Picks and Pans Review: Babylon 5

updated 02/22/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

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In 2257, a space station run by the Earth Alliance is playing host to a peace conference among the four major alien governments. But there are saboteurs on board.

The technological and set designs in this sci-fi movie are superior. (The ship dockings are spectacular.) But the acting is terrible, and the alien makeup is less than impressive. In fact, judging by one alien ambassador (played by Peter Jurasik), there's a planet out there somewhere inhabited by people who look like overmoussed versions of Larry on The Three Stooges. And be sure to hold on to that tacky polyester leisure wear from the '70s. Apparently it will be coming back into fashion in about three centuries.

The interplanetary setting is. as always, diverting, but the plot's dull, derivative intrigue is the movie's black hole. As they say, in space no one can hear you scream. They can't hear you yawn either.

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