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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
It's one of the best science fiction series ever made.
The first season introduces characters and plot-lines that seem like stand-alone episodes but in fact set the stage for many long-term arcs.
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.
If you love science fiction, I think you'll really appreciate and come to value this series. From the beginning, the series has a collection of alien races that (of course) look... Read morePublished 13 days ago by think4yourself
While the series Babylon 5 is noted for its early adoption of CGI, I found this first season just never got off the ground. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Will
I loved this show when it was on TV and I love watching again. Real happy to see it available on Amazon. 10 times better then Deep Space 9 in my opinion.Published 1 month ago by Lawrence J.
We bought B5, all 5 seasons, at the same time, from Amazon. We went through them once, no problems and just started to watch the series again, from the start and all the discs... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice E. Guertin
Although a few of the special effects are dated, Babylon 5 has one of the best series-long story arcs I've ever seen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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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