Babylon 5 (DVD) Review

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Nominated for 6 Emmys and 3 Hugo Awards in its 5-season run, Babylon 5 changed the landscape of the Television science fiction series genre. Following on the heels of hit series such as Star Trek and Star Trek: The Subsequent Generation, Babylon 5 is unrivaled by any of its peers in its application of particular effects. The brainchild of J. Michael Straczynski (writer for such shows as Murder She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger), the hour-extended sci-fi drama series breaks new ground by deploying a five-season storyline that follows the outline of a conventional novel. As such, Babylon five is more like a mini-series that lasts five years as an alternative of the usual three to 5 nights. And also in contrast to its predecessors, the series showcases original sophisticated technologies, believable alien characters (who speak alien and not English), and boasts of excellent costume and makeup. Premiering in mid-season 1994, Babylon five established a solid audience and continues to inspire new generations of fans via syndicated reruns on cable.

Babylon 5 follows the every day events that transpire on Babylon 5, a five-mile lengthy space station from the year 2258. Constructed by the Earth Alliance, Babylon five orbits a lone planet in interplanetary (neutral) space. The setting for an Earthling military post and a transportation hub for businessmen and basic travelers, the space station’s principal goal is to provide a protected haven for the airing of variations among the alien races. Similar in function to the United Nations, Babylon 5 is tasked with preserving the peace between the five main space-traveling civilizations – the Earth Alliance, the Mimbari Federation, the Centauri Republic, the Narn Regime, and the Vorlon Empire. Headed by Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O’Hare), and later by Capt. John J. Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), Babylon 5 is house to almost 300,000 humans and their alien counterparts. With so many confined to such a small location, the space station is ripe for internal struggle, racial conflict, standard cast members’ private issues, and showdowns among numerous political interests. It is this intricate and diverse storyboard, coupled with remarkable visual effects, that tends to make Babylon five one particular of the most successful sci-fi Television shows in current memory.

The Babylon five DVD (Season 1) attributes a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere “Midnight on the Firing Line” in which the crew of Babylon five awake to find that the Narn have launched an attack on a Centauri colony. The occasion drives a wedge amongst Londo and G’Kar. Meanwhile, a quantity of attacks on ships around Babylon 5 by space pirates has turn out to be a rampant issue. Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The War Prayer” in which Babylon 5 is plagued by a racist group of humans who attack and brand alien residents, and “Babylon Squared” in which Babylon 4 reappears in the exact same coordinates in which it disappeared numerous years earlier, prompting the crew of Babylon five to arrange an evacuation of its predecessor while they try to learn the trigger.

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