Babylon 5

(ended 1999)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Sleeping in Light

    Aired 11/25/98

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Objects at Rest

    Aired 11/18/98

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Objects in Motion

    Aired 11/11/98

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    The Wheel of Fire

    Aired 11/4/98

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    The Fall of Centauri Prime (2)

    Aired 10/28/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bruce Boxleitner

    John Sheridan

  • Jerry Doyle

    Michael Garibaldi

  • Claudia Christian

    Susan Ivanova

  • Michael O'Hare

    Jeffrey Sinclair

  • Mira Furlan


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  • The Emmy-winning Babylon 5 brought many exciting innovations to science fiction television. Computer-generated effects, five-year story arcs, and elaborate mythology made this series stand apart from what came before and point the next generation of sci-fi/fantasy series in bold new directions. This show realized creator J. Michael Straczynski's vision of creating a five-season novel for television. Its stories proved that one person can make a difference, that the choices we make (right or wrong, good or bad) have far-reaching consequences, and that humanity is far greater and nobler than given credit for being.Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, it's goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. A council made up of representatives from the five major space-faring civilizations - the Earth Alliance, Mimbari Federation, Centarui Republic, Narn Regime, and Vorlon Empire - work with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to keep interstellar relations under control. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travellers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers. A floating city home to a quarter of a million humans and aliens is bound to experience problems; Babylon 5 has problems in abundance. Its senior staff of Earth Alliance officers - along with the most prominent members of the diplomatic community - deal with personal problems, cultural differences, threats to station security, and interstellar crises on a regular basis. Old prejudices and unresolved issues leftover from the Earth-Mimbari War and the Centauri occupation of Narn lead to unexpected developments. Pro-Human groups and a corrupt government make the Earth of the future far from paradise. Telepaths seek refuge from the militant Psi Corps while the Mars colony desires support in its bid for independence. And then there is the growing presence of Shadows in regions close by and on the Outer Rim of known space. Fate has decreed that Babylon 5 be crucial to deciding the outcome of all of these conflicts.moreless

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  • Quotes (1402)

    • (about the Humans)
      Delenn: They fight bravely. They cannot harm our ships, but they continue to try.
      Coplann: Whether they fight or not, they know they will die anyway. So really, is this bravery or simple desperation?

    • General Fontaine: We've heard that certain elements of their government want a meeting to discuss finding a way out of this war that doesn't involve the annihilation of Earth. G'Kar: Most progressive of them.

    • Delenn: Are you there? Kosh: We have always been here.

    • Luc: Are you really the Emperor?
      Londo: I sometimes ask myself the same question. Yes, I'm the Emperor. Here, you see? This is the seal of the Centauri Republic. Only the Emperor can wear it. So either I am the Emperor, or I am in a great deal of trouble. Or both. Come here. you. (Londo hangs the seal around the neck of Luc) For the next five minutes you are the Emperor. You may give one order, any order you desire. Make it a good one. What do you want?
      Luc: Tell me a story.
      Londo: You did far better with that question then I did.

    • General Lefcourt: We took care of the Dilgar, we can take care of the Minbari. Londo: Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you.

    • President: This is ... this is the President. I've just been informed that our mid-ranged military bases at Beta Durani and Proxima 3 have fallen to the Mimbari advance. We've lost contact with Io, and must conclude that they too have fallen to an advanced force. Our military intelligence believes that the Minbari intend to bypass Mars and hit Earth directly and the attack may come at any time. We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy, but they have not responded. We therefore can only conclude that we stand at the twilight of the Human race. In order to buy more time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our Homeworld. We will not lie to you. We do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance, several hundred more civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the Human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people, but I ask you now to step forward one last time, one last battle to hold the line against the night! May God ... go with you all.

    • Londo: The humans, I think, knew that they were doomed, but where another race would have given into despair, they fought back with even greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it. They would weep, they would pray, they would say good-bye to their loved ones ... and then throw themselves, without fear or hesitation, into the very face of death itself, never surrendering. When they ran out of ships, they used guns. When they ran out of guns, they used knives and sticks and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope that when it is my time, I can die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes at the end.

    • Zack Allan: You were trying to open up the airlocks! Now why?
      Deuce: I... was going to go for a walk.

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    Notes (248)

    • Robin Atkin Downes, who plays Morann in this movie and in the season 4 episode Atonement, is probably better known as the rogue telepath leader Byron, who features prominently in Babylon 5's season 5.

    • Several scenes in the movie were taken from previous Babylon 5 episodes.

    • Claudia Christian makes an uncredited appearance as an eighteen-year-old Susan Ivanova.

