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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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Why are Babylon 5 security forces provided such dangerous weapons, like the PPG for civil duties?

The "PPG" hand weapons used by Babylon 5 security seem to result in an inconveniently high body count. On several occasions defensive use of a PPG results in the death of an assailant, closing off ...
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Why did the Drakh emissary look so blurred in S04:E11 “Lines of Communication”?

One thing that has always confused me was why did the Drakh emissary look so blurred in that episode? Was it any type of cloaking device?
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Why did Sinclair and Ivanova, the two most senior officers, go to Epsilon III?

In A Voice in the Wilderness, parts 1 and 2, strange things are going on down on Epsilon III, the planet which Bablyon 5 orbits. Sinclair and Ivanova go down to investigate. But since these two are ...
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About a little hole in Z'ha'dum

Ok, so if I remember it correctly: So, why did he have to release this character only to try to grab him again and fail? I dont understand it.
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Does the Vorlon's real appearance actually match the encounter suit they use?

In the last episode of season 4 (The Deconstruction of Falling Stars) the story jumps forward a million years and shows an evolved human in an encounter suit.
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How could an attack work against Kosh? [duplicate]

How would the poisoning in the premiere work? And later: Explanation about duplicate question: I want to point that the main question is about being the poisoning a related question added as an ...
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If both the Shadow and the Vorlons knew each other motivations, why did Morden ask the Shadow's question to Kosh?

Why did Morden ask the Shadow's question to Kosh? They knew perfectly each other. Was it an error from Morden or was it a way to say 'hi. We are going to try it again after the last war'?
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In Babylon 5, how did a piece of Kosh end up inside John Sheridan?

Eventually, it is revealed that a piece of Kosh survived his death inside Captain Sheridan. Thus Kosh saved (temporarily) the captain in Z'ha'Dum. Thus did Kosh fought off his ambassadorial ...
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Shai Alyt Shakiri of the family Kort

Shai Alyt Shakiri of the family Kort. Was that a deliberate joke referring to the Family Court tv show?
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What happened to Zathras when Babylon-4 disappeared back in time?

This is similar to one of my other questions, but instead of asking about the station, I am asking about a character who was on the station. When Babylon-4 was nearing the final stages of ...
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Why does Mr Morden appear to Lennier?

I've just watched Babylon 5 Season 5 Episode 8, "Day of the Dead", in which a Brakiri festival causes a number of dead people to reappear and visit those inside the 'Brakiri zone' with whom they have ...
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What does Psi Corps say about scanning the minds of people?

What are the laws that the Psi Corps have about a Telepath scanning the minds of people?
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How was this character killed in Babylon 5 season 3 finale?

On Season 3 finale... But how did this happen...? Was he so badly wounded in the fight? Was it because the blast/radiation of the explosion? Was he wounded when he was caught? Or —the least likely— ...
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Was Sheridan and Franklin's mission in “In the Beginning” ever referenced elsewhere?

I recently watched Babylon 5: In the Beginning, and was surprised to learn that The Earth representatives sent on this mission were our old friends John Sheridan and Stephen Franklin, together with G'...
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Babylon 5: Was Mr. Morden involved in the killing of President Santiago?

In the final episode of season 1, Vice President Clark leaves the spaceship taking President Santiago around the Solar System. The spaceship explodes near Io killing everyone on board. Clark is then ...
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Did Garibaldi really just walk out or is he a master of escape?

At the end of S4 E17, "The Face of the Enemy", Edgars finally tells Garibaldi his plan to He then tells Garibaldi that he can't leave the compound for a few days until the plan is done. Literally ...
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By the end of Babylon 5, which races achieved “First One”-like status?

We know at the end of Babylon 5 humanity has achieved First One like status, but what about the other races? I think I heard somewhere that the Minbari also achieved First One like status while all ...
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Where did President Clark's note come from?

In the penultimate, dramatic episode of Babylon 5 Season 4, President Clark receives a note: The meaning of the steganographic message is clear enough. But this leaves so many questions unanswered: ...
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How long do Minbari live?

