Babylon 5: The Gathering

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This two-part pilot episode for Babylon 5 was originally telecast as a single two-hour TV movie on February 22, 1993 (the "official" release date of March 8 refers to the film's Chicago TV premiere). Like the subsequent series, "The Gathering" takes place in the 23rd century, and was set on Babylon 5, a space station hovering in neutral territory which is used as a center of trade and diplomacy for a wide variety of friendly and hostile planets. As the space station becomes fully operational, the crew must deal with the attempting poisoning of Vorlan ambassador Kosh Naranek, for which B5 commander Jeffrey Sinclair is being held responsible. Complicating matters is the refusal of the Vorlans to allow any medical treatment for their ambassador. Written by series producer-creator J. Michael Straczynski, "The Gathering" features several actors who were supposed to have played recurring characters, but for various reasons were written out of the weekly version: Tamlyn Tomita as Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takamisha, Blaire Baron as Caroline Sykes, Johnny Sekka as Dr. Benjamin Kyle and Patricia Tallman as Lyta Alexander. The pilot won an Emmy Award for special effects, and a Hugo nomation for "Best Dramatic Presentation" -- this in spite of almost universal damnation from mainstream TV critics. On January 4, 1998, the TNT cable network offered a re-edited version of "The Gathering", with a new musical score by Christopher Frake (replacing the one composed by Stewart Copeland), a handful of new computer-generated special effects, a number of judicious cuts, and several previously excised sequences, including a lengthy hostage-crisis subplot.

Cast

Michael O'Hare
as Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Tamlyn Tomita
as Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima
Jerry Doyle
as Garibaldi
Ardwight Chamberlain
as Ambassador Kosh
Paul Hampton
as Senator
Blaire Baron
as Caroline
Johnny Sekka
as Dr. Benjamin Kyle
Patricia Tallman
as Lyta Alexander
William Hayes
as Traveler
F. William Parker
as Businessman #1
David Sage
as Businessman #2
Ed Wasser
as Guerra
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  • Great special effects do not make for great science fiction. Writing is what makes TV series cook. Unfortunately, writing is the single biggest problem haunting Babylon 5.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There is potential. It would be a shame if the judgment call goes against "Babylon 5" and it ends up being a one-shot telefilm.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Tom Bierbaum

    Variety
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