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Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created and produced by J. Michael Straczynski for Warner Bros.

History

The primary series, which ran from 1994 to 1998, was the first truly successful American non-Star Trek futuristic space-oriented science fiction television series. Like Trek, there have been several attempts to create viable spinoff properties, including six made-for-TV movies and the short-lived series Crusade, featuring Daniel Dae Kim, Marjean Holden, and Tracy Scoggins.

The series was widely acclaimed for its ambitious writing, much of it by Straczynski himself, who endeavored to tell a complex, predetermined epic story arc over the series' entire run. In service of that goal, the show had an innovative visual style, taking advantage of advances in computer animation to create spectacular fantastic visuals on an economical budget, most notably computer generated imagery (CGI), pioneered by Foundation Imaging, who later also provided VFX for the Star Trek franchise. The series was, as far as CGI was concerned, for television, what the movie Jurassic Park was for cinema, the definitive breakthrough of the new technique in creating visual effects, going on to become the primary technique.

The series starred Bruce Boxleitner, who later went on to make an appearance on Heroes with Zachary Quinto, and Mira Furlan, who later had a recurring role on J.J. Abrams's Lost with Terry O'Quinn, Daniel Dae Kim, and others. The series also featured numerous Trek alumni in the cast as important recurring or regular characters, most notably Walter Koenig, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, and Patricia Tallman.

Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

J. Michael Straczynski began working on the Babylon 5 concept in 1986. [5] In 1987, he began pitching it, with a script for the pilot and conceptual artwork, to Hollywood executives. [6] He pitched the program (with pilot script, artwork, series bible, character descriptions, and synopses for approximately twenty-two episodes) to Paramount executives in 1989. [7] The series was greenlit by Warner Bros. in November 1991. [8]

Also in 1991, Brandon Tartikoff, then newly-appointed as chairman of Paramount Pictures, approached Rick Berman and asked him to develop a new Star Trek television series. Berman and Michael Piller discussed plans for the series with Gene Roddenberry prior to his death in October 1991. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was officially greenlit in January 1992. [9] Filming on the Babylon 5 pilot, The Gathering, was completed before filming began on Deep Space Nine's pilot, "Emissary", but Babylon 5's post-production took longer, so that "Emissary" aired on 3 January 1993, and The Gathering aired seven weeks later, on 22 February.

Straczynski has suggested that Paramount TV development executives may have "guided" the development of Deep Space Nine with the intention of co-opting Babylon 5. [10] He has, however, been careful to point out that he does not believe that Berman or Piller were aware of the Babylon 5 concept when they were developing Deep Space Nine, or that they deliberately ripped off Babylon 5. [11] [12]

However, Straczynski has pointed out a number of similarities between Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine, particularly their respective pilot episodes:

Straczynski also commented on what he perceived to be similarities in set and prosthetic designs, as well as the notion – mentioned in Deep Space Nine publicity but rarely acknowledged directly in the program itself – that the holosuites in Quark's would act as a virtual bordello. [13] [14] [15] [16] In 1993, Straczynski noted a striking similarity between the just-aired Deep Space Nine episode "The Homecoming", in which Quark is branded on the head by the xenophobic and radical Circle, and the Babylon 5 episode "The War Prayer" (then in post-production), in which a Minbari is branded on the head by the xenophobic and radical Homeguard; he emphasized that no one on the Babylon 5 staff knew of the DS9 plot point until "The Homecoming" aired, by which point filming on "The War Prayer" had been completed. [17]

Later, in 1996, Straczynski said:

"Sometimes it does bother me, and I wonder about what the heck's going on, when I see the only other space station series doing a big arc about alien forces infiltrating Earth government, and brewing civil war on Earth, at the *exact same moment* that we're doing it on our show; earlier, later, fine, but that they'd do basically the same thing at the same time feels like another attempt to co-opt what we're doing on this show. (Not copy; co-opt, which happens all the time. ....) If you kinda know the direction someone else is going, you try to jump ahead and get there first, so that the other either loses impact, or is considered simply an imitation. (Which is one reason why DS9 was hurried through post production to get it on the air a few weeks before B5's pilot, I suspect.)
Are we being co-opted? I dunno. When I hear that there's a red headed woman character on DS9 named Leeta (pronounced the same as Lyta); when I see them doing the same kind of arc we're doing but getting it out a little earlier, I will confess it does give me pause sometimes. I try to think the best under these conditions. For now, I'm asuming [sic] it's all just coincidence."