Near the start of the fourth season of Babylon 5, we learn that Sheridan, He comforts Delenn about this, telling her that twenty years together will be a miracle when they're in the middle of so many ...
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Can Kosh see the future?

Visions of the future are a thing in Babylon 5. Centauri in particular seem to have some prophetic things going on, and Technomages may as well. Kosh tells Sheridan "If you go to Z'ha'dum you will ...
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Did J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) always plan for these scenes to happen as they did in B5?

In season one of B5 Londo has his visions, he sees a number of events happen one of which is he and G'Kar killing each other. In Season 3 we see the G'kar Death scene more fully as Delenn and ...
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Were the Londo premonition death scene reshot in season 3?

In season 1 we see the recurring scene of what would become Londo and G’Kar killing each other for the first time. In this scene G’Kar has just 1 eye and Londo is emperor. Later on in season 3 we see ...
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What did Sheridan see when he saw Kosh?

In the Season 2 Finale when Kosh Reveals itself various races name the angelic being they see indicating the Vorlons had taken the role of a specific figure on those planets. Who was it the Humans saw?...
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Why do the Narns get their own seat on the council?

At the start of the Babylon 5 series, the Council of Babylon 5 consists of five main ambassadors - human, Minbari, Centauri, Narn, and Vorlon - and a bunch of misfits from the League of Non-Aligned ...
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What did the Shadows do to Dr. Morden

In the Babylon 5 setting, it is shown that the Shadows can and do, have people changed with bio-tech. Dr Morden seemed to heal very quickly after getting burned on Z'ha'dum. Is this because of what ...
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How did Kosh's lessons prepare Sheridan for war with the Shadows?

How did Kosh's training help Sheridan fight the Shadows? In season 2, episode 13 of Babylon 5 (Hunter, Prey) Kosh says he will teach Sheridan. Kosh: I will teach you. Sheridan: About ...
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Why did the other races not stop the Centauri attack of Narn

Was any clear reason given why the other races just let the Centauri republic enslave the Narns either before the events of Babylon 5 and then again when the Centauri attacked again. I know they ...
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Who's who in the intro voices for Babylon 5 season 4?

Unlike the intros to previous seasons (narrated by Sinclair, Sheridan, and Ivanova respectively), the intro to the fourth season of Babylon 5 is no longer an opening monologue but a selection of lines ...
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Did G'Kar escape Z'ha'dum?

In Babylon 5 season 2 episode 2, "Revelations", G'Kar is seen escaping a dark world as Shadow Fighters chase him. Is this world Z'ha'dum? He talks about visiting worlds on the outer rim, but I ...
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Do the Babylon 5 'command staff' know each other prior to serving on B5?

I am re-watching Babylon 5 and noticed that there is a lot of familiarity between the command staff even when they have supposedly first met. Is it ever explained if and how Sinclair, Sheridan, ...
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Does the DVD commentary of the Babylon 5 movie “Thirdspace” have spoilers?

If you watch the whole of Babylon 5 in a popular suggested viewing in answer to this question you watch the movie Thirdspace already in the middle of Season 4, even though it is made much later. New ...
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Could the Vorlons be responsible for every race having invented Swedish meatballs?

In the episode “Walkabout”, G’Kar reveals than the Narn food “breen” is the same as Swedish meatballs from Earth, and that all sentient races have them. It's an ...
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What is the nature of the Minbari Warrior Caste?

In this video the human General makes the claim that the Minbari dedicate a third of their population to war, Londo corrects him and says that they have a Warrior Caste and it's not the same thing. ...
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Why did Sheridan divorce Lochley, given that both look like decent human beings who are not hard to get along?

Both characters are highly respectable. They were captains of a station whom people looked up to. Sheridan was as handsome as Star Trek's Captain Kirk but he was not a womaniser like Kirk. President ...
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How was Babylon 5 able to wage war against Earth, given that Babylon 5 was grossly outnumbered in terms of resources?