    • The artifact was designed in cooperation with Wayne Douglas Barlow, author of Barlow's Guide to Extraterrestrials.

    • When they finished editing the movie for broadcast, the producers found out that they were actually a few minutes short, so the elevator scene with Zack and Lyta was added.

    • Martin Sheen was originally offered the role of Dr. Bryson but after reading the script, he asked to play the Soul Hunter instead.

    • The Soul Hunter make-up, first seen in the Babylon 5 first season episode Soul Hunter, was altered to make Martin Sheen's face more recognizable.

    • In A Call To Arms, Marjean Holden, who played the navigator in this movie, would go on to play Dr. Chambers in Crusade.

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    Trivia (192)

    • The character of Coplann, played by Robin Sachs, is named Hedronn in the Babylon 5 series.

    • When Sheridan, Franklin and G'Kar are captured by the Minbari, Sheridan is punched by a guard and his rank pin is crooked. In the next shot, his pin is suddenly straight.

    • During the "ambush" scene, a Star Fury and a Dreadnaught suddenly disappear as the jump point opens on a heavy cruiser.

    • Ivanova says (on Sheridan's link) that the carbon-14 dating puts the artifact at one million years old. But carbon dating can only be done to objects on Earth, as the carbon ratios in space would be vastly different and constantly changing.

    • When Vir Cotto was throttling Zack Allen and the telepathic spell is broken, you can see that Stephen Furst forgot to remove his wrist watch. The watch is not present on his left wrist when the fight begins, but is present at the end of the fight.

    • When Sheridan met Galen and told him that he met one of his kind, a Technomage, he was referring to Elric whom he met in the Season 2 episode, "Geometry of Shadows."

    • After the first officer of the Victory tells the captain about the ship's rear defenses being destroyed during the final battle, the camera focuses on a man and a woman, both with black hair. Later, the same man and woman appear in the background of the Excalibur even though they previously appeared aboard the Victory.

    • Had Colonel Lochley changed branches on Earth Alliance military? During the final year of Babylon 5 and through all season of Crusade, she was Captain (O6, navy); now she is Colonel (O6, also, but Marine/Army). However, she does not use greens, as General Franklin (B5-2x10, "GROPOS") and his staff or brown like Colonel Ari Ben Zayn (1x15, "Eyes"), but blues like always - and like Major (O4) Ed Ryan (B5-3x10, "Severed Dreams") - who, by the way, was CO of the "Alexander". So, what happened? Perhaps has Earth Alliance decided to unify its military rank designations?

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    Allusions (91)

    • Sinclair: That, as our poet Tennyson once said, is the goal, "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
      Sinclair is quoting from Tennyson's novel Ulysses.

    • Sinclair: Sooner or later, everyone comes to Babylon 5.
      This line is a deliberately homage by writer J. Michael Straczynski to the film Casablanca and the line in that movie, "Sooner or later, everyone comes to Rick's bar."

    • Londo: We Centauri live our lives for appearances: position, status, title. These are the things by which we define ourselves. But when I look beneath the mask I am forced to wear, I see only emptiness.
      This quote from Londo about the Centauri way of life is reminiscent of a quote by Captain Ahab in Herman Melville's Moby Dick: "All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event ”in the living act, the undoubted deed ”there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?"

    • Ivanova: Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This alludes to George Santayana's statement in his book, The Life of Reason.

    • Sinclair: How sharper than a serpent's tooth.
      Sinclair quotes Shakespeare's King Lear.

    • Dr. Hendricks: There's a Martian war machine outside, and it wants to speak to you about the common cold. This is a reference to H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds. In that book and the several movie versions, Martians invade Earth but are eventually stopped by Earth-borne diseases.

    • Mr. Blacksmith The name of the Australian Aborigine introduced at the end is based on the novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, the story of a half-caste Aborigine pushed by the white man's prejudice until he fights back.

    • Psi Cops: The term "PsiCops" is a deliberate allusion and in-joke by Straczynski to CSICOP, The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. This real-world organization publishes the Skeptical Inquirier and investigates reported incidents of the paranormal ... including telepathy.

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  • Fan Reviews (126)
  • Real good show!

    By jamesw306, May 21, 2014

  • Yes.. it's geeky as hell.. get past that and you will find gold!

    By rylan69, Dec 29, 2012

  • One of the best TV shows in existence, if not the best.

    By Clemontine, Oct 03, 2007

  • Remake Yes? No?

    By SuperStrutsen, Aug 17, 2012

  • Great believer

    By KimberlyDwinn, Jul 20, 2012

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