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The Gathering (1993)

The opening of a crucial space station is put in jeopardy when the commanding officer is accused of the attempted murder of a diplomat.

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Richard Compton
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Tamlyn Tomita ... Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Blaire Baron ... Carolyn Sykes
John Fleck ... Del Varner
Paul Hampton ... The Senator
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Johnny Sekka ... Dr. Benjamin Kyle
Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander
Steven R. Barnett Steven R. Barnett ... Eric Hazeltine
Billy Hayes Billy Hayes ... Traveler (as William Hayes)
Linda Hoffman Linda Hoffman ... Dome Tech #2
Robert Jason Jackson Robert Jason Jackson ... Dome Tech #3
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Storyline

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. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TNT: The Home of Babylon 5

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B5 See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lyta Alexander was born on December 10, 2225 and was registered with the Psi Corps on October 18, 2252. See more »

Goofs

The Senator orders Sinclair to cease any involvement with the investigation, and Lt. Cmdr. Takashima to take his place on the advisory council. While the latter is a diplomatic matter, the investigation would be a security-- and therefore military-- issue. A senator cannot give a military order. (A Senator giving a military order actually is a plot point in season 3 of the series.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ambassador Londo Mollari: [voiceover] I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with 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. Under the leadership of its final commander, Babylon 5 was a dream given form. A dream of a galaxy ...
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Alternate Versions

In 1998, a special edition was aired on TNT to kick reruns of the Babylon 5 series. The Special Edition (1998) has a new score by Christopher Franke (of the regular series), cuts out small bits like the "zoo scene" at the beginning, corrects effects like the color of the jumpgate, and adds a few scenes which were cut out: Sinclair deals with a hostage situation in customs involving "dust"; Carolyn confronts Delenn about her abstention on the vote; the Takashima and Kyle scene is extended, as is the scene where Sinclair describes the Battle of the Line; there's a new voiceover with Kosh's voice; plus Kyle remarks on what he saw when he opened Kosh's encounter suit and the mystery of Kosh's hand is hinted at (longtime viewers will get it; new viewers will just say, "huh?" so the mystery won't be spoiled.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Babylon 5: The Ragged Edge (1998) See more »

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A weak start to what would ultimately be one of the best TV series of all time
20 September 2011 | by amitjuscSee all my reviews

For any true Babylon 5 fan, The Gathering is indispensable. With such a long and detailed story arc ahead, it would be a mistake to miss this, or the majority of the episodes of the first season. Unfortunately, both suffer from mediocre acting and so-so special effects (by today's standards).

By the end of season 1, Michael O'Hare does grow on you, even with his hammy acting (he is a stage actor which didn't translate so well to TV). He's not bad, but Bruce Boxleitner ultimately does a much better job. Claudia Christian also gets better over time, and is light years ahead of Tamlyn Tomita, who did an awful job in the pilot.

That said, I am on my second viewing of B5, and although the pilot and first season are cringe-worthy at times, they are both worth seeing, culminating in an incredible payoff with seasons 2,3 and 4. Watch this and then watch the whole series. You won't be disappointed.


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