History Series / BabylonFive

1st Mar '18 12:46:15 PM slvstrChung
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Though it achieved only niche success during its lifetime, ''[=B5=]'' is the UrExample for several tropes television takes for granted today. It was the first American TV show to even ''have'' a MythArc (a feature popularized by ''Series/{{LOST}}'' in America, though Mexican ''telenovela'' had been doing this for decades), one of the first to use CGI renders for all its SFX instead of practical models (and [[TechnologyMarchesOn it shows today]]), and one of the first to have a very strong Internet fandom.

to:

Though it achieved only niche success during its lifetime, ''[=B5=]'' is the UrExample for several tropes television takes for granted today. It was the first American TV show to even ''have'' a MythArc (a feature popularized Stateside by ''Series/{{LOST}}'' in America, ''Series/{{LOST}}'', though Mexican ''telenovela'' had been doing this for decades), one of the first to use CGI renders for all its SFX instead of practical models (and [[TechnologyMarchesOn it shows today]]), and one of the first to have a very strong Internet fandom.
fandom. In some ways, ''[=B5=]'' (and its [[DuelingShow Dueling Show]] ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', with which it shares many qualities) is the precursor to so-called "Prestige television," a category of continuity-heavy, angsty dramas that contains some of the luminaries of the medium like ''Breaking Bad'', ''The Sopranos'', ''The Walking Dead'' and ''Game of Thrones''.
1st Nov '17 6:39:19 AM Rotide
Is there an issue? Send a Message


It is available via Netflix, in disc form only. [[http://www.thewb.com/shows/babylon-5 The WB]] has also put up Season 1 and cycling episodes (think Hulu "view X episodes at a time") of season 2 for online watching. The first season does not include the tenth episode, "Believers." There is also a DVD box including all seasons and movies.

to:

It is available via Netflix, in disc form only. [[http://www.thewb.com/shows/babylon-5 The WB]] has also put up Season 1 and cycling episodes (think Hulu "view X episodes at a time") of season 2 for online watching. The first season does not include the tenth episode, "Believers." There is also a DVD box including all seasons and movies.
movies. Recently, the streaming site Go90 has [[https://www.go90.com/shows/babylon5 made all five seasons available]] for streaming.
1st Nov '17 6:37:13 AM Rotide
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].

to:

The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].command.
30th Oct '17 4:05:18 PM CaptainCrawdad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station (the design is more specifically referred to as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder O'Neill Cylinder]], the station referred in-universe as O'Neill class) and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].

to:

The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station (the design is more specifically referred to as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder O'Neill Cylinder]], the station referred in-universe as O'Neill class) and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].
5th Oct '17 12:53:52 PM slvstrChung
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Though it achieved only niche success during its lifetime, ''[=B5=]'' paved the way for a number of things that television takes for granted today. It was the first American TV show to tell one coherent story (a feature popularized by ''Series/LOST'' in America though Mexican ''telenovela'' had been doing this for decades), one of the first to use CGI renders for all its SFX instead of practical models (and [[TechnologyMarchesOn it shows today]]), and one of the first to have a very strong Internet fandom.

to:

Though it achieved only niche success during its lifetime, ''[=B5=]'' paved is the way UrExample for a number of things that several tropes television takes for granted today. It was the first American TV show to tell one coherent story even ''have'' a MythArc (a feature popularized by ''Series/LOST'' ''Series/{{LOST}}'' in America America, though Mexican ''telenovela'' had been doing this for decades), one of the first to use CGI renders for all its SFX instead of practical models (and [[TechnologyMarchesOn it shows today]]), and one of the first to have a very strong Internet fandom.
17th Sep '17 5:17:46 PM Malady
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''[[Babylon5TheLostTales The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark]]'' -- 2007 DirectToVideo {{interquel}} which was intended to be the first of a series of new DTV stories. This one didn't pan out, either, despite some degree of commercial success.

to:

* ''[[Babylon5TheLostTales ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveTheLostTales01 The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark]]'' -- 2007 DirectToVideo {{interquel}} which was intended to be the first of a series of new DTV stories. This one didn't pan out, either, despite some degree of commercial success.
28th Aug '17 4:05:47 PM slvstrChung
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->''"Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tonnes of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last, best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5."''
-->-- '''Season 1 Opening'''

to:

