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Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line

Almost a full year after the Babylon 5 pilot, the series premiered on this day, January 26th, 1994: “Midnight on the Firing Line” (on Hulu, with commercials).

When the Narn attack a Centauri colony, Londo and G’Kar nearly come to blows. Meanwhile, raiders are attacking transport ships near the station.

Notable quote:

Sinclair: We’ve had plenty of experience with sneak attacks. Pearl Harbor, the terrorist nuking of San Diego, the destruction of our first Mars colony. It’s a long and bloody history. Do you know what we learned from it? That the sneak attack is the first resort of a coward.


[P.S. Don’t post about events that happen after the show that we're currently watching.]

[Next week’s episode: Soul Hunter]

Babylon 5 is open for business!

If you haven’t watched the Babylon 5 pilot “Babylon 5: The Gathering” yet, then go do that now (on Hulu, with commercials).

It’s OK, I’ll wait…

The ambassador from Vorlon survives an attempted assassination soon after landing on the Babylon 5 space station. The hunt for a prime suspect turns up the unexpected.

I watched the original pilot when it first came on in 1993. Also premiering that year were Space Rangers, and Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Your thoughts?

[Since some people are just being introduced to Babylon 5 through this rewatch, here’s a quick spoiler policy]

Don’t post about events that happen after the show that we’re currently watching.

[Next week's episode, the season 1 premiere: Midnight on the Firing Line]

Babylon 5 Rewatch!

Join me for a Babylon 5 rewatch!

Babylon 5 is coming up on the 15th year anniversary of the series launch. Watch all the episodes in order with me. Your assignment this week is to go out and watch the pilot movie “Babylon 5: The Gathering” (originally aired February 22nd, 1993). Next Monday (January 19th) a post will open for your comments. This will lead to the 15th anniversary of the series premiere, January 26th, 2009. We’ll continue posting on the original air dates until we’ve rewatched the entire series.

Drop a note in the comments if you’ll be participating.

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