What's Hot on SlashControl: Babylon 5
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 25th 2009 10:03AM
While perusing around SlashControl tonight, I nearly stopped breathing when I came across Babylon 5. Not just a few episodes or even one or two seasons. All five seasons, 99 episodes total.
My sci-fi-loving mom taped the entire series on VHS, and I have the first few seasons on DVD. But what a thrill to find it on SlashControl. If you're not familiar with J. Michael Straczynski's groundbreaking show, it takes place in the year 2258, ten years after an Earth-Minbari War. Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space.
The ship is a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, and Sinclair -- replaced by Captain Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) in season two -- is tasked with establishing peace and prosperity between the various interstellar empires, while at the same time fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance and dealing with various quirky characters such as Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik) and G'kar (Andreas Katsulas).
The parade of notable cast members who trailed through the ship includes Richard Biggs, Mira Furlan, Stephen Furst, Jerry Doyle, Claudia Christian, Jeff Conaway, Andrea Thompson and Tracy Scoggins.
First there was Star Trek and then the early Battlestar Galactica (circa 1970s), which while groundbreaking, were fairly smooth space adventures in the big scheme of things. Babylon 5, which ran from 1994 to 1998, really paved the way for the edgier, darker space dramas like Firefly, the Stargate shows, and the most recent Battlestar Galactica. Humans and aliens got into fist-fights, and personalities ranged from the serene Delenn to the hot-headed Garibaldi. It's really a fun show that takes you on quite the journey through its five year run.
Watch the pilot episode, "The Gathering," to get you started. Then check out the rest at SlashControl.