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Babylon 5: Complete Second Season
     

Babylon 5: Complete Second Season

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Director: David J. Eagle, J. Michael Straczynski, Janet Greek, Jesus Salvador Trevino

Cast: David J. Eagle, J. Michael Straczynski, Janet Greek, Jesus Salvador Trevino

 
Featuring all 22 episodes of the popular sci-fi series' second season on six discs, Warner Bros.' feature-packed release of Babylon 5 is sure to please fans and maybe win over a few converts. Episodes are presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English, Spanish, and

Overview

Featuring all 22 episodes of the popular sci-fi series' second season on six discs, Warner Bros.' feature-packed release of Babylon 5 is sure to please fans and maybe win over a few converts. Episodes are presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Extra features include an all-new introduction by producer/creator J. Michael Straczynski and cast, including Bruce Boxleitner; audio commentary on two select episodes by Straczynski and another episode by three cast members; the documentaries "Building Babylon: Blueprint of an Episode" and "Shadows and Dreams: Honors of Babylon"; "The Universe of Babylon 5" audio/visual archive; access data files; personnel files; tech files; Babylon 5 historical timeline; and original episode promos.

Editorial Reviews

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Inspired by, but in no way derivative of, the long-running Star Trek, this early-'90s sci-fi series acquired a devoted and sizable fan following, making its issuance on DVD not only welcome but inevitable. Creator J. Michael Straczynski designed his series with a master plan, intending each episode to be part of a unified story that would stretch across five seasons. This narrative cohesiveness gave Babylon 5 a little something extra, making it more aesthetically satisfying than open-ended TV series. Season 2 saw Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) take over for Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) -- changing the chemistry among a staff that includes chief security officer Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian), and resident telepath Talia Winters (Andrea Thompson). Things truly begin to get more complicated in this sophomore run, which includes such memorable episodes as: "The Coming of Shadows," in which the Centauri emperor comes to deliver a message of peace; "The Geometry of Shadows," wherein a group of Techno-Mages pass through the station on their way to an unnamed destination; and "In The Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum," a suspenseful episode where Capt. Sheridan investigates the death of his wife. Consistently fine writing, inventive production design, and above-average acting made Babylon 5 extremely popular with genre fans. It also earned extra points for such gambits as casting Lost in Space's young Will Robinson, Bill Mumy, as the alien Lennier; Animal House's Flounder, Stephen Furst, as the alien Vir Cotto; and erstwhile Taxi hack Jeff Conaway as Zack Allan, a member of the Bab-5 security team.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0085392424221
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
16:00:00

Special Features

Commentary by series creator/producer J. Michael Straczynski; "Building Babylon: Blueprint of an Episode" featurette; "Shadows and Dreams: Honors of Babylon" featurette; "The Universe of Babylon 5" personnel files; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Boxleitner Capt. John J. Sheridan,Captain John Sheridan
Claudia Christian Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova,Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova
Bill Mumy Lennier
Jerry Doyle Michael Alfredo Garibaldi
Mira Furlan Delenn
Andreas Katsulas G'Kar

