Babylon 5 ranks #3 on io9’s Charlie Jane Anders’ Top 10 List of best science fiction show conclusions.
Here’s what he has to say:
The best television show endings don’t just provide a satisfying conclusion to a serialized drama – they give you the sense that you’ve traveled, and arrived somewhere. They tie up at least some of the loose ends, and give some thematic resolution. But more importantly – they kick you in the ass and shock you. They make you go, “Wha? That’s where this was heading?” By startling you, they make you view the whole series that’s gone before in a new light.
3) Babylon 5. Famously, this show filmed its Hugo-nominated final episode before the rest of its final season, allowing for some grand thematic resolution instead of a simple pay-off. “Sleeping In Light” takes place 20 years after the end of the Shadow War, and Sheridan is dying at last. He visits Babylon 5 on the eve of its decommissioning and destruction in a last blaze of glory, then prepares for death… except that a new adventure is waiting for him instead.
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