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Babylon 5 Viewing Order

A few people I follow on Twitter seem to be doing a big Babylon 5 watch at the moment, a highly worthwhile thing to be doing considering the quality of the series and the fact you can get all of it for under £50. In fact I’d encourage any scifi fan to give it a go.

It’s quite a complex series with many continuing arcs over 6 seasons of two different TV shows, 5 TV movies and a straight-to-DVD film, and It’s easy to be spoiled, not to mention confused by watching it in the wrong order. For example there’s a film called ‘In The Beginning’. Should it be watched at the beginning, certainly not!

To that end, I thought I’d share my preferred viewing order. It’s pretty close to the broadcast order but placing a few things into chronological order so they make more sense. Watching it this way there should be no spoilt revelations or confusion. The Crusade spin-off series has it’s own issues with a messed up broadcast and production order but I’d endorse the ‘Chronological Order’ found here. I hope many people take the plunge into Babylon 5, it’s a great series (Season 1 feet-finding issues aside) and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Babylon 5 Viewing Order:

Film: The Gathering
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4 up to ‘Into The Fire’
Film: Thirdspace
Rest of Season 4
Film: In The Beginning
Season 5 up to ‘Objects at Rest’ (Penultimate episode)
Film: River of Souls
Film: Legend of the Rangers
Film: A call to Arms
Crusade Complete Series
Film: The Lost Tales
Season 5 ‘Sleeping in Light’ (Finale)

One response

  1. Thanks for the viewing order. I’ve just bought the box set, so I’ll let you know how I get on… 🙂

    18 November, 2011 at 16:34

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