Technical Credits
David J. Eagle Director
J. Michael Straczynski Created by
Janet Greek Director
Jesus Salvador Trevino Director
Jim Johnston Director
John C. Flinn Director
Kevin G. Cremin Director
Mario di Leo Director
Menachem Binetski Director
Mike Vejar Director
Stephen Furst Director
Stephen L. Posey Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Reassigned [5:41]
2. The New Captain [8:33]
3. Kalain [8:02]
4. Breaking Silence [6:29]
5. Red Alert! [11:37]
6. The Last Best Hope [3:19]
1. G'Kar Besieged [4:06]
2. A Shadowman [9:15]
3. Saving Garibaldi [6:38]
4. Edge of Extinction [9:00]
5. The New Delenn [9:52]
6. Ivanova's Report [4:52]
1. Conspiracy [6:55]
2. Purple and Green [10:01]
3. Mollari's Ruse [7:35]
4. Powerful Magic [7:56]
5. Green Leader [6:42]
6. Warning [4:34]
1. Capt. Maynard [3:40]
2. Old Friends [8:38]
3. Crisis on Cortez [9:34]
4. Mayday! [8:01]
5. The Way Home [10:11]
6. Star Stuff [3:37]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Copernicus [3:28]
2. The Awakening [8:27]
3. Dire Dreams [9:08]
4. Ghost Story [13:21]
5. Kill Zone [5:32]
6. No Promises [3:45]
1. Negotiation [4:59]
2. "Free Mars!" [10:24]
3. Another Victim [5:32]
4. Abel Horn [8:41]
5. Dead Again [9:45]
6. Bureau 13 [4:19]
1. Family Feud [4:36]
2. Bad Hair Day [10:41]
3. The Ex [7:54]
4. Day of Ascension [5:48]
5. The K.O. [9:28]
6. Mollari's Choice [5:15]
1. Rent Due [5:22]
2. The Underground [7:00]
3. Dinner Date [10:14]
4. Psi Secrets [9:08]
5. Bester Bested [7:37]
6. +/- 60 [4:21]
Side #3 -- Disc 3
1. Royalty [5:17]
2. Death Plot [5:18]
3. Prelude to War [8:43]
4. "It Has Begun" [8:44]
5. Sinclair's Message [12:26]
6. Power Player [3:10]
1. 25,000 Guests [3:24]
2. Official Briefing [9:32]
3. Infirmary Blues [5:27]
4. In the War Room [10:35]
5. Moving Out [11:26]
6. Live From Akdor [3:16]
1. Delenn's Dilemma [4:29]
2. Abduction [6:33]
3. Mortal Combat [7:51]
4. Grey Council [11:24]
5. Escape and Rescue [6:59]
6. Covert Mission [6:24]
1. Heroes of Narn [5:46]
2. Meet the Lumati [7:00]
3. Bigotry [8:55]
4. Duel [8:23]
5. Mad Love [9:25]
6. Centauri Justice [4:11]
Side #4 -- Disc 4
1. Kosh's Ship [5:46]
2. Agent Cranston [7:48]
3. Hidden Message [8:12]
4. Vorlon Encounter [10:57]
5. Negative Scan [7:16]
6. Organic Technology [3:41]
1. "Death First!" [4:31]
2. About the PPG [6:45]
3. Indictment: Murder [5:52]
4. Vorlon Lesson [10:59]
5. Caught in a Lie [10:05]
6. Sheridan Teddy Bear [5:28]
1. 09/16/2259 [4:08]
2. Points of View [7:41]
3. C and C [11:06]
4. Acts of War [9:30]
5. Sheridan's Ultimatum [6:28]
6. Postmortems [4:46]
1. Vir's Wish [6:04]
2. Icarus Survivor [7:38]
3. Garibaldi Walks [8:29]
4. Unauthorized Scan [8:22]
5. Beware the Shadows [9:57]
6. Sworn Avenger [3:14]
Side #5 -- Disc 5
1. Batter Up! [4:38]
2. Attack of the Dead [7:38]
3. Monsters and More [8:00]
4. Centauri Challenge [10:14]
5. Free at Last [9:08]
6. Troubled Path [4:02]
1. Outbreak [3:58]
2. Minbari Ritual [8:19]
3. Quarantine [9:45]
4. Fear and Compassion [8:37]
5. Race for a Cure [10:23]
6. Grim Reapings [2:38]
1. Universe Today [4:42]
2. Lyta Alexander [5:38]
3. Sleeper Spies [12:21]
4. Ivanova's Secret [6:52]
5. Mind Probe [7:44]
6. A Kosh Connection? [6:25]
1. Centauri Prime [4:49]
2. Seizing Destiny [8:51]
3. Meeting With Draal [9:09]
4. Doomed Planet [7:13]
5. Sanctuary [8:14]
6. Rangers [5:27]
Side #6 -- Disc 6
1. Ominous Words [3:57]
2. Gun Smuggling [6:15]
3. Sebastian [9:19]
4. House of Pain [9:22]
5. Tested and True [8:44]
6. Remember Jack [6:05]
1. Fight Training [4:36]
2. Earth Delegates [8:23]
3. "Peace in Our Time" [9:49]
4. Deadly Force [7:12]
5. A Being of Light [9:16]
6. A New Hope [4:25]

