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It was the dawn

31 July 2016

It was the Dawn of the Third Age of Mankind, ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It’s a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal .. all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it’s our last, best hope for peace. — This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Season 1 opening monologue, Babylon 5


24 Comments to “It was the dawn”

  1. Loved that show.

    • Me, too. Hubby and I watched it from the start. We almost didn’t, as ST had its space stations series debut about the same time. But with me being an Ellison fan and Ellison working with Strac on this, we headed in and watched until the end. I got the DVD set (complete) ages ago.

      Boxleitner was some manly eye candy in that as a bonus. 😀

  2. Really overdue for a makeover with better actors.
    And less PowerPoint storytelling.

    • Absolutely NOT. The actors are all phenomenal and the story telling is superb. I cannot think of a single tv show that I enjoy rewatching as much as this one. You notice new things every time. B5 is a masterpiece as is.

      • Felix J. Torres

        Different strokes and all that.

        I generally like it and bring out the DVDs every few years but there is a fair amount of wooden acting (especially in the guest cast) and the scripts could use a lot less sledgehammer foreshadowing and a whole lot less recapping. There is also a lot of characters telling each other stuff they already know.

      • I’m with you on the acting. It’s a shame and a crime that Andreas Katsulas didn’t get at least an Emmy nomination, if not an actual award, for his work on this show. :/ Peter Jurasik played out Londo’s character arc beautifully. Vir had a great character arc, and Stephen Furst did an excellent job with it. Etc.


  3. Loved, loved that show.

  4. I wish that show would come on Netflix or Amazon, since I missed it the first time around. It seems it’s not Blu-ray, either.

    • I have the DVDs, but not Blu-ray.

      • I’ve had this fear that if I buy the DVDs they will shortly come out on Blu-ray. I think I’ll just bite the bullet and get the DVDs anyway if I see them on sale.

        • It’s unlikely to come out on Blu-Ray anytime soon, given the circumstances. The show was filmed in widescreen, but the visual effects were rendered in 4:3. Furthermore, all of the original computer files for the effects were destroyed. A Blu-Ray made from what’s currently available would look terrible, and redoing all the effects is considered too expensive.

      • I have the DVD set (one CD is damaged). Netflix needs to get this. I had recorded a lot of episodes on VHS when they were airing, but I threw those out earlier this year in the beginning of the “Purge Before MOving.”

  5. Brings a shiver to the spine.

  6. The season 1 opening monologue is the best one because of Sinclair’s deliciously rich voice. I can hear it while reading the words. I’m way overdue to rewatch this series for the umpteenth time. If my dvds haven’t worn out by now anyway.

  7. B5 is one of my favorite series. It got me through college. I watch it through every few years. That time is coming due again soon.

  8. Al the Great and Powerful

    I used to wear a button that said, “Babylon 4 was our next to the last hope…”

    I had friends who loved the show, but I just bounced off of it myself. However, given that I actually spent money to buy the collected episodes of “Hunter” (a pretty bad L.A. cop show with Fred Dryer), I will not even try to judge anybody else’s tastes.

  9. I don’t watch a lot of the SF on television but I loved B5 and still do.

  10. I wanted to love B5, but the first season sucked, and B5 lost me then. Friends said B5 found itself in the second season, but by then it was too late. I caught random episodes here and there later and was favorably impressed with the story and the acting, but I was not familiar with the thread or the arc or the positions of the characters to each other.

    B5 struck me as DS9 with more potential, but it did not deliver.

    BTW what the hell was all that with the build up to a space battle with the Shadows and then . . . nothing?

  11. The actor who played Michael Garibaldi has just died. There’s a lovely remembrance of this show and character. Here:


  12. If anyone is interested in watching or re-watching Babylon 5 I recommend The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 at http://b5audioguide.com/. I have enjoyed exploring the series all over again with this podcast. It is currently late in Season 3.

  13. Best. Show. Ever.

    Every time I watch “Sleeping in Light” (the final episode), it brings tears to my eyes (Bab 5 fans all know the scene, the last shot with Delenn). Such a wondrous, amazing journey, such a grand, glorious adventure, such a heartfelt farewell.

    Thank you JMS for giving us such a wonderful vision.

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