Latest Discovery: Babylon 5

This isn’t my “latest” discovery per se as I started watching sometime last summer, but it was only recently that I finished the first season (yes, I’m slow). Oh. My. Goodness. How did I go so long without watching this show!? It’s amazing! It’s an excellent blend of philosophy and science fiction, something I haven’t seen in a very long time. And from what I understand, it only gets better, which boggles my mind a bit because I honestly can’t picture it getting any better than it is now.

Babylon 5 is the story of a space station that was established to help humans and aliens work out their differences and disagreements on neutral ground. Commander Jeffrey Sinclair is tasked with keeping it all from falling apart at the seams. Fortunately he has two loyal helpers in the forms of his First Officer Susan Ivanova and his Security Chief Michael Garibaldi. The ambassadors come from far and wide representing the needs of their people, and naturally they don’t always see eye-to-eye. But in the midst of their everyday grievances, there are hints of something much bigger at play, something that will either force them all to work together or drive them apart as they take separate sides.

The first season ends on a cliffhanger–a mysterious force has wiped out an entire Narn outpost, and Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari has enshrouded herself in a cocoon-like structure, hinting at some sort of impending transformation. It’s pretty impressive stuff, and I won’t be delaying starting season 2. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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