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Babylon 5: Complete Second Season 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started watching the original B5 episodes during the original 2nd season airing.. and since then have taped (on VCR) every single episode of B5 and have kept them. B5 is one of the most sophisticated, well thought-out SciFi series I've known. It takes a little getting used to as the characters are more ''raw'' than those from the refined ideal Star Trek world, but that adds to the ''grounded-ness'' of the storyline. Also, each episode by itself is complete in itself, but unlike Star Trek, each episode builds on the previous episode and is chronological, so the full impact of the series can only be appreciated if you see the whole thing. Imagine it being a 5-year mini-series with 22 episodes/year. Thus buying the whole season makes sense (as opposed to Star Trek episode you just want a select few of the whole season. you can still do that with this, but you miss out a lot if you do) Now with the DVD's I can get rid of my VHS tape clutter (DVD's are more compact!), get better screen resolution (shown in wide-screen letterbox format and DD surround) than you could ever reproduce from a taped show while it was on air. Highly recommended for those who taped the entire series. No commercials, you get the full ending credit (many of the TV airings either squashed or muted the end credits), DVD-quality sound and video, instant episode jumping, etc... in addition to some snippets from the actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Babylon 5 Season 2 is like a cocked gun. Its chock full of tension and potential damnation for the protagonists. The darkness of the Shadows is looming large. Change is in the air as the space station's staff gains a new leader. The space station fails its mandate of keeping the peace. War rages between the Narn and Centauri. Babylon 5 Season 2 is all about chain reaction and dangerous 'powder keg' politics. Oh and do NOT go to Zhadum...
Guest More than 1 year ago
To those who study TV shows, B5 was a gem: a five year serial novel for television, a carefully crafted, wonderfully written masterwork that lifted a rude middle finger to the entrenched white-bread SF establishment. Aliens that were really alien, real-world physics, and characters with problems and foibles, just like (ahem) real people, who changed and grew over time. Sure, there were a few inconsistencies, but the worst B5 was head-and-shoulders above any other show on TV, before or since, SF or, well, lesser. Executive Producer (and, often, head writer) J. Michael Straczynski masterfully wove a B-plot, a C-plot, and sometimes even a D-plot into the A-plot of a five-year story arc. Often, characters would disappear for a few shows, or even a season or two, and reappear changed, their thread woven back into the whole in unexpected ways, but always with a wonderful result. If you like TV for TV's sake, if you're a fan of SF, or even if you like westerns set in space (or soap operas), you owe it to yourself to get this set and watch it. But keep your eyes open -- Shadows move when you're not looking....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest series-season release ever. The quality is improved from the first season, both in cinematography and writing. A great series for sci-fi lovers and for the new-comers. Great for all.
ldekalb2 More than 1 year ago
I loved this show when it was on the air and so I've wanted to get the series on DVD. However, when it finally came, a day is an eternity, two of the disc trays slid out when I opened it up. I could have glued them in, but I wasn't sure if it would stay so I opted to exchange it at the store. When I called they said they didn't have in in stock. I would have to wait a week or so. When I got word they had it in, I hurried over to make the exchange. However, what they had ordered in was not Babylon 5, but Babylon Hotel. Babylon 5, Second Season was in the bin where it had been the last time I looked so I was able to make the exchange. The reason I bought it online even though I've had problems before with the products choosen for me was the great price given online, plus having an online only coupon. This experience makes me leary of buying online as well as calling the store, instead of being there in person to see for myself. Good show, lousy experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great show. It's the only thing my ex-wife and I had in common. When B5 was on, there was peace in the house. I love B5. Ah, back in the day... Get this series. Watch it. It's sublime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Season Two began slow with the introduction of Bruce Boxleitner as John Sheridan,replacing Michael O'Hare's Jeffrey Sinclair,as commander of Babylon 5.It started to roll the ball as far as the story of the upcoming Shadow war goes.Delenn has transformed herself into a Minbari-Human hybrid,G'Kar becoming less of the warrior we saw in the first season,and Londo becoming more tangled with Shadows are all part of it.And the seemingly small episodes,to me,seem part of the bigger picture of where everything was going...from the Ministry of Peace to the Fall of Night.You got to hand it to J.M.S.That took some vision.Wonder when Season Three will be out?
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