The Name of the Place is Babylon 5

The Babylon Project: Initiated by the president in 2248
"Today the Senate has approved funding to begin construction on the Babylon Station, located in neutral space between several major governments. Together we stood on the eve of destruction as the result of a terrible, terrible mistake. A mistake which none of us can afford to make again. The Babylon Station will provide a place for us to work out our problems peacefully. It is, we believe, our last best hope for peace."

Pilot opener spoken by Londo Molari
I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257 with the founding of the last of the Babylon stations, located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats, and travelers from a hundred worlds. It could be a dangerous place, but we accepted the risk because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. Under the leadership of its final commander, Babylon 5 was a dream given form, a dream of a galaxy without war. Where species from different worlds could live side by side in mutual respect. A dream that was in danger as never before by the arrival of one man on a mission of destruction. Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. This is its story.

First season opener spoken by Jeffery Sinclair
It was the dawn of the third age of mankind. Ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call. A home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal - all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place but it's our last, best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Sinclair's year end closer
"Nothing's the same anymore."

Second season opener spoken by John Sheradin
The Babylon Project was our last best hope for peace. A self-contained world, five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the third age of mankind. The year the Great War came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Ivanova's year end closer:
"It was the end of the Earth year 2259, and the war was upon us. As anticipated, a few days after the Earth-Centauri treaty was announced, the Centauri widened their war to include many of the Non-Aligned Worlds. And there was another war brewing closer to home, a personal one whose cost would be higher than any of us could imagine. We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last best hope for victory. Because sometimes, peace is another word for surrender. And because secrets have a way of getting out."

Third season opener spoken by Susan Ivanova:
The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace... it failed. But in the year of the Shadow War it became something greater: our last, best hope for victory. The year is 2260. The place: Babylon 5.

G'Kar's year end closer:
"It was the end of the Earth year 2260, and the war had paused, suddenly and unexpectedly. All around us, it was as if the universe were holding its breath. Waiting... All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. This had the feeling of both... G'Quon wrote, 'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.'"

Fourth season opener spoken by entire cast:
It was the year of fire. The year of destruction. The year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth. The year of great sadness. The year of pain. And a year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed. The year is 2261. The place, Babylon 5.

Delenn's year end closer:
"It was the end of the Earth year 2261. And it was the dawn of a new age, for all of us. It was the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another. The next 20 years would see great changes, great joy, and great sorrow. The telepath war, and the Drakh war. The new alliance would waiver and crack, but in the end it would hold. Because what is built, endures. What is loved, endures. And Babylon 5. Babylon 5 endures."

Fifth season opener spoken by many people:
And so it begins... There is a hole in your mind... What do you want!?... No one here is exactly what he appears... Nothing's the same anymore... Commander Sinclair is being reassigned... Why don't you eliminate the entire Narn homeworld while you're at it?... I see a great hand reaching out of the stars... Who are you?... President Clark has signed a decree today declaring martial law... These orders have forced us to declare independence... Weapons supplies... Unless your people get off their encounter-suited buts and do something!... You’re the one who was... If you go to Z'ha'dum you will die... Why are you here? Do you have anything worth living for?... I think of my beautiful city in flames... Giants in a playground... Now get the hell out of our galaxy!... We are here to place President Clark under arrest...

Ivanova's finale:
"Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future, and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future, or others will do it for us. It taught us that we have to care for one another, because if we don't who will. And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope: that there can always be new beginnings... even for people like us."

Episode List

My college student organization (archived): The Babylon 5 Interstellar Alliance


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