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.
When a full-scale war is engaged by the evil Scarran Empire, the Peacekeeper Alliance has but one hope: reassemble human astronaut John Crichton, once sucked into the Peacekeeper galaxy ... See full summary »
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
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Due to Michael O'Hare struggling with an increasingly debilitating case of schizophrenia, which caused him to miss an increasing amount of time from work as the first season progressed, O'Hare was eventually replaced by Bruce Boxleitner. At first, Creator J. Michael Straczynski told O'Hare he would hold production of the show, so that O'Hare could get the help he needed, but O'Hare refused. He felt it was unfair to the rest of the cast and crew to be left without work for so long, so he and J. Michael Straczynski mutually agreed to have O'Hare leave at the first season's conclusion, with J. Michael Straczynski utilizing a "trap door" storyline to explain the departure of Sinclair at the beginning of the second season. Straczynski also honored O'Hare's request to keep the real reason for the departure a secret until after O'Hare's passing in October 2012. See more »
The series makes the constant error in science fiction of implying that the planet of Mars is "on the way to Earth."
For more than six months out of the year, Mars is on the opposite side of the Sun than the Earth is. Considering that any ships coming to Earth would be able to travel there from nearly any direction (or if they use a jump gate as is shown in the series from a specific single direction) then there would be no reason for it to travel anywhere near Mars. See more »
As the credits roll in "Atonement" Jason Carter "Marcus" is singing Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the very model of a Modern Major General." See more »
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 »
One of the few examples of what television CAN be.
While I could offer many accolades for this series, I will reduce it to the statement that we have never seen better or more intelligent writing on television. Period.
I'm lost lost in blind fandom. Rather, I've come to loathe the lack of intelligence used in most television programs today (largely because of the networks' catering to the lowest common denominator). This is one of the few exceptions.
It is a true shame we cannot see intelligent writing like this elsewhere in this age of miraculous special effects.
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