Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Adventure | Drama
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 19,777 users  
Reviews: 164 user | 38 critic

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

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

TV
a list of 25 titles
created 27 Nov 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 20 Dec 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 03 May 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 22 Jul 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Babylon 5" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

Babylon 5 (1994–1998) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Babylon 5.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
1998   1997   1996   1995   1994  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 16 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crusade (TV Series 1999)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth.

Stars: Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim
Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat.

Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Michael O'Hare, Tamlyn Tomita, Jerry Doyle
Babylon 5: In the Beginning (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Emperor Londo Mollari tells the story of the Earth-Minbari war that almost destroyed Humanity and later inspired its last best hope for peace.

Director: Michael Vejar
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The crew of Babylon 5 discover an ancient artifact floating in hyperspace.

Director: Jesús Salvador Treviño
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Mira Furlan
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

It's the tenth anniversary of the Interstellar Alliance, and President Sheridan is on his way to Babylon 5 for the celebration.

Directors: J. Michael Straczynski, Sara Barnes
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins, Peter Woodward
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (TV Movie 1999)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Allies of the Shadows seek revenge against humanity. This movie sets up the series, "Crusade," the sequel to "Babylon 5."

Director: Michael Vejar
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Jeff Conaway
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of Soul Hunters come to Babylon 5 demanding the return of something that was stolen from them.

Director: Janet Greek
Stars: Jerry Doyle, Tracy Scoggins, Jeff Conaway
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A disgraced Ranger takes command of an old, possibly haunted, ship on an escort mission that encounters deadly peril from a new enemy civilization.

Director: Michael Vejar
Stars: Dylan Neal, Andreas Katsulas, Alex Zahara
Farscape (1999–2003)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Orbiting the liberated planet of Bajor, a Federation space station guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the Galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Pulled to the far side of the Galaxy, where the Federation is 75 years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson
Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B5  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Claudia Christian was originally scheduled to appear in season 5. According to series creator J. Michael Straczynski, she backed out of the final season due to a contract dispute. However, according to Christian, she was fired by the producers. See more »

Quotes

Zathras: Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people's needs. Very sad life... probably have very sad death, but at least there is symmetry.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Spaced: Back (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Intense, breathtaking, incredible . . .
23 March 2005 | by (Sheffield) – See all my reviews

Well, what to say? For starters, I'm a die-hard Classic Star Trek fan, who had until recently been aware of B5 without ever having seen it. Then, about four months ago, my best friend lent me his B5 DVDs of season 1. And I have to admit, I'm impressed.

To be fair, it took a little while - I was a little wary at first, but it quickly grew on me. Once I got a feel for what was going on, and how the characters worked, yes. It grabbed me. I especially liked Jeffrey Sinclair as a leader-type - someone more thoughtful than your bog-standard action-hero.

Then, after a long wait, my friend lent me seasons 2-4. Again, I was a little wary at first; it had been a while since I'd seen season 1, and I knew that Sinclair had been replaced by John Sheridan. Out of the two leaders, I prefer Sinclair, and for the first few episodes of season 2, I was unconvinced. Then, about a third of the way in, the pace quickened up - considerably. And while I still prefer Sinclair as a leader, by about episode 8 of season 2, I found that I didn't have the time to miss him, things were moving that quickly, there were so many plots unravelling . . .

And therein lies the hook. The amount of detail is extraordinary, the way all the characters and plots became intertwined is amazing. The series is so intense - I was watching up to eight or nine episodes a day, for a week solid! And might I say again, I was a Star Trek fan who had never seen B5 before in my life! As many people before me have said, this show isn't a nice neat everything-gets-resolved-in-the-space-of-one-episode type. Details get carried over. There are long story-arcs. There are things happening all the time. Everything has a reason. You see an insignificant detail in season 1, suddenly it is explained in season 3 as being very relevant for reasons you didn't even know about back in the first season.

If there is one stumbling block for B5, I would have to say that some of the computer-generated images (CGI) are not always up to standard. This is especially true of planet surfaces, in particular Mars. But that's quibbling. The key to good science-fiction is believability. The characters have to act as if the basic premise of the series is perfectly normal to them. That's what makes it work. That's why in the original series of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry made a point of not explaining the workings of anything. For example, Captain Kirk picks up a phaser and fires it without stopping to explain what it was or what it did - after all, in a contemporary series, nobody goes out of their way to say how a gun. We know how it works - so by watching Kirk fire his phaser, we understand implicitly that it is a weapon. The same principle applies in B5 - although to a lesser degree.

Moving on to the acting - this show was blessed with some wonderful people. In particular, Mira Furlan as Delenn is worth watching; she is possessed of a presence and an aura most actors can only dream of. She is one of those people that when she is speaking, becomes the absolute centre of attention without really trying. Also, as stated above, I am a fan of Cmdr Sinclair - and I think Michael O'Hare's portrayal of him is wonderfully underplayed. It would have been so easy just to play him as an action-hero, but no. I really do miss that character. Another favourite would have to be Stephen Furst as Vir - DS9 fans just think Rom, and you're halfway there. Not to mention the "odd couple" of Peter Jurasik (Londo) and Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) - wonderful.

Actually, that's another point - the aliens. The aliens in B5 are more real than the aliens in Star Trek. Their agendas are much better fleshed out. We understand the whys and wherefores much more than the stereotypes of so many Star Trek races (and remember I'm a longterm Star Trek fan). To use Trek parallels, the Minbari are like the Vulcans and Bajorans combined in temperament, the Centauri are probably most comparable to the Cardassians, and the Narns, well, I'd say Klingons, but that's selling them short. Klingon-Bajoran, perhaps. Any hardcore B5 fans offended by those descriptions - sorry, I'm just using them as guidelines to the uninitiated Trek fans. These B5 races are much more real, less stereotyped. (Although the less said about the Drazi, the better!) To summarise, then - I think this is the best sci-fi since Original Star Trek. Watch this show! Star Trek fans will not be disappointed!


169 of 180 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just started watching... BrittChantelle
Babylon 5 reboot movie will be written in 2015 according to JMS BabylonBlues
Is it actually possible to dislike Vir? KoshVader
Loving this series! darkstorm97
Babylon 5 Age bughunterstudios
One thing I never understood... sorny
Discuss Babylon 5 (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page