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Babylon 5 

In the mid 23rd Century, the Earth Alliance space station Babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Mira Furlan ...  Delenn / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Richard Biggs ...  Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Stephen Furst ...  Vir Cotto 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Andreas Katsulas ...  G'Kar 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Peter Jurasik ...  Londo Mollari 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Jerry Doyle ...  Michael Garibaldi 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Bill Mumy ...  Lennier 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Bruce Boxleitner ...  Capt. John Sheridan / ... 88 episodes, 1994-1998
Claudia Christian ...  Cmdr. Susan Ivanova / ... 89 episodes, 1994-1998
Jeff Conaway ...  Zack Allan / ... 74 episodes, 1994-1998
Patricia Tallman ...  Lyta Alexander 47 episodes, 1995-1998
Andrea Thompson ...  Talia Winters 44 episodes, 1994-1995
Jason Carter ...  Marcus Cole / ... 45 episodes, 1995-1998
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Storyline

In the year 2258, it is ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. Commander Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. At a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, Cmdr Sinclair (2d season Captain Sheridan) must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all the while fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance. It is a precarious command, particularly given that sabotage led to the destruction of Babylon stations 1, 2, and 3 and 4 vanished without trace. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B5 See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the epic five season video novel format, ad-libs were forbidden on-set. Any script changes had to be approved by J. Michael Straczynski. Occasionally, ad-libs slipped through. In season one, episode twenty, "Babylon Squared", a flash-forward in time shows Garibaldi leading security forces in defense against an attack on the station. As he fires his weapon, he shouts at the enemy, in a manner reminiscent of Hudson from Aliens: "Come on! Take some! How about you? How about YOU?! Come on, take some, take some, TAKE SOME!" When asked on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5 how it was that Garibaldi knew where to shoot when other scenes indicated that the attackers were invisible, J. Michael Straczynski explained that Jerry Doyle ad-libbed the dialogue. There had been none written for that scene, and Doyle felt that an emotion charged battle like this would not have been fought in silence. Straczynski agreed with Doyle, but circumstances prevented his being present at the filming. He said that had he been there, he would have written some lines for Garibaldi, and that they would have sounded less like Hudson. See more »

Goofs

The series makes the common error in science fiction of implying that the planet of Mars is "on the way to Earth."

For more than six months out of the year, Mars is on the opposite side of the Sun than the Earth is. Considering that any ships coming to Earth would be able to travel there from nearly any direction (or if they use a jump gate as is shown in the series from a specific single direction) then there would be no reason for it to travel anywhere near Mars. See more »

Quotes

Lord Refa: Why should I do as you say?
Ambassador Londo Mollari: Because I have asked you; because your sense of duty to our people should override any personal ambition; and because I have poisoned your drink.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits for the final episode, "Sleeping In the Light", include shots of all the major characters as they are when the episode took place (20 years after the events of the series), whether or not they are present in the episode. Ranger Marcus Cole, who sacrificed his life to save Ivanova, is represented by the control and information panel on a "coldsleep" hibernaculum -- presumably where his body is being kept until he can be revived. See more »

Alternate Versions

Episode 5.13 "The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father" originally had a special Psi Corps opening. But on the DVD the normal season 5 opening is used. On the Region 1 DVD the Psi Corps opening is still intact. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: The Void (2001) See more »

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Best science fiction television ever
28 October 1999 | by steve.schonbergerSee all my reviews

Even though the final season was rather slow, and glossed over a lot of plot lines that probably would have been more interesting, it was still better than most science fiction, and any on television other than the earlier seasons. Other than the final season and scattered weak episodes, the series is the best television science fiction, and near the best dramatic television, and competes with the best movie science fiction.

The action in the series is mostly about the Shadow war, but the real key is the intrigue between the characters, and the personal growth of the characters. Londo is one of the best dramatic characters in any series. He starts as an ambitious schemer who drinks too much, but develops a conscience as he learns the consequences of his ambitions, and finally ends up as a tragic character who reached even beyond his early ambitions, but at a cost that he regrets deeply.

Maybe some day there will be a better science fiction series. But for now this is the level of story-telling television science fiction should try to reach.


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