Babylon 5: The Gathering details
|Starring:||Tamlyn Tomita, Andreas Katsulas, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik, Michael O'Hare, Mira Furlan, Blaire Baron, Paul Hampton|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
Babylon 5: The Gathering
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Apr 2002|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Only worth watching for fansBy Sam W from England , 30 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Despite this being the Babylon 5 pilot, it would be a mistake to introduce anyone to the series with this made-for-TV movie. Neophytes will be turned off by the terrible music and creaky acting, and would be much better jumping into the series proper.
However, people already enamoured to the B5 story will be able to look past the flaws, and appreciate the rather good story covering the first days of the station's service. The fact that this ties neatly and intelligently into the major season one arcs will be all the more enjoyable for long-term viewers who happened to have missed this.
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ClassicBy a customer from Midlands , 15 Jun 2011This is classic B5 and shows just why it was a great series that ended well before its time rather than go on and on like some series. Sharp dialogue, good acting, a real representation of how the future in space could look.
A really nostalgic ride!By dafydd (6 reviews) from London , 21 Aug 2009Haven't seen this in many many years, hard to believe it's over 15 years old. However, it still retains some nice touches, in particular, showing the diversity of Babylon 5's inhabitants with some weird and wonderful creatures that wouldn't look out of place in Star Wars - shame they didn't keep up with the diversity of the alien quarters in the show (perhaps budgetary constraints).
The Minbari are a lot more androgynous than the series proper, the Narn more ruthless, the Centauri more comic, but this is why Babylon 5 was so great. Each character, each race changed and evolved so much from the beginning to the end. Most of the sets look pretty expansive except the command which just looks awful, blinking lights and very claustrophobic. The character of Lyta is great and Patricia Tallman is brilliant in the pilot, hard to understand why they didn't ask her back for seasons 1 and 2. Nostalgia, nostalgia, this is just what we needed as a star trek antidote in 1993.
Pilot episodesBy KHRANDRASS (163 reviews) from Cheadle , 01 Jun 2009The gathering is the feature length pilot of Babylon 5 and an introduction to the crew of the station and the ambassadors on board.
Set ten years after the end of the Earth/Minbari war,the station awaits the arrival of its last ambassador from the mysterious Vorlon empire.
On arrival the ambassador is attacked and may die leaving the crew to find out what happened and prevent a war with the Vorlons and the destruction of Babylon 5.
This is a fantastic series and the pilot gives it a great start,if your a fan of sci-fi you will love this!
Babylon 5 The GatheringBy a customer from Stoke-on-Trent , 07 May 2009Interesting tie ins and story for established fans
Gives you a taste for more...By MamaLu (27 reviews) from East Cowes , 07 Mar 2009Despite some seriously dodgy acting, and a ridiculous plot, I was left wanting to watch the series that followed this feature-length pilot episode.
If you like Star Wars or Star Trek then you will appreciate this offering with its Eastern European flavour. Comparable to Star Trek DS9 but grittier.
If you are a fan of Babylon 5 then this is a must to see how it all started. Just the starting credits give me tingles every time.