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  • Actors: Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas
  • Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
  • Producers: Robert Latham Brown
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 5 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740338
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,261 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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

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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!

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By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The exciting conclusion to "A Voice in the Wilderness Part I" is a wonderful mixture of adventure and intrigue. EarthForce heavy cruiser Hyperion arrives to take control of the advanced technology discovered by Commander Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Lieutenant Commander Ivanova (Claudia Christian) deep within the rocky crust of Epsilon Three. Sinclair and Ivanova return with a mysterious alien, Varn (Curt Lowens), who is the dying keeper of the Great Machine on Epsilon Three. Unknown to Sinclair and Ivanova, he has appeared before Sinclair and Ambassador Mollari (Peter Jurasik), asking for their help. And soon he calls out to Delenn (Mira Furlan) and her mentor Draal (Louis Turenne). Meanwhile some of Varn's people have returned, threatening to destroy Babylon 5 and the cruiser Hyperion, whose captain (Ron Canada) is ready to call their bluff. What follows is an exciting conclusion as memorable as most of those found in the great episodes of subsequent seasons. In "Babylon Squared" space station Babylon 4 is pulled forward in time. Sinclair and Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle) mount a rescue mission to evacuate Bablyon 4's skeleton crew. Aboard the station, they meet with its commander, Major Krantz (Kent Broadhurst), who introduces them to the enigmatic alien Zathras (Tim Choate). Zathras warns them to leave Babylon 4 soon; the station will become the command center in a great war. In both episodes are important signs and portents that point to the forthcoming Shadow War and the human civil war which follows.
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I could write a review of each B5 video, but instead I decided to consolidate my thoughts into 1 review at the start of the published series. As a 48 year old professional man who has historically had little interest in sci-fi, I was deeply touched and engrossed in B5, when it originally aired on UPN, and subsequently moved to TNT. This is a series written by a master story teller, mapped out with great detail and depth with a 5 season plan. Not like your typical TV sci-fi show (e.g., the perennial Star Trek derivatives that seem to often rely on the "monster/alien invasion/crisis of the week" and contain characters who march around in skin tight military body suits doing their non-thinking duty like the personified ideal of some totalitarian society of the future), B5 portrays a world of real human beings. There is still poverty, corruption, back biting, political pressure, dirt, grime, swearing, humor, mourning, hope, charity and kindness. In other words, the future is still a REAL PLACE, not a white washed Disney Land where high technology has somehow solved all mankind's problems so we can focus on testosterone goals, such as boldly going where we were not invited!
Instead, B5 (in a sense a huge metaphor for our times), shows a cosmos populated with the self-interest of bickering alien races and the attempts of the crew of B5 to maintain a space station created by earth (after a devastating war that almost destroyed human kind) to bring them all together to discuss peace (yet another attempt at a UN that works?).
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Having long been a fan of the early and newer Star Trek shows,I was somewhat apprehensive about this series when it first premiered...HOWEVER,boy was I floored!!..This show is what Star Trek never really was.While Star Trek always seemed to present the future in rose colored glasses,with thouchy feely episodes.Babylon 5 offered a more REALISTIC view of the future..And more importantly,the series had a beggining and end..From the very first episode to the last,the series was building charachter and plot lines that would lead to its 5 year conclusion...Simply outstanding actors and performances,allowed for the viewer to become part of this universe,and learn from both its good and bad personalities..Everyone in this show had a purpose,and every episode,(unlike many Star Trek)was fascinating..Actually,you really couldnt miss an episode because of the many subtle hints that were key to the finale...This show probably offered the best view of ourselves and our "growth" as a species,and didnt resort to gimmicky "beam me up" and "hollow deck" technological fantasies...Ok,yes Im being hard on what was considered the best sci-fi of all time..However,after experiencing the run of Babylon 5,I now KNOW that the best vision,storytelling and charachter developement in a sci-fi drama belongs to Babylon 5.....I have all the old and new Star Trek shows,(voyager also) recoreded...However,I only find myself drawn back to view my collection of Babylon 5 episodes...I think you will also..!
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Babylon 5 was the show that not many gave a chance when it first aired. It was going up againts another sci-fi series set on a space station show by the name of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The surprising thing is that despite all that it had against it this show turned into one of the best in all of sci-fi. Rather than have an episodic format the story really does have a "five year mission" feel to it. The beginning middle and end were all planned out. Part of the fun of watching a show like this is watching something in season 4 and watching how it ties together with something in seasons 1 and 2. While comparing it to Star Trek is a bit like comparing Oranges to Tangerines, similar but still distinctly different, it stands up very well story and writing wise with all but the last 3 seasons of Deep Space Nine. The characters are all very dynamic with the events happening around them affecting them all in different ways and having that character change as a result. With a few nitpicky things about production values, some of the best sci-fi TV on in recent memory.
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