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Babylon 5: Season 1 (6 Discs) [Import]

Michael O'Hare , Claudia Christian , Bruce Seth Green , Janet Greek    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The first season introduces the main characters, headed this year by Commander Jeffery Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Security Chief Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), and familiarizes the audience with the unique environment of a five-mile-long space station in the year 2257.

The first episode, "Midnight on the Firing Line," plays at a breathless pace, introducing Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian) and establishing the conflict between the Narn and Centauri races as represented by their ambassadors, G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) and Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik). Then follow several mediocre episodes that initially give the impression that B5 is a Star Trek clone afflicted with "silly alien of the week" syndrome. With "And the Sky Full of Stars," B5 really begins to hit its stride, Sinclair being forced to relive his mysterious experiences during the Earth-Minbari war. Filler shows such as "TKO" are notable only for being controversially violent, while the disappointing "Grail" points to writer-creator J. Michael Straczynski's fascination with Arthurian mythology. "Signs and Portents" introduces the sinister Mr. Morden (Ed Wasser) and offers the chilling first appearance of the Shadows, an ancient alien threat.

B5 hits warp speed with a run of exceptional episodes building to the season finale. The two-part "Voice in the Wilderness" has Mars breaking into open revolt against Earth and the discovery of a "Great Machine" on the dead world Epsilon 3. Referencing 1950s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, the story leads to the superb time-travel-based "Babylon Squared." Season finale "Chrysalis" proves more than just the usual television cliffhanger, placing Minbari ambassador Delenn in conflict with her ruling Grey Council and forcing on her a decision that laid the groundwork for Babylon 5's eventually becoming a great love story. --Gary S. Dalkin

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The award-winning series about the space station that's the tumultuous center of the 23rd Century's bid for peace among humans and aliens hyperdrives onto DVD in a Deluxe 6-Disc Set. Featuring 22 episodes digitally remastered for upgraded picture and sound as well as enticing Exclusive Extras, Babylon 5: The Complete First Season - Signs and Portents is an adventure-packed, state-of-the-universe collectible that will mesmerize fans and space creatures everywhere.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Fascinating, sometimes maddening mix of wonderful and silly,
intelligent and dumb, insightful and obvious.

At it's best it's the 'Wire' of science fiction, challenging
'Battlestar Galactica' for intelligence and emotional depth. At it's
worst, it's like an OK episode of 'Lost in Space'.

Generally far more intelligent than most TV sci-fi (or recent sci-fi
films for that matter), with stories based more on ideas than laser
battles. In that, it's a little reminiscent of the original 'Star Trek'
series.

The most interesting thing; this was an early case of a series having a
pre-planned multi-year arc, so throughout there are sometimes seemingly
throwaway details that suddenly return to be finally explained as
having great importance a season or two or three later. On the other
hand, because this preceded the acceptance of truly serial cable shows,
each episode is more self contained than more recent shows in a
sometimes annoyingly neat way.

The show is also full of allusions; Shakespeare, the Bible, Buddhism,
King Arthur, the Koran. Certainly the writing is grounded in pretty
heady stuff. Of course, sometimes it's dealt with in a pretty heavy
handed way.

