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Babylon 5 

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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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

The studio was near an airport, and many takes were ruined by planes flying overhead. In several blooper reels, an airplane is clearly audible during a shot, sometimes during tense or dramatic scenes. The cast and crew often burst out laughing. See more »

Goofs

In episode 5, "The Parliament of Dreams", Mollari remarks to Ivanova that "you need all the gods you can get." But he also often invokes the Great Maker, and Garibaldi mentions in a later episode that all the Maker religions are fanatically monotheist. See more »

Quotes

Lennier: [Lennier and Vir do not make eye contact during this conversation] Sometimes I get so close and yet it feels like I'm shut out of the important things.
Ambassador Vir Cotto: It's a useless feeling. The Ambassador is definitely going through some changes. He even looks different.
Lennier: Indeed. And now with the military starting to stampede over everyone and everything...
Ambassador Vir Cotto: People coming and going and secret meetings...
Lennier: You never know what it's all about until later when it's too late.
Ambassador Vir Cotto: And they never listen to us.
Ambassador Vir CottoLennier: Makes me nervous.
Ambassador Vir Cotto: [...]
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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

The Region 1 DVDs are cropped to Widescreen with fuzzy CGI effects as well as some redone narration and alternate theme song openings for select episodes. See more »

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Take it from me; it's brilliant. Full Stop.
21 July 2004 | by baartwykSee all my reviews

B5 is in all respects a revolutionary piece of work. It was the first SF TV-series that actually had all the episodes and story-arcs in place before shooting(as opposed to StarTrek and the likes). Although I have always been a Trekkie I consider Babylon-5 to be much better. This is SF on TV as you would read it in a good book. The actors do a fine job(especially Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasic) and although almost all of the aliens are of humanoid shape they manage to behave quite alien sometimes.

This is required watching for every self-respecting ScienceFiction-fan. In that respect it is on a par with StarWars and StarTrek.

B-5 just goes deeper that the Paramount-format or the eternal battle of good versus evil. In B-5 there are hardly any absolute evil creatures, all the characters have their dark side, just like you and me.

It was a miracle that Warner Bros was so supportive of JMS. You can tell by the result that this was somewhat of a lovebaby. I wonder how many years it will be before something better will be made, I fear it will take years and years to top this series.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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