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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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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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Na'Toth: The Narn regime has accomplished many things in its glorious past, but bodysnatching isn't one of them.
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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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The best writing on television to date
3 January 2001 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

One of the few examples of what television CAN be.

While I could offer many accolades for this series, I will reduce it to the statement that we have never seen better or more intelligent writing on television. Period.

I'm lost lost in blind fandom. Rather, I've come to loathe the lack of intelligence used in most television programs today (largely because of the networks' catering to the lowest common denominator). This is one of the few exceptions.

It is a true shame we cannot see intelligent writing like this elsewhere in this age of miraculous special effects.


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