Babylon 5 : Season 1 [DVD] 
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
DVD Special Features:
Introduction and audio commentary on two key episodes by series creator J. Michael Straczynski
"Behind Babylon 5" dossier of documentaries: "The Making of Babylon 5" and "Back to Babylon 5"
Enter "The Universe of Babylon 5" -- take a station tour and explore the humans, aliens, political situations, scientific data, tech files, weaponry and hardware of this unique futuristic era.
Languages: English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish
Hearing impaired: English, German
1.77:1 Widescreen Anamorphic
Dolby Digital 5.1
Midnight on the Firing Line, Soul Hunter, Born to the Purple, Infection, The Parliament of Dreams, Mind War, The War Prayer, And the Sky Full of Stars, Deathwalker, Believers, Survivors, By Any Means Necessary, Signs and Portents, Grail, Eyes, Legacies, A Voice in the Wilderness I, A Voice in the Wilderness II, Babylon Squared, The Quality of Mercy, Chrysalis.
The epic SF series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle and end. The first season introduces the main characters, headed this year by Commander Jeffery Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Security Chief Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), and familiarises the audience with the unique environment of a five-mile-long space station in the year 2257.
The first episode, "Midnight on the Firing Line", plays at a breathless pace, introducing Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian) and establishing the conflict between the Narn and Centauri races as represented by their ambassadors, G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) and Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik). Then follow several mediocre episodes which initially give the impression that B5 is a Star Trek clone afflicted with "silly alien of the week" syndrome. Episodes such as "Soul Hunter" and "Infection" are best watched in hindsight, with knowledge of how good the show later became.
With "And the Sky Full of Stars" B5 really begins to hit its stride, Sinclair being forced to relive his mysterious experiences during the Earth-Minbari war. Filler shows such as "TKO" are notable only for being controversially violent, while the disappointing "Grail" points to writer-creator J. Michael Straczynski's fascination with Arthurian mythology. "Signs and Portents" introduces the sinister Mr Morden (Ed Wasser) and offers the chilling first appearance of ancient alien threat, the Shadows. B5 hits warp speed with a run of exceptional episodes building to the season finale. The two-part "A Voice in the Wilderness" has Mars breaking into open revolt against Earth and the discovery of a "Great Machine" on the dead world Epsilon 3. Referencing 1950s SF classic Forbidden Planet, the story leads to the superb time travel-based "Babylon Squared". Season finale "Chrysalis" proves more than just the usual television cliff-hanger, placing Minbari ambassador Delenn in conflict with her ruling Grey Council and forcing on her a decision which laid the groundwork for Babylon 5 eventually to become a great love story. --Gary S DalkinSee all Product description
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
For those new to the series who wish to jump to the main arc, the unconventional move of beginning in earnest with series two might be prudent. Nevertheless, it is sensible to watch a few episodes from series one first to become familiar with the main characters and the universe in which Babylon 5. Fans who watched the series when it was first broadcast and the new viewers who enjoyed series two may wish to revisit series one.
Babylon 5 is very much a series which has to be allowed time to develop. The first part of series one fails to do justice to the complex plot which unfolds later, the development of the characters and the compelling interstellar conflict.
1) It's funny how you can tell what series of B5 it is just by looking at Michael Garibaldi's hairline.
2) Some of the episodes of series 1 have echoes of the most cringe episodes of early Star Trek TNG. Anybody who has watched season 1 or 2 will know what I mean!
3) As good as series 1 is, things just get better and better from here on in.
4) It's a shame Sinclair only lasted a season.
The episodes are a mixed bunch as you'd expect for the first season of any show. In terms of the Babylon 5 mythos there are some important moments which forshadow future events and it tends to be the standalones that let the series down.
There's no denying that the show hasn't aged well. In terms of budget it is claerly well below things like Star trek and it shows. Sets look a bit cheap and the pionerring at the time CGI effects don't look good even compared to what was achievable just a few years later. Some of the acting is a bit iffy and the direction can be stagey along with some awful dialogue. Generally the first season improves and the last few episodes make it worthwhile. Overall episodes three and a half stars.
Now to the package.
In order to release B5 in wide screen Warners have gone back to the original filmed footage. As far as I can tell no effort has been made to restore this and there are visible scratches and jumps in quality. The worst crime however is that all the effects shots, both full CGI and composited were done in then standard 4:3 screen ratio. This means that the any shot with effects is a cropped version of the 4:3 picture leading to a very noticable drop in picture definition. In addition no effort has been made to re frame these shots for best presentation and it seems they've just been cropped top and bottom.
In summary, I would have preferred they just released the whole thing in 4:3 ratio with the best picture quality available, instead we get this lash up. So its a swing and a miss for Warners and therefore two stars.
Most of this first series is taken up by lulling the viewer into a false sense of security, by sticking to fairly 'ordinary' storylines, along with the occasional hint of strangeness in the form of unexplained weird events, and odd time-glitches.
All credit to the creators that they take the whole of this first series to setup some rock-solid foundations for the characters and the general background. This makes it all the more traumatic and devastating when the whole scenario is turned completely upside down in the later series, as everything gradually descends into chaos!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews