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Babylon 5

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Babylon 5In the year 2258, it is ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. Commander Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. At a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, Cmdr Sinclair (2d season - Captain Sheridan) must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all the while fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance. It is a precarious command, particularly given that sabotage led to the destruction of Babylon stations 1, 2, and 3 and 4 vanished without trace.

At the beginning of 2259, Captain John Sheridan replaces Sinclair as the military governor of the station. He and the command staff learn that the death of President Santiago was actually an assassination masterminded by Vice President Clark (who assumed the Presidency upon Santiago's death). A conflict develops between the Babylon 5 command staff and the Psi Corps, an increasingly autocratic organization which oversees and controls the lives of human telepaths. Commander Ivanova, the second-in-command of the station, is secretly a latent telepath who has illicitly avoided registering with the Psi Corps.

The Psi Corps and President Clark, whose government has discovered Shadow vessels buried in Earth's solar system, begin to harness the vessels' advanced technology. The Clark administration continues to become increasingly xenophobic and totalitarian, and uses a military incident as an excuse to declare martial law. This triggers a war of independence on Mars, which had long had a strained political relationship with Earth. Babylon 5 also declares independence from Earth, along with several other outlying Earth Alliance colonies. In response, the Earth Alliance attempts to retake Babylon 5 by force, but with the aid of the Minbari, who have allied with the station against the growing Shadow threat, the attack is repelled.

Babylon 5 - tv series

(1993 - 1998) - Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik

Genre: Sci-Fi


CAST

Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
Bill Mumy ... Lennier
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Bruce Boxleitner ... Capt. John Sheridan
Claudia Christian ... Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto
Jeff Conaway ... Zack Allan
Andrea Thompson ... Talia Winters
Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander
Joshua Cox ... David Corwin
Jason Carter ... Marcus Cole
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Julie Caitlin Brown ... Na'Toth
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Kosh
Tracy Scoggins ... Capt. Elizabeth Lochley
Robert Rusler ... Warren Keffer
Marianne Robertson ... Tech #1
Mary Kay Adams ... Na'Toth
Haley McLane ... Computer
Jonathan Chapman ... Brakiri Ambassador
Mark Hendrickson ... Narn Acolyte
Kim Strauss ... Drazi Ambassador
Ed Wasser ... Morden
Michael McKenzie ... Narn Captain
Walter Koenig ... Alfred Bester
Wayne Alexander ... Lorien
Maggie Egan ... ISN Anchor
Denise Gentile ... Lise Hampton
Damian London ... Minister
Robin Atkin Downes ... Byron
David L. Crowley ... Lou Welch
Marjorie Monaghan ... Number One
John Vickery ... Neroon
Robin Sachs ... Hedronn
Marshall R. Teague ... Ta'Lon
William Forward ... Lord Refa
Macaulay Bruton ... Garibaldi's Aide
Louis Turenne ... Brother Theo
Neil Bradley ... Alien #2
Ron Campbell ... Drazi Ambassador
Wortham Krimmer ... Emperor Cartagia
James Kiriyama-Lem ... Med Tech
Doug McCoy ... Alpha Seven
Jim Norton ... Ombuds Wellington
Gary McGurk ... President Morgan Clark
Tim Choate ... Zathras
Kathryn Cressida ... Kat the Bartender
Elisa Beth Garver ... Tech #2
Mark Schneider ... Wade
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... William Edgars
Julia Nickson-Soul ... Catherine Sakai
Aki Aleong ... Senator Hidoshi
Lenore Kasdorf ... ISN Reporter
Warren Tabata ... Guard
Jennifer Anglin ... Alien #1
Diane Adair ... Markab Mother
Bryan Michael McGuire ... Customs Guard #1
Sandey Grinn ... Narn Captain
Jennifer Balgobin ... Dr. Lilian Hobbs
Harlan Ellison ... Psi Cop
Rance Howard ... David Sheridan
Diana Morgan ... Alison Higgins
Melissa Gilbert ... Anna Sheridan
Skip Stellrecht ... Customs Officer
David Purdham ... Captain James
Tom McGreevy ... Minister
John Snyder ... Orin Zento
Curt Lowens ... Varn
Patricia Healy ... Mary Ann Cramer
Robert Phalen ... Andrei Ivanov
Robert DiTillio ... Ambassador #1
Edward Conery ... Devereaux
Kim Delgado ... Comm Tech
Patty Toy ... Ogilvie
Fumi Shishino ... Screaming Woman
Fabiana Udenio ... Adira Tyree
Kent Broadhurst ... Major Krantz
William Morgan Sheppard ... The Soul Hunter
William Allen Young ... Jason Ironheart
Don Stroud ... Boggs
Robert Foxworth ... Gen. William Hague
Sav Farrow ... Tech #1
James Jude Courtney ... Gyor
David D. Darling ... Drazi
Jose Rey ... Eduardo Delvientos
John C. Flinn III ... Mr. Flinn
Bennet Guillory ... Leif Tanner
Gianin Loffler ... Lurker
Robert Silver ... Merchant
Debra Sharkey ... Med Tech
Douglas Netter ... President Luis Santiago
Turhan Bey ... Centauri Emperor
Marie Marshall ... Pfc. Elizabeth 'Dodger' Durman
Andrew Craig ... Client
Dennis Cosmo Michael ... Minbari
Michael Francis Kelly ... Guard
Judy Levitt ... Psi Cop
Gwen McGee ... Med Tech
John Schuck ... Draal
Bernie Casey ... Derek Cranston
Tom Billett ... Centauri Guard
Bill Blair ... Brakiri Priest
Billy Scudder ... Ambassador #2
Carrie Dobro ... Brakiri
Richard Epcar ... Captain Jake Thompson
Veme Anya ... ISN Anchor
Vaughn Armstrong ... Security Guard #1
Kevin Fry ... Centauri Guard
Time Winters ... Rathenn
Eric Zivot ... Spragg
Bart McCarthy ... Daro
Kenneth Cortland ... Patient
Richard Gant ... Captain Edward MacDougan
Bruce Gray ... Interrogator
Jeff Griggs ... Dan Randall
Simon Billig ... Ranger
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Brakiri
Brendan Ford ... Gordon
Jack Hannibal ... Peter
Victor Love ... Telepath
Leigh McCloskey ... Thomas
Richard Yniguez ... Montoya

