Babylon 5 first came out back in 1994. A sci-fi space drama which was considered way ahead of its time and is often compared to
Star Trek as the best science fiction TV show ever made. It consisted of 5 seasons with the last episode being aired on 25 November 1998. The show was the brainchild of J. Michael Straczynski which wrote 92 of the 110 episodes and also produced it. Babylonian Productions label produced the TV spectacle with involvement from Warner Bros. and Straczynski’s Synthetic Worlds Ltd. The story is distributed between the years 2257 to 2262. It was a time when Earth had gone farther in space technology and made contact with lifeforms beyond the solar system. There emerged five dominant species or civilizations which seem to rule the galaxy.
These were Humans, Minbari, Vorlons, Narn and Centauri. The main story of the series takes place on a space station called Babylon 5 which is 5 miles long. The cast is an ensemble of humans and alien lifeforms alike acting as the ambassadorial staff in the center of trade and diplomacy. The show revolves around the actions of the characters and their consequences on the relationship between the different civilizations in space. Babylon 5 is in deep space and neutral territory. It acts as the place where people from diverse alien species come together to talk business and negotiate. The pilot shows a time when there is a war raging between the Minbari and the Earth. The Minbari are superior in every aspect but suddenly surrender at the brink of gaining victory. Babylon 5 is established due to this conflict.
Its commander, Jeffrey Sinclair is replaced by Captain John Sheridan when the Minbari believed that he was the rebirth of one of their legendary leader Valen. Tensions arise between the Narn Regime and the Centauri Republic. After the death of the Centauri emperor, Ambassador Londo Mollari along with Lord Refa carry out a conspiracy act and declare war on the Narn regime enlisting the aid of an immensely powerful race, the Shadows. Babylon 5 gets stuck between this war and a conflict with the Psi-Corps. War breaks out between the Psi-corps lead by President Clark and Babylon 5. Babylon 5 manages to hold off the attack with the aid of the Minbari. The growing strength of the Shadows is a cause of concern for the alliance of Minbari and Babylon 5 which leads to a full fledge war.
The coalition seeks the help of the Vorlons but is intimidated by their war tactics. The Vorlons and the Shadow are a threat to all the galaxy hence the alliance tries to bring the ancient and the young races against the Shadows and the Vorlons. With this association, the Shadows and Vorlons are defeated and forced to retreat to make way for the younger races to grow and find the way on their own. Babylon 5 became the benchmark for science fiction based shows for the future. It also became one of the first sci-fi shows to display a same-sex relationship and that too in the nineties.