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The award-winning series about the space station that's the tumultuous center of the 23rd Century's bid for peace among humans and aliens hyperdrives onto DVD in a Deluxe 6-Disc Set. Featuring 22 episodes digitally remastered for upgraded picture and sound as well as enticing Exclusive Extras, Babylon 5: The Complete First Season - Signs and Portents is an adventure-packed, state-of-the-universe collectible that will mesmerize fans and space creatures everywhere.
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 epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The first season introduces the main characters, headed this year by Commander Jeffery Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Security Chief Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), and familiarizes the audience with the unique environment of a five-mile-long space station in the year 2257.
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
Such a great series, my favorite tv show of all time. It is quite fine that I can watch it again on Amazon Prime! Thank youPublished 23 days ago by Nancy McCarty
While enjoyable to watch, this show definitely has a 50's era feeling to it. The aliens are actually more believable with their expressed emotions than the humans. Read morePublished 23 days ago by TheMama
One of the best sci fi TV shows. Up there with Firefly and the Star Treks!Published 1 month ago by T. D. Hawkes
Babylon 5 is the most original TV series I've ever seen, and my TV-watching days go back into the mid-50s, when we only had three channels! Read morePublished 2 months ago by JayArr
One of the best, most well thought out TV shows out there. J. Michael Straczynski planned out a 5 year arc, designed with a pre-defined beginning, middle and end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the show! Great entertainment for the whole family. Engaging and well-balanced, the story line builds throughout the show. It's a can't miss for Scifi fans!Published 2 months ago by D. Austin
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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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