Babylon 5 is a 5 season television series developed by J. Michael Straczynski. Primarily, it's the story of the 5th Babylon space station, built by the Earth Alliance as a meeting place for commerce and diplomacy in neutral territory after the Earth-Minbari War.

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What order should Babylon 5 be watched in (series 5 and later films) [duplicate]

I am about to watch series 5 of Babylon 5 and I want to work out what order to watch the episodes and films. From this question I have obtained three different suggested viewing orders. There's ...
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Why does Lt. Corwin not wear a uniform in Season 5?

In the last season of Babylon 5, how does Lt. David Corwin (below, left;) get away with not wearing a uniform? AFAIK he's the only command-staff character that is regularly seen on-duty in ...
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How could Vir have possibly become emperor before Londo?

In Season 3's "Point of No Return", Lady Morella gives this prophecy: Lady Morella: [Turning to Londo] You will be emperor. That part of your destiny cannot be avoided. Londo: I see. ...
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What happened to Catherine Sakai after Sinclair left B5?

The final shot of the Season 1 finale, Chrysalis, had Sinclair with his fiancée, Catherine Sakai. The next episode, Sinclair was reassigned to be ambassador to Minbar (out of universe, Michael O'Hare ...
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Humans with Minbari Souls

It is revealed during the course of the show that the Minbari religious caste believe humans posses the reincarnated souls of dead Minbari. This is due to their interrogation of Jeffrey Sinclair who ...
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Did Edgars have a reason for never showing his face in public?

In Season 4 of Babylon 5, we are introduced to William Edgars, who hires Garibaldi to work with him. Edgars chooses to communicate over audio only and Garibaldi notes that there aren't any pictures of ...
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Why is the Centauri state called a “Republic” when it has an emperor?

A republic is a state that is not a monarchy, while an emperor is clearly a monarch, so how is it that the Centauri Republic in Babylon 5 has an emperor? This isn't a question of accuracy but of ...
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Londo refers to his wives as famine, pestilence, and death, which are which?

In "War Prayer" s1e07 Londo refers to his wives as "famine, pestilence, and death". Later we meet Daggair, Mariel, and Timov in "Soul Mates" s2e07. From what we know from these episodes is there a ...
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How does time travel work in Babylon 5?

I've recently watched Season 3's War Without End, Parts 1 and 2 (spoilers about that episode in this question) and while I enjoyed it, I became confused about how time travel is supposed to work in ...
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Significance of the name “Lorien”

In B5 Lorien is the name of a member of a very old (possibly the oldest) race in the galaxy. Though he can choose to appear humanoid he actually is more of a energy-field. He is very powerful and ...
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Did Ivanova and Talia have a romantic relationship in Babylon 5?

I was reading one of the answers to this question and it implied that Talia Winters and Susan Ivanova were involved in a same-sex relationship on Babylon 5. This came as news to me, as I own the ...
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Why didn't Jason Ironheart protect Talia's personality?

In the Babylon 5 episode Mind War Jason Ironheart departs his physical existence and in parting grants Talia Winters, his former lover, the gift of telekinesis as well as enhanced telepathic abilities ...
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Were all five Babylon stations planned from the start?

Babylon Five is the fifth station built as part of the Babylon Project. As we learn in the episode Grail stations One through Three were destroyed during construction, and station Four disappeared ...
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When were the first two ages of mankind?

In the opening monologues of Babylon 5 it is proclaimed to be the "dawn" of the third age of mankind, which started in 2257 with the founding of Babylon 5. What time periods covered the first two ages ...
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What is the origin of this quote by Sheridan?

In the Babylon 5 episode Voices of Authority, this exchange happens between Ivanova and Sheridan: Ivanova: Is there anything else you need? Sheridan: A glass of whiskey, a gun, and two bullets. ...
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Where did the daylight come from in the interior of Babylon 5?

The interior (open space) of Babylon 5 had night and day; whence came the daytime light? Light sources bright enough to account for the ‘daylight’ were never depicted in the show. In Arthur C. ...
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What were Delenn and G'Kar doing on Centauri Prime?

In War Without End, Sheridan jumps about 17 years into the future and meets an older version of Delenn in a cell on Centauri Prime. G'Kar is also on Centauri Prime at that time. How did Delenn and ...
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How many alien languages are spoken on screen in the entire Babylon 5 series?

In In the Beginning I know that Minbari is spoken briefly (I believe they opt to segue into English rather than use subtitles, but correct me if I'm wrong on that... it's been awhile). Narn and ...
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Why did the Minbari surrender in the Battle of the Line?

After the questioning of Sinclair, it became clear to Minbari they needed to end the battle and the war. But why did Minbari surrender to humans instead of accepting Earth's capitulation or simply ...
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Which civilization was more advanced, Minbari in 1260 AD or Humans in 2254 AD?

The question as in the title, motivation for asking contains spoilers:
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In Babylon 5, season 2, episode 1 commander is giving a speech on the bridge. Why is the bridge empty?

