THREE made-for-television films demonstrate the vast difference in quality among such video releases. Two are obvious pilots and one a rehash of two episodes from a series. One of the better ones is Babylon 5 (1993, ERA, 90 minutes), which features Michael O'Hare and Tamlyn Tomita in a murder mystery in space. Trekkies will no doubt detect a sense of deja vu . The story begins with a vast space station called Babylon 5, built by Earth to facilitate interplanetary peace talks. Trouble begins when one of the ambassadors is found dead and space station commander O'Hare becomes the prime suspect. An inter-galactic hearing is held to bring the alleged evil-doer to justice, while O'Hare's adoring comrades race against time to prove his innocence. Although not the most original, Babylon 5 is one of the better made and entertaining science fiction offerings in recent years. Blood Ties is yet another copycat made-for-TV film. The blatant reproduction of Bram Stoker's Dracula film poster in the video box suggests a cheap shot at capitalising on the recent vampire fad. Surprisingly, however, Blood Ties is a well put together variation on the bloodsucker theme. Directed by Jim McBride who helmed The Big Easy , Blood Ties is more of a thinly disguised drama on racial prejudice than a vampire story. Vampires, it seems, have lost both their taste for blood and fear of the crucifix, garlic, daylight and assorted traditional vulnerabilities, and are happily living among humans. Harley Denton leads the cast as the reporter with a vampire parentage, watching out for his fellow vampires. Along the way, he runs across a group of bigoted humans bent on cleansing society of vampires. Running alongside this cat-and-mouse theme is Denton's inter-racial affair with a human district attorney, highlighting the discrimination from both sides. Strangely enough, Blood Ties has steered clear of all pitfalls of common vampire-related escapades, be it sexual or violence related. If there is any exploitation, it stops at the video box. The same cannot be said for Highlander - The Gathering. Do not let Christopher Lambert's top billing fool you - he only appears in half of this video, because it is little more than two episodes of a series tagged together. With the plots structured in 45-minute segments, the outcome is painfully predictable, and characterisation shallow.