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B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes fit into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, with plenty of {{Rewatch Bonus}}es, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]

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B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes fit into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their [[GalacticConqueror machinations on Earth and other planets. planets.]] JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, with plenty of {{Rewatch Bonus}}es, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]


* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series, with a FramingDevice (excluding the DistantFinale).

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* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series, with a FramingDevice (excluding the DistantFinale). series proper.


* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series, with a FramingDevice (excluding he DistantFinale).

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* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series, with a FramingDevice (excluding he the DistantFinale).


* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E00TheGathering The Gathering]]'' -- 1993 PilotMovie, which differs from the series in presentation.
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm02Thirdspace Thirdspace]]'' -- 1998, set in-between the fourth season of the series
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm03TheRiverOfSouls The River of Souls]]'' -- 1998, takes place shortly after the end of series (excluding its DistantFinale). Features Creator/MartinSheen.
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm04ACallToArms A Call to Arms]]'' -- 1999, takes place about five years after the end of the series (excluding its Distant Finale). Serves as a lead-in to ''Crusade''.

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* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E00TheGathering The Gathering]]'' -- 1993 PilotMovie, which differs from the series in presentation.
proper.
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm01InTheBeginning In the Beginning]]'' -- 1998, a {{prequel}} to the series
series, with a FramingDevice (excluding he DistantFinale).
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm02Thirdspace Thirdspace]]'' -- 1998, set in-between the fourth season of the series
taking place during Season 4.
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm03TheRiverOfSouls The River of Souls]]'' -- 1998, takes place shortly after the end of series (excluding (again, excluding its DistantFinale). Features Creator/MartinSheen.
* ''[[Recap/BabylonFiveFilm04ACallToArms A Call to Arms]]'' -- 1999, takes place about five years after the end of the series (excluding its Distant Finale). Serves ithe DistantFinale). It serves as a lead-in to ''Crusade''.


A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[MutantDraftBoard rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} who live openly (albeit [[MutantDraftBoard rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


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 [[WonTheWarLostThePeace 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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.

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The story takes place on Babylon 5, [[RingWorldPlanet a giant cylindrical {{space station}} 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 [[WonTheWarLostThePeace 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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.


B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes fit into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]

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B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes fit into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, with plenty of {{Rewatch Bonus}}es, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]


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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.

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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 [[WonTheWarLostThePeace tentative peace.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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.


A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters [[MutantDraftBoard rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness mind-control--[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes figure into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]

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B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes figure fit into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]


A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its rejection of a post-scarcity future, it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its [[UrbanSegregation rejection of a post-scarcity future, future]], it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. While the show leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its rejection of a post-scarcity future, it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. While the show Although it leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its rejection of a post-scarcity future, it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith manages.]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


''Babylon 5'' is a [[TheNineties Nineties]] SpaceOpera created by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, running from 1994-1998. (A two-hour {{pilot movie}}, "The Gathering", first aired in '93). It was syndicated as a part of the Creator/{{PTEN}} network package for its first four seasons, and was hastily picked-up by Creator/{{TNT}} for its fifth.

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''Babylon 5'' is a [[TheNineties Nineties]] SpaceOpera created by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, running from 1994-1998. (A two-hour {{pilot movie}}, "The Gathering", first aired in '93). It was syndicated as a part of the Creator/{{PTEN}} network package for its first four seasons, and was [[{{Uncanceled}} hastily picked-up picked-up]] by Creator/{{TNT}} for its fifth.



B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes figure into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story to tie-in novels and comic books, namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]

A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. While the show leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its rejection of a post-scarcity future, it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but faith manages." Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--always from a safe distance. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.

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B5 took serialization to new heights: more than half of the episodes figure into a series-long MythArc involving the "Shadows" and their machinations on Earth and other planets. JMS plotted out much of the series before filming began, and occasionally referred to it as a five-year long MiniSeries or "one story told over five years". (He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having written every episode of Seasons 3 and 4 single-handedly.) Time and budget constraints relegated some of the story [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised to tie-in novels and comic books, books]], namely [[BewareTheSuperman a war fought between Telepaths and "Mundanes".]]

A majority of the non-human cast consist of RubberForeheadAliens with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powers verging on magic]], and humans with {{telepathy}} live openly (albeit [[CapeBusters rigorously-policed]]) among the public. Still, by TV standards, it's [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly-hard sci-fi]]. While the show leans toward the {{cyberpunk}} end of the genre, particularly its rejection of a post-scarcity future, it has some shining moments of idealism, as well: the overarching message seems to be, "The pragmatic survive, and the determined thrive, but [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith manages." ]]" Most of the crew learn a hard lesson about reducing conflict by forming relationships and exchanging information with those who are different than you; not only was the Earth-Minbari War started [[PoorCommunicationKills over a misunderstanding]], but it only ended when the Minbari learned more about humans. Conversely, the Shadows are always seen plotting from the...[[EvilIsNotWellLit well, shadows]], manipulating events through bribery, threats, or mind-control--always mind-control--[[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness always from a safe distance.distance]]. Mind-readers, detective work, and old-fashioned talking solved many of the show's issues.


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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.

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The story takes place on Babylon 5, a giant cylindrical space station {{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 an [[DayOfTheJackboot increasingly-reactionary and despotic]] Earth command.

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