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4.0 out of 5 stars And so it began....
...Presented in its original full frame aspect ration, "The Gathering" is an introduction to the space station Babylon 5. When the last of the major races sends an ambassador to this port, someone tries to assassinate him. Things really heat up after station commander Jeffery Sinclair is accused of the crime, and our last best hope for peace just might become the...
Published on 10 Dec 2002 by Mark Baker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pilot episode - are they ever any good?
The Gathering is the pilot episode of Babylon 5,a series that ran for five years and spawned a short lived spin-off (Crusade.) As a series Babylon 5 is a masterpiece of it's genre. It revolutionised the way in which "Space Opera" was shown on television, introducing one of the first... and certainly most involved... story arcs in the genre that runs through all...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this before buying, 26 Mar 2011
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Kirsty at the Overflowing Library (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Babylon 5: The Gathering [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is the original edition of the Babylon 5 pilot (sometimes referred to as The Gathering). However this feature length story was subsequently re-edited and released as a Special Edition - a version that is enhanced to make it more in keeping with the series that followed. Scenes are cut, an extra scene is added, Ambassador Kosh gets a speaking part and best of all an orchestral soundtrack is added (rather than the original tinny techno one).

To my mind it is a great pity that this DVD release is not the later Special Edition version of The Gathering. It is disappointing that this was not an option on the disk (i.e. to select to watch either the original or the special edition). Even worse this was not even included in the "Complete" Babylon 5 DVD collections - unforgivable really.

I would recommend that any true B5 addicts find the Special Edition version of the pilot to complete your collection. It has exactly the same front/back cover picture and blurb however it is easily identifiable as it is packaged in a cardboard sleeve rather than a plastic case.

Nonetheless an excellent piece of television - worth seeing as originally presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dawn of the Third Age of Sci-Fi, 23 Mar 2002
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J Michael Straczynskis epic saga begins with this pilot for the series. Anyone who picked up the series later on will be a little surprised by the subtle differences between this and their favourite Sci-Fi phenomenon. only a few of the main characters appear in the pilot and the main character is not Bruce Boxleitner but the impossibly wooden (and in my opinion best B5 chief)Michael O'Hare as the last Commander of B5 Jeffrey Sinclair. Mira Furlan is Delenn and appears with a severe amount of make up which was toned down for the full series to make her more human in appearance and therefore, a future love interest!!! G'Kar, Londo, Michael Garibaldi and Lyta Alexander all make appearances and make this a great set-up for the series to follow.
The storyline revolves around the arrival of Kosh Naranek the Vorlon ambassador who is arriving at B5. His arrival has caused much interest as the Vorlon race is, until now, unknown to the younger races. His arrival is met with an asassination attempt and suspicion falls on our hero Jeffrey Sinclair. There is little left to say as the plot twists and turns as Jeff stuggles to clear his name and I won't spoil the ending but it's worth the wait.
Well worth five stars purely because of the series that followed it but better still this is a fine piece of pulp sci-fi on its own, all I can say is buy it, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars certainly for B5 fans, 20 Jan 2014
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but perhaps not the best introduction if you're not. The main pity is the absurdity of the plot (demi-god Vorlon being nearly killed by silly ruse), and Delenn is somewhat less hot than in main series. But ... it does throw out pointers to the plot-lines which will become major as the story-arc develops.

I've given it 5 as B5 must be one of the closest things to a great work of art produced by TV.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So it begins..., 1 Jan 2014
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It's the pilot episode for the series. It's rough and not quite so polished in some areas like make-up compared to the rest of the series but for fans of the series it's a must see to find out how it all started out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The concept proved even better as it grew, 17 Dec 2013
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The Gathering suffers a little from the manner in which the subsequent series developed. Those who watched the series will recognise the inconsistencies which surface when they view this pilot. The make-up and prosthetics were greatly improved in the subsequent series as well, as did the CGI backgrounds. That said, Londo Mollari, G'Kar, DeLenn and Security Chief Garibaldi all are in character from the off. The story is sound and leads into the series well, despite the small inconsistencies between the pilot and the series.

This version has been digitally remastered, and gives some cleaner and clearer pictures as a result. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story arc, though I'll confess that I found the 'team' which included Bruce Boxleitner and Claudia Christian really brought the brilliant writing of J Michael Strazinski to life. The late Michael O'Hare is rather 'wooden' in his role, as are one or two others, but if you want to get the whole of the Baylon 5 story, this pilot has to be a part of your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 15 Dec 2013
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It was interesting to see the first film of the brilliant series. Interesting to see how the characters changed when the series started.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing, 25 Oct 2013
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J. M. Hockey "(OFW)" (Nature Coast, FL, USA) - See all my reviews
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Perhaps as a B5 devotee I was a little disappointed with this.
For its length it only seemed to have the content of a standard episode.
I would however draw this to the attention of another B5 fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5: The Gathering, 7 Oct 2013
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Not as good as the TV series but as to the plot, it was a little lame to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 22 July 2013
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one of the best science fiction seies ever. It gives star trek a run for its money. on par with firefly
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to the series though room for development, 18 Feb 2013
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This is a great start to what was an amazing series. The story behind this is a space station where alien races to come and settle their differences peacefully. The story is taken up when the final ambassidor of the major 5 races that will make up future series arrives on the station right into an assassination attempt.

The story is great on this but you feel that bits and pieces needed doing to it before going into the main series (they did sought these!). That said this has a great story with lots of interesting twists and turns and should be seen if you are a fan of the series. It gives good grounding to what comes next and I must say I enjoyed it despite certain feel of not being quite ready.
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