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

I was there at the dawn

of the third age of mankind.

It began in the Earth year 2257...

...with the founding

of the last of the Babylon stations...

...located deep in neutral space.

It was a port of call for refugees...

...smugglers, businessmen...

...diplomats and travelers

from a hundred worlds.

It could be a dangerous place...

...but we accepted the risk

because Babylon 5...

...was our last, best hope for peace.

Babylon 5 was a dream given form.

A dream of a galaxy without war...

...where species from different worlds

could live side by side in mutual respect.

Babylon 5 was the last

of the Babylon stations.

This is its story.

Confirmed, Delta-Gamma Nine,

you are clear for docking.

Please surrender control of your vessel

to central computer, on my mark.


Bring her in. Approach vector 557.

Vector 557.

Final approach to Docking Bay 12B.

- Garibaldi, what's up?

- I'm looking for the Commander.

We've got someone in Bay 12 needs

his personal clearance to board.

I tracked him down. Last I heard,

he was checking out a tourist problem.

And no, I don't know what he meant,

so don't ask.

I just hope it works out better

than the last one.

I wouldn't.

You know the rules about crossing species.

Stick with the list.

- What are you? A bigot or something?

- No. But...

...obviously you've never met

an Arnasian before.

After they finish, they eat their mate.

United Spaceways Transport,

Delta-Gamma Nine... docking in Bay 7.

Earth Alliance passenger Varner,

cleared for entry.

That's him.

Commander Sinclair. Lyta Alexander.

A pleasure.

Welcome to Babylon 5.

It's about time Earth Central

sent us a telepath.

Can I see your...


Everything seems to be in order.


It's dust all right.

Okay, we do this quiet

and by the numbers.

The rules are simple:

no unauthorized mind-scans...

...and log all business dealings

you're hired to monitor.

You're cleared for access to the casino,

but gambling is strictly off-limits.

Excuse me.

Can I speak to you for a moment?

Besides, gambling's never interested me-

Shut up. Stay back.

Stay back, or I'll kill her. Do you hear me?

Wait here.

- What have we got?

- Dust dealer.

Trying to smuggle the stuff in here.

- Do you think we can take him out?

- No, someone will get hurt in the crossfire.

I'll talk to him,

but get a backup team outside, stat.

I'm coming out.

I'm unarmed.

Put the gun down.

This isn't going to work.

There's only one way in or out

of Babylon 5, back the way you came.

You get past me, where do you go then?

You made a mistake.

But no one's been hurt yet.

Let her go and I'll guarantee you

safe passage off this station.

- Why should I trust you?

- Because I gave you my word.

And because, right now,

five marksmen are taking position outside.

Take her out of here

and they'll burn you to the ground.

It's your choice.

See that he gets to his ship, Garibaldi.

And two things.

no weapons or dust...

...allowed on Babylon 5.

we've logged your ship's ID.

If you come within 50 clicks

of this station again...

...we'll blow you out of the sky.

Come on, I'll show you to your quarters.

Lieutenant Commander Takashima...

...the supply ship sent by my government

is not being allowed to dock.

That's correct.

They won't submit to a weapons search.

- This is outrageous!

- You know the regs, Ambassador G'Kar.

Scanning is the only way

to make sure no weapons get on board.

Except those belonging

to the Earth Alliance, of course.

The Narn regime is dedicated to peace.

In that case, being the peace-loving Narns

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

and no more.

Bio-maintenance here is still adjusting

the atmosphere for his living quarters.

Pretty thick stuff.

High levels of methane, sulfur...


What about their psychology?

Customs? Social order?

How far do they go on the first date?

We'll play it by ear.

When Ambassador Kosh arrives,

we'll have representatives...

...from all four of the major

alien governments on board.

This is what we've been working toward

from day one.

Let's not mess it up now.


Message, Commander.

Ambassador Delenn needs to see you.

She says she's in the garden.

On my way.

Now entering Green Level.

Please standby.

Ambassador Delenn.

I've seen you here before.

Almost every other day.

If you don't mind my asking, what-

Notice the waves,

each moving in its own order.



But drop in a single stone

and see how the pattern changes.

Everything around it is altered.

This is from your world?

It's a Japanese stone garden.

Since we need so much land

for hydroponic crops...

...and oxygen reclamation,

setting this aside was tough.

One of the designers called it

"a pool for Zen skinny-dipping. "

All you can do is think about doing it.

I am glad it is here.

On my world there are books...

...thousands of pages,

about the power of one mind... change the universe.

But none say it as clearly as this.

In two days, Ambassador Kosh arrives.

I look forward to meeting a Vorlon.

I've heard much about them

that is strange.

Such as?

Do you not have files on the Vorlons?


Very large files.

There's nothing in them, of course.

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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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