Babylon 5

(ended 1999)



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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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    Fan Reviews (127)

    • A must see! Seriously! It is!

      To be quite honest - this is a must see show.

      It has everything and I do mean everything.

      - The characters changes from good to bad and vice versa.

      - The plot never rests and keeps you going - cause you want to see the end.

      - Nothing seems to be what you are lured into believe.

      - Wide variety of stories, aliens, worlds.

      - It's exciting, thrilling, cliffhanging all in one.

      Minus is some of the effects and some of the aliens - they are not that great created and seems to be created on an Amiga 500.

      But if you can see past that, I guarantee you a travel through space and time, you only see in very few shows.moreless
    • Real good show!

      When it first came on gave it thumbs down but after awhile became big fan of the series
    • Yes.. it's geeky as hell.. get past that and you will find gold!

      Great series with a rich plot full of twist and turns, with interesting, bizarre and wonderful characters!
    • One of the best TV shows in existence, if not the best.

      One of Babylon 5's strongest points is the characters, the not so cliched characters. Unique and not transparent. The opinions we developed of them in the first season undoubtedly drastically changed by the end of the show. Nothing is what it seems, as G'Kar often said, making every plot twist that much more unexpected.

      And the not so cliched bad guys. They werent just 'evil' for no apparent reason. They had reasons, and they all thought they were doing the right thing, making them so much more difficult to overcome.

      The mystery in season 2 and 3 is exhilarating, and the way the show only gave us clues for the first two years. Everything just built up. The show started slow, like a regular episodic sci-fi at first, entertaining, but no big deal. But then conspiracies began to unravel, tension built until it felt like it was going to explode! and it did.

      I would say it is a space opera, but perhaps with fewer cliched elements than usual, and somewhat more plausible.moreless
    • Remake Yes? No?

      Remake, try a remake bsg did grate

      JMS=sci-fi lord

      B5-Best show ever!

      sorry for bad writing im from Venus :)

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