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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Is there an out-of-universe explanation for why Delenn began looking more human?

Early on in the series, Delenn (played by Mira Furlan) put herself into a kind of cocoon and came out looking significantly more human than Minbari. The in-universe explanation was that she wanted to ...
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Why are battles in hyperspace disastrous?

I just watched "Movements Of Fire And Shadow" (season 5, ep. 17 of Babylon 5). At 32:38, the Centauri ships attacked Delenn's White Star. It was previously stated that battles in hyperspace are ...
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“Maybe we're both still inside.”

I just recently started to watch (struggle) through babylon 5 - and one quote at the end of an early episode caught my attention: I tried to look up some informations about this, but I couldn't ...
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Why did Delenn's appearance change so drastically from fully Minbari to more human?

I remember that Mira Furlan played Ambassador Delenn in Babylon 5. In that universe, she is first shown as looking like a Minbari, but later changed to look more human. Can anybody tell me if there ...
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Why were the early children/descendants of Valen persecuted?

Where the reason for the early persecution of Valen's children ever given? Was is biological? Was it because they appeared more human then Minbari - be it because Catherine Sakai did not undergo a ...
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What is the trigger for a Shadow War?

We know of 3 recent Shadow Wars. One 10,000 years ago, the second 1,000 years ago and the last/current in the 2260s. So the question is what are the restriction that need to be fulfilled for a Shadow ...
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Why did Babylon 5 have so many cast changes?

While many series experience cast changes through their run, Babylon 5 seems to have an inordinate number of them, discounting the changes from the pilot ‘The Gathering’ to the first season. However, ...
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Could the Thirdspace Aliens project telepathy through a closed gate?

Something I didn't understand from the movie "Babylon 5: Thirdspace". We find out that the Thirdspace Aliens are able to telepathically control people in normal space by projecting their telepathic ...
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Can Vorlons control their true appearance?

In Babylon 5 we are told that a vorlon can control their apperance in regards to certain modified races, generally making themselves appear as angelic or otherwise religiously significant beings via ...
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Has there ever been a depiction or scene of inside a Babylon 5 Shadow Vessel?

Babylon 5 introduces the Shadow, one of the most mysterious and sinister villains in the genre, together with their deadly warcraft. Have we ever seen inside one of these terrifying vessels? An ...
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How fast did Babylon 5 spin or what was the highest gravity level on board?

Babylon 5 had a diameter of 840 meters. If the gravity was 1g, it would have to spin approximately 1.5 times per minute. How fast did it spin or what was the actual "gravity" on board? Are there any ...
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Minbari caste distribution

The Minbari society is divided into three castes: Religious, Warrior, and Worker. Do each of these three castes make up (roughly) one third of the Minbari population or is one overrepresented (and ...
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What do the majority of members of the Psi Corps actually do?

As far as I can tell, these are some roles within the Psi Corps we know about: Psi Cops, who track down and re-acquire rogue telepaths New recruits (mostly children) being taught about their ...
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Which (non-Earth) planet appears in the most Babylon 5 episodes?

I was inspired by this question: Which (non-Earth) planet appears in the most Star Trek episodes? to ask the same for Babylon 5. I'll also adopt the same rules: "appears" means a scene in the ...
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Was Bester genuine or merely pretending to be genuine?

This is a question I've long wondered about in Babylon 5. There's a scene in which Bester says to Garibaldi: "Would it interest you to know that I'm married, Mr. Garibaldi? That I have a ...
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What does “My shoes are too tight” mean?

On Babylon 5, episode 7 ("War Prayer"), Londo Mollari says, "My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance." The scene: LONDO: ...My shoes are too tight. VIR: ...Excuse me? ...
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Did Morden present Londo with a fake 'Eye'?

In the episode "Signs and Portents" Londo gains posession of "the Eye", a long lost jewel (I think it was a jewel) that once belonged to the Centauri royal family. His friend and fellow noble Lord ...
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Was Season 4 of Babylon 5 always meant to have two wars?

