25 Facts About Babylon 5


Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic Worlds Ltd.

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Series follows the human military staff and alien diplomats stationed on a space station, Babylon 5, built in the aftermath of several major inter-species wars as a neutral ground for galactic diplomacy and trade.

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Unusual at the time of its airing, Babylon 5 was conceived as a "novel for television" with a pre-planned five-year story arc, each episode envisioned as a "chapter".

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Whereas contemporary television shows tended to maintain the overall status quo, confining conflicts to individual episodes, Babylon 5 featured story arcs which spanned multiple episodes and even seasons, effecting permanent changes to the series universe.

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The station is the last of its line; the first three stations were all destroyed during construction, while Babylon 5 4 was completed but mysteriously vanished shortly after being made operational.

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Babylon 5 featured an ensemble cast which changed over the course of the show's run:.

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Sinclair, the commander of Babylon 5, is a hero of the Minbari war, troubled by his inability to remember events of the war's last day.

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Babylon 5'sridan is rescued from Z'ha'dum by the mysterious Lorien.

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Babylon 5'sridan discovers the Vorlons and Shadows have used the younger races in a proxy war, and convinces both sides to stop the war and leave the younger races in peace.

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Babylon 5'sridan leads Minbar, Centauri, and Narn to form a new Interstellar Alliance.

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Babylon 5 said that the show "would have to be good science fiction".

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Straczynski wrote 92 of the 110 episodes of Babylon 5, including all 44 episodes in the third and fourth seasons, a feat never before accomplished in American television.

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When word came that TNT had picked up Babylon 5, this was moved to the end of season five and replaced with a newly filmed season four finale, "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars".

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Babylon 5's complaints, and the subsequent stabbing of him with a needle by costume supervisor Kim Holly, was a light-hearted reference to the previous security uniforms, a design carried over from the pilot movie which were difficult to work with and wear due to the combination of leather and wool.

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Ratings remained low-to-middling throughout the first four seasons, but Babylon 5 scored well with the demographics required to attract the leading national sponsors and saved up to $300, 000 per episode by shooting off the studio lot, therefore remaining profitable.

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Babylon 5 was one of the better-rated US television shows on Channel 4, and achieved high audience Appreciation Indexes, with the season 4 episode "Endgame" achieving the rare feat of beating the prime-time soap operas for first position.

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Babylon 5 successfully completed its five-year story arc on November 25, 1998, after five seasons and 109 aired episodes, when TNT aired the 110th episode "Sleeping in Light, " which had been filmed as the Season finale 4 when Babylon 5 was under threat of ending production at that point.

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Babylon 5 was one of the first television science fiction shows to denotatively refer to a same-sex relationship.

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Babylon 5 universe portrays numerous armed conflicts on an interstellar scale, including the Dilgar war, Narn-Centauri conflict, Minbari civil war, Drakh War, Interstellar Alliance-Centauri war, and the Great Burn.

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Babylon 5 is built to foster peace through diplomacy, described as the "last, best hope for peace" in the opening credits monologue during its first three seasons.

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The first season episode "The Parliament of Dreams" is a conventional "showcase" for religion, in which each species on the Babylon 5 station has an opportunity to demonstrate its beliefs, while "Passing Through Gethsemane" focuses on a specific position of Roman Catholic beliefs, as well as concepts of justice, vengeance, and biblical forgiveness.

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Babylon 5 argued the same when confronted by claims that the lack of legal action was proof that his allegation was unfounded.

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Babylon 5 has been praised for its depth and complexity against a backdrop of contemporary shows which largely lacked long-term consequences, with plots typically being resolved in the course of a single episode, occasionally two.

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Babylon 5 stated that both Ronald D Moore and Damon Lindelof used the 5-year narrative structure of Babylon 5 as blueprints for their respective shows, Battlestar Galactica and Lost.

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Three TV films were released by Turner Network Television in 1998, after funding a fifth season of Babylon 5, following the demise of the Prime Time Entertainment Network the previous year.

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