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Audio Commentary:Audio commentary on two key episodes by series creator J. Michael Straczynski
Documentary:The Making of Babylon 5; Back to Babylon 5
Featurette:Enter the Universe of Babylon 5: take a station tour and explore the humans, aliens, political situations, scientific data, tech files, weaponry and hardware of this unique futuristic era
Introduction:Series introduction by creator J. Michael Straczynski
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
With all due apologies to Star Trek - this is the best TV science fiction series ever.
I am very impressed with the quality of the digital transfers of each episode; surely this is the best reason to purchase this DVD set.
Alright, so now everyone that loves Babylon 5 MUST buy this DVD set so every season will come out on DVD!
I loved the Series, but when I realized to watch it again would be $1.99 an episode through Amazon Prime, I requested a Refund. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by DaddyD
This is an incredible Pilot episode/Movie. I gave it four stars because there were a few small sections that were a little slow. But I still really enjoy this movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikita Vladovich
package was crushed on the corner. The discs have smudges on them causing annoying skips. Its a good thing my xbox 360 is pretty good at putting together data packets without... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Gillispie
Don't judge the series by the terrible acting, wooden dialogue and chintzy computer graphics of season 1. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack Ryan
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|Do you know why Babylon 5 is so good?||
It is indeed. It takes time to get used to since Season 1 is kind of slow in developing "Papa Joe's" dream, but once you see it all, you want to start all over again.
Dec 5, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 6 posts
Slimline case instead of a box set. No booklet either.
Apr 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer | See all 4 posts
Any such project would have to involve re-doing the series' VFX from scratch to make it worthwhile for the consumer, since they were all rendered for 4:3 SD television. Yes, the series was filmed in 16:9, but it was never treated as such during post; hence, all the awkward zooms that appear any... Read More
Aug 9, 2013 by Th. Boyer | See all 4 posts
It would be nice but if you already own all the discs as I do, what is the point? With the discs you can watch it anytime
Oct 5, 2013 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
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