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Babylon 5: The Complete Second Season (Repackage)(DVD)
In 2259, the orbiting space station Babylon 5 gets a controversial, new leader and prepares to serve as the last defense against a terrifying race known as the Shadows.]]>
Delenn's future love interest, Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) arrived on Babylon 5 in the first episode of season 2, "Points of Departure." The show marked the handing over of command of B5 to Sheridan from Commander Jeffery Sinclair, actor Michael O'Hare becoming a victim of studio politicians who wanted a bigger star in the leading role. This excellent installment also revealed more about why the Minbari surrendered to Earth at the Battle of the Line when they were on the verge of victory. "Revelations" explains that Sheridan's wife, Anna, died during an archaeological survey of the world Z'ha'dum, the name being just one of many references to Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings (the bridge at Khazad-Dum). "The Geometry of Shadows" introduced the Technomages, characters who featured more significantly in the ill-fated spinoff series Crusade (1999), while "The Coming of Shadows" proved to be Babylon 5's finest hour to date. The story of political intrigue foreshadowing the fate of two of the major characters beat Apollo 13, Toy Story, 12 Monkeys, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor" to win the Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation at the 1996 World Science Fiction Convention and proved so powerful that J. Michael Straczynski included it in his Complete Book of Scriptwriting.
"And Now for a Word" took the unusual step of presenting a day-in-the-life of B5 seen through the eyes of a TV news crew, just as the Narn declared war on the Centauri. The inclusion of a PSI-Corps commercial paid homage to Paul Verhoeven's satirical ads in Robocop (1987), while his later Starship Troopers (1997) seemed at times like a spoof of B5's earnest space opera. In "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum," Sheridan learns that Morden was on the ship on which Anna died; the episode sees the captain pushed to his limits by grief and determination to discover why Morden survived. Three exceptional shows conclude the season. The Narn-Centauri war escalates in "The Long, Twilight Struggle," Sheridan faces a most unusual ordeal in "Comes the Inquisitor," and in "The Fall of Night" all hope of peace is shattered as a nerve-racking assassination attempt reveals a startling secret about Ambassador Kosh. --Gary S. Dalkin
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.55 x 5.3 x 1 inches; 10.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 5458762
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 16 hours
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Douglas Netter, J. Michael Straczynski
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B002BAW6GI
- Number of discs : 6
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First watch BABYLON 5: THE GATHERING from this boxed set. To be blunt, it is not very good at all. It is basically a pilot and not an especially compelling one. We meet some -- but by no means all -- of the important characters of forthcoming seasons, and get a taste of the B5 universe, but this is just a dull, chatty, uninteresting debut. And the make up for G'Kar looked like it was in planning stages! Very, very different from how he looked on the subsequent series.
Next, watch Seasons One through Four of BABYLON 5 the series. The first season is slightly more interesting than the pilot, but not by much. Season Two gets slightly more interesting, especially near the end of the season when the Shadows plot really kicks into gear. From this point to the end of Season Four B5 is incredibly compelling. Just be patient watching the first two seasons. You'll start getting hints in Season Two of how good it will eventually get, but there will still be plenty of dullish episodes instead. The series is not terribly balanced because the network changed its plans a couple of times, first telling Straczynski that the series was going to wrap up at the end of Season Four and then, after he had collapsed two season's worth of stories into one, telling him that the show would be renewed for one more season. So much for planning.
Next, before watching Season Five, watch another movie in this set, IN THE BEGINNING. This is far and away the best of the B5 movies and is fully as good and as entertaining as Seasons Three and Four. It goes back before the beginning of the series, giving the details of the Minbari was. But the narrative assumes you've seen the first four seasons.
Next, watch Season Five of BABYLON 5. Because he really had a different story arc planned for Season Five one had to be created pretty quickly. The whole telepath arc simply never caught fire and it does not represent the best of B5. The last third of the season focuses on the decline and fall of Centauri Prime and this is B5 at its best. There are a string of very, very good episodes as well as a very beautiful series finale. Mention must also be made of a lovely episode in the first half of the season written by the great Neil Gaiman.
Season Five was actually broadcast in split seasons and a couple of the movies -- THIRDSPACE and RIVER OF SOULS -- were broadcast before the series actually finished. Your call. Neither is all that great and neither really requires to be seen at a certain point.
The next movie, however, BABYLON 5: A CALL TO ARMS, should be viewed after the end of the series and the previously mentioned movies, and before the series CRUSADE. This episode features Bruce Boxleitner very prominently as Sheridan and is probably his last great hurrah in the series. The movie introduces the new and highly advanced space ship Excalibur and deals with a Drakh attack on earth, infecting it with a slow-acting virus that will kill all life on earth if a cure is not found (but since B5 the TV series gave us multiple glimpses into the future, we know that doesn't happen). This required the need for a search for a cure for the virus, a search that was continued on the quickly cancelled CRUSADE. The show never really got off the ground, but it had some interesting characters (especially Galen, played by Peter Woodward, who also appeared in the films A CALL TO ARMS and LOST TALES). I do recommend that fans of B5 see CRUSADE.
The next movie was THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS: TO LIVE AND DIE IN STARLIGHT. Horrible. This is the worst of all the B5 movies, the worst thing ever done in the entire run of the show. I honestly don't even recommend this for fans of the show. The most I can say in support of it is that it is one's last chance to see Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar. He died a couple of years later of lung cancer.