After seeing "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", Straczynski recognized that the story was an homage to the film Seven Days in May, implicitly withdrawing this criticism. [18]

In the face of the rivalry, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry agreed to a guest appearance on Babylon 5 as a gesture of goodwill to encourage a reconciliation between the fandoms. [19] [20] She played a widow of the late Centauri Emperor, whose greatness and vision for peace had not been fully appreciated within his own lifetime. She foresaw Ambassador Mollari's rise to power.

When commenting on the use of computer-generated imagery in "Explorers", David Livingston observed "We were reluctant to do computer graphics, but Peter Lauritson finally came around. He recognized how valuable it is. You can do more stuff with the ship, but you have to do it right. Not to pick on other shows, but Babylon 5 looks like computer-generated imagery. On Voyager and Deep Space Nine, you may not know some of these shots are not motion-control shots. They're really, really good if done properly. You have to spend a couple of extra bucks and get really good artists, but CGI just allows you to do more and you can build more elements into the shots". (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages)

Star Trek references in Babylon 5

In the Babylon 5 episode "There All the Honor Lies" (written by Peter David), Commander Ivanova protests an attempt to sell "Babylon 5" merchandise on the station, saying, "We're not some Deep Space franchise – this place is about something!" David expected the line to be cut, but producer Straczynski insisted that it be kept, because it was "fall-down funny". David replied, "You people really ARE dangerous over there, aren't you?" [21]

In the episode "Voices of Authority", when an Earthgov political representative attempts to seduce Captain Sheridan, Ivanova quips, "Congratulations, captain... I believe you are about to go where everyone has gone before."

A blooper from the episode "Severed Dreams" has Bruce McGill's character, when asked where Robert Foxworth's character General Hague was, say "General Hague... is doing Deep Space Nine. It seems he was double-booked by his agent and nothing could be done." [1]

Actors who have appeared in Star Trek and Babylon 5

Actor Star Trek role Star Trek episode/film Date Babylon 5 role Babylon 5 episode Date
Mary Kay Adams Grilka DS9: "The House of Quark"
DS9: "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places"
1994-10-10
1996-10-14
Na'Toth Babylon 5: "Revelations"
Babylon 5: "Acts of Sacrifice"
1994-11-11
1995-02-22
Michael Ansara Kang


Jeyal
TOS: "Day of the Dove"
DS9: "Blood Oath"
VOY: "Flashback"
DS9: "The Muse"
1968-11-01
1994-03-27
1996-09-11
1996-04-29
Elric Babylon 5: "The Geometry of Shadows" 1994-11-16
Vaughn Armstrong Korris
Danar
Telek R'Mor
Seskal

Lansor/Two of Nine
Vidiian captain
Alpha Hirogen
Korath
Maxwell Forrest

Klingon captain
Kreetassian captain

Maximilian Forrest
TNG: "Heart of Glory"
DS9: "Past Prologue"
VOY: "Eye of the Needle"
DS9: "When It Rains..."
DS9: "The Dogs of War"
VOY: "Survival Instinct"
VOY: "Fury"
VOY: "Flesh and Blood"
VOY: "Endgame"
Fourteen ENT episodes, from "Broken Bow" to "The Forge"
ENT: "Sleeping Dogs"
ENT: "Vox Sola"
ENT: "A Night in Sickbay"
ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly"
1988-03-21
1993-01-09
1995-02-20
1999-05-05
1999-05-26
1999-09-29
2000-05-03
2000-11-29
2001-05-23
2001-09-26 to 2004-11-19
2002-01-30
2002-05-01
2002-10-16
2005-04-22
Security Guard Babylon 5: "Messages from Earth"
Babylon 5: "Point of No Return"
1996-02-19
1996-02-26
Jeff Austin Bolian security officer
Allos
DS9: "The Adversary"
VOY: "The Omega Directive"
1995-06-25
1998-04-15
Centauri #1 Babylon 5: "Midnight on the Firing Line" 1994-01-26
Erick Avari B'iJik
Yarka
Jamin
TNG: "Unification I"
DS9: "Destiny"
ENT: "Terra Nova"
1991-11-04
1995-02-13
2001-10-24
Rabbi Leo Mayers Babylon 5: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place" 1996-10-14
Majel Barrett Number One