When John Sheridan, the new commander of Babylon 5, gives his lucky speech at the end of episode 1, season 2, the bridge seems completely empty. Is this just a joke that was not thought through, or ...
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Minbari, blue spot on their heads

What is the blue spot that Minbari have on their bald heads? Does it have any significance? I can't find any information about it, only about the bone ridges.
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Babylon 5 White Stars Verses Earth Ships and Shadow Vessels

Spoilers for Season 4 of Babylon 5: Is there a valid reason why the White Stars verses the Earth vessels didn't look like the attack of Shadow vessels against the Narn?
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Why did Ambassador Jeffrey Sinclair not want Garibaldi to join him and others on War Without End mission?

In the episode "War Without End": I did not understand the reasoning explained in a scene explained by Jeffrey Sinclair to Garibaldi at all. However.. What was the reasoning behind Jeffrey ...
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Why was Babylon 5 stationed and built orbiting around Epsilon III?

Why was Babylon 5 stationed and built orbiting around Epsilon III? In Star Trek Deep Space 9 Terok Nor was built and orbited over Bajor, which had a reason for doing so as the Cardassians had used ...
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Has J. Michael Straczynski ever revealed the meanings of names in Babylon 5?

I like to read the various series wikias and guides as I go through a series I'd seen before, to pick up on stuff I may have missed. I ran across this on The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 for A Voice ...
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Did any of the Markab survive the plague in Babylon 5?

In episode 18 of season 2 of Babylon 5, "Confessions and Lamentations" a plague hit the Markab population on the station as well as their homeworld and colonies. Dr. Franklin managed to find a cure, ...
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What is Michael Garibaldi's rank on Babylon 5?

The Earth Force Military tends to mix-and-match their ranks, but they're generally recognizable: Sinclair is a Commander Sheridan is a Captain Ivonava starts as a Lt. Commander and is promoted to ...
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Why Does Kosh Say the Centauri and Narn Are Dying Races?

What does Kosh mean and what is he talking about when he says that the Centauri and Narn are dead (or does he say dying?) races? Is it because they are so embroiled in war and hatred of each other ...
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How did Jeffrey Sinclair become a Minbari?

I never really understood this. Jeffrey Sinclair disappeared after Season 1 due to the actor departing the show. When he returned it was as a Minbari. The predestination time travel paradox and him ...
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How did Ivanova escape the notice of the Psi Corps?

During Season 2, we learn that Susan Ivanova is a [weak] latent telepath. Given the highly systematic scanning seemingly carried out by the Corp and Earth Force's own strong regulations against ...
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What order should the Babylon 5 movies and series be watched in?

Can someone tell me what order should the Babylon 5 movies be watched, so as to get the best out of them as a whole while watching the series? I know that release date isn't the best way to do this ...
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Is babylon-5 worth starting now? Has it aged well? [closed]

I started watching B-5 recently and some of the special effects seem really dated. Do they get better as the series progress? Is this series worth watching now or has it aged poorly?
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What price did Sheridan pay in the future?

In War Without an End (Season 3 ep. 16-17), Delenn says to John What price was that?
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What is the meaning of a two part poison?

In Season three: What is the meaning of such a poison? Since the first is totally ineffective without the second half, why is poisoning someone in advance with the first half meaningful? The ...
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What are the principles of sentient life?

In the Babylon 5 episode A Voice in the Wilderness, there is a reference to the third principle of sentient life. How many principles are there, what are they, and are they unique to the Babylon 5 ...
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How come Lyta Alexander, a P5, interned with the Psi Cops

At time index 20:40 of Season 2 Episode 19, Talia Winters says Lyta "interned with Psi Cops division". Psi Cops are supposed to be the strongest telepaths, usually around P11-P12. How come Lyta ...
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What 1st Season Episodes in Babylon 5 are “Required” to Follow the Main Arc?

I was a fan of B5 even before it premiered, back when JMS was on GEnie and dropping hints to us (in the form of posts saying nothing more than "Eep!") that his special project was green-lighted. I'm ...
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Why did the Shadows eliminate the Narn psychics?

In Babylon 5, G'kar says that there are no Narn psychics because the Shadows killed them a thousand years ago during the last war. Their stated reason for doing this is that the Shadows' ships are ...
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When was Babylon 5 constructed, and how long did it take?

I've just recently started watching B5, and I'm near the end of season 2. One thing that's seemed strange to me is that all five Babylon stations were built in the decade following the Earth-Minbari ...
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What happened to Mr. Morden's Family?

One of Babylon 5's classic characters was the mysterious Mr. Morden, but one thing I never totally understood was his back-story and then I read this: I don't remember seeing this part of ...
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Are there any plans for a new Babylon 5 series or movies?

I loved the series and all the movies, and I even watched 'Crusade' which was awesome. But it's been a while since I've heard of any new Babylon 5 movies. On the other hand, the series creator ...