Created by:
J. Michael Straczynski

Writing credits:
J. Michael Straczynski
Lawrence G. DiTillio
D.C. Fontana
Peter David
Harlan Ellison

Opening theme: No Surrender, No Retreat
Written by: Christopher Franke
Singing: Tangerine Dream

Original music by:
Christopher Franke

Cinematography by:
John C. Flinn III
Fred V. Murphy

Language: English
Country: United States

Directed by:
Michael Vejar
David J. Eagle
Janet Greek
Jim Johnston
John C. Flinn III
Kevin G. Cremin
Richard Compton
Jesus Salvador Trevino
Tony Dow
Bruce Seth Green
Mario DiLeo
John Copeland
Stephen Furst
John Lafia
Menachem Binetski
Adam Nimoy
Kevin James Dobson

Produced by:
John Copeland
Douglas Netter
J. Michael Straczynski
Susan Norkin
George Johnsen
Skip Beaudine
Richard Compton
Robert Latham Brown

Number of seasons: 5

Original channel:
PTEN
(1994–1997) TNT

Babylonian Productions

Awards:
2003 Nominated Saturn Award Best DVD TV Programming Release, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1999 Won Saturn Award Best Genre Cable/Syndicated Series
1999 Nominated Saturn Award Best Genre TV Actor
1998 Nominated Saturn Award Best Genre Cable/Syndicated Series
1997 Nominated Saturn Award Best Genre Syndicated TV Series
1997 Won E Pluribus Unum Award Television Series - Drama, American Cinema Foundation, USA
1998 Nominated Excellence in Production Design Award Television Series
1997 Nominated C.A.S. Award Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series
1997 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Makeup for a Series
1996 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series
1995 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series
1995 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series
1995 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series
1994 Won Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series
1999 Nominated Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation
1997 Won Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation
1996 Won Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation
1997 Won SFX Award Best Individual Episode of an SF/Fantasy TV Show in 1996
1996 Won Universe Reader's Choice Award, Best Genre TV Series
1999 Won Bradbury Award J. Michael Straczynski

Also Known As:
Babylon 5
B5
Spacecenter Babylon 5

Trivia

When B5 entered production, there were claims that the creators of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) had stolen the basic Babylon 5 premise. It was never proven, though both shows share striking similarities. This controversy led to friction between Babylon 5 and Star Trek fans over the course of both series.

The Babylon 5 station is an "O'Neil class space station". Gerard K. O'Neill was a physicist and space visionary who suggested the use of large rotating cylindrical habitats for future space stations.

The Medlab was deliberately designed to display few tools and instruments. The designers considered less to be more in guessing future medical technology.

The Babylon 5 station is claimed to be operated by an artificial intelligence computer system provided by the Centauri.

According to Usenet posts by series creator J. Michael Straczynski, the term "psi cop" (for the powerful, merciless enforcers of the Psi Corps) intentionally echoes the acronym "CSICOP" - the acronym for the "Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal", a group of scientists and professional magicians who investigate psychic phenomena and unmask frauds and hoaxes.

The teddy bear that Radu finds in "Space Cases: Who Goes Where (#1.2)" (????) is the very same one that Sheridan tosses out of an airlock into space in "Babylon 5: There All the Honor Lies (#2.14)" (1995), which was written by Space Cases creator Peter David. It's a running gag between David and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. David's wife gave the bear to JMS, who hates "cute" things, and thus had Sheridan dispose of it in a rather unkind manner. Peter David took revenge in defense of his wife's honor. When Radu brings in the bear, Rosie says, "What kind of dope would toss a perfectly good Earth bear into space?" Later, we find out that the bear was left by an evil race called the "Straczyn." JMS has reportedly sworn vengeance.

During the run of the show, the show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski, was contacted by NASA officials who asked if they could borrow the design of the show's fighters - the StarFuries - for use on the International Space Station. NASA wanted to use the ships as a combination tug and forklift, adding, "Your design is the most practical we've seen." Straczynski replied that it was fine with him, but that NASA had to call them StarFuries. NASA agreed.

Babylon 5's defense fighters consisted of four squadrons: Alpha, Beta, Delta and Zeta, but Beta Squadron was never actually seen.

 

 

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