Babylon 5: The Complete Series... Reviewed!

Thank you to Warner Bros for providing a copy of this product for review, my opinions are my own.

Time to journey through Time and Space with Babylon 5: The Complete Series!

Story: Babylon 5 is a science fiction television series that takes us on an intergalactic journey filled with political drama, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes. The show is set during the years 2257 to 2262, each year representing a season. The show revolves around the eponymous space station, which becomes a meeting point for various alien races, each representing their own interests. As the series unfolds, a grand narrative emerges, delving deep into power struggles, diplomacy, personal relationships, and the fight against ancient forces threatening the galaxy. It's an intergalactic space opera. While some episodes may seem slower in progressing the overarching plot, each contributes to the greater narrative of this series. This set contains all 110 original episodes fully remastered!

Babylon 5 transcends the surface-level expectations of a typical sci-fi series, seamlessly blending political, philosophical, and ethical themes into its compelling narrative. It tackles profound questions surrounding identity, destiny, morality, and the cyclical nature of history. The show's tone effortlessly oscillates between humor and darkness, infused with moral ambiguity and emotional depth.

The ensemble cast of Babylon 5 shines brightly, breathing life into their multidimensional characters. From the commanding presence of Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) to the enigmatic and wise Ambassador G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) and the stoic Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian), each actor delivers captivating performances, fostering deep connections between the audience and the characters' struggles, triumphs, and personal growth. Speaking of characters, I would like a full Zathra's story explaining all of their connections, and how they came to be. Zathra's is a huge player in the series, but why him and his brothers?

Fun fact: Babylon 5 has a second wind via the recent animated film and plans for future installments.

Visuals: Under the visionary direction of J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 raises the bar for science fiction storytelling. The series masterfully balances episodic narratives with an overarching story arc, allowing for a rewarding long-term investment. The cinematography, while limited by its era, still manages to capture the grandeur of the space station, utilizing various camera angles and techniques to enhance the immersive experience.

 The evocative score of Babylon 5 was composed by Christopher Franke, the music soars and swells, encompassing a wide range of emotions and enhancing the already immersive universe. DTS-HD 5.1 Master audio.

Price: Babylon 5: The Complete Series is priced at $99.99 SRP. I think this is fair, but I don't like the case. The decision to package it in this case would be fine if the discs didn't fall off. When the discs are no longer snapped into the holder, they face the risk of being scratched.

Story 5

Visuals 4

Audio 4

Price 5

4.5 out of 5 Cool Points

Sophima | Guest Contributor

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