I really enjoyed B5, but I was always a little unhappy with season 4. Season 4 has some of the strongest and darkest moments, such as the scenes on Centauri Prime and Narn involving Londo, G'Kar, and ...
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What defines a sector or a quadrant?

The word sector refers to a group of star systems in Star Wars, and in Trek quadrant means a quarter section of the galaxy as a whole. But Babylon 5 doesn't seem to be so specific- certain individual ...
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Why did the Shadow Ships refuse to leave Centauri Prime?

Near the end of the (2nd?) Shadow War, A Vorlon Armada was headed to obliterate the Centauri homeworld beacuse of the Centauri's association with the Shadows. At this time a large Shadow Armada was on ...
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What is the exact relationship between EarthForce and Babylon 5 during season 5?

In the first episode of season 5 we are told that Babylon 5 is to remain independent until it can be purchased from Earth by the InterStellar Alliance. However, the practicalities seem a bit more ...
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What's the story behind the mugs in Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5?

As much as I personally love Deep Space Nine, a case can be made that major features of the show were ripped off of Babylon 5. Although the first episode of DS9 hit the airwaves six weeks before the ...
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When was the first verbal reference to the Shadows made in Babylon 5?

I'm just wondering something about Babylon 5. I know that in the middle of the first season we end up seeing a Shadow ship at some point for the first time, but only briefly. But when was the very ...
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Why was G'Kar's sentence so short?

In Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 6, Dust to Dust, G'Kar assaults Londo Mollari with grievous bodily harm; he is subsequently hospitalized. However, G'Kar only gets a 60 day sentence. In a normal ...
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Who destroyed Babylon Stations 1-3 and why?

According to the Babylon 5 wiki Babylons 1 through 3 were all destroyed during their construction by acts of sabotage. Who were the saboteurs and what was their agenda? The most specific ...
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Why didn't Zathras react to seeing Delenn the same way he reacted to seeing Sheridan and Sinclair?

In War Without End, Part 1, Zathras comes aboard the White Star (stumbling into another Minbari). He sees Sinclair and excitedly approaches. After a bit of back and forth, this exchange happens: ...
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Why did the Centauri enslave the Narn on first contact, while 50 years later they befriended and helped the Humans?

In season 2 Molari and G'Kar both state that the first contact between Centauri and Narn was 150 years ago. The first contact between Earth and Centauri was 100 years ago. Yet the outcome of both was ...
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What kept the Shadows from attacking Babylon 5?

According to the 3rd and 4th seasons the Shadow ideology was about bringing out the best of the younger races by provoking conflict between them (or something along those lines). But at the beginning ...
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Why does Ambassador G'Kar become Citizen G'Kar and not just G'Kar?

At first I thought this was a pejorative, the Centauri trying to insult G'Kar even more; but the more you watch, the more species you see calling him Citizen as if that is his official title. What I ...
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Babylon 5: Interpretation of Lady Morella's prophecy

In Season 3's "Point of No Return", Lady Morella agrees to "see" for Londo. During the session, he inquires if he is to suffer the terrible fate he has himself foreseen. She responds that he has ...
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What are Garibaldi's other favourite things in the universe?

In the season two episode "A Spider in the Web,", Garibaldi mentions to Talia that "tea just happens to be [his] third favourite thing in the universe." Do we ever learn what his first two favourite ...
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What does this pattern mean, and is it in Vorlon?

This pattern appears in the Babylon 5 season 3 episode ‘Walkabout’: Does anyone know what it means/what it says, and whether it is in Vorlon?
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Why do some characters get moving headshots in the Babylon 5 season 3 intro sequence?

After re-watching season 3 of Babylon 5 I noticed a bit of a discrepancy which I cannot account for. Some cast members 'headshots' are stationary whereas others turn. There doesn't appear to be any ...
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Babylon 5 season 3 A Day In The Strife - First contact situation

In the above episode (linked below) there are multiple stories running at the same time. One of which is a first contact with an alien probe of 'Unknown' origin. This threatens to destroy the ...
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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. ...