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Babylon 5: Soul Hunter

Panic erupts when a strange alien known as a soul hunter arrives on the station. Even worse, the soul hunter has targeted Delenn!

We are introduced to the new station doctor, Dr. Stephen Franklin, who replaces Dr. Kyle. We are also introduced to the interesting creatures soul hunters. This is an interesting episode since what soul hunters do is good or bad depending on your view of the after life. Too bad one of them has to take things too far . . .

We also find out that Delenn is a member of the Grey Council, the ruling body of Minbar. What is she doing on Babylon 5? It also seems the Minbari have a plan that involves using Sinclair for something. What could that something be? Does it have anything to do with the missing twenty-four hours in his mind?

Here is a lovely shot of a star fury with Babylon 5 in the background.

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The first soul hunter. Too bad he is not exactly sane.

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Dr. Stephen Franklin, the new doctor, is skeptical about what soul hunters can do.

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Nagrath, leader of the Babylon 5 underworld. I’m including him just because he looks so unusual.

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Here is the second soul hunter we are introduced to. At least this one is sane.

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I think the souls like Delenn better than the soul hunter. And this look deffinately suits her better than the way she was in The Gathering.

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Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line

It was the dawn of the third age of mankind,
Ten years after the Earth-Minbari War.
The Babylon Project was a dream given form.
It’s goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens can work out there 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 pounds of spinning metal,
all alone in the night.
It can be a dangerous place, but it’s our last, best hope for peace.
The year is 2258.
The name of the place is Babylon 5.

–Jefferson David Sinclair

I just love this opening. The music is probably my favorite of all the years. It is very . . . epic.When the Centauri agricultural colony on Ragash 3 is attacked by Narn, interstellar tensions escelate. At the same time, the crew of Babylon 5 also has to worry about raider attacks on the shipping lanes.

Already we have some changes in this first episode that reintroduces us to the Babylon 5 universe. Lieutenant Commander Laurel Takashima is replaced by Lieutenant Commander Susan Ivanova, and telepath Lyta Alexander is replaced by Talia Winters.

We also get the communicators that stick to the skin instead of the wrist communicators. We are introduced to the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, and get to see Star Furies in action.

We are introduced to the raiders. Too bad they don’t stay away. We get a better idea of the consequences of Centauri occupation of Narn. We get the tone of the relationship between Londo and G’Kar that will last through the first season. We learn of Londo’s precognitive dream where he and G’Kar kill each other about twenty years in the future. We learn part of why Ivanova doesn’t like Psi Corps. The beginning of her relationship with Talia is set. And we learn that Narns were about the only ones who would sell weapons to Earth during the Earth-Minbari War. Finally, Santiago won the Presidential election. Oh, does this one come back to bite us.

Funniest moment of the series to this point: Garibaldi sharing with Delenn his second favorite thing in the universe.

Londo’s nephew Carn as the Narn attack.

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Meet Lieutenant Commander Susan Ivanova. She’s Russian and proud of it.

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Londo just has one headache after another this episode. No wonder he wants to kill G’Kar.

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Vir Cotto, Londo’s aid. He needs to get a backbone.

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Talia Winters, the new telepath. I think she likes Garibaldi’s second favorite thing in the universe better than his favorite thing in the universe is. As for what that is, I think we don’t want to know.

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Ivanova explains to Talia why she doesn’t like Psi Corps. Will this obstacle to their friendship ever be surmounted?

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Garibaldi shares with Delenn his second favorite thing in the universe: “Duck Dodgers in the twenty-fourth and a half century!” I don’t think she quite gets it. Oh, there will be more screencaps of Delenn later, but aren’t we glad she has a different look that what we were shown in The Gathering?

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Introduction and Babylon 5: The Gathering

Hi, all. I have been a B5 fan for over ten years now, and am now on my fourth or fifth viewing of the series. I just began again, and will be including my thoughts and screencaps. There will be spoilers so you have been warned. Now, onto the fun part! I will start with the pilot, then the series, the movies, and finally the books. I will do only the cannon books. Then I will move onto Firefly/Serenity and Star Wars, my favorite movies, which will include some of the books. Finally, I may do Star Trek, my favorite series are the original and Enterprise, and The Next Generation isn’t too bad either. But we’ll see if I make it that far.

A lot was refined after The Gathering, but a lot was also established. One note, I started B5 relatively late (season 4) so I never saw the original version of the pilot. From what I understand, the TNT version is the official version anyway.

Just as Babylon 5 is ready to open, tragedy strikes. An attempt is made on the Vorlon ambassador’s life. Left in critical condition, the prime suspect is none other than the station’s Commander, Jefferson David Sinclair.

Yeah, this first episode is a mystery story. A very nice opening monologue by Londo Mollari.

In The Gathering, we are introduced to the B5 crew, a telepath, and the ambassadors. We are also introduced to key parts of how Babylon 5 works like rotation, the alien sector, and doors that slide sideways. We are also introduced to C and C, the gambling area, the gardens, and more.

Some highlights of the pilot include Delenn and Sinclair’s two conversations in the Zen garden, Sinclair mussing on the Battle of the Line, and Sinclair’s conversation with G’Kar on nanotechnology.

Some important plot points are set up in the pilot, none more important than the Battle of the Line. Also, the Centauri occupation of Narn and the consequent animosity between the two races is set up. The mystery of exactly what the Vorlons are is introduced. And we begin to get a sense of how restrictive Psi Corps is.

Ah, the lovely station. Whatever you can say now, the CGI on this was state of the art at the time.

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Ambassador G’Kar of the Narn Regime smiling. And in this case, it means he is up to something.

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Ambassador Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic having fun loosing money at the casino again. To bad the fun times don’t last.

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Lyta Alexander, resident telepath. Not much gets past this mind reader. She leaves, but later comes back.

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The Zen garden, just because I love it.

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Meet the Commander of the station, Jefferson David Sinclair. Friends call him Jeff. He represents the Earth Alliance.

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Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari Federation. She has secrets, oh yes she does.

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Lieutenant Commander Laurel Takashima. A great character, too bad she got replaced. Interesting too how her story line got split between Ivanova and Talia.

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Michael Garibaldi, Chief of Security. Babylon 5 is his last chance. He and Sinclair are good friends and have known each other for years.

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Sinclair ponders the Battle of the Line, an event that affected him profoundly. And what about the missing twenty-four hours from that last stand?

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When danger threatens the station, Sinclair fights back. Usually in person, much to Garibaldi’s dismay.

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Dr. Benjamin Kyle, chief doctor on board the station as he ponders the mysteries of the Vorlon. Another great character we wish could have stuck around more.

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Sinclair and his latest girlfriend Carolyn Sykes. I guess she just couldn’t wait around for the Commander.

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G’Kar has indigestion. Well, that’s what happens when you mess with the Commander. I wonder how long they did look for the nanobots that were supposed to be in him?

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The ever mysterious Ambassador Kosh of the Vorlon Empire. What is behind that encounter suit?

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