Christine Chapel




Lwaxana Troi

TOS: "The Cage"
TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I"
TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II"
Thirty-four TOS episodes,
from "The Naked Time" to
"Turnabout Intruder"
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Nine TNG and DS9 episodes,
from TNG: "Haven" to DS9: "The Muse"
1964 (filmed)
1966-11-17
1966-11-26

1966-09-29 to 1969-06-03
1979-12-07
1986-11-26
1987-11-30 to
1996-04-29
Lady Morella Babylon 5: "Point of No Return" 1996-02-26
Theodore Bikel Sergey Rozhenko TNG: "Family" 1990-10-01 Rabbi Koslov
Lenonn
Babylon 5: "TKO"
Babylon 5 TV movie In the Beginning
1994-05-25
1998-04-01
Simon Billig Hogan Seven VOY episodes, from "Alliances" to "Basics, Part II" 1996-01-22 to 1996-09-04 Ranger Babylon 5: "The Fall of Centauri Prime"
Babylon 5: "Objects at Rest"
1998-10-28
1998-11-18
Bill Blair Numerous background aliens, uncredited Over forty-three episodes of DS9, VOY, and ENT 1994-10-10 to 2005-05-06 Numerous background aliens, uncredited Over sixty episodes of Babylon 5
Babylon 5 TV movies In the Beginning, Thirdspace
1994 to 1998
Roy Brocksmith Razka Karn
Sirna Kolrami
TNG: "Peak Performance"
DS9: "Indiscretion"
1989-07-10
1995-10-23
Alwyn Macomber Babylon 5: "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" 1997-10-27
Julie Caitlin Brown Ty Kajada
Vekor
DS9: "The Passenger"
TNG: "Gambit, Part I"
TNG: "Gambit, Part II"
1993-02-20
1993-10-09
1993-10-16
Na'Toth

Guinevere Corey
Six Babylon 5 episodes, from "The Parliament of Dreams" to "A Tragedy of Telepaths"
Babylon 5: "There All the Honor Lies"
1994-02-23 to 1998-03-25
1995-04-26
Ron Canada Martin Benbeck
Ch'Pok
Fesek
TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"
DS9: "Rules of Engagement"
VOY: "Juggernaut"
1992-02-10
1996-04-08
1999-04-26
Captain Ellis Pierce Babylon 5: "A Voice in the Wilderness" 1994-08-03
Bernie Casey Calvin Hudson DS9: "The Maquis, Part I"
DS9: "The Maquis, Part II"
1994-04-24
1994-05-01
Derek Cranston Babylon 5: "Hunter, Prey" 1995-03-01
Josh Clark Tactical officer
Joe Carey
TNG: "Justice"
Nine VOY episodes, from "Caretaker" to "Friendship One"
1987-11-09
1995-01-16 to 2001-04-25
Kulomani
Kendarr
Babylon 5: "Movements of Fire and Shadow"
Crusade: "Visitors from Down the Street"
1998-06-17
1999-08-25
Jeffrey Combs Tiron
Brunt

Weyoun

Penk
Shran


Krem
DS9: "Meridian"
Eight DS9 episodes, from "Family Business" to "The Dogs of War"
Twenty-four DS9 episodes, from "To the Death" to "What You Leave Behind"
VOY: "Tsunkatse"
Ten ENT episodes, from "The Andorian Incident" to "These Are the Voyages..."
ENT: "Acquisition"
1994-11-14
1995-05-15 to 1999-05-26
1996-05-13 to 1999-06-02
2000-02-09
2001-10-31 to 2005-05-13