The setting is a space station that's sort of an intergalactic United
Nations. In season 1, some of the acting is so stiff, that it brings
the series down. Also, the effects, production design, etc. all reflect
a budget that's clearly way too low, giving it all an amateurish air.
None-the-less, I found myself caught up in a number of the episodes,
both emotionally and intellectually. One even brought tears to my eyes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Story Arc May 25 2004
Format:DVD
When it first came out, I was put off by the cheesy early episodes. But this series has wonderful character actors and a long story arc that builds and unfolds and interconnects. The best science fiction on television.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aw yeah.. just fell in love all over again :) Nov. 6 2002
By morwynd
Format:DVD
Just picked it up last night, and am very impressed. I am in B5 heaven, after putting up with poor quality video and audio from the broadcasts, now we are treated to a digital widescreen transfer, and remixed 5.1 digital sound. Faith manages!
One negative note... whoever edited the included booklet should be fired.. I counted 3 glaring spelling errors on a quick skim through...
If you want to hook someone on the series, show them Chrysalis, the season 1 finale. It's head and shoulders above the rest from first season, no question. Do NOT show them Infection or TKO. The best episodes from season 1 are: Mind War, And The Sky Full Of Stars, Signs and Portents (this one still gives me shivers... "I want us to reach out and command the stars!"), A Voice In The Wilderness I/II, Babylon Squared, and Chrysalis. Parliament of Dreams and Survivors are pretty good too.
This season is easily the weakest of the series, but that doesn't mean it's bad.. just that there are a few lame episodes, probably born out of early studio pressure to make the series more "mass-appealing" and "Star Trekky". (ie, disposable, recycled plots, and cheesy action) But it's a crucial chapter of the overall Babylon saga, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters.. the sly, vengeful patriot G'Kar, the disheveled outcast politician Londo Mollari, the cynical and tough Lt. Susan Ivanova, the questionable past Security Chief Garibaldi, the guarded but resourceful Delenn, the ruthless Psi-Cop Bester, the impenetrable and enigmatic Kosh.. and so many more. It's so incredible to see the characters grow, change, and even die over the five year span. Season 1 is good. Season 2 is great. Seasons 3 & 4 are pure solid gold.. absolutely breathtaking. Season 5 doesn't quite capture the highs of 3 & 4, but it's right up there, a worthy conclusion, and the most powerfully moving final episode I've ever seen.
ARGH! I want Season 2 NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 Season 1 Review Jan. 27 2013
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Love it. The best show ever made for television. Great story, great acting. A must buy for any sci-fi fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Space Opera May 23 2014
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There is no simple way to describe the depth of story to this series. Every time I have watched it through I notice new details that remind me of other classic works/tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 Oct. 15 2013
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I laoved this series when it first appeared on tv and was happy to have season 1 for my sci-fi collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series for the time... Sept. 22 2013
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Very 90's. Original, well plotted, great characters... It passes the test of time so much better than his counterpart at the times, Star Trek the next generation. Lots of things to like... except for the slapstick humor, which is not my cup of tea, but besides that, it is a very good SF series.

And the delivery was impeccable, as was the service. Thanks again, guys!
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Unfortunately, The Gathering which serves as the pilot for Babylon 5 is NOT included in this First Season Boxed set, which I guess is fair, as The Gathering did originally air over a year before Babylon 5 found a home on TV.

The Gathering pilot, while not essential viewing to understand the plot, it does held to fill in the blanks and it is recommended to watch it before watching Babylon 5 Season I especially on the first viewing of the show.

The first season features interesting plot developments and introduces the key players to the Babylon 5 Story: G'Kar, Londo Mollari, Delenn, Susan Ivanova, Garibaldi and Jeffery Sinclair.

Considering the show is in it's second decade the special effects on the most part hold up fairly well, but unfortunately this is NOT true on composite shots and sometimes you can clearly see flaws in the original source film.

Babylon 5 is best viewed as a novel for Television and as such the first season can be viewed as the Introduction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I mean enjoy it with me
Have only watched a few episodes so far, but the nostalgia is strong. My husband has never seen it so he gets to suffer through, I mean enjoy it with me.
Published 4 days ago by Lorelei Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy I got this series
I had forgotten how much I liked this series. I remembered that It was good but after getting all 5 seasons and watching them all, I have to say I'm very glad to have watched it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Judy Daviau
3.0 out of 5 stars only did half a job.
I am not going to repeat everything about the bad quality picture and the artifacts. that's already been covered. My biggest complaint is the english subtitling. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Babylon 5
I'm a serious fan of Babylon 5, so this review is somewhat biased. I love having the whole first season on DVD. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves Babylon 5 as much as I do.
Published on Jan. 17 2010 by Margaret Haugen
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely redeems itself toward the end...
Let me start by affirming that I am an avid sci-fi fan with a very high tolerance for the genre's quirks and foibles. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Raein2001
1.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the worst shows I've ever seen
I am a big fan of Science Fiction and I had heard that Babylon 5 was the "Best Science Fiction Show ever made", but I do not understand what all the fuss is about. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
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