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Babylon 5 

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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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5   4   3   2   1  
1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   1993  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 16 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Mira Furlan ...  Delenn / ... 111 episodes, 1993-1998
Richard Biggs ...  Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Stephen Furst ...  Vir Cotto 110 episodes, 1994-1998
Andreas Katsulas ...  G'Kar 111 episodes, 1993-1998
Peter Jurasik ...  Londo Mollari 111 episodes, 1993-1998
Jerry Doyle ...  Michael Garibaldi 111 episodes, 1993-1998
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 48 episodes, 1993-1998
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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Trivia

During the fifth season, producer J. Michael Straczynski wanted to have David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do a cameo appearance playing Psi Cops, but the plan fell through. See more »

Goofs

The Starfire fighters have Earth-normal levels of gravity inside, even though they can't rotate.

If this refers to the *Starfury* fighters used by Earth it can be seen from the first usage that the pilot wears a harness just as with the shuttles and less advanced Earth destroyers. See more »

Quotes

Captain John Sheridan: From the stars we came. From the stars we return. From now, till the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep.
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Crazy Credits

During the first run of the show, the titles for seasons 2 and 4 changed as character changes took place. In season 2, before Delenn's new makeup was revealed the "old" Delenn was shown; and for the first few episodes, Claudia Christian was identified as "Lt. Commander. Susan Ivanova". After she was promoted this was changed to "Commander Susan Ivanova". In the fourth season, at first Jerry Doyle is identified as "Security Chief Michael Garibaldi" while Jeff Conaway was billed as "Zack Allan". Halfway through the season when Garibaldi resigns and Allan is promoted, the credits change to "Michael Garibaldi" and "Security Chief Zack Allan". However, the DVD/R1 release of Season 2 has all the credits showing the new Delenn and "Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova"; and the Season 4 has all credits showing "Security Chief Michael Garibaldi" and "Zack Allan". See more »

Alternate Versions

As of 2019, the Vudu streaming contains the original 4:3 format and original network TV versions in most cases while also using NTSC DVD versions for certain select episodes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tremors: Flora or Fauna (2003) See more »

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A Diamond In A Pile Of Manure
14 September 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee 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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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