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: The Coming of Shadows, opens with "By Any Means Necessary: Making Babylon 5 on a Budget," a behind-the-scenes account of how series creator J. Michael Straczynski and his production team bucked the system to create the extraordinary twenty-first century world that would change the face of sci-fi TV. Then, in a thrilling second season overview, experience the arrival of Bruce Boxleitner as John J. Sheridan, new captain of the Babylon 5 station, and the looming threat of the sinister Shadows.
In-depth, episode-by-episode summaries–with detailed analysis by author and B5 expert Jane Killick–cover all of the second season’s twenty-two shows, including "Points of Departure," "Spider in the Web," "Comes the Inquisitor," and the dramatic season finale, "The Fall of Night."
Veteran viewers or first-time fans, relive the adventure–or find out what you’ve been missing–with the complete companions to Babylon 5!
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