Last, and not quite least, there is 2007's THE LOST TALES. It is definitely not as bad as THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS, but not as good as IN THE BEGINNING. My reaction was that it was nice to see some familiar characters again (mainly just Tracy Scoggins's Captain Lochley, Bruce Boxleitner's Sheridan, and Peter Woodward's Galen). But definitely not B5 at its best. Most fans describe it as "chatty." There are entire scenes devoted to nothing but talk, and not terribly good talk at that.
A lot to see. For me the heart consists of the end of Season Two, all of Seasons Three and Four, the movie IN THE BEGINNING, and the last third of Season Five. My advice to anyone newly approaching B5 is to stick it out through it all. Much of it is dull, some of it even downright bad, but the best is very good indeed. If you are patient, you will find your patience rewarded.
The series improves as Sinclair (Micheal O'Hare) is replaced by Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner). Straczynski has difficulty making the boss interesting - all the other characters are still more interesting than the "main" character.
Main plot of the season is the Narn-Centauri war, which doesn't last long.
Lots of set-up for the Shadow War in the superior seasons 3 and 4.
This season still had many good scenes and good episodes, and the actors continue to grow into their characters.
Disc 1 features
Introduction to "The Coming of Shadows" (5:35) Introduction to the season - minor spoiler for the Markab episode
Cast commentary on "The Geometry of Shadows" - This was more silly than imformative.
(Discs 2, 3, 5 - none)
Disc 4 feature
Commentary on "In the Shadow of Z'Ha"Dum" by JM Straczynski
Disc 6 features
Commentary on "The Fall of Night" by JM Straczynski
(The Disc menu claims these features are on Disc 6, but they were unplayable. I can't find these files when I play the disc on my computer: Building Babylon - the Blueprint of an Episode, Shadows and Dreams - Honors of Babylon (is that a typo for Horrors?), and The Universe of Babylon 5)
Straczynski's commentaries assume you've already watched the entire show. In other words - spoilers.
* Governments deal in matters of convenience not conscious. If they fall behind it's up to the rest of us to make up the difference. If we don't, who will?
* If you love --- love without reservation and if you fight ---- fight without fear."
* I will teach you. About You until you are ready. To fight legends.
* All life is transitory. A dream.We all come together in the same place at the end of time. If I don't see you again here, I'll see you in a little while in the place where no shadows fall.
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Not many shows can pull the main character after just one season, and actually get better, but Babylon 5 pulls this off with aplomb.
Following the mysterious disappearance of Commander Sinclair, Captain Sheridan takes the hot seat. Considered to be a war criminal by the Minbari, and initially viewed with suspicion by his subordinates (still loyal to Sinclair) Sheridan doesn't have his troubles to seek.
This new character development allows the story to explore loyalty, friendship, authority, and war, in a way that the utopia of Star Trek could never hope to match.
Politics is always in the background, factions making their moves, the great game played out on a galactic scale, with Babylon 5 being the eye in the tornado.
It's this complexity, this realism, that puts it head and shoulders above its rivals on a par with that other great sci-fi show, Farscape.
Babylon 5 is a series which needs to be given time to develop. Those expecting an instant return may be disappointed but I have rewatched the second to fourth series several times and for those who are prepared to allow an at times slow pace, the drama when the speed picks up is worth the investment
The galaxy is under threat from an ancient race known as the 'Shadows'. Their influence starts to be felt everywhere, even on earth. The Babylon 5 crew have to make the difficult decision to break with the increasingly evil earth government. Battle lines are drawn.
The only downside to Babylon 5 is that the tv series only goes up to 5 seasons. I think a revisit to Babylon 5 would be great. There are of course the films that follow, and they are not bad; however, I think the time is right [plus with today's new technology, the series was created in the 19990's]for another visit to Babylon 5. I would highly recommend this to all viewers over age 12.
Comparatively, the first series was uneventful. There were frequent silly little 'filler' episodes; season 2 dives right into the main plot, only pausing occasionally for a 'Dr Franklin's lost dog' type story. The end of season 1 saw ambassador Delen disappear into a chrysalis (I spoil, because if you're reading a season 2 review you must have watched season 1), and left various questions unanswered. In season 2, most of these are answered, only to be replaced with several more; season 1 barely scratched the surface plot wise.
Another great thing about season 2 is that we get a much greater insight into the alien races. I found the Centauri, Minbari and Narn tedious in the first season, but season 2 explores the differing alien cultures (not to mention armed forces) in much more depth; yes that does include more ridiculous Minbari rituals.
Character development increases at a rate of knots, for the main cast, and supporting cast such as vir and lenir. I won't spoil any of that.
Season 2 also sees the return of the evil pavel chekov look alike (that's not a spoiler he's on the dvd menu screen) and more plot development around the menacing 'psi core'.
While I was able to put up with the outdated special effects in season 1, it was nice to see b5 budget increase and for us to see more areas of the station, and not have to look at continual repeats of the same docking animation.
So far this has all been fairly positive, but I do have one issue with the series; the first third of the season was so predictably written, that I could guess the main episode plot twist within 10 minutes of the episode starting. Luckily, the main plot soon kicks in and the writing suddenly becomes first class. There are a couple of episodes where my preconceptions about were challenged several times.
So Babylon 5 is an improvement on the second season, with the main plot decidedly taking the foreground. Although predictably written at first, by the end the writing is excellent. All that's left to say now is 'BUY IT!', while I go and watch season 3!