Babylon 5 5 Seasons 1996

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Season 3
(215) IMDb 9.2/10

10. Severed Dreams TV-NR CC

Earthforce sends destroyers to seize control of Babylon 5, but Sheridan rallies the crew to fight back.

Starring:
Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
April 4, 1996

Severed Dreams

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Season 3

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, Action
Director David J. Eagle
Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian
Supporting actors Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Bill Mumy, Jason Carter, Stephen Furst, Jeff Conaway, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Kim Miyori, Rance Howard, Phil Morris, Bruce McGill, James Parks, Jonathan Chapman, Joshua Cox, Maggie Egan, Matthew Robert Gottlieb
Season year 1996
Network Warner Bros.
Producers John Copeland, George Johnsen, Douglas Netter, J. Michael Straczynski
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Customer Reviews

This is some of the best television ever.
Graham Pilato
(Though, to be honest, most of the slow episodes of the first two seasons were stand alone episodes that networks love to force on show runners and creators.
Robert Moore
I saw how the DVDs used to be package, and this very slim DVD set is very handy for saving space.
djm

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Brian C Weaver on May 28, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. It failed.
In the Year of the Shadow War, it became something greater: our last, best hope... for victory."
This narration is spoken during the opening credit sequence of this season. The credit sequence is much different this season than its predecessors. Gone is the optimistic theme music of the first two seasons, in its place is the much sadder Requiem for the Line. It establishes very well the dark places that this season will take us.
The production values of the show seem to improve quite a bit this season, and we see more great work behind the camera from directors like Mike Vejar. The whole show seems to hang together very organically now, as even the stories that don't directly reference that main story arc (the few that there are) are quite good, especially "Passing Through Gesetheme," which is a true science fiction (opposed to sci-fi fantasy) story that explores the theological issues of telepathy. Even the lesser stories pack an unexpected punch, such as "Dust to Dust" which starts out with a pretty unremarkable story of Garibaldi and Bester hunting down drug dealers, but ends with a beautiful scene that heartbreakingly portrays the spiritual redemption of one of the main characters.
Marcus Cole is a great addition to the season. This character could have gone wrong in so many ways, but good casting and writng made him work wonderfully. The White Star also worked out really well after a rocky start. (The first set design in "Matters of Honor" was admittedly not that great, but they quickly fixed it). These two changes also worked well because they were a natural outgrowth of the direction the story was moving, and not just an attempt to get better ratings (as some shows are known to do).
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2003
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Things are getting more complicated for the crew on Babylon 5 by the day. Not only must they start to figure out some way to defeat the Shadows when the time comes, but they must also deal with the growing threat back home. President Clark is becoming more paranoid and curtaining freedoms at an alarming rate. The crew finds evidence against him, but will it help? Meanwhile, Londo thinks he's created a monster that has gotten out of hand. G'Kar looks for ways to help in the coming conflict. Franklin is facing a personal problem of his own. And a face from the past returns to the station, with surprising results.
Babylon 5 definitely hit its stride with the third season. Series Creator J. Michael Straczynski wrote the entire season, helping it hang together and tell the story. Bester begins to play more of a role and is fleshed out a little more as a character, and this season also introduces Marcus Cole, the Ranger. While many of the episodes contribute directly to the over all story line, there are still several stand alones, including a personal favorite, "Passing Through Gethsemane" and one I really dislike, "Grey 17 is Missing." The arc episodes are all top notch. Highlights here include "Point of No Return," Hugo winning "Severed Dreams," "Interludes and Examinations," both parts of "War Without End," "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place," and the best season ending cliffhanger of the series, "Z'ha'dum."
If you've been buying these sets, you know what to expect here. There's the season intro, two audio commentaries by JMS and one by cast members Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Richard Biggs, and Ed Wasser. While JMS's are good as always, the cast commentary is better this time around, with Jerry not sidetracking them as often. Either way, it's a great listen.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Wyatt on September 1, 2003
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B5's third season is clearly the most pivotal of all the seasons. Here is where truths are revealed and new questions are raised. This is where J. Michael Straczynski's brilliance as the shows creator shines brightly in that with each episode he shows us what is to come, but at the same time, doesn't give us the how or why which leaves you, the viewer, hungry for more.
This season also brought an unprecedented event, no television series before this ever had an entire season written by one screenwriter. With the multitude of variables and directions that J. Michael Straczynski needed to take the series for this season, he felt that he was the only one that could take them there. As it turned out, this was a brilliant decision, despite a few of the episodes being a bit lackluster, the overall feel and theme of the season is breathtaking in its scope and detail.
A brief synopsis of the more intriguing episodes:
Matters of Honor - In this exciting season opener, the Minbari religious cast bestows upon Captain Sheridan the White Star which is a starship built of Vorlon and Minbari technology that no other race has seen until now. Here is where we meet Marcus who escapes a planet where the Rangers are training but have been blockaded by the Centauri. He seeks Sheridan's help in clearing the blockade so the rest of those in training can escape.
A Day in the Strife - This is an interesting episode that brings to the forefront Steven's addictions to stims. Meanwhile, Sheridan and Ivanova must deal with a probe that is prepared to annihilate the station if a whole battery of questions isn't answered properly.
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