Babylon 5 (1993–1998)
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The Gathering 

The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat.


Richard Compton
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Tamlyn Tomita ... Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Blaire Baron ... Carolyn Sykes
John Fleck ... Del Varner
Paul Hampton ... The Senator
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Johnny Sekka ... Dr. Benjamin Kyle
Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander
Steven R. Barnett ... Eric Hazeltine
Billy Hayes Billy Hayes ... Traveler (as William Hayes)
Linda Hoffman ... Dome Tech #2
Robert Jason Jackson Robert Jason Jackson ... Dome Tech #3


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 Tony Lammens <>

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Did You Know?


The Minbari assassin's line "There is a hole in your mind" was later one of the phrases featured in the opening sequence of Season Five. See more »


At about 1:14:03, when Sinclair and Garibaldi exit, the door shakes as it closes. See more »


[first lines]
Ambassador Londo Mollari: [voiceover] 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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Alternate Versions

In the original airing, the end credits scroll over a hand-drawn sketch of Babylon 5. This is changed in the special edition by replacing the original credit scrawl with one that matches the end credit scrawl of all the episodes and telemovies. See more »


Follows Babylon 5 (1993) See more »

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One of the better attempts at a pilot for a new series
6 February 2002 | by alarchduSee all my reviews

"The Gathering" comes as a complete surprise unless you are aware of the process of the development of a TV series for sale. For anyone who has not seen Babylon 5, "The Gathering" is a reasonable telemovie, but only of strong interest to serious science fiction fans. But for fans of the series, this movie is an excellent example of how the storyline for the series was originally conceived and then modified when its limitations became obvious. The changes in the characterisations of Delenn, G'Kar and Llando can, in the retrospect provided by the later release (and viewing) of this pilot, be seen as significantly adding to the strength that made the series the classic it has become.

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Release Date:

22 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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