Babylon 5: In the Beginning

Babylon 5: In the Beginning



The long-awaited "backstory" for the popular syndicated science-fiction saga Babylon 5 was provided some five years after the series premiered, courtesy of the two-hour movie special Babylon Five: In the Beginning. Set in the year 2278, the film takes a backward glance at the Earth-Minbari war, as seen through the eyes of Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik), now the emperor of Centauri. Detailed for the first time are the tragic beginnings of the war, the involvement of the Minbari Delenn (Mira Furlan), and the death of Dukaht (Raynor Scheine). In addition to featuring most of the series' current regulars, the film also brings back such early defectors as Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Ambassador Kosh (Ardwright Chamberlain). As a bonus, Claudia Christian appears unbilled in her familiar role of Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova, here depicted as an 18-year-old civilian. The film was written by series producer J. Michael Straczynski, and later novelized by Peter David. First telecast on January 4, 1978, Babylon 5: In the Beginning launched the two-year association between Babylon 5 and the TNT cable network.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
UPC: 0085391593232
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Boxleitner John J. Sheridan
Claudia Christian Susan Ivanova (age 18)
Michael O'Hare Jeffrey David Sinclair
Mira Furlan Delenn
Richard Biggs Dr. Stephen Franklin
Andreas Katsulas G'Kar
Peter Jurasik Londo Mollari
Theodore Bikel Lenonn
Reiner Schöne Dukhat
Robin Atkin Downes Morann
J. Patrick McCormack Gen. Lefcourt
Tricia O'Neil President
Robin Sachs Copelann
Ardwight Chamberlain Kosh
James Patrick Stuart Presidential Aide
Jason Azikiwe Capt. Sterns
Yasemin Baytok Centauri Woman
Kristin Birch Woman 1
Justice Carroll Comm. Officer
Jacob Chase Luc
Tim Colceri Capt. Jankowski
Timothy Davis-Reed Man 1
Pancho Demmings Alpha 7
Steven Ford 1st Officer
Mio R. Jakula Ganya Ivanov
Nick Jameson Minbari Pilot
Mike A. Kennedy Gen. Fontaine
Erica Mer Lyssa
Mark Rafael Truitt Minbari Warrior

Technical Credits
Mike Vejar Director
J. Michael Straczynski Screenwriter

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Babylon 5: In the Beginning 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the show and the series. When will this Movie be available on DVD? My VHS library needs to be replaced with DVDs. Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any avid Babylon 5 fan has always wondered about the great saga of the Earth/Minbari War. It is spoken of with great reverence during many occasions in the five year long series, which drew a large and varied audience. This in depth retelling, using many of the characters from the series, shows how tragic mistakes can truly be, as the hurried order to fire, costs the lives of millions of humans in a violent, two-year slaughter. The climax of this great story is the legendary ''Battle of the Line'' which is produced with awe inspiring computer generated imagery and stunning special effects. The drama and depth in this two hour experience is unmatched, the story is one that has interested followers of the series for years, and will undoubtedly bring even more fans to the fold. I sincerely recommend this movie to anyone who has shown an interest in science fiction, and fantasy. It should also be noted that the Babylon 5 series has been credited as one of the, if not the most, realistic science fiction franchises in existence.