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About the mugs The important thing to note is that in DS9 there are two types of Raktajino mugs: Hotjo mugs (from Quark's) This site claims that: These mugs were made by HighWave and were called “HotJo”. The model line was modernized however, so that the older ones are not available anymore. The current HotJo mugs were also used in later seasons of ...


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I believe this style is a no-spill mug for ships in heavy seas. That would mean both shows drew inspiration from the same real-world precedent.


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JMS always planned to accommodate cast members being unavailable by having "trap doors" planned for every character The trouble, of course, is that unlike writing a novel, where the characters exist only on a sheet of paper, actors and writers are some discussion on the best of days)[sic]. They can get sick, they can get into contract disputes, they ...


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They did. In the very first pilot episode, The Gathering, Sinclair and Garibaldi suit up in black padded vests when going after the changeling net assassin. Garibaldi takes a PPG hit directly to the chest during the fight, which throws him backwards harshly, but otherwise he's unhurt. He hurriedly sheds the vest, because it's now on fire from the blast, ...


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This was addressed in B5: Racing Mars. In short, they have some supplies and financial reserves, sufficient to allow them to set up alternative supply routes. They also mention growing food in the garden that runs along the centre of Green and Blue Sector. Sheridan: I've been going over these reports trying to figure out how we're going to get along with ...


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According to the excellent article "The Babylon 5 That Never Was", During season four, while PTEN was still in the mix, everything pointed to it being the last season of the series. Major cast members had expiring contracts and there was no way to sign them without the go ahead for season five (which came incredibly late at the last second). ...


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The official line from the Vorlons is that Kosh's encounter suit allows him to move around the station with his protective atmosphere inside it. They are Vorlon tech, and thus near magical in nature. Although it's not explicitly stated, they could easily be converting atmosphere on the fly. Huge Bablyon 5 spoilers: More More


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The Shadows effectively lay dormant for the thousands of years between wars. It is revealed that So there wouldn’t have been any technological advancement in the intervening years.


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PPGs aren't common, which is why people don't wear body armor that often. As the audience, we often see them, but that's because our perspective follows the staff and crew of Babylon 5 around. They are military, who have access to and are permitted to carry PPGs in the line of duty. Security carries sidearms on duty as a matter of course. Otherwise, security ...


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Disclaimer: I've never seen Babylon 5 (although I plan to), but I'll give this a go! It basically means "don't get caught up in the constraints of life" I came across this article which I would encourage you to read. In this article, they basically say that the phrase "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance" ...


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First of all, it can fit a theoretical definition: From B5 Wikia: The actual day to day business of running the republic is mostly handled by the Centaurum, which officially acts in an advisory capacity to the Emperor and the Royal Court and in theory has no power of law and can only override the Emperor with a three quarter majority vote by its members ...


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One can always expect some supporting characters to come and go in a multi-season drama. But, arguably, there were three unexpected primary character changes that sent reverberations through the Babylon 5 fan community: Sinclair being replaced by Sheridan after Season 1, Talia Winters being replaced by Lyta Alexander (who had already appeared in the ...


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Because Londo answered Morden's question to their satisfaction. The Shadow could indeed have gone with any race. As we see later in the series, the Centauri weren't even their only angle - the Earth Alliance and Psi Corps were infiltrated, and in Season Three it's mentioned that with promises from the Shadows several of the smaller holdings start wars of ...


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In addition to Darren's correct answer, one of the themes of Babylon 5 is that the societies of the Vorlons and the Shadows have stagnated. They have spent so long concentrating on winning the galaxy through the actions of the younger races that they no longer focus on much else, so it is plausible that they haven't improved their technology much. Valorum's ...


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Because in the episode where Morden goes around asking the ambassadors what they want he is intercepted by Kosh before Morden gets to Sinclair and Kosh tells Morden, "They are not for you." JMS confirmed online that "they" were humans. (Source) Being warned off by a Vorlon was enough for Morden. But the Shadows obviously made contact with other powerful ...


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In Midnight in the Firing Line, we learn that Daffy Duck Cartoons are his second favorite thing Afterward, if you like, you can stop by my quarters and I can show you my favorite thing in the universe. Okay, okay, my second favorite thing in the universe. The implication being that having sex is his absolute favourite thing. On the excellent ...


