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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How much did JMS change the Babylon 5 storyline to accommodate changing cast members?

For example, if actress Andrea Thompson (playing Talia Winters) hadn't left, would Lyta Alexander have returned? Would Talia have worked for the Vorlons and served the same function in the series ...
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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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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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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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So what are technomages?

In the episode The Geometry of Shadows, a group called the technomages creates a stir when they gather on Babylon 5 as part of a migration of some sort. The Centauri and the Humans both have an ...
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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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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 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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If PPGs don't penetrate metal, why didn't people use armour in Babylon 5?

Phased Plasma Guns (PPGs) are used on ships because they won't penetrate ship hulls. Based on what I've seen, there doesn't seem to be much use of body armour, (metal or otherwise). In a setting ...
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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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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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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 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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Babylon 5: Interpretation of Lady Morella's prophecy

In Season 3's "Point of No Return", Londo asks Lady Morella to "see" for him. He explains his request: I need you to see for me. I believe that I have been touched. That I am meant for ...
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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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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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Has JMS ever detailed the origin of the name or term “Babylon 5” used in his works?

Long predating production of Straczynski’s Babylon 5 television series, he was the lead writer on Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future,” a weekly television show based on Mattel’s toys of the ...
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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 Morden's ...
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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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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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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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Why do Vorlons live in special gaseous rooms in Babylon 5, given that Kosh can be seen walking around the station with ease?

Humans need to wear a gas-mask when visiting Kosh in his gaseous room in Babylon 5. It suggests the Vorlon species need certain atmosphere to survive, like humans need oxygen to breathe. If that is so,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Who is singing in this Babylon-5 scene of One Moment of Perfect Beauty?

Kosh asks Sheridan to meet him at a strange, secluded place. He then asks Sheridan to enter a room. There is a hooded figure in there, and when Sheridan pays him with his rank badge, the figure and ...
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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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Are Minbari stronger than humans?

In the first season of Babylon 5, there is an episode called Legacies. In this episode, Sinclair gets into a physical altercation with a Minbari, Neroon, in his quarters. Not just any Minbari, but one ...
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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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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 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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Why so many character cliffhangers in the last episode of season one, "Chrysalis", and why wait one episode to resolve them?

I'm watching Babylon 5 for the first time, and while watching the last episode of season one, "Chrysalis", I thought something like wow, they're really hedging their bets! A lot of the ...
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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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