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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 his audio commentary, J. Michael Straczynski named Coplann after producer John Copeland, who kept pestering him for a name for the Minbari character, See more »

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During the "ambush" scene, a Star Fury and a Dreadnaught suddenly disappear as the jump point opens on a heavy cruiser See more »

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Londo Mollari: [Speaking of the Humans and then alluding to the Minbari] They didn't listen of course. Arrogant men never do. Sadly, arrogance has never been exclusively a Human trait. It travels between the stars like solar winds.
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Followed by Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999) See more »

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Essential viewing for fans of the TV series, but still enjoyable for those who haven't seen Babylon 5 before.
17 February 1999 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

All stories have a beginning. The five year TV tale of Babylon 5 did not however begin with the first episode. This story told in semi-autobiographical form by one of the TV series' main characters sets the scene for what would become the TV series storyline. Babylon 5 has consistently shown what can be done in the science-fiction area with intelligent writing, a good cast, and a decent budget for special effects. This is no exception, the acting is its usual standard - with particular mention to Peter Jurasik, always excellent entertainment in the form of Londo Mollari. The effects are of the same standard as the TV series, still the benchmark of computer animation for the small screen.

Most of the principals of the TV series are there - although some are reduced to almost cameos. The plot line is somewhat disjointed, but that's offset by the way it is told by Jurasik's Londo Mollari. The individual scenes are just long enough in most cases to carry the plot and allow the actors scope, while still making sure that those who watched the series find out the pasts of all the characters, although Garibaldi is conspicous by his absense.

For those who want a rollicking good tale of heroism, triumph, tragedy, humour and big explosions, then this is a movie for you.


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