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Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  4 January 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Biggs ...
Reiner Schöne ...
Dukhat (as Reiner Schone)
Michael O'Hare ...
Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (archive footage)
Tricia O'Neil ...
Earth Alliance President
Presidential Aide
Jason Ross-Azikiwe ...
Captain Sterns (as Jason Azikiwe)
Yasemin Baytok ...
Centauri Woman


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 <>

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Babylon 5: Last of the Fallen  »

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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 »


Londo Mollari: [Speaking to Luc and Lyssa Deradi] Very Well, I will give you both what you want. A story about great deeds, about armies of light and soldiers of darkness. About the place where they lived, and fought, and loved, and died. About great empires. Terrible mistakes. A true story. You see I was there at the dawn of the Third Age. It began with the humans you know. They're the quite ones I mentioned before. They changed the universe but doing so, paid a terrible price. It began 35 of their years ago....
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Perhaps the best Sci-Fi movie for TV ever made.
13 October 2002 | by (Trondheim, Norway) – See all my reviews

This is a must see movie for all those who call themselves a fan of Babylon 5. This is how it all starts. The reason of the Human-Minbari war, and why the Babylon stations were built. There are a lot of questions that is not answered in the B5 series, but you get a lot of answers by watching this spectacular movie. One of the best Sci-Fi movies for TV ever made.

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