Re: Babylon 5 vs Star Trek
I have to disagree with you in regards to the design of the ships and the space battles. B5 had some of the most incredible ship designs in SF (The White Star? The Shadows? The Omega Destroyers). I also thought that the battle sequences outstripped much SF before it and still rate them pretty highly now. (that's my opinion anyway.)
As for Standards, i feel that's more down to budget than anything. I think that an episode of B5 cost half as much as DS9? That's a lot of effects.