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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?

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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Why do the Shadows ships look similar after several thousand years, given that technological advancement should have made ships look very different?

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 ...
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Why did the Shadows help Centauris fight the Narns and not the other way round?

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 ...
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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?

I was going to just comment, but I can't yet... In his comment, Valorum mentions the concept of technological plateau. Dranon further notes that one of the themes of B5 is that the Vorlons and ...
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Does Mr. Morden cooperate with the Shadows of his own free will?

The semi-canon answer is that he joined of his own free will, but under a particular delusion about their arrangement. The Shadow Within is a B5 novel that covers (alongside other plots) events on Z'...
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What is the origin of the Great Machine at Epsilon III in Babylon 5?

It has never been revealed. Implicitly one would think some ally of the Vorlons given the great machine's role in the time anomaly and the Vorlon's use of Babylon 4 cheating to win the war *. The ...
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What did the Shadows do to Mr. Morden?

Shadow biotech is pretty strong stuff. Morden does have an implant in his brain that allows the Shadows to speak directly to him. It is also suggested that this implant regulates his emotions to a ...
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How did Kosh's lessons prepare Sheridan for war with the Shadows?

I went to the source and the answer may surprise you:
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How did Kosh's lessons prepare Sheridan for war with the Shadows?

I see it as the lessons about himself were the important lessons to learn. He was being taught to fight legends, not just to fight the Shadows. I see it as Kosh was teaching Sheridan what he needed to ...
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What was Sebastian's fate after the events of the show?

To the best of my knowledge, there is no definitive statement about his fate after this episode. However, Sebastian did express a hope that the interrogation of Delenn would be his last work for the ...
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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?

May I contribute that AFAIK both Shadows and Vorlons used organic, living ships that didn't rely on technological innovation in a usual sense. It definitely takes more than a thousand years for ...
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Would Quadrant 37 have been attacked if Londo hadn't sent his message?

Yes and no. Quadrant 37 specifically - possibly not - but something similar would have happened. The Shadows wanted to start causing chaos - their philosophy of promoting change and growth through ...
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What kept the Shadows from attacking Babylon 5?

(Please pardon the spoiler blocks.) Early on, So, there we have one explanation. What about later? Now, what does Babylon 5 mean to either the Shadows or the Vorlons for those episodes of season ...
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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?

The answers here are good, but there is something else to consider: the overall goal of the Shadows. At the end of the day, if the Shadows wanted to just kill everyone, they could do that. They could ...
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What would the Babylon 5 timeline have been if the network hadn't canceled it?

There is some information in the book Season by Season #4 - No Surrender, No Retreat. Without reproducing enough to infringe copyright (I hope), here are some of the highlights, starting with an (...
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What did the Shadows do to Mr. Morden?

There's a number of different options here: Mr Morden is an enhanced human with major bioengineering and heals very fast. Mr Morden is just human but the Shadows use the same technology that they ...
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For how long were the Shadows and Vorlons at war with each other?

There is no canon source on this. When we do get inside the head of someone who might know (mostly snippets of Kosh in the tie-in novels) they are focused on current events. The most information that ...
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How did Kosh's lessons prepare Sheridan for war with the Shadows?

Didn't Kosh put a piece of himself inside Sheridan that gave him advice at critical moments e.g. telling him to jump at Z'ha'dum? Maybe the lessons were just an excuse to do that. I don't have ...
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What is the trigger for a Shadow War?

I think early on it was implied the Icarus woke them up but I think out universe the story became more sophisticated than hibernating spiders. The shadows returned to Z'ha'dum but we don't know where ...
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