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Babylon 5: The Gathering -- The first mission of Babylon 5's commander a peace conference between four alien races appears doomed when an ambassador is attacked and the commander is implicated as the assailant.


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22 February 1993 (USA) See more »
The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair

Tamlyn Tomita ... Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima

Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi

Mira Furlan ... Delenn

Blaire Baron ... Carolyn Sykes

John Fleck ... Del Varner
Paul Hampton ... The Senator

Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari

Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Johnny Sekka ... Dr. Benjamin Kyle

Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander
Steven R. Barnett ... Eric Hazeltine
Billy Hayes ... Traveler (as William Hayes)
Linda Hoffman ... Dome Tech #2
Robert Jason Jackson ... Dome Tech #3

F. William Parker ... Business Man #1
Marianne Robertson ... Hostage
David Sage ... Business Man #2

Ed Wasser ... Guerra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Aronowitz ... Minbari Assassin (uncredited)

Monica Lee Bellais ... Minbari (uncredited)
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Kosh Naranek (voice) (uncredited)
Haley McLane ... Voice of the Computer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Compton 
Writing credits
J. Michael Straczynski (written by)

Produced by
Robert Latham Brown .... producer
John Copeland .... co-producer
Douglas Netter .... executive producer
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland (1993 original score)
Christopher Franke (new score, 1998 Special Edition)
Cinematography by
Billy Dickson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Sinise 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
John Iacovelli 
Art Direction by
Deborah Raymond 
Dorian Vernacchio 
Costume Design by
Catherine Adair 
Makeup Department
Greg Aronowitz .... shop foreman
John Criswell .... special effects makeup supervisor
Myke Michaels .... key hair stylist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... key makeup artist (as Suzanne Sanders)
Rob Sherwood .... makeup supervisor
Ron Wild .... makeup application
Ron Wild .... makeup sculpture
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Christina Criswell .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clare Durand .... dga trainee
J.J. Linsalata .... second assistant director (as Joseph N. Linsalata)
John H. Radulovic .... first assistant director (as John Radulovic)
Art Department
Colin De Rouin .... set designer (as Collin DeRouin)
Ruth Gilmore .... key scenic artist
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director
Peter Ledger .... conceptual artist
Michael Mora .... set dresser
Chris Muller .... assistant art director
Guy Pepin .... property master
Susie Wilson .... conceptual artist
Miranda Amador .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Steve Burg .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Jory Felice .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Curtis Laseter .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Ron Mendell .... model maker (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore .... prop maker (uncredited)
Burton Rencher .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Diane Spahn .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Benjamin .... additional re-recording mixer
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
William Freesh .... re-recording mixer (as Bill Freesh)
Cindy Gess .... boom operator
George Johnsen .... re-recording mixer
Michael Payne .... additional sound supervisor
Zeke Salas .... additional re-recording mixer
Cathie Speakman .... adr editor
Cathie Speakman .... dialogue editor
Liz Sroka .... additional re-recording mixer
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Benjamin Beardwood .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Ricardo Broadus .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David Farmer .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects coordinator
Robert Lindores .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Russell Peters .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Scott Sirag .... general effects (uncredited)
Dave Snyder .... general effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kim Anderson .... compositor
Ken Busick .... compositor
Shant Jordan .... supervising animator
Patrick Perez .... supervising animator
Ron Thornton .... visual effects designer
Shannon Casey .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Richard A. Payne .... digital artist (uncredited)
David Wainstain .... special visual effects (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank J. Sparks)
Greg Aronowitz .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Cal Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ball .... second assistant camera
Stephen Collins .... camera operator
John Farr .... gaffer (as John K. Farr)
Jan M. Heyneker .... key grip
Steven R. Monroe .... first assistant camera
Jennifer Gilroy .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Irwin .... video playback operator (uncredited)
William McLachlan .... automated lighting programmer (uncredited)
John Raymer .... best boy (uncredited)
Ted Schelling .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Rick Senteno .... assistant chief lighting (uncredited)
Gary A. Williams .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dori Zuckerman .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Roberts .... wardrobe key set
Alan Trugman .... wardrobe supervisor
Donna D. Casey .... costumer (uncredited)
Kelli Hurley .... costumer (uncredited)
Michael Varnen .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Joe Binford Jr. .... assistant editor
Susan Norkin .... post-production coordinator
Suzanne Sternlicht .... editor: special edition 1998
Kelsey Kline .... post-production intern (uncredited)
Music Department
The Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra .... music performed by (as The Berlin Symphony Orchestra)
Christopher Franke .... music performed by
Michael Dittrick .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Alyson Evans .... production coordinator
Haley McLane .... script supervisor
Karen Meisels .... assistant production coordinator
Marge Rowland .... production accountant
Paul Beigle-Bryant .... computer imaging supervisor (uncredited)
John W. Bergin .... craft service (uncredited)
Michael Burnett .... foam prosthetic technician (uncredited)
Harlan Ellison .... consultant (uncredited)
John Frassrand .... mechanic (uncredited)
Asao Goto .... background creatures (uncredited)
David Kindlon .... mechanic (uncredited)
Steve Kornacki .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen W. Pugh .... effects systems engineer (uncredited)
Scott Ross .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Rick Suggett .... runner (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"B5" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
"Babylon 5" - USA (alternative title)
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89 min | 94 min (special edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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This takes place from January 3 to January 8, 2257.See more »
Continuity: In the beginning of the movie when the hostage situation is occurring when the hostage is first shown her hair is covering her face. The camera switches to Sinclair and when it switches back to the hostage her hair is no longer in her face.See more »
[first lines]
Ambassador Londo Mollari:[voiceover] I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the last of the Babylon stations located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats, and travelers from a hundred worlds...
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A weak start to what would ultimately be one of the best TV series of all time, 20 September 2011
Author: amitjusc from White Plains, NY

For any true Babylon 5 fan, The Gathering is indispensable. With such a long and detailed story arc ahead, it would be a mistake to miss this, or the majority of the episodes of the first season. Unfortunately, both suffer from mediocre acting and so-so special effects (by today's standards).

By the end of season 1, Michael O'Hare does grow on you, even with his hammy acting (he is a stage actor which didn't translate so well to TV). He's not bad, but Bruce Boxleitner ultimately does a much better job. Claudia Christian also gets better over time, and is light years ahead of Tamlyn Tomita, who did an awful job in the pilot.

That said, I am on my second viewing of B5, and although the pilot and first season are cringe-worthy at times, they are both worth seeing, culminating in an incredible payoff with seasons 2,3 and 4. Watch this and then watch the whole series. You won't be disappointed.

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