2002-03-27
Harriman Gray Babylon 5: "Eyes" 1994-07-13
David L. Crowley Workman TNG: "Phantasms" 1993-10-23 Lou Welch Seven Babylon 5 episodes, from "Survivors" to "GROPOS" 1994-05-04 to 1995-02-08
Robin Curtis Saavik
Tallera
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
TNG: "Gambit, Part I"
TNG: "Gambit, Part II"
1984-06-01
1986-11-26
1993-10-11
1993-10-18
Abbai Ambassador Kalika 'Babylon 5: "Deathwalker" 1994-04-20
Robert Foxworth [2] Admiral Leyton

V'Las
DS9: "Homefront"
DS9: "Paradise Lost"
ENT: "The Forge"
ENT: "Awakening"
ENT: "Kir'Shara"
1996-01-01
1996-01-08
2004-11-19
2004-11-26
2004-12-03
General William Hague Babylon 5: "Points of Departure"
Babylon 5: "All Alone in the Night"
1994-11-02
1995-02-15
Gerrit Graham First Hunter
Quinn
DS9: "Captive Pursuit"
VOY: "Death Wish"
1993-10-01
1996-02-19
Lord Kiro Babylon 5: "Signs and Portents" 1994-05-18
Marjean Holden Stolzoff DS9: "Empok Nor" 1997-05-19 Navigation
Sarah Chambers
Babylon 5 TV movie A Call to Arms
Eleven Crusade episodes, from "War Zone" to "Each Night I Dream of Home"
1999-01-03
1999-06-09 to 1999-09-01
Andreas Katsulas Tomalak

Drennik
Four TNG episodes, from "The Enemy" to "All Good Things..."
ENT: "Cogenitor"
1989-11-06 to 1994-05-23
2003-04-30
G'Kar Babylon 5 TV movie The Gathering
Sixty-two Babylon 5 episodes, from "Midnight on the Firing Line" to "Objects in Motion"
Babylon 5 TV movies In the Beginning,
The Legend of the Rangers
1993-02-22

1994-01-26 to 1998-11-11
1998-01-04
2002-01-19
Patrick Kilpatrick Razik
Reese (AR-558)
Assan
VOY: "Initiations"
DS9: "The Siege of AR-558"
VOY: "Drive"
1995-09-04
1998-11-18
2000-10-18
Robert Carlson Babylon 5: "Convictions" 1995-11-13
Daniel Dae Kim Gotana-Retz
Corporal Chang
VOY: "Blink of an Eye"
ENT: "The Xindi"
ENT: "Extinction"
ENT: "Hatchery"
2000-01-19
2003-09-10
2003-09-24
2004-02-25
John Matheson Twelve Crusade episodes, from "War Zone" to "Each Night I Dream of Home" 1999-06-09 to 1999-09-01
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov Thirty-six TOS episodes, from "Catspaw" to "Turnabout Intruder"
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek Generations
1967-10-27 to 1969-06-03
1979-12-07
1982-06-04
1984-06-01
1986-11-26
1989-06-09
1991-12-06
1994-11-18
Alfred Bester Twelve Babylon 5 episodes, from "Mind War" to "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father" 1994-03-02 to 1998-04-15
Thomas Kopache Mirok
The Engineer
Com officer
Viorsa
Kira Taban

