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 Delenn / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... (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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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Delenn was originally going to be a male character. The "transformation" at the start of season 2 would have been from a male character to a female character - both incarnations were to have been played by Mira Furlan. This is why, in the pilot, Delenn's appearance is much more severe and masculine than in the first series. The plan was to electronically modulate Furlan's voice into a lower register, so her voice would sound male. JMS wasn't happy with the results, so the male-to-female idea was dropped; Furlan's unaltered voice was used for the pilot, and her makeup was made more feminine for the series. See more »

Quotes

Susan Ivanova: If I live through this without completely losing my mind, it will be a miracle of Biblical proportions.
Lt. Corwin: [aside] Well, there goes my faith in the Almighty.
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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 »

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Take it from me; it's brilliant. Full Stop.
21 July 2004 | by (Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

B5 is in all respects a revolutionary piece of work. It was the first SF TV-series that actually had all the episodes and story-arcs in place before shooting(as opposed to StarTrek and the likes). Although I have always been a Trekkie I consider Babylon-5 to be much better. This is SF on TV as you would read it in a good book. The actors do a fine job(especially Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasic) and although almost all of the aliens are of humanoid shape they manage to behave quite alien sometimes.

This is required watching for every self-respecting ScienceFiction-fan. In that respect it is on a par with StarWars and StarTrek.

B-5 just goes deeper that the Paramount-format or the eternal battle of good versus evil. In B-5 there are hardly any absolute evil creatures, all the characters have their dark side, just like you and me.

It was a miracle that Warner Bros was so supportive of JMS. You can tell by the result that this was somewhat of a lovebaby. I wonder how many years it will be before something better will be made, I fear it will take years and years to top this series.


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