Now in its fifth hit season, Babylon 5–TV’s hottest interstellar science fiction phenomenon–has spawned its own series of definitive episode guides! Catch up on all the action, show by show, from the very beginning with the Babylon 5: Season by Season guidebooks.
Babylon 5: Signs and Portents, kicks off with a foreword by actor Michael O’Hare, better known to viewers as Commander Sinclair, and features a fascinating look at how series creator J. Michael Straczynski brought his ambitious vision to the screen.
Then launch into a comprehensive overview of the groundbreaking premiere season, including in-depth, episode-by-episode summaries of all of the first twenty-two shows–from the pilot, "The Gathering," through the climactic season finale, "Chrysalis"–with analysis by author and B5 expert Jane Killick.
Veteran viewers or first-time fans, relive the adventure–or find out what you’ve been missing–with the complete companions to Babylon 5!
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About Jane Killick
J. Michael Straczynski is one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers currently working in the television industry. In 1995 he was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of their Fifty for the Future, described as innovators who will… More about Jane Killick
Through trial and error (and books I won’t name) I learned a hard lesson: don’t do books unless the source material is good. Books based on movies and television have to stand on their own, entertain without the benefit of a screen. Exciting characters, action, mystery, political intrigue, technology, race relations, romance–excellent fiction incorporates all of the genres. With Babylon 5, the series had been envisioned as a five-year epic, and that epic sports one helluva backstory. That backstory has held the attention of millions of viewers for five seasons–these are dedicated and constant supporters.
All well and good, but I’d been stung before. Initially, I was skeptical. It wasn’t until I visited the Babylon 5 studios, met with series creator J.Michael Straczynski, watched the actors at work, that I saw the creative spirit that drove them. The hours they put in are painful to watch. I’m pretty sure Straczynski doesn’t actually sleep–he wrote the lion’s share of the episodes, including two that won Hugo Awards.
So I was convinced. Now we’ve got four million hard-core viewers to convert. At least we know the target audience. –Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
Published by Del Rey Mar 03, 1998| 188 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780345424471