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Babylon 5 

In the mid 23rd Century, the Earth Alliance space station Babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Mira Furlan ...  Delenn / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Richard Biggs ...  Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Stephen Furst ...  Vir Cotto 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Andreas Katsulas ...  G'Kar 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Peter Jurasik ...  Londo Mollari 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Jerry Doyle ...  Michael Garibaldi 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Bill Mumy ...  Lennier 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Bruce Boxleitner ...  Capt. John Sheridan / ... 88 episodes, 1994-1998
Claudia Christian ...  Cmdr. Susan Ivanova / ... 89 episodes, 1994-1998
Jeff Conaway ...  Zack Allan / ... 74 episodes, 1994-1998
Patricia Tallman ...  Lyta Alexander 47 episodes, 1995-1998
Andrea Thompson ...  Talia Winters 44 episodes, 1994-1995
Jason Carter ...  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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B5 See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Biggs (Dr. Stephen Franklin), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), Maggie Egan (ISN Reporter Jane), John Vickery (Mr. Welles) and Jonathan Chapman (The Brakiri Ambassador) are the only actors to play the same character in both Babylon 5 (1994) and Crusade (1999). See more »

Goofs

Despite multiple people stating that the Vorlon's atmosphere in its quarters was a lethal combination of gases that would kill human beings, no one ever decontaminates or changes their uniforms immediately after they leave the room. Even more noticeable is that no one ever wears gloves when they are in the Vorlon's quarters despite the fact that the toxic gases could settle upon their skin and potentially prove lethal to them. See more »

Quotes

Captain John Sheridan: Delenn, I have been working up a good mad all day and I am NOT about to let you ruin it by agreeing with me!
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Crazy Credits

In the final episode, "Sleeping in Light", there were no opening credits, just the name of the episode. The closing credits, in addition to having the normal closing credits, had the opening credits placed there as well as pictures and titles of every crew member flashed at a few frames per second (listed below): And now, for those of you that have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary, the people responsible..... Composer Special Effects Make-up Art Department Graphics and Swing Department Sound Department Camera Crew Animation and Compositing Prop Department Producers Post Production Post Sound Special Effects Make-up Sound Department Stand-Ins Production Office Grip Department Production Department Script Supervisor Accounting Department Wardrobe Department Lighting Department Casting Department Construction Department Special Effects Department Assitants to Producers Stunt Department NDEI-Office Staff Make-up Department Catering Producers See more »

Alternate Versions

Episode 5.13 "The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father" originally had a special Psi Corps opening. But on the DVD the normal season 5 opening is used. On the Region 1 DVD the Psi Corps opening is still intact. See more »

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Most Brilliant Show Written for Television (in my opinion of course)
16 August 2012 | by prw2-451-991871See all my reviews

Intro: Bablyon 5 belongs in the greatest sci-fi shows of history, in fact I will go so far that it is the greatest show ever written for television in history. This show is not for everyone however. If you search for discrepancies, focus on the antiquated CGI (an example of one of the first shows to ever use CGI on a regular basis for TV by the way), and miss the lack of Hollywood's "perfect person" actor who is little more than the same actor in every film/series, then you will probably not like the series. The series uses a brilliant script and "hidden, so called B-quality" actors and creates a TV art masterpiece. The trials and successes the characters face occur today and will continue till the day the sun goes supernova. The characters become like real people in your life for the 43 minutes you are watching the show, as if you are on the station with them. Sure, I like other characters/actors better than others (and there were a couple of characters I did not care for), but I am not going to let a few actors that I don't care for destroy the greater message/mission of the series and I hope you don't either.

Series Structure: The purpose of the series was to tell a story. Plain and simple. The series is so complex however it is like reading a classic novel. I have watched the series through at least ten times and in every episode I see something new or make a new literary connection (foreshadowing, irony, parallels...etc). The structure is 5 seasons that are linked by a greater overarching story. Season 1 is called "Signs and Portents," season 2: "The Coming of Shadows," season 3: "Point of No Return," season 4: "No Surrender, No Retreat," and lastly season 5: "The Wheel of Fire." Each season builds upon each one and can reach back to a previous one unveiling hidden meanings or explaining confusing/vague dialogue. The series is also very unique for television in that situations are not resolved by the end of the episode. What!?!? That is crazy!? I really love Star Trek, but that universe really knows how to end things on the Federation Captain's agenda. Most of TV is like this with a few exceptions (Lost,BSG...etc). B5 was a breath of fresh, exhilarating air with its sudden plot twists, unexpected turns, and that problems rarely went away at the end of any episode. Just like life problems linger, or if they are stamped out quickly, those problems have an inconvenient way of pouncing on you when you least need them. The series is also a breath of fresh air because there are actual consequences for the protagonists that plague them for the rest of the series. Again for good measure, 'what'!?!? Rarely in TV do we see protagonists do something that could have potential adverse consequences and then suffer those horrible consequences even in the name of justice and morality. The villains in the series are very well portrayed in my opinion (especially the character 'Bester'). They are like the villains in real life. They are corrupt, smart, systematic, efficient, unrelenting, hide their weaknesses well, and are awesome at using people, especially the good guys, to advance their evil schemes. The malfunctioning, imperfect technology and the state/portrayal of humanity is very believable, at least for me, in 2258 which can add to the potential realism of the series.

Series Philosophy/Metaphysics: Yes, this series is that deep. There are lots of messages and lessons to be gathered from this series, but there are several overarching themes that manifest themselves time and time again. 1)People are people and they will always be the same at heart. As humanity advances/evolves, the heart of humanity never varies from its naturally corrupt, chaotic state. I am a history buff and if you study social, political, military, and economic history since the dawn of time, people have not emotionally and spiritually evolved when it comes to the fundamentals. We long to be greater, even at others expense. We search for better things even if it means sacrificing other good things. We care more for ourselves than our neighbor by nature...and I could go on and on. The series addresses the human condition well in a potential future with potential authenticity. 2)It takes a lot of work and hardship to break the natural cycle of things. The characters demonstrate that in order to change the world, they have to change themselves first and that can be very painful. They also demonstrate how the world/universe shapes us into who we are, but we can choose to embrace that change or reject it. 3) There is always a choice. Whether you believe in black and white or that there is a gray option, you still have to choose. 4) The most well defined and potent philosophical element of all in this series: The individual can make a difference. Again, this difference cannot be made without sacrifice, and great sacrifice at that. However, the individual can break the cycle, fight the pain, overcome the impossible, if done at the right time by the right person (watch the series to see how they define'right person.') Battlestar Galactica (2000's series) is a great series and is also the antithesis of Babylon 5. In BSG, the individual can fight, struggle, suffer, and endure, yet is unable to break the cycle of his situation, so you will see that they revert back in many cases to their carnal instincts. The BSG characters don't really rise above their situation because their universe doesn't really let individuals rise up and buck the system. Whether you personally believe in the power of the individual over the system, Babylon 5 is the only series that I have even seen fluidly and flawlessly illustrate this point through television.

Conclusion: I hope you find this review helpful and I hope you watch the series.


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