The Lost Tales: Voices In The Dark
The station prepares to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of The Intestellar Alliance
, but Babylon 5
being what it is
, things are certain not to go smoothly. Colonel Lochley finds herself seeking the assistance of a priest in order to deal with a demonic possession, and President Sheridan receives an unexpected guest forecasting the destruction of the Earth Alliance in the future if Sheridan doesn't take the life of an innocent Centauri prince.
This was an Anthology Film
, meant to be the first part of a series of short films, each following a specific character
and each release having a common theme for the stories to follow. Though Voices In The Dark
was commercially successful, production of the second part (with Garibaldi and possibly Londo) fell through due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike
and ended up being shelved by J. Michael Straczynski
due to concerns that the studio would not budget enough money for him to do the Babylon 5
Starring Bruce Boxleitner as President John Sheridan, Tracy Scoggins as Colonel Elizabeth Lochley, and Peter Woodward as Galen.
The film, as presented, is divided into two parts, Over Here
, taking place on Babylon 5, and Over There
, taking place aboard Sheridan's flagship, the Valen
The Lost Tales
- Anthology Film
- Colon Cancer: The film as a whole is titled Babylon 5: The Lost Tales: Voices In The Dark. Now consider that each part was made to be its own smaller film and you end up with constructions such as Babylon 5: The Lost Tales: Voices In The Dark: Over Here.
- Technology Marches On: A side effect of the original series concluding in 1998, and The Lost Tales being released in 2007, between which the state of the art of computer-generated graphics had moved on considerably. The production company (who also worked on the Battlestar Galactica reboot) presented a low-resolution draft rendering of the CGI models for the film to let him get an idea how things were coming along, and they were at least equal in quality to the best end-product CGI from the original show.
- What Could Have Been: Ideas for the series ranged from an already-scripted Garibaldi episode, to themed episodes around the various factions and races, and perhaps one about the Telepath War.
- Batman Gambit: The villain wants to be exorcised... aboard Babylon 5, in hopes that this will result in him being released into the heavens instead of being returned to his banishment to Earth. Lochley manages to figure out what he's up to, and spoils his plan.
- Demonic Possession: Some poor schlub who works on the station as a technician ended up crossing paths with a demon while visiting Earth on leave.
- How Unscientific!: Some fans were pretty upset that this fairly hard sci-fi universe suddenly had a literal demon from Hell in it.
- Some official source has explained them as energy beings who met up with the First Ones but soon turned out malevolent and were locked away. Essentially, it does in the wizard. Probably for the best.
- It doesn't explain why they fear exorcism, however.
- Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: It is mentioned that the Catholic Church has been in decline ever since the Earthers gained the means to interstellar travel. If the priest expels the demon immediately, he will have no proof that the possession happened, and the decline will continue. If he allows the demon to stay in possession of his host, it will actually benefit the church as humanity's belief in the supernatural is restored. Of course, to do so would mean to abandon an innocent man that the priest could have helped, dooming his soul.