Babylon 5 (1993–1998)
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Midnight on the Firing Line 

The Narn attack a Centauri colony, while Raiders attack transport ships. Talia Winters arrives at the station.


Richard Compton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Claudia Christian ... Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin (credit only)
Andrea Thompson ... Talia Winters
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto
Bill Mumy ... Lennier (credit only)
Julie Caitlin Brown ... Na'Toth (as Caitlin Brown) (credit only)
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
Paul Hampton ... The Senator
Peter Trencher ... Carn Mollari
Jeff Austin ... Centauri #1
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Kosh (voice)


The Narn attack a Centauri colony, while Raiders attack transport ships. Talia Winters arrives at the station.

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Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Douglas Netter's picture appears in the first season episode "Midnight on the Firing Line" as President Louis Santiago, who is later assassinated. See more »


In the first few episodes there is a noticeable blue vertical line showing up in several scenes in the first three episodes of the show. This shows up in the DVD version of the show and in the streaming episodes on Amazon. See more »


[first lines]
Centauri #1: Watch Commander Ayla reporting for duty. You're relieved. - Wait. Picking up disturbance. Trying to get a fix. Jump point forming in Sector 3. Great Maker! Activating mines. Notify Centauri Prime. Tell them we're under attack. Tell them it's the...
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Featured in Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (1995) See more »

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The series premier is about what you'd expect
8 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While the very first glimpse of Babylon 5 was in the made for TV movie (THE GATHERING), this is the first regular episode. And, since the movie was the series pilot, there were a few changes. The doctor, second in command and station's telepath were both replaced, though Lyta Alexander (the telepath) did return to the series several years later. And, like almost every premier episode of every series ever made, there really isn't an over-abundance of plot--since all the major players in the series are being introduced. Sure, a lot of the show is about the growing tensions between the Narn and Centauri governments, but nothing of any serious consequence is accomplished. This really isn't a complaint--after all, how else COULD you start a TV series other than establishing the characters and setting the stage for future episodes?

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