was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years
after the 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 could work out their differences peacefully.
It's a port of call - home away from home for
diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers.
Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five
hundred thousand tons 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. -
And so it began,
the introduction that would take us through five
years of war, betrayal, hope and hardship. Babylon
5, was for me, a show that was desperately needed.
After ST: Next Generation went off the air, I had
started to slip away from sci-fi. I began watching
less and less of ST: DS9 and barely noticing the
first three years of ST: Voyager. B5 introduced
reality into to sci-fi. Where Star Trek sought a
visonistic view of how the Earth would 'carry'
itself in the future, B5 was more realistic. Some
of the same biases and hatreds the we 'humans'
contain within us weren't just whipped away with
the invention of a warp
drive. B5 was the most realistic view of the
And it wasn't
just the story line that drew me in, but the
characters, the characters who became people.
Following the life of the likes of Ivanova and
Garibaldi, real people with real lives and all the
darkness and despair, and hope, that goes along
with it. I think it was the characters, and the
actors who portrayed them, that really kept the
show going. Thankfully, JMS was able to see his
five year 'vision' through to it's fruition. I look
forward to his next creation, Crusade - when they
decide to show the damn thing!