Tos
Sphere Builder test subject
TNG: "The Next Phase"
TNG: "Emergence"
Star Trek Generations
VOY: "The Thaw"
DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water"
DS9: "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night"
ENT: "Broken Bow"
ENT: "Harbinger"
1992-05-18
1994-05-07
1994-11-18
1996-04-29
1997-04-14
1998-03-28
2001-09-26
2004-02-11
Tu'Pari Babylon 5: "The Parliament of Dreams" 1994-02-09
Judy Levitt Mercy Hospital physician
Starfleet Command captain
El-Aurian survivor
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek Generations
1986-11-26
1991-12-06
1994-11-18
Psi Cop Babylon 5: "A Race Through Dark Places"
Babylon 5: "Dust to Dust"
1995-01-25
1996-02-05
Scott MacDonald Tosk
N'Vek
Rollins
Goran'Agar
Dolim
DS9: "Captive Pursuit"
TNG: "Face of the Enemy"
VOY: "Caretaker"
DS9: "Hippocratic Oath"
Eight ENT episodes, from "The Xindi" to "Zero Hour"
1993-01-30
1993-02-08
1995-01-16
1995-10-16
2003-09-10 to 2004-05-26
First Officer Babylon 5 TV Movie A Call to Arms 1999-01-03
Stephen Macht Krim
DS9: "The Siege"
DS9: "The Circle"
1993
Na'Far A Day In The Strife 1995
Leigh J. McCloskey Tieran
Joran Dax
VOY: "Warlord"
DS9: "Field of Fire"
1996-11-20
1999-02-10
Thomas Babylon 5: "A Tragedy of Telepaths"
Babylon 5: "Phoenix Rising"
1998-03-25
1998-04-01
Bruce McGill [3] Braxton VOY: "Relativity" 1999-05-12 Ed Ryan Babylon 5: "Severed Dreams" 1996-04-01
Tom Morga Numerous stunt roles, generally uncredited Star Trek: The Motion Picture to ENT: "Borderland" 1979-12-07 to 2004-10-29 Stunt roles Unknown Unknown
Bill Mumy Kellin DS9: "The Siege of AR-558" 1998-11-18 Lennier Forty-nine Babylon 5 episodes, from "The Parliament of Dreams" to "Objects at Rest" 1994-02-23 to 1998-11-18
Christopher Neame Unferth
German general
VOY: "Heroes and Demons"
ENT: "Storm Front"
ENT: "Storm Front, Part II"
1995-04-24
2004-10-08
2004-10-15
Knight Two Babylon 5: "And the Sky Full of Stars" 1994-03-16
Julia Nickson Lian T'Su
Cassandra
TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom"
DS9: "Paradise"
1988-04-11
1994-02-13
Catherine Sakai Babylon 5: "The Parliament of Dreams"
Babylon 5: "Mind War"
Babylon 5: "Chrysalis"
1994-02-23
1994-03-02
1994-10-03
Tricia O'Neil Rachel Garrett
Kurak
Korinas
TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
TNG: "Suspicions"
DS9: "Defiant"
1990-02-19
1993-05-10
1994-11-21
M'Ola
President
Babylon 5: "Believers"
Babylon 5 TV movie In the Beginning
1994-04-27
1998-01-04
Clive Revill Guy of Gisbourne TNG: "Qpid" 1991-04-22 Trakis Babylon 5: "Born to the Purple" 1994-02-09
Tony Rizzoli Kainon DS9: "Duet" 1993-06-13 Guard Babylon 5: "Infection" 1994-02-18
Mark Rolston Walter Pierce
Kuroda
Magh
TNG: "Eye of the Beholder"
ENT: "Canamar"
ENT: "The Augments"
1994-02-26
2003-02-26
2004-11-12
Karl Mueller Babylon 5: "The Quality of Mercy" 1994-08-17
John Schuck Klingon ambassador