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TLDR: Ivanova's statement is consistent both with believable gravity and with the pictures of the garden. The gardens do NOT span the length of the station The quote is correct and can be viewed here: The calculation is also true, in that Earth-gravity in the park in B5 green sector would imply an inner radius of 73 meters....


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This is all drawn from the mostly canon tie in novel trilogy, The Passing of the Techno-mages. Much of this would have been part of the sequel series Crusade, if that show had continued. There's the story the mages have... "We entertain, we enlighten, but what power do we truly possess? The mages of old, the Taratimude, they had power. And they used ...


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Signs point to yes. Creator JMS replied on Usenet and mentioned this regarding the first time this particular portion of the vision is shown (Londo talks about it earlier, but the audience first sees it in Season 2, Coming of Shadows). Quote lifted from the archive at the Lurker's Guide: I ended up giving Peter info on "Signs" prior to shooting "...


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Yes, they were romantically involved, though it was for only a brief time before Lyta revealed Talia as the spy with the implanted personality and the original personality of Talia was destroyed. The episode Divided Loyalties, where this happens is also indicated as the first, and perhaps only, time when they were intimate. The show notes and other ...


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This is too big for a comment, so I'm posting it as another answer: If you plan on watching the Crusade spinoff, don't watch it in airdate order. I strongly, strongly suggest chronological order - it resolves most of the inconsistencies TNT created when they started interfering with the series, and the character development makes a hell of a lot more sense:...


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Sheridan and Delenn have a discussion at the end of B5:Into the Fire. They've just won the Shadow War and the Shadows and Vorlons (as well as the other Old Ones) have gone beyond the rim and left the galaxy: Sheridan : It's a new age, Delenn. A third age. Delenn : Why third? Sheridan : Well, we began in chaos, too primitive to make our own ...


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According to JMS it was taken out by "forces opposed to the very notion of the Babylon Project" not by the Shadows: Why didn't the Shadows destroy B5 before it went online? B5 wasn't destroyed because it wasn't the one that would be taken back. Yes, the prior stations would've looked more like B4 but they were sabotaged very early in the ...


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The reason behind the surrender of the Minbari fleet at the Battle of the Line is one of the major story arcs in both the first and second seasons of Babylon 5. Assuming you're familiar with the reasons why the Minbari wanted to end the war... ...then the question can be answered. The Minbari had three choices; Accepting Earth's Surrender; This would ...


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There was no requirement that the prophecy remain ambiguous by keeping Vir "in the running" up until the point that one of them became emperor. The prophecy simply was what it was and if additional information became available to affect its interpretation as time passed, that's fine. Even when Morella made the prophesy it was fairly obvious, assuming you ...


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Nope, it doesn't mean a thing. Presumably it was done simply for style. Showrunner J. Michael Straczynski answered this question on usenet. The following is referenced from The Lurker's Guide: Q: Any significance to some characters heads turning in the opening credits? JMS : No, I don't think even I could ever manage to be that obscure.


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In 'The Long, Twilight Struggle' Londo makes it clear that G'Kar is no longer eligible to represent his people as he is no longer an Ambassador but merely a Citizen of the Centauri Republic "...as a result, Ambassador G'Kar may no longer represent the Narn in any official capacity whatsoever. His appointment as ambassador to Babylon 5 is hereby withdrawn. ...


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Babylon 5's Art Director Ted Haigh was kind enough to provide a map in the Feb 1993 edition of Cinefantastique. This shows each of the major sections and their functions. From the show itself (and the in-universe map seen in B5: Shadow Dancing) we can extrapolate the various sectors, their locations and function; Brown - Life Support and Waste ...


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Each successive station was built to replace the last; There's an extensive Q+A on the Midwinter website in which JMS gives a number of key facts about the earlier Babylon Stations including the fact that the budgets for each station weren't passed until the previous station had been destroyed. Additionally, materials for each station were rolled into the ...


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This was addressed by Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski. In short, burrowing into the 'underground railroad' and potentially compromising their entire network was a dream opportunity, even if it meant that she would occasionally seem to be working counter to PsiCorp's interests. JMS: The real Talia was becoming more and more disenchanted with PC, ...


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