Babylon 5

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Creator: J. Michael Straczynski
Episodes: 110 x 50mins plus 5 TV Movies
Screened: 1993 - 1998 (5 seasons)
Main Cast: Captain John Sheridan Bruce Boxleitner
Commander Susan Ivanova Claudia Christian
Ambassador Delenn Mira Furlan
Ambassador Mollari Peter Jurasik
Security Chief Michael Garibaldi Jerry Doyle
Ambassador G'Kar Andreas Katsulas
Lennier Bill Mumy
Dr. Stephen Franklin Richard Biggs
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Introduction:

The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a qaurter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in Space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, the year that the Great War came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Story:

Ten years after a catastrophic war against a race of Aliens called the Minbari, which left the human race close to extinction. The former adversaries devise the "Babylon Project" which was to build a huge space station in a neutral region of the galaxy for the purposes of diplomacy and trade as a means to avoid further wars. The first three of the Babylon stations were sabotaged during their construction. Undeterred the various races built a fourth Babylon station but just after completion and before it could go online, it disappeared without a trace. So the final incarnation of the Babylon Project was Babylon 5 which was placed under the command of Commander Jeffrey Sinclair of "Earth Force" upon the behest of the Minbari government.

As the two million five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal that is the diplomatic space station Babylon 5 begins it's diplomatic duties an assasination attempt upon one of the new ambassadors threatens the fragile peace which it was designed to protect. The saga takes off from there and follows the trials and tribulations of the station and it's many colourful characters.

The all important story arc covers past, present and future. The intricately woven story prevents me from stating more, such is the intrinsic nature of the stories it may detract for those disillusioned "Trekkies" who are only now discovering the Sci-Fi wonder of Babylon 5. Suffice it to say that the mysterious and often cryptic Ambassador Kosh is an enigma throughout the series and the "Shadow War" has to be the major highlight. Epic and stunning space battles on the firm foundation of an intelligent and gripping story with some excellent suspense thrown in for good measure.

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Availability:

Babylon 5 is available on DVD. It is also available on video. The videos usually contain 2 episodes (except one or two which have 3 episodes) and have good sound and an good picture, but naturally no extras.

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home