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Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993)

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

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Richard Compton
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Cast

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 Steven R. Barnett ... Eric Hazeltine
Billy Hayes Billy Hayes ... Traveler (as William Hayes)
Linda Hoffman Linda Hoffman ... Dome Tech #2
Robert Jason Jackson Robert Jason Jackson ... Dome Tech #3
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Storyline

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 <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

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Official Sites:

TNT: The Home of Babylon 5

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B5 See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The two business men that Lyta deals with are played by David Sage and F. William Parker. They would later appear as colleagues in the Pilot for "The West Wing." See more »

Goofs

When officers find that Ambassador Kosh has collapsed, Cmdr. Sinclair tells Lt. Cmdr. Takashima to "get security" even though his Chief of Security Michael Garibaldi is standing next to him. See more »

Quotes

[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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In 1998, a special edition was aired on TNT to kick reruns of the Babylon 5 series. The Special Edition (1998) has a new score by Christopher Franke (of the regular series), cuts out small bits like the "zoo scene" at the beginning, corrects effects like the color of the jumpgate, and adds a few scenes which were cut out: Sinclair deals with a hostage situation in customs involving "dust"; Carolyn confronts Delenn about her abstention on the vote; the Takashima and Kyle scene is extended, as is the scene where Sinclair describes the Battle of the Line; there's a new voiceover with Kosh's voice; plus Kyle remarks on what he saw when he opened Kosh's encounter suit and the mystery of Kosh's hand is hinted at (longtime viewers will get it; new viewers will just say, "huh?" so the mystery won't be spoiled.) See more »

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Thank god the series was not like this
5 August 2006 | by xindi005See all my reviews

I just watched BABYLON 5:THE GATHERING DVD again, mostly because I haven't watched it in a while.....I can see why. I haven't seen such cold and wooden acting from a movie in quite a while. Some of the actors did migrate to the series that were good in their assigned roles(Garabaldi, Delenn, G'Kar, Londo). Unfortunatedly, The really bad actor, Michael O'hare came along as well.

As compared to his "supposed" TV counterpart, Cmdr. Sisko from DS9, this guy is extremely weak and the actor seemed to force out the words and didn't really have a strong presence on the movie or the series that followed. I was relieved that he was replaced by the FAR better actor, Bruce Boxleitner.

Tamilyn Tomita is a marvelous and very attractive woman and actress. I, however didn't think she fit in this role. As compared to her TV counterpart, Major Kira from DEEP SPACE NINE, she was very boring and seemed to try TOO much to be forceful when she really wasn't. The support actor, especially in the C and C area, were even worse than the main characters( except the late Mr. Katsulas. he was great, as usual).

To make this short, and not to reveal too much here. BABYLON FIVE: THE GATHERING was not a great movie, but it did open the door to a great series, so you can't completely dismiss it, even if you really should.


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