the last episode which was produced in season 4 to serve as an ending in case of its cancellation. So much wasted potential.
Don't know if I will rewatch it ever, I tried a while ago but got stuck in season 2 as too many episodes just begged to be fast-forwarded. But I still have a soft spot for the tv-movies like Thirdspace.