Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

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A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga.

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 Michael Garibaldi / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Delenn / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
Richard Biggs ...
 Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Lennier (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Vir Cotto / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 G'Kar (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Londo Mollari (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Capt. John Sheridan / ... (88 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Cmdr. Susan Ivanova / ... (88 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Zack Allan / ... (74 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Lyta Alexander (47 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Marcus Cole / ... (45 episodes, 1995-1998)
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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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26 January 1994 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Because of the televised "novel" format developed by J. Michael Straczynski and to account for any unforeseen changes during series production (i.e. cast changes, budget cuts, etc.) each major character and storyline had a "trapdoor" designed into it. Thus, if a change had to be made to the show, Straczynski could integrate it without changing the major plot of the series. See more »

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Delenn: We are star stuff. We are the universe made manifest trying to figure itself out.
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Crazy Credits

During the first run of the show, the titles for seasons 2 and 4 changed as character changes took place. In season 2, before Delenn's new makeup was revealed the "old" Delenn was shown; and for the first few episodes, Claudia Christian was identified as "Lt. Commander. Susan Ivanova". After she was promoted this was changed to "Commander Susan Ivanova". In the fourth season, at first Jerry Doyle is identified as "Security Chief Michael Garibaldi" while Jeff Conaway was billed as "Zack Allan". Halfway through the season when Garibaldi resigns and Allan is promoted, the credits change to "Michael Garibaldi" and "Security Chief Zack Allan". However, the DVD/R1 release of Season 2 has all the credits showing the new Delenn and "Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova"; and the Season 4 has all credits showing "Security Chief Michael Garibaldi" and "Zack Allan". See more »

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Best science fiction television ever
28 October 1999 | by (near Seattle, WA, USA) – See 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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