I have been watching and enjoying Babylon 5 so much. I’ve had so much fun talking to longtime fans about the show, too. I realized as I have been watching the series and collecting the books and comic books that I’m planning this for the long haul. So I decided to make this post to be a kind of hub page to point to for all Babylon 5-related posts. Please do not post any SPOILERS on this page.
Plans For This Page
Many readers have already told me how much they enjoy my reflections on the episodes as I’ve been watching the series. I decided to trim the amount of episodes per reflection so I could talk more about them, because the show is so fantastic. Truly, I love it. Since starting the series, I have gone and grabbed all of the novels, as well as the comic books online. I’ve gotten some related works, like a couple books about the whole series. I’ve found action figures, a shirt, etc. Basically, I’m obsessed. It’s a show that basically captures what I want in a TV series as a huge sci-fi fan. I don’t have enough superlatives.
Anyway, this page will collect links for all my B5 related content. For now, I’m on my first watch of the whole series, but I plan to re-watch it, read novels/comic books/related books, and give you all reviews and discussion as I go. I’m very excited for this, and hope you’ll enjoy it, too.
TV Series Reflections
Watching it for the First Time Reviews
Babylon 5: Season 1 Signs and Portents– My review of the first season, as I enthusiastically begin my first-ever watch of the show. I highlight some favorite episodes and share some thoughts on where I think it might go. From what other fans have told me, some of the my opinions (i.e. my thoughts on “Believers”) are off of the norm. I especially am surprised by how many people say they think Season 1 is weak. I adored it. I can already tell you season 2 is better, but for me, Season 1 was 5-star television already.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 2: Episodes 1-11– I split season 2 into two posts, and this is the first. Several episodes in this part of the series blew me away. GROPOS hit me hard with a relative’s health. Other episodes were impactful in other ways. It was fantastic.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 2: Episodes 12-22– The last half of season 2 has some huge reveals and some episodes that have perhaps even greater impact than when first filmed. Watching “Confessions and Lamentations” during the global COVID-19 Pandemic was surreal. “And Now For a Word” is just great television all around. Once again, a number of fantastic episodes, and I loved writing about them and hearing fans’ reflections on them, too.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 3: Episodes 1-4– One of my all-time favorite episodes of any television series was in this list. There’s also no small amount of character building throughout and ramping up of the action.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time Season 3: Episodes 5-8– The tension ramps up as more aliens are discovered, ancient archaeology finds some enemies, and Earth ramps up its shenanigans.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 3: Episodes 9-12– The huge reveals just keep coming. This is the meat of season 3, I think? But then it gets better later. It’s all awesome.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 3: Episodes 13-16– The action really is taking off here, and I have some big questions about some big moments in the series.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 3: Episodes 17-20– Dr. Franklin can’t catch a break, can he? Also, every single one of these episodes is amazing.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 3: Episodes 21-22- The conclusion of Season 3 is a doozy, and I’m still thinking about it. Check out my reviews.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 1-4– These 4 episodes make up one fantastic beginning to a new season of Babylon 5. Honestly blown away so far.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 5-8– Some of the best television I’ve ever seen. Epic plot twists, huge events that reverberate across the galaxy. This is great.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 9-12– Huge developments for characters like Dr. Franklin; massive plot twists abound. This season rocks.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 13-16– One of the single greatest moments in television happens with Delenn taking on her caste.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 17-20– In which my heart rejoices, and is then broken.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 4: Episodes 21-22– New plots for a new season are unfolded.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 5: Episodes 1-4– A couple truly excellent episodes to start off a new season. I especially loved seeing more development for Londo and a look at the inner workings of the “regulars” on station.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 5: Episodes 5-8– We get a bunch of insight both into the training of the Rangers and into a splinter telepath group growing on Babylon 5. Apparently the latter is divisive in the fan community.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 5: Episodes 9-12– The telepath story arc gets wrapped… maybe? Garibaldi and Dr. Franklin get some strong development.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 5: Episodes 13-16– The Psi Corps has some problems and Garibaldi suffers.
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- Season 5, Episodes 17-20– Garibaldi gets some relief! But then leaves for Mars… Also, Centauri Prime falls. Some fantastic television here!
Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time, Season 5, Episodes 21-22 (FINALE!)– I officially have all the feels as I finished watching this absolutely superb show for the first time ever.
Babylon 5 Retrospective After Finishing the Series- I have questions– I share a bunch of the questions I still have after having finished the series.
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Watching Babylon 5 for the First Time- “In the Beginning”– A lot of questions are answered in this spoiler-ific movie. I’m honestly shocked that anyone watches this movie before seeing the series! Wow, that would make such a huge difference and spoil a lot of surprises!
“Thirdspace”– I wasn’t a big fan of this one, though it at least teaches us a little more about the Vorlon.
“The River of Souls”– We finally get to learn more about the Soul Hunters! I loved this movie, and I thought it added quite a bit to the lore of Babylon 5.
In-Depth Episode Review(s)
“Passing Through Gethsemane” – Babylon 5 and the Fragility of Humanity– I talk about the major religious themes in this fascinating piece of art. It may be the first time that TV has ever touched me on such a spiritual level.
“The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari” – Babylon 5 and Repentance– It’s one thing to acknowledge sin, it’s another to confess it to the one wronged.
Reading the Babylon 5 Novels- “Voices” by John Vornholt– It’s worth reading this novel just to see some of your favorite characters back in action, but does it add anything beyond that?
Comic Book Reviews
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Related Works Reviews
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