Earth population was in the billions. Babylon 5 population was only around quarter of a million and a substantial of the population were aliens who will not fight against Earth. Babylon 5 was merely a ...
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Why didn't Lyta Alexander offer her services to the aliens when she ran out of money after the Shadow War?

After the Shadow War, Lyta Alexander ran out of money and could not earn a living as a freelancer because she was a rogue Telepath. If she cannot find jobs with humans, she can always find a job with ...
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How can civil war break out in Minbar, given that a Minbari does not kill another Minbari?

A Minbari does not kill another Minbari. Simple as that. What can be worse and more massive as a violation of that sacred law than a civil war? How could a civil war happen with such a rule in place?
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Why is the Minbari religious caste so good at fighting, given that the warrior caste is supposed to be doing the fighting for all of the Minbari?

I find this puzzling. Religious caste has no business learning how to fight since it is the job of the warrior caste to do the fighting. Furthermore, Minbari do not kill Minbari. Therefore, there is ...
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How did Michael Garibaldi have the money to quit his job in Babylon 5 and become jobless?

After Babylon 5 drove away the Shadows and Vorlons, Garibaldi resigned from his job because he was unhappy with Sheridan. Unlike Star Trek, money still matters quite a bit in Babylon 5. Like any ...
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How did Sheridan keep Babylon 5 afloat without funding and any support from Earth after his rebellion?

After Sheridan rebelled against Earth government, Earth will cut off all forms of support to Babylon 5 station. No money, no food supplies, no military supplies, no medical supplies, nothing. How can ...
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Is David Sheridan fully human?

In the finale of Babylon 5, we find out that John Sheridan and Delenn have a child named David, but unfortunately we never see him on screen. Given that Delenn is half-Minbari and half-Human, is David ...
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Why do Centauris look like the French of the Napoleonic era?

The uniform and peacock hair resembles the French soldiers during the Napoleon era. The way Centauri patriots talk about the good old and powerful days sound like a French talking about how Napoleon ...
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Why do the Shadows ships look similar after several thousand years, given that technological advancement should have made ships look very different?

In the episode "Matters of Honor", Delenn was asked to identify a Shadows ship. She later remarked to Sheridan she has never seen one but it fits the descriptions from the Last Great War which ...
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What is Babylon 5 cylinder's diameter and gravity on each deck?

This question got me thinking. I remembered that Ivanova once said (I think it was in S02E23) Ivanova: "He's almost weightless but the ground rotates at 60 miles per hour." In that scene they were ...
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Why didn't the Shadows ask the humans “What do you want?” on Babylon 5, given that other species were asked and humans were an important species?

Mr Morden asked the same question "What do you want?" to the Narn, Centauri and Minbari representatives on Babylon 5 in Season 1. These are the major species on Babylon 5. Yet, why didn't he ask the ...
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Is there a canonical map of Babylon 5?

Throughout the TV series Babylon 5, we hear about different sections of the eponymous space station referred to by colours and numbers, e.g. "Green Two" or "Grey Seventeen". These two parts of the ...
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How could Bester be cheated by Talia Winters when she helped the rogue telepaths to escape, given that a sleeper or “spy” was hiding inside her?

In the episode "A Race Through Dark Places", Talia Winters joined hands with the rogue telepaths to cheat Bester and gave him the illusion that he had the rogue telepaths taken care of. How could ...
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Why are Centauri women bald-headed, given that the men have peacock hair and do not seem to like baldness?

As a human, I don't find bald-headed women attractive. I think most human males prefer long-haired women. For Centauri males, if they really find baldness attractive, why do they have peacock hair? It ...
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How could a human doctor save a poisoned Kosh, given that Vorlon biology is totally different from human?

When Kosh was poisoned, Dr Benjamin Kyle saved him. How could a human doctor be able to save a Vorlon when the Vorlon biology is so different from humans'? In fact, the Vorlon had no physical form and ...
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Why did the Shadows help Centauris fight the Narns and not the other way round?

The Shadows could have picked any race to start a war between the races. Why choose the Centauris out of so many races? Why not help the Narns to fight Centauris instead? Or even the humans to fight ...