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At its best, Babylon 5 functioned more like chapters in an epic than stand-alone episodes in the Star Trek vein of science fiction shows. These initial episodes, like much of the first season, are in that latter tradition: short, mostly self-contained stories that nonetheless serve to expand our understanding of the Babylon 5 universe. The series pilot "The Gathering" is a conspiratorial adventure with a futuristic twist, set in the murky web of alien alliances and intergalactic political tensions. "Midnight on the Firing Line," set six months after the pilot, is the first broadcast episode of the series proper and introduces five new series regulars. As deadly raiders plunder space freighters around the galaxy, the Narn invade a Centauri colony in an act of revenge for wrongs done to their race decades ago, hinting at the blood fury that will drive these races to even greater evils against one another. "Soul Hunter" introduces a race that imprisons the souls of great artists and leaders at the moment of death. When one of them arrives on the station, it sets off a near panic in the alien races and an emotional response from the usually circumspect Delenn (Mira Furlan) that borders on homicidal. "Born to the Purple" plays on the weakness of Ambassador Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik) for pretty young women and drink, in a plot by a manipulative information peddler (guest star Clive Revill) to secure secret blackmail files (which, we find out, is the only coin worth anything in Centauri politics). "Infection" stars David McCallum as an archeologist who draws his former protégé Dr. Richard Franklin (Richard Biggs) into a scheme involving a technological find that carries a deadly secret. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
B4: THE UNVANISHING! Your ETA: the remarkable tomorrow of Babylons 5's debut season! A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS PART II--To the victor go the spoils? Incredible cybermachines found on Epsilon 3 sparks a fierce tug-of-war to claim the highly advanced technology. But there may be a better way to settle the dispute: make sure no one can lay hand, claw or tentacle on the revolutionary machinery! BABYLON SQUARED--Before B5 there was B4. The long-lost station mysteriously reappears, sending Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and staff into a scramble to rescue B4's crew before the craft slips again into time. The spaceship isn't the only revelation. Discover the astonishing identity of the galactic spiritual leader called The One!
When Babylon 5 first came around, I thought, bah, just another sci fi show. I'll just go watch DS9. Eventually, my friends talked me into watching it. Read morePublished on June 30 2001 by B5 Fan
It's my personal opinion that Bablylon 5 is the best show that has ever been on television, Science Fiction or otherwise. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by Donald J. Roles
THIS TAPE INCLUDES TWO EPISODES
The first one is the second part of "Voice in the Wilderness", which introduce us with the Great Machine on E5. Read more
What can be said about B5 that hasn't already been said? This is a 5-star show, but this box set loses a star because the pciture of the B5 station on the box is upside down.Published on Dec 28 2000 by Jason Montgomery
One word describes this set: WOW! JMS takes a totally different tract with the end of the series than other shows and its worth it. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Neil Blumengarten
Although not always at its best Babylon 5 is an outstanding science fiction TV series, far outstripping such series as Star Trek or Farscape. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2000 by Frank Bierbrauer
The first four years of this science fiction epic are fantastic. It fell off a bit the last season, but even then was worth watching. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2000 by Rob Bittick
Babylon 5 easily buries any television science fiction series. Star Trek is nothing to it, Battlestar Galactica ended very badly, and all the Star Trek spin offs make me sick. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2000