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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (2006)

Dylan Neal , Andreas Katsulas , Michael Vejar  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dylan Neal, Andreas Katsulas, Alex Zahara, Myriam Sirois, William Allyn
  • Directors: Michael Vejar
  • Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
  • Producers: J. Michael Straczynski, Douglas Netter, Ron McLeod
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEXFYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers" on IMDb

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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers is a two-hour television movie created by J. Michael Straczynski (original creator of the Babylon 5 series) for the Sci-Fi Channel. The telefilm takes place in 2264 after the wars are over and a new age of space exploration has begun. Science-fiction fans are notoriously hard to please, and few have anything good to say about The Legend of the Rangers, produced in 2002 to introduce a spinoff of the popular Babylon 5 TV series. The naysayers have a point. Few elements of this 90-minute pilot, subtitled "To Live and Die in Starlight," will likely be memorialized among the genre's golden moments; the dialogue is often clunky and on-the-nose, the acting is less than stellar, and the effects work, while pretty good, doesn't live up to the standard set by Stargate, Farscape, and others. Nevertheless, there's a reasonably compelling story here, involving the elite Rangers (made up of humans and aliens alike, including the Minbari, who sport "head bones" instead of hair and whose cute little ears are placed on the sides of their necks) and the threat posed to the universe by a mysterious new foe known as "the Hand" (these are some seriously bad dudes, a race that has lain dormant for many years but is now back with a vengeance). Front and center is human Ranger David Martell (played by Dylan Neal). Court-martialed for choosing to save his crew rather then lead them to certain death (in violation of a code mandating that "we do not retreat, whatever the reason"), he's put in command of the Liandra, a ship that's not only funkier than Han Solo's Millennium Falcon but haunted to boot. Of course, as events play out, Martell and his pals end up as the last line of defense against the Hand, not only pitted against these implacable enemies but also dealing with a traitor among the good guys. The themes (honor vs. expediency, dark forces arrayed against peace-seekers, human impetuousness tangling with ancient alien wisdom) are familiar, and the outcome is far from unpredictable. Still, there are a lot less entertaining ways to spend 90 minutes than with Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers. --Sam Graham

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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers is a two-hour television movie created by J. Michael Straczynski (original creator of the Babylon 5 series) for the Sci-Fi Channel. The telefilm takes place in 2264 after the wars are over and a new age of space exploration has begun. The Interstellar Alliance has been organized to establish and maintain peace among its member worlds, including Earth. The Rangers are an elite military force made up of hand-picked young, smart, dedicated human and alien members who combine the high-tech elements of space travel with the idealism and honor of the knights of old. They encounter a previously unknown alien race whose lethal power is far greater than any force previously known to Earth or any other world in the Interstellar Alliance.

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite as Bad as I Remembered June 14, 2006
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Ranger David Martell (Dylan Neal) has committed a horrid offense - staying alive. The Ranger code strictly states that at no time shall a Ranger back down from a fight. But with his ship out-gunned, David doesn't force a fight, thereby living to fight another day.

A funny thing happens on the way to his court marshal. Saner heads prevail, and he is allowed to stay in the Rangers. He was in line to be given command of a new ship just coming off the assembly line. He does still get to command a ship, but he is given command of a 20-year-old Minbari ship rumored to be haunted.

His first assignment is to provide support for a larger ship taking a group of delegates to an undisclosed location. Even with all the secrecy, they still fly into an ambush, and David and his crew must use every trick up their sleeve if they are going to survive this encounter with an ancient race.

I had only watched this movie once, the day it first aired. I was less then impressed. I bought it mainly so I could complete my Babylon 5 collection. The movie was actually better then I remembered.

