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 »
This TV movie is the pilot for the "Babylon 5" TV series. Set on a space station in the late 23rd Century, Babylon 5 is a centre of diplomacy and trade, in neutral space located between many rival space empires. The project's success, already shaky, is put further in doubt when incoming Commander Jeffrey Sinclair is the key suspect in the attempted assassination of Kosh, a mysterious alien ambassador.Written by
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Ed Wasser appears in this episode as one of the command staff, Guerra. He appears in later episodes as Mr Morden, the representative of the Shadows. See more »
Carolyn Sykes mentions that she has bed sheets that are said to be frictionless. If that were true, she and Sinclair would be sliding out of bed all night. See more »
Ambassador Londo Mollari:
I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the last of the Babylon stations located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats, and travelers from a hundred worlds. It could be a dangerous place, but we accepted the risk because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. Under the leadership of its final commander, Babylon 5 was a dream given form. A dream of a galaxy ...
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The original score was some awful synthesizer music that was painful to hear. They also had a bizarre tour through an alien zoo with muppets, and some fairly incoherent plot points.
Now, probably if you've seen this, you saw the "Special Edition" version they did for TNT, where JMS was allowed to tweak the special effects, put back in scenes PTEN made him take out, take other things out that contradicted what we would later see in the series. (For instance, all mention of G'Kar's wife vanish in the new version.) They severely changed the appearance and even the concepts of the aliens. (For instance, initially, the Minbari were supposed to be hermaphrodites, neither male nor female. They decided that Mira Furlan was better treated as all woman!) A few plot points are never reconciled, like how could you poison Kosh, who was essentially an immortal being of pure energy. Well, if you are an obsessive enough fan to notice, they've already got you hooked, so who cares? Part of the problem was a weak cast. Tamilyn Tomita, Johnny Sekka and Blair Brown were all replaced by the time the series went into full production. Patricia Tallman was also written out but brought back later. Michael O'Hare was a weak actor, and they sacked him by the end of season one.
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