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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Delenn / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Vir Cotto 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  G'Kar 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Londo Mollari 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Michael Garibaldi 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Lennier 110 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Capt. John Sheridan / ... 88 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Cmdr. Susan Ivanova / ... 88 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Zack Allan / ... 74 episodes, 1994-1998
...  Lyta Alexander 47 episodes, 1995-1998
...  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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26 January 1994 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Foundation series, Childhood's End, The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and the Lensman series were J. Michael Straczynski's influences behind the series. See more »

Goofs

Despite the Starfire fighters not rotating to achieve it, they are shown to have Earth-normal levels of gravity inside of them. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Cole: [noticing Ivanova's not paying attention to his report] There's always the threat of an attack by say, a giant space dragon. The kind that eats the sun once every 30 days. It's a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles? Did I mention that my nose is on fire? And that I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers?
[Ivanova glares at him]
Marcus Cole: I'm sorry would you prefer ferrets?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits for the final episode, "Sleeping In the Light", include shots of all the major characters as they are when the episode took place (20 years after the events of the series), whether or not they are present in the episode. Ranger Marcus Cole, who sacrificed his life to save Ivanova, is represented by the control and information panel on a "coldsleep" hibernaculum -- presumably where his body is being kept until he can be revived. See more »

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A Diamond In A Pile Of Manure
14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

The early to mid-90's was very average in my opinion for science fiction shows. Babylon 5 was a breath of fresh air.

Unlike some sci-fi shows, Babylon 5 was an ongoing epic. What happened in one episode impacted on another episode and so on. It was set on Babylon 5 (a space station)where five solar systems who have been at war try to make peace. The representatives of these races are all based on Babylon 5 trying to create lasting peace (not unlike the real life League of Nations/United Nations).

As I said, what happened in one episode impacted on another. There was no jetting off to planets, creating a mess and then jetting off again. There was action, political intrigue and plenty of excitement which made this show stand out in 1994.

J. Michael Straczynski did a great job with Babylon 5. It's actually a very good allegory of life on Earth in the 20th century. There have been two major wars this century. The League of Nations was set up following World War 1 but they soon became defunct and the United Nations were set up following World War 2 to try and bring peace to the world. Of course it's hard to find peace with so many different governments pulling in different directions. That is why I liked Babylon 5. It was realistic; there were no quick solutions for peace and there were setbacks along the way just like we have in real life.

I strongly urge anyone who hasn't seen Babylon 5 to check it out.


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