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Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998)

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

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The Earth military encounters an alien race called the Minbari. Through a series of accidents and misunderstandings, a war breaks out that nearly results in the death of every human on Earth. The war and its aftermath provide the background for the TV series "Babylon 5," especially its first season. Written by Darin Adler <darin@spies.com>

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According to the novelization, Jankowski later committed suicide. He left a note which said only, "On my head,". He meant that he foresaw his mistake being the reason for humanity's extermination. See more »

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When Sheridan, Franklin and G'Kar are captured by the Minbari, Sheridan is punched by a guard and his rank pin is crooked. In the next shot, his pin is suddenly straight. See more »

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[about to fire on a Minbari ship, thus starting the Earth/Minbari War]
Captain Jankowski: All batteries, all forward guns... fire at will! I repeat, FIRE!
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Followed by Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998) See more »

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EXCELLENT made for TV Sci-Fi movie
10 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"In the Beginning" is a mark of brilliance...a perfect made for TV movie for the Babylon 5 series. It is the best of the B5 movies with the second being the pilot episode.

ITB chronicles the genesis of the Earth Minbari war which was a holy war started by misunderstanding between Humans and a powerful alien race called the Minbari. In the struggle, a huge chunk of humanity is killed as the Minbari march towards Earth, destroying human colonies on the way.

Since this movie comes near the end of the 3rd season and out of chronological order, it answers many unanswered questions that B5 watchers would expect to be answered from the 1st Season onwards.

On its own, the story is PERFECT. There is plenty of CGI war scenes, plenty of dramatized war scenes and plenty of intrigue. A perfect reason to bother getting into the series itself if you weren't a fan.


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