And So It Begins… Babylon 5 is 20 Years Old

And So It Begins… Babylon 5 is 20 Years Old

On February 22nd, 1993, television began to change. No longer would we be constrained by one-off episodes. Series long arc stories would rule the day. Characters would evolve and grow. A new era for special effects was beginning. Babylon 5 had arrived.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the airing of the pilot movie Babylon 5: The Gathering. Way to make me feel old! At the time this show came out I was just 9 years old, and I wouldn’t actually discover it until several years later, after the show had ended if I recall correctly.

Earth Alliance Fleet Jumps In

One of my old pieces of CGI, done back in 2002.

When I finally did find myself among the Narn and Centauri, I was blown away by what I found. I ended up only having access to most of season 3, and catching some airings over at a friend’s house whenever I could. Those episodes entertained me at a young age mostly with the explosions and 3D graphics, and also influenced me to get into doing CGI a bit myself.

In the end, I wasn’t able to watch the whole series in order, as it should be seen, until the complete DVD release. I’m kinda glad for that actually, I think I was able to appreciate the show more as I was older, and could better grasp the concepts, the politics that were going on. This really is an adult show.

Damn, I really want to start watching this again now.

I feel like I should list out a few favorite episodes, but there are just so many great episodes, especially in seasons 3 and 4 that it’s hard to pick.

Intersections in Real Time has got to be a stand out, amazing episode that is not what one would expect in the middle of this epic war arc.

War Without End 1 & 2, hugely important two parter that weaves in a current crises, combined with what has come before, and will come in the future. JMS has no fear of showing you what will happen, it’s how we get there that matters.

The Long, Twilight Struggle set the course for the future of the show, and showed us that all the characters would be going through their own struggles.

I loved season 2’s And Now For a Word. It’s such a different way to do an episode, I feel it really stands out.

I have to mention Severed Dreams, it’s really the turning point, everything gets ripped apart, turned upside down and inside out, and nothing is the same anymore.

Finally, Sleeping in Light. I dare you to go through this entire series and not have a tear in your eye at the end.

I really can’t say enough about Babylon 5, so I’ll just say this, if you haven’t yet, watch it! Though, try not to judge the show on it’s first season, let’s just say it was still finding it’s legs at that time. There’s some important stuff there, but the consistency and quality is not the show’s best at that time. It gets so much better from season 2 on. And it is really one of my favorite shows of all time.

Babylon 5

All alone in the night.

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