->''"Humans ->''It was the [[DawnOfAnEra dawn of the third age]] of mankind ten years after the [[CurbStompBattle Earth-Minbari War]].\\
The Babylon Project was a dream, given form. Its goal: to prevent another war, by creating a place where humans
and aliens can work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call home away from home for [[{{Ambadassador}} diplomats]], [[HonestJohn hustlers, entrepreneurs]], and [[MonsterOfTheWeek wanderers]]. Humans and aliens, wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tonnes tons of spinning metal, metal... [[SpaceIsCold all alone in the night.night]]. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last, best hope for peace. \\
This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5."''
'''Babylon 5'''.''
-->-- '''Season 1 Opening'''
opening narration'''



''Babylon 5'' took the use of {{Story Arc}}s to new heights, and introduced the concept of the WhamEpisode, with probably over half of its episodes contributing to one major series-long arc (a MythArc). JMS had plotted out much of the arc before the series began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or as "one story told over five years". Some of the story was also told through the tie-in novels and comic books since there wasn't time within that five-year timeframe to tell the entire story on television.

to:

''Babylon 5'' took the use of {{Story Arc}}s to new heights, and introduced the concept of the WhamEpisode, with probably over half of its episodes contributing to one major series-long arc (a MythArc). JMS had plotted out much of the arc before the series began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or as "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records now for having written ''every episode'' of Seasons 3 and 4 singlehandedly.) Some of the story was also told through the tie-in novels and comic books since there wasn't time within that five-year timeframe to tell the entire story on television.


Added DiffLines:

Though it achieved only niche success during its lifetime, ''[=B5=]'' paved the way for a number of things that television takes for granted today. It was the first American TV show to tell one coherent story (a feature popularized by ''Series/LOST'' in America though Mexican ''telenovela'' had been doing this for decades), one of the first to use CGI renders for all its SFX instead of practical models (and [[TechnologyMarchesOn it shows today]]), and one of the first to have a very strong Internet fandom.
13th Jun '17 9:50:43 AM ImperialMajestyXO
Is there an issue? Send a Message


While the series is often given as an early example of a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard science fiction]] show, it does have HumanoidAliens and RubberForeheadAliens (with human-like {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s) making up the majority of its non-human cast, aliens and machines with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powers verging on magic]], and humans with PsychicPowers. Still, [[HollywoodScience by TV standards]], it's fairly crispy sci-fi. Likewise, while the show is often seen as being more toward the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, at times almost edging into BlackAndGrayMorality, it also has some shining moments of idealism as well. One could say that the overarching {{Aesop}} of the series is "the [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids pragmatic]] survive, and the [[TheDeterminator determined]] thrive, but [[EarnYourHappyEnding Faith Manages]]."

to:

While the series is often given as an early example of a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard science fiction]] show, it does have HumanoidAliens and RubberForeheadAliens (with human-like {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s) making up the majority of its non-human cast, aliens and machines with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powers verging on magic]], and humans with PsychicPowers. Still, [[HollywoodScience by TV standards]], it's fairly crispy sci-fi. Likewise, while the show is often seen as being more toward the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, at times almost edging into BlackAndGrayMorality, it also has some shining moments of idealism as well. One could say that the overarching {{Aesop}} of the series is "the [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids pragmatic]] survive, and the [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} determined]] thrive, but [[EarnYourHappyEnding Faith Manages]]."
5th Mar '17 11:17:55 AM themisterfree
Is there an issue? Send a Message


''Babylon 5'' is a [[TheNineties Nineties]] SpaceOpera created by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, running from 1994-1998 (a two-hour pilot, "The Gathering", had aired in 1993). It was syndicated as a part of the Creator/{{PTEN}} network package for its first four seasons, and was picked up by TNT for its fifth.

to:

''Babylon 5'' is a [[TheNineties Nineties]] SpaceOpera created by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, running from 1994-1998 (a two-hour pilot, "The Gathering", had aired in 1993). It was syndicated as a part of the Creator/{{PTEN}} network package for its first four seasons, and was picked up by TNT Creator/{{TNT}} for its fifth.
10th Jan '17 4:50:09 AM moloch
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station (the design is more specifically referred to as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder O'Neil Cylender]], the station referred in-universe as O'Neil class) and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].

to:

The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station (the design is more specifically referred to as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder O'Neil Cylender]], O'Neill Cylinder]], the station referred in-universe as O'Neil O'Neill class) and sort of [[TheFederation United Nations in space]]. It's not all roses, however, as Earth's military is woefully outmatched by those of the other delegates, resulting in what can be generously described as a tentative peace. It's up to the crew to throw cold water on old rivalries and keep these various factions from devouring one another; a task made difficult by [[VichyEarth an increasingly-reactionary and despotic Earth command]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 54. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Series.BabylonFive