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 Delenn / ... (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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 Michael Garibaldi / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Lennier (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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Because of the epic five season video novel format, ad libs were forbidden on set. Any script changes had to be approved by series creator J. Michael Straczynski. (Occasionally, ad-libs slipped through. In "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, JMS 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. JMS in fact 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 »

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Delenn: We may be able to get the Pak'ma'ra on board to help, but they're going to need something in exchange.
Ambassador Londo Mollari: Oh, offer them my body. Another 10 minutes of this, I'll be dead anyway!
Citizen G'Kar: [Without looking up] I second the motion!
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working towards genius
25 October 2004 | by (telford, england) – See all my reviews

Babylon 5 is one of the TV shows we all wish we had come across sooner. as a massive star trek fan i saw the first few episodes of b5 in its initial run and immediately thought it was below par. at the urging of a friend i came back to it a few years later.... wow! to say i was impressed was an understatement, i immediately began to re-watch the whole series and saw he genius of the story arc and character development. in addition to this the use of aliens that looks alien, use different gasses to breath, are more advanced technologically and (shock) actually speak a language other than English was a joy! the battle scenes were wonderful, well beyond anything i had seen before and as for londo and g'kar, if there are 2 finer characters in all of television then that TV show is doing well. funny, awe inspiring, intelligent and emotional b5 has it all, the only drawback being that sometimes the walls are a little flimsy, sometimes the effects are a little below par, but willing suspension of disbelief is necessary in sci-fi, and b5 is no exception. is b5 a work of genius? definitely, without question yes, but could parts of it be better? those niggly little things that gnaw at us i'm afraid would have brought b5 up a notch, but it remains , without question, one of the finest shows, not just sci-fi, but shows that i have ever seen!


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