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Babylon 5: Season 5 [DVD] 
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All 22 episodes from the fifth and final season of the popular science fiction drama series. Events in this season include Sheridan's attempts to wage peace for the Interstellar Alliance, the tragic fate of the telepaths and the ultimate fireball destruction of the outmoded station after it is declared to be a spaceway navigational hazard. Episodes are: 'No Compromises', 'The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari', 'The Paragon of Animals', 'A View from the Gallery', 'Learning Curve', 'Strange Relations', 'Secrets of the Soul', 'Day of the Dead', 'In the Kingdom of the Blind', 'A Tragedy of Telepaths', 'Phoenix Rising', 'The Ragged Edge', 'The Corps is Mother The Corps is Father', 'Meditations on the Abyss', 'Darkness Ascending', 'And All My Dreams Torn Asunder', 'Movements of Fire and Shadow', 'The Fall of Centauri Prime', 'The Wheel of Fire', 'Objects in Motion', 'Objects at Rest' and 'Sleeping in Light'.
A disappointment after the superb two previous seasons, the final run of Babylon 5 found Claudia Christian departed and Ivanova replaced by Captain Elizabeth Lochley (Tracy Scoggins), who in a soap-opera twist turned out to be Sheridan's first wife. Sheridan was promoted to President of the Interstellar Alliance and the action moved to a group of telepaths seeking sanctuary from the PSI-Corp on B5. Giving a prominent role to Patricia Tallman's Lyta Alexander, a love story for her was woven with the leader of the telepaths, Byron (Robin Atkin Downs). Meanwhile the aftermath of the Shadow War was explored as the origin of human telepaths became clear in "Secrets of the Soul," and the appearance of PSI-Corp's Bester (Walter Koenig) brought the plight of the refugees to a powerful close in "A Tragedy of Telepaths" and "Phoenix Rising."
This was immediately followed by a rare episode not written by J. Michael Straczynski. Much was expected of "Day of the Dead," penned by Neil Gaiman, the British creator of DC's landmark Sandman comic and graphic novel series. Yet despite a change of tone including a guest appearance by Penn & Teller as 23rd-century comedy favorites Rebo & Zooty, the story proved an incongruous side trip into an unexplained twilight zone of fantasy. As usual the season picked up toward the end, with a string of fine political episodes leading to "The Fall of Centauri Prime" and the haunting "Objects at Rest," in which Sheridan and Delenn leave Babylon 5 for new quarters on Minbar.
The final episode, "Sleeping in Light," was directed by J. Michael Straczynski and made an epilogue to the series. Set 20 years later, after all the sound and fury this quiet, elegiac tale is the apotheosis of the love story that proved the balance to the tragedy of the preceding darkness. A personal story resolved against a background of the epic, at once transcendent, deeply human, and profoundly optimistic, "Sleeping in Light" is as moving as any hour in the history of television drama and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to one of the greatest series ever made. --Gary S. Dalkin
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To be honest, the telepath storyline is a bit of a bore! We have a long haired drip called Byron, who's a Teep (telepath). He arrives on Babylon 5 with his followers to escape persecution from the dreaded Psy Corps (an organization which forcibly inducts all humans who have developed psychic abilities into its ranks) and asks for sanctuary from the station's new commander, Captain Elizabeth Lochley. The station's resident telepath, Lyta Alexander, forms a romantic attachment with Byron and tries to help him in his ultimate goal - to acquire a homeworld of their own, free from Psy Corps and mundanes (non-telepaths). But most of their time seems to be spent singing songs, reading poetry (geddit - Lord Byron!) and making out - rather like some 60's hippy style love-in!
The rest of the season is kind of episodic in nature, but there is a civil war on Minbar which Delenn must sort out. Plus, there are the Drakh, a race of aliens who were the allies of the recently defeated and departed Shadows. They aren't exactly pleased about losing their best bud's and are intent on exacting revenge against the victors - specifically, Sheridan, Delenn and Londo Mollari!
All in all, an indifferent season which has some good and bad points. However, the final episode, Sleeping In Light, is one of the best in the series as it's very emotional.
Sadly, the primary new story, the rogue telepaths, just doesn't work. Byron, leader of the group, is annoying and po faced beyond belief. Plus, the whole situation could have been so easily resolved (sending them to Minbar?) but is drawn out over several tedious episodes. The stand alone stories are also poor/preachy/badly thought out.
Thankfully, the second half of the season improves as the originally planned arc story involving the Centuri being manipulated gets going. episodes such as 'all my dreams torn asunder' and 'the fall of centuri prime' are B5 at its best. The storyline involving Garibaldi's descent into alcohol addiction is also very well done. Sadly, the season finale, 'sleeping in light' is a little disappointing as it leaves too many hanging threads and unresolved stories.
Overall, the season isn't terrible, but certainly suffers from having to have new stories thought up to fill up the episodes. A noticeable example of this is the vast amount of expositional dialog (something Straczynski was already a bit guilty of) that is clearly used to fill up episode time.
Finally, the series does suffer from the same DVD mastering problems as the other seasons (drops in picture quality during CGI & composite scenes).
What follows is the briefest of overviews, season 5 has lot more going on.
The year 2262 sees the beginning of the end for season 5. There is a new command Babylon 5 Captain Elizabeth Lochley. The Station is also headquarters of the Interstellar Alliance. Unofficially as a sanctuary for rogue telepaths, who are running from the Psi Corps - this in turn leads to conflict. Although the Shadows have left their dark servants remain. One of these servants the Drakh, need somewhere to `live' and by using a controlling parasite called a keeper to enslave the Regent Virini on Centauri Prime. In order to have a safe hiding place they create war between Centauri and the Interstellar Alliance, so they can further isolate Centauri from the Alliance. The final episode sees the poignant scene where by a technician switching off the lights of a now decommissioned and soon to be demolished Babylon 5 - take a closer look at the technician he looks rather familiar. For me another very good, and sadly, last season.
I used to count down the weeks till each new series was aired and fall into the stories, the plots and the fantastic Arc that J.Michael S wrote.
All five series are Fantastic, all are groundbreaking, all make you laugh, cry, and each series had it's episodes that blew you away (The first time we saw Kosh in series Two!! Babylon Squared and then finding out who Valen really was!!!!)
Series 5 was no different, in fact i loved it even more this second time round, but it is the final episode that still gets me, the finally 15 minutes, when we say goodbye to all we have watched, it certainly made me cry (just bought the episode soundtrack it is that powerful and very recommended if you can get hold of it!).
So thank you J.Michael, Babylon 5 is the best and the fans will never forget and my DVDs will be played over and over.
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