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Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Old 08-09-23, 05:32 AM
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

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The complete series remastered is on sale at iTunes for $19.99 if anyone wants to pick it up. I've never watched it, but I've heard good things. I might blind buy it. $20 for 5 seasons is a good price. Here's the listing: https://tv.apple.com/us/season/seaso...dqb1oj05bhxhq0
I went to watch something on my Apple TV box last night and saw the remastered B5 was the top TV title... Said to myself it must be on sale again this week (can't tell as I already own it)... figured $29.99 again. But $19.99 is a fraking steal!

... and then proceeded to watch a couple episodes.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Originally Posted by lwhy?
The complete series remastered is on sale at iTunes for $19.99 if anyone wants to pick it up. I've never watched it, but I've heard good things. I might blind buy it. $20 for 5 seasons is a good price. Here's the listing: https://tv.apple.com/us/season/seaso...dqb1oj05bhxhq0
It's back up to $49.99 now. It was either a one day sale or a price error.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

I recently got it on Vudu for $37.50 in a recent two-for-$15 sale. Of course I had already bought it there in SD, but oh well.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

I picked it up on iTunes for the $19.99 price. Then I realized they have a bunch of TV movies as well. Anyone know the correct release dates of those films (i.e., the order in which I should watch them) and if they all aired AFTER the series ended?
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Here's the viewing order list of the episodes and the films: Lurker's Guide: Master Episode List
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Lurker's Guide was my homepage for years.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

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Lurker's Guide was my homepage for years.
I still have it bookmarked and return to it every time I do a B5/Crusade re-watch.
Old 08-12-23, 05:31 AM
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
I picked it up on iTunes for the $19.99 price. Then I realized they have a bunch of TV movies as well. Anyone know the correct release dates of those films (i.e., the order in which I should watch them) and if they all aired AFTER the series ended?
On your first viewing, I would recommend that you just watch "The Gathering" (the pilot movie) and then seasons one through five. Then worry about the movies. There's definitely a through-line there, and dropping the movies into either the release order or the chronological order breaks the rhythm. On your second run-through, go ahead and watch everything in chronological order (as listed below) or release order.

Placement of the movies is sort of tricky. The best one, In the Beginning, is a prequel to the series that was first aired between seasons 4 and 5 after TNT picked it up for its fifth and final season. This can be watched first, but it will give away a few of the mysteries early and is best saved for later.

The next movie, Thirdspace, is arguably the second best of the TNT movies, and was aired on that channel toward the end of season five after the episode "Movements of Fire and Shadow," but it actually takes place during the fourth season. And the placement there is odd, too, since the only place it really fits is between two scenes of the episode "Atonement." Thirdspace has absolutely nothing to do with episode "Atonement" itself, but the continuity is so tight with characters coming and going, uniform changes, and shifting relationships/status quos, that this is the best place it will fit.

The third TNT movie, River of Souls, was aired near the end of season five -- right after the episode "Wheel of Fire" -- and it takes place between the penultimate episode and the series finale. (There is a significant time jump between the final two episodes of Babylon 5, with the final episode acting as an epilogue to the series.)

The fourth TNT movie, A Call to Arms, also takes place between the final two episodes of Babylon 5, and after River of Souls. This movie is a set-up for the ill-fated sequel series Crusade, which only ran for a half of a season and was sabotaged by TNT. It aired not long after the series finale.

Later, The Sci-Fi Channel aired another original movie, The Legend of the Rangers, that was to act as a pilot film for a series that never happened. Chronologically, this takes place a one year before A Call to Arms, but still before the Babylon 5 series finale. This one isn't well regarded by most fans of the show, so if you don't see it you're not missing much.

And finally, there was a DVD original called The Lost Tales, which presents two short stories that take place about nine years after the penultimate Babylon 5 episode. The stories presented here suffered from low budgets and limited cast. Between the two stories, they only have two cast members from the regular series and one from Crusade and look they were filmed in a broom closet.

In-universe, the chronology looks like this:

TNT Movie #1: In the Beginning (2245-2248; the bulk of the story is a flashback being told by one on the characters in a framing sequence set in 2278)
Pilot Movie: The Gathering (2257)
Babylon 5: Season One (2258)
Babylon 5: Season Two (2259)
Babylon 5: Season Three(2260)
Babylon 5: Season Four (2261)
TNT Movie #2: Thirdspace (2261, some time around the episode "Atonement")
Babylon 5: Season Five (2262) Episodes 1 - 21 ("Objects at Rest")
TNT Movie #3: River of Souls (2263)
SciFi Movie: The Legend of the Rangers (2265)
TNT Movie #4: A Call to Arms (2266)
Crusade: Season One (2267)
DVD Original Movie: The Lost Tales (2271)
Babylon 5: Season Five (2281) Episode 22 ("Sleeping in Light")

Hope this doesn't scare you away.
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Old 08-12-23, 10:34 AM
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

On second and subsequent viewings, in practice I usually watched the "In The Beginning" movie first and then straight through seasons 2 to 4.