The story presented here is entertaining. It had been long enough since I had seen it that I couldn't remember much about it and was pulled into the action again. The acting by a group of unknowns is top notch, and the characters are interesting enough that I wish the series had been picked up so we could learn more about them. Fan favorite Andreas Katsulas (who unfortunately passed away recently) returns as G'Kar, the only character from the original series to appear. His performance, as always, is great. And the dialog is witty. I was laughing out loud at many of the lines. This is some of the sharpest writing series creator J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) has done.
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116 of 129 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre but not without promise... sort of. January 18, 2006
By jimbis
Format:DVD
I've been a Fan of Babylon 5 since the beginning and I honestly think the best episodes of that show were some of the best hours of television I've ever seen. That said, Rangers kind of sucked the big one. Sucked it pretty darn hard actually. There are many things that I could chose to pick on about this movie. But I'm going to keep this short by concentrating on the two things which most severely cheesed me off. Number 1: That the Rangers, a group run by Delenn and Sheridan, a group which spent much of its existence doing reconnoissance, would have a policy of death before retreat. How frickin silly is that? Talk about lame. Number 2: The awful, awful, silly, embarrassing, lackluster battle room sequences where some chick threw punches and karate kicks at holographic space ships to activate the ship's weapons durring battle. These scenes literally embarrassed me and helped me to understand why some people find science fiction impossibly corney.

In truth, though, I think JMS is a hell of a writer and I sincerely wish that Rangers had gotten good enough ratings to be green lit as a series. After all the original B5 pilot really wasn't very good either and look how that turned out.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Serious Problems, but . . . April 19, 2006
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Worse than Infection? That's saying quite a bit. I have to agree this film has some serious problems, for example, the Kung Fu weapons sequence is literally embarrassing, even if you watch it alone. Yet even the idea of a gunner immersed in a VR system (sans the kicking and screaming) was interesting -- with some work it could have been interesting. Moreover, the chemistry between the crew was much better than that in the original pilot, especially between the captain and his second in command.

Rather than chronicle the flaws in this movie -- and they are legion -- I will just say this: the critics of this film are correct in every detail. I cannot find a single particular where you would be wrong (right down to the quality of the video); however, if you step back and see the totality of this pilot (and what it could have become, warts and all) it becomes more enjoyable. The story is predictable, but that was exactly the the technique used by JMS in the original B5: to give the audience a predictable story, with stereotypical characters, and then slowly have them begin to behave and evolve in ways you never would have expected.

There are even a few moments which, far from being embarrassing, bring it all back. The last scene where G'Kar says his famous line about B5, and they show the Babylon station, actually got an emotional reaction from me and the people I was watching the show with.

Deeply flawed, but as G'Kar would say, not without hope.
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109 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh, how this sucked . . . January 13, 2006
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I'm a HUGE fan of both "Babylon 5" and "Crusade." I've got all the original novels, even. It's great sci-fi.

Needless to say, I was totally stoked about "Legend of the Rangers" when it aired on SciFi Channel, but as I watched with one of my friends (also a major fan), I could only allow my jaw to slacken in disappointed amazement.

This is a bad movie. Worse than "Grey 17 Is Missing." Worse than "Infection." Preposterously bad. The acting is terrible. The dialogue is incredibly terrible. (If someone said "We live for the One, we die for the One" one more time, I'd have gone the kind of mad Lovecraft wrote about.) The effects . . . well, they're actually quite good. But effects do not a good movie make.

I'm still buying this one, of course, because I'm a completist. But if you are not a seriously devoted B5 fan, I would suggest that Netflix is the way to go on this one. Better yet, just skip it altogether.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Scify.
Rerun for all that I missed during the regular run. Good Scify.
Published 1 day ago by george costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Completes my collection excellent
Published 6 days ago by Gabriel Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers
It was ok.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not nearly as good as the main B5 series
Yes, it's not nearly as good as the main B5 series, or even some of the other spinoffs, but it's excellent in its own right as a standalone spinoff single episode movie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jeff Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars so the movies weren't great
Okay, so the movies weren't great w
Published 23 days ago by CasualShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch B5 first
This film is a prequel to the Babylon 5 series and shows the viewer what most of the main characters of the series did during the Earth-Minbari war. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Niugui Cilantron
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the foundation for the series Crusade
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The premise

A Call to Arms acts as a segue between Babylon 5 and its spin-off TV series Crusade. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sussman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Very good movie, especially if you are a fan of the series. Unfortunately a spin off series for the Rangers didn't happen.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda
3.0 out of 5 stars short and shallow
not enough depth to make it engaging. Too short and not complete enough to make it worth being a separate movie
Published 3 months ago by alma merriman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for any Babylon 5 fan
Having read many of the Babylon 5 books and watching the entire series, this DVD was truly amazing. The price was very reasonable.
Published 3 months ago by David
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