Babylon 5: The Gathering

Synopsis: This TV movie is the pilot for the "Babylon 5" TV series. Set on a space station in the late 23rd Century, Babylon 5 is a centre of diplomacy and trade, in neutral space located between many rival space empires. The project's success, already shaky, is put further in doubt when incoming Commander Jeffrey Sinclair is the key suspect in the attempted assassination of Kosh, a mysterious alien ambassador.
Director(s): Richard Compton
Production: Babylonian Productions
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination.
89 min

we've all come to know and love...

...except for a few planets out on the fringe

who say you've invaded them...

...they shouldn't mind being scanned,

should they?

This will, of course,

be reported to the highest authority.

Fair enough.

As far as I'm concerned, they can sit

out there for the next solar year.

If it makes you feel any better,

I could send them a fruit basket.

Your quarters are in Red 5.

We can cut through the Alien sector here.

Are you set?

Follow me.

Since Babylon 5

functions mainly as a free port...

...our living quarters are set up

to handle every possible form of life.

We can customize the atmosphere...

...even adjust the rotation of some sectors

to vary the gravity.

Very impressive.

I've heard that all four alien governments

have ambassadors here.

Almost. The fourth arrives in two days.

They work as an advisory council,

like the UN on Earth...

...before it was dissolved.

Your quarters are that way.

Turn to the right.

Good luck.

One last thing, Commander.

Why is it called Babylon 5?

Babylons 1, 2 and 3

were sabotaged and destroyed.

Number 4 vanished without a trace

To this day,

no one knows what happened to it.


We've been out of contact

with Ambassador Kosh since his ship left...

...Vorlon space eight days ago.

Based on his last-known position...

...he should be here in 48 hours.

You spoke to him?

Video or audio?

Audio only. He said

he was having problems with the vid.

Mysterious as ever.

Security analysis?


Earth Central sent me everything they have

on the Vorlons, and it's not much.

To date, no human has ever seen a Vorlon.

- What about medical?

- The same.

Their diplomatic office

sent me just enough data...

...for the environmental control

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J. Michael Straczynski

Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski, is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004), and Sense8 (2015–2018).Straczynski wrote the psychological drama film Changeling (2008) and was co-writer on the martial arts thriller Ninja Assassin (2009), horror film Underworld: Awakening (2012), and apocalyptic horror film World War Z (2013). From 2001 to 2007, Straczynski wrote Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by runs on Thor and Fantastic Four. He is also the author of the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels, and has written Superman, Wonder Woman, and Before Watchmen for DC Comics. Straczynski is the creator and writer of several original comic book series such as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Ten Grand through Joe's Comics. A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, Straczynski is the author of the novels Blood Night (1988), Othersyde (1990), and Tribulations (2000), the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged (2004), and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting (1982). Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984. He is credited as being the first TV producer to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and allow their viewpoints to influence the look and feel of his show. (See Babylon 5' s use of the Internet.) Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup more…

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