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Featured Title of the Month - September 2004

Babylon 5: The Movie Collection (r1)
Babylon 5: The Movie Collection

Reviewed by Timo Sipari.

"It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth/Minbari war. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call - home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5."

Since a very young boy, I've been very much into Sci-fi. I can still remember vividly, after almost 25 years, how the first Sci-fi movies and TV series which I saw, affected my mind. I know, many people are much more drawn into realism and especially do not like science fiction at all. Well, I like and I like it a lot!
The universe is so huge and the mankind is so very, very small compared to it. The possibilities of what out there is happening, had happened or will happen, are endless. If our little speck of dust, called Earth, has some many different variants of lifeforms, life in general, intelligence, culture and so on, one just can ask what could be in the rest of this vast universe?
Lets think about a while only our little planet. A mankind have been developed in a few million years. In a few thousound of years, we have developed a high cultures, like Egyptians, Mayans and Chinese. Just about in 500 years, we have found all the continents. In a hundred of years, we have developed mechanised transportation systems. In a few decades, we have been able to reach out to touch another piece of our solar system. The evolution in technology has been tremendous in a couple of hundred of years, but in the same time, this technology has been walking hand in hand with the good and evil. More efficient ways to destroy ourselves has been found - and used. My best bet is, if we manage to survive the next one hundred of years, I think we'll be able to travel the stars. But only, if we manage to find a way to live and evolve without destroying one another, or the environment where we are living in.

So, what happens then? If we are able to reach out to stars are we going to be a blessing to the rest of the universe or a plague? Sure, we have a rich culture and many beautiful things, but what if our nature is to conquer and destroy other worlds? I mean, seems like that's the way the things have been handled by mankind here on our little playground called Earth. Maybe it's just the price of being developed this far, a little side affect. If so, then the other life forms on the universe most likely could be as violent as we can be. Here, on our world, have been wars for a very little or no reason at all. So, there is a very good possibility when we finally meet other life forms from other parts of the universe, we could be in a war between one another.

In TV Science Fiction series, Babylon 5, this problem was encountered numerous times. For being just a TV show, the series has a deeper message, which shouldn't be negledged. Some day we might have to handle encounters between other beings if we wanted or not. That's why, it's needed to have a bumber zone between different worlds. Babylon 5 TV series tells a story about that kind of a space station.

There is also some movies which are a part of that universe. The box set of Babylon 5: The Movie Collection contains these following movies:

Movie 1: The Gathering, is actually a pilot to the TV series and is not intended to be a actual movie. The Gathering introduces the station, the cast and the story, which surrounds the troubled events of Kosh's arrival on Babylon 5.

Movie 2: In The Beginning, is a prequel, which tells the story behind the station, the battle that lead to huge massacre over a minor misundestanding between humans and aliens. This is kind of my favourite B5 movie, it tells a story in a package which can be recommended to anyone who has not seen the actual TV series.

Movie 3: Thirdspace, a million-years-old gateway has been discovered. Does it hold the answer or what is beyond it? This movie could be just a part of the TV series, if presented in a two parts.

Movie 4: The River of Souls, asks the question: After Death? Everyone has thought of it, no one has a solid fact about the afterlife. This movie tells a story of a soul harvesters, which proves to be very fallible.

Movie 5: A Call to Arms, sets up the situations for Crusade, the television series that was a sequel to B5. The Shadow war has ended six years ago, but a race, which once served the Shadows, executes a revenge on humans. This is also highly recommended, if you are, like me, much into not so happy and darker endings, like in this movie.

If you have a collection of B5 TV series, this box set is a must. Also, on the other hand, it could drive you into the universe of B5, if you haven't seen the actual series. I've seen the series from the TV and after seeing these movies, got me a quite a leap closer in to purchasing this series (five seasons on five box sets) on DVD...

Thanks to J. Michael Straczynski, for creating the B5 universe for all the mankind. Maybe we exist long enough to see this science fiction turn into science fact in some proportions.

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