Parn
Chorus #2
Antaak
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
DS9: "The Maquis, Part II"
VOY: "Muse"
ENT: "Affliction"
ENT: "Divergence"
1986-11-26
1991-12-06
1994-05-01
2000-04-26
2005-02-18
2005-02-25
Draal Babylon 5: "The Long, Twilight Struggle"
Babylon 5: "Voices of Authority"
1995-08-01
1996-01-29
Dwight Schultz Reginald Barclay Ten TNG and VOY episodes, from "Hollow Pursuits" to "Endgame"
Star Trek: First Contact
1990-04-30 to 2001-05-23
1996-11-22
Amis Babylon 5: "The Long Dark" 1994-11-30
Tracy Scoggins Gilora Rejal DS9: "Destiny" 1995-02-15 Elizabeth Lochley Fourteen Babylon 5 and Crusade episodes, from "No Compromises" to "Each Night I Dream of Home"
Babylon 5 TV movies River of Souls and A Call to Arms
Babylon 5 direct-to-DVD special Voices in the Dark
1998-01-21 to 1999-09-01
1998-11-08, 1999-01-03
2007-09-03
Judson Scott Joachim
Sobi
Rekar
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
TNG: "Symbiosis"
VOY: "Message in a Bottle"
1982-06-04
1988-04-18
1998-01-21
Knight One Babylon 5: "And the Sky Full of Stars" 1994-03-16
W. Morgan Sheppard Ira Graves
Klingon Commandant
Qatai
Vulcan science minister
TNG: "The Schizoid Man"
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
VOY: "Bliss"
Star Trek
1989-01-23
1991-12-06
1999-02-10
2009-05-08
Soul Hunter
Warmaster G'Sten
Babylon 5: "Soul Hunter"
Babylon 5: "The Long, Twilight Struggle"
1994-02-02
1994-11-16
Tucker Smallwood Bullock
Xindi-Primate councilor
VOY: "In the Flesh"
Nine ENT episodes, from "The Xindi" to "Zero Hour"
1998-11-04
2003-09-10 to 2004-05-26
David Endawi Babylon 5: "Matters of Honor" 1995-11-06
John Snyder Bochra
Aaron Conor
TNG: "The Enemy"
TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"
1989-11-06
1992-02-10
Soul Hunter #2
Orin Zento
Babylon 5: "Soul Hunter"
Babylon 5: "By Any Means Necessary"
1994-02-02
1994-05-11
Carel Struycken Mr. Homn

The Spectre
5 TNG episodes, from "Haven" "Half a Life"
VOY: "The Thaw"
1987-11-30
1991-05-06
1996-04-29
Trader Babylon 5: "Soul Mates" 1994-12-14
Kitty Swink Rozahn
Luaran
DS9: "Sanctuary"
DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind"
1993-11-28
1999-05-12
Senator Babylon 5: "Matters of Honor" 1995-11-06
Keith Szarabajka Teero Anaydis
Damron
VOY: "Repression"
ENT: "Rogue Planet"
2000-10-25
2002-03-20
Matthew Stoner Babylon 5: "Soul Mates" 1994-12-14
Patricia Tallman Numerous stunt roles, generally uncredited
Kiros
Defiant weapons officer
TNG: "Power Play" to DS9: "What You Leave Behind"
TNG: "Starship Mine"
DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"
1992-02-24 to 1999-06-02
1993-03-29
1995-10-02
Lyta Alexander Babylon 5 TV movie The Gathering
24 Babylon 5 episodes, from "Divided Loyalties" to "Objects in Motion"
Babylon 5 TV movie Thirdspace
1993-02-22
1995-07-25 to 1998-11-11
1998-07-19
Marshall Teague Temo'Zuma
Haluk
DS9: "Hippocratic Oath"
VOY: "Distant Origin"
1995-10-16
1997-04-30
Nelson Drake
Ta'Lon

Captain Daniels
Babylon 5: "Infection"
5 Babylon 5 episodes, from "All Alone in the Night" to "Objects at Rest"
Crusade: "The Long Road"
1994-02-16
1995-02-15 to 1998-11-18
1999-06-16
Tony Todd Kurn


Adult Jake Sisko
Alpha Hirogen
Four TNG and DS9 episodes, from "Sins of the Father" to
"Sons of Mogh"
DS9: "The Visitor"
VOY: "Prey"

1990-03-19 to 1996-02-12
1995-10-09
1998-02-18
Leonard Anderson Babylon 5 TV movie A Call to Arms 1999-01-03
John Vickery Andrus Hagan
Rusot


