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For questions about "Babylon 5", 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 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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How would anybody know how to poison a Vorlon?

The Vorlons in the Babylon 5 saga are very secretive. As far as we know, only two humans ever visited their empire and lived. Vorlon territory was restricted to other alien species and (almost) every ...
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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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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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Do Mr. Morden's invisible Shadow handlers go with him everywhere?

The few times we see Mr. Morden's invisible Shadow handlers, they are always right next to him. Such as this scene where Prime Minister Londo Mollari says goodbye to Morden's Shadow handlers. ...
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Does Mr. Morden cooperate with the Shadows of his own free will?

Going into season four of Babylon 5, it's still not clear to me if Mr. Morden has been coerced, or if he has chosen to cooperate. The constant Shadow escort makes it seem like he's being coerced, but ...
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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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What happened to Babylon 4 after the war between Shadows and Minbari ended a thousand years ago?

The Babylon 5 episode, "War Without End", shows that the Babylon 4 station was sent back in time 1000 years to help the Minbari in the war against the Shadows. What happened to the B-4 ...
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How did Kosh know to tell Sheridan to jump into the abyss on Z'ha'dum?

In the climactic scene for finale of season 3 of Babylon-5, Captain John Sheridan goes to Z'ha'dum with his presumed deceased wife, Anna Sheridan. She brings him to an underground complex in their ...
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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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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 information ...
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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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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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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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What is Londo Mollari's accent?

In Babylon 5, the character of Londo Mollari speaks with a very distinctive accent, which you can hear for example in this video: It's certainly not the actor's real ...
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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 analogy ...
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Why does Londo respond differently to Kosh in the Season 2 finale?

Centauri have telepaths, so When Londo asked what he saw when he looked at Kosh outside his encounter suit, he replied "absolutely nothing". How come?
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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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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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How could Talia Winters help the rogue telepaths against Bester?

In the Babylon 5 season 2 episode "A Race Through Dark Places", Bester comes to Babylon 5 to hunt rogue telepaths. The rogues kidnap Talia Winters and convince her to help them. At the end of the ...
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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 G'...
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Can Vorlons control their true appearance?

In Babylon 5 we are told that a Vorlon can control their appearance in regards to certain modified races, generally making themselves appear as angelic or otherwise religiously significant beings via ...
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Did Sheridan really destroy the EAS Roanoke?

In Babylon 5 S3E10: Severed Dreams, the station along with the EAS Alexander and EAS Churchill are attacked by the EAS Agrippa and EAS Roanoke, plus supporting ships. After some initial fighter ...
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Does Mr. Morden have a first name?

In Babylon 5, Londo Mollari and others are approached by the mysterious "Mr. Morden". Has a first name ever been revealed for him?
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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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Any acknowledged real-world inspiration for the Centauri - Narn conflict?

One of the major plots of the Babylon 5 series is the conflict between the Centauri (an ancient but declining empire) and the Narn (a rapidly industrialising former Centauri colony), represented on ...
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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 Bester know Talia Winters had a lurker before the episode, Divided Loyalties?

Given what happened between Alfred Bester and Talia Winters in the episode, A Race Through Dark Places, was he aware of her lurker personality? He was certainly aware after the episode, Divided ...
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In the Babylon-5 saga, are the only Minbari with facial hair descendants of Valen?

In the Babylon-5 stories, most Minbari are bald, but some Minbari men have beards. The Wikipedia article on Minbari says "due to the intermingling of human DNA into the Minbari gene-pool courtesy of ...
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What would the Babylon 5 timeline have been if the network hadn't canceled it?

Due to the fact that Babylon 5 was cancelled by the network after season 4, they were forced to have a logical ending point for the series in season 5. What would have happened if it hadn't been ...
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