I found seasons 1 and 5 were kinda tedious to watch through, along with other movies.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

For Crusade, I found the most "viewable" episode order for me in terms of pacing, is the "continuity order" sequence as described in a blog post:

https://greysector.wordpress.com/201...watch-through/
https://greysector.wordpress.com/cat...tinuity-order/

https://greysector.wordpress.com/201...er-conclusion/


00. A Call to Arms
01. War Zone
02. The Long Road
03. The Path of Sorrows
04. Ruling from the Tomb
05. Appearances and Other Deceits
06. Racing the Night
07. The Needs of Earth
08. The Memory of War
09. Visitors from Down the Street
10. Each Night I Dream of Home
11. Patterns of the Soul
12. The Well of Forever
13. The Rules of the Game

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Old 08-12-23, 01:17 PM
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

This sounds almost as complicated as trying to figure out the best viewing order for The Clone Wars.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

I remember the movies from the DVD days. Those arenít on Vudu, but Iíve been meaning to watch the series for so long, I figure Iíll do that then worry about those later.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

I'm just going to watch the series from the beginning and not worry about the movies.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Originally Posted by Josh Z
This sounds almost as complicated as trying to figure out the best viewing order for The Clone Wars.
It's nowhere near that bad.

There's a straight narrative through-line if you watch the two-hour pilot movie and then all five seasons in the given order. (When watching the series on Tubi, the pilot movie "The Gathering" is listed as the twenty-third episode of season one for some reason when it should be watched first.)

Where it gets complicated is squeezing all of the special event movies and sequel series into the timeline.

And the aborted sequel series, Crusade, is a whole other matter where TNT did everything they could to ratfuck it. There are several different viewing orders for it, but since the series doesn't have any kind of resolution it doesn't really matter. And even then, it's skippable and should only be watched by hardcore fans. It was supposed to be another five year story arc, but TNT canceled it midway into the first season before the first episode even aired because they had buyer's remorse over picking up the fifth season of Babylon 5 and greenlighting a sequel series.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Exactly. The movies are fun little tidbits but not at all necessary and sometimes a bit of a slog to get through. I watched Crusade once and don't feel the need to watch it again. It's quite disposable though generally interesting in a "fill in the universe" kind of way. For me, that's what the movies were as well with them mostly having a "fan service" vibe. With the series, once you make it through S1 (which for me is a bit weak but sets up things for later) it really starts to pick up.
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Old 08-13-23, 10:57 AM
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Originally Posted by BobO'Link
Exactly. The movies are fun little tidbits but not at all necessary and sometimes a bit of a slog to get through. I watched Crusade once and don't feel the need to watch it again. It's quite disposable though generally interesting in a "fill in the universe" kind of way. For me, that's what the movies were as well with them mostly having a "fan service" vibe. With the series, once you make it through S1 (which for me is a bit weak but sets up things for later) it really starts to pick up.
I actually watched Crusade before ever seeing the B5 series proper. It was an $10 impulse buy at costco around 2011. (Likely Warner was liquidating its remaining inventory of Crusade dvd sets at places like Costco).

At the time, it felt like watching a forgotten short-lived sci-fi show that was mostly standalone episodes. (Similar to the kind of cheesy sydicated sci-fi shows which were around during the 1990s on independent tv stations or basic cable channels). Prior to that time circa 2011, the only non-StarTrek sci-fi shows I watched a lot was stuff like Stargate, the revived Outer Limits, Total Recall 2070, Earth: Final Conflict, etc ...

I do have some vague recollections of seeing the B5 pilot movie, when it was first broadcast as a saturday or sunday "evening movie". I didn't remember much at all (not even the title), until I watched it again on dvd and it jogged my memory.
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Re: Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray -- 12/5/2023

Thanks for all the viewing tips guys - my plan was to watch everything according to how it was originally released, as opposed to chronological order. I just wasn't sure if ALL the movies (aside from the pilot movie) were released AFTER the series ended or if there were movies that were released between seasons.

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