Orak
TNG: "Night Terrors"
DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil"
DS9: "When It Rains..."
DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind"
ENT: "Judgment"
1991-03-18
1999-04-28
1999-05-05
1999-05-12
2003-04-09
Neroon

Mr. Welles
Five Babylon 5 episodes, from "Legacies" to "Moments of Transition"
Babylon 5: "The Fall of Night"
Crusade: "Appearances and Other Deceits"
1994-07-20 to 1997-05-19
1995-11-01
1999-07-28
  1. Babylon 5 Season 3 blooper reel at YouTube
  2. Robert Foxworth's characters on Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine were very similar: both were high-ranking military officers who led coup attempts against civilian governments based on Earth (although the Babylon 5 coup was against a totalitarian regime). Both attempts failed. Foxworth had already been booked for a third appearance as General Hague on Babylon 5 when his agent accepted the Deep Space Nine role, which was filming at the same time. In response, J. Michael Straczynski killed off the character of General Hague off-screen (saying, "Never honk off the writer"). [1] [2] [3]
  3. McGill was cast as a new character to replace the role of General Hague, played by Robert Foxworth, who had opted to appear in a two-part episode Deep Space Nine instead (see above). When asked where General Hague was, in one outtake, McGill responded "He's on Deep Space Nine". [4]

Production personnel who have worked on both franchises

Person Star Trek contributions Babylon 5 contributions
Richard Compton Actor, TOS: "The Doomsday Machine" (Washburn) Director, Babylon 5 TV movie The Gathering, five Babylon 5 episodes
Actor, TOS: "The Enterprise Incident" (Romulan technical officer) Co-producer, Nine Babylon 5 episodes
Director, TNG: "Haven"
Peter David Writer, forty-one Star Trek novels Writer, Babylon 5: "Soul Mates", "There All the Honor Lies"
Writer, forty Star Trek comics Writer, Crusade: "Ruling from the Tomb"
Writer, Beam Me Up, Scotty (with James Doohan) Writer, In the Beginning and Thirdspace novelizations
Writer, Cacophony (Captain Sulu Adventures audio drama, as J.J. Molloy) Writer, Legions of Fire novel trilogy
Harlan Ellison Writer, TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" Conceptual consultant, Babylon 5 TV series, Babylon 5 TV movies The Gathering, In the Beginning, Thirdspace, The River of Souls, A Call to Arms
Writer (story), Babylon 5 episodes "A View from the Gallery", "Objects in Motion"
Voice artist, Babylon 5: "Ceremonies of Light and Dark" (Sparky the Computer), "Day of the Dead" (Voice of Zooty)
Cameo appearance, Babylon 5: "The Face of the Enemy" (Psi Cop)
D.C. Fontana Writer, seventeen episodes of TOS, TAS, TNG, and DS9 Writer, Babylon 5: "The War Prayer", "Legacies", "A Distant Star"
Writer, Vulcan's Glory novel
Writer, Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment comic
David Gerrold Writer, TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles" Writer, Babylon 5: "Believers"
Adam Nimoy Director, TNG: "Rascals", "Timescape" Director, Babylon 5: "Passing Through Gethsemane", "Z'ha'dum"
Mary Jo Slater Casting director, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Casting director, Babylon 5
J. Michael Straczynski Writer, one comic Creator, primary writer, Babylon 5
Jesús Salvador Treviño Director, eight episodes of DS9 and VOY Director, five episodes of Babylon 5, Babylon 5 TV movie Thirdspace, Crusade: "The Rules of the Game"
Michael Vejar Director, thirty-one episodes of TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT Director, eighteen episodes of Babylon 5 and Crusade, Babylon 5 TV movies In the Beginning, A Call to Arms, The Legend of the Rangers
Douglas E. Wise Second assistant director, Star Trek: The Motion Picture First assistant director, twenty-eight episodes of Babylon 5 and Crusade, Babylon 5 TV movies In the Beginning and A Call to Arms
First assistant director, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Director, Babylon 5: "The Fall of Centauri Prime"

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