Babylon 5: In The Beginning [DVD]  
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A feature film spin-off of the popular sci-fi series. In the year 2276, the aged Centauri Emperor Londo Mollari relates the events which led to the eruption of the Earth/Minbari war and the creation of Babylon 5. The war is accidentally triggered when an Earth warship destroys a Minbari leader, and the resulting chaos engulfs the young John Sheridan, Ambassador Delenn and college student Susan Ivanova.
In the gap between seasons four and five of Babylon 5, fans suffering withdrawal symptoms were sated by this first TV movie. As a prequel to the series' timeline, creator J. Michael Straczynski had an awful lot of continuity to consider. Amazingly, there's only one inconsistency throughout (a matter of who met whom and when), making this an essential part of the overall storyline. The tale is told cleverly from the future as the remembrances of Londo (Peter Jurasik), who is now Emperor of a dying Centauri homeworld. He looks back at the beginnings of the Earth-Minbari war and links together many clues strewn throughout the shows' early years. We see exactly how Delenn contributed to the first blows, the death of dignitary Dukhat, and most importantly what really happened to Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) at the Battle of the Line. The FX showcased by the battle are genuinely spectacular, but overshadowed by the make-up department which had the thankless task of making everyone look younger. Their best success is on an uncredited Claudia Christian who appears as an 18-year-old Susan Ivanova dealing with the death of her brother. Being a prequel there's little in the way of a surprise finale, but there's plenty of intrigue along the way. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sadly, this DVD suffers from the same 'mastering' problems as the main series. Due to the way the series was made, the CGI & composite scenes are of notable lower resolution than the live action sequences. This is obvious right from the start during the prologue, where the picture almost looks 'zoomed in' as though the TV setup is wrong. The problem isn't huge on a small TV but really stands out now on modern large HD sets and is the most likely reason why Babylon 5 has not been re-released on Blu Ray format.
Overall though, this a worthy purchase for fans of the series, and sci-fi opera in general.
This film was really enthralling as you see humanity depserately fighting against a foe far more powerful, and one who cannot even stop itself. The part where Londo discusses the plight of the humans really made the hairs go up on my neck, the one where he begins "The humans I think knew they were doomed", especially where you see an Earthforce frigate and it's fighters go up against several dozen Mimbari destroyers.
This film sheds a bit more light on how some of the crew of Babylon 5 came to be on the station and why they are the people they are in the series.
Lots of action and some surprisingly good acting.
Drop a star or two if you didn't like the series, but still a good film in its own right.
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