Babylon 5 was an epic science fiction TV series created by J. Michael Straczynski. It ran from 1994-1998 and was based around a pre-planned five-year story arc. The show takes place on a large space station, Babylon 5.
Main Cast Edit
- Bruce Boxleitner as John Sheridan (Star Year 2-5)
- Michael O'Hare as Jeffrey Sinclair (Star Year 1, Guest Year 2, 3)
- Claudia Christian as Susan Ivanova (Star Year 1-4, Guest Year 5)
- Jerry Doyle as Michael Garibaldi (Star Year 1-5)
- Mira Furlan as Delenn (Star Year 1-5)
- Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar (Star Year 1-5)
- Peter Jurasik as Londo Mollari (Star Year 1-5)
- Richard Biggs as Stephen Franklin (Star Year 1-5)
- Bill Mumy as Lennier (Star Year 1-5)
- Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto (Star Year 1-5)
- Jeff Conaway as Zack Allan (Recurring Year 2, Star Year 3-5)
- Patricia Tallman as Lyta Alexander (Guest Year 2, Recurring Year 3, Star Year 4, 5)
- Jason Carter as Marcus Cole (Star Year 3, 4)
- Andrea Thompson as Talia Winters (Star Year 1, 2)
- Caitlin Brown/Mary Kay Adams as Na'Toth (Star Year 1, 2, Guest Year 5)
- Tracy Scoggins as Elizabeth Lochley (Star Year 5)
- Robert Rusler as Warren Keffer (Star Year 2)
Recurring Cast Edit
- Ardwight Chamberlain as the voice of Kosh & Ulkesh (Recurring Year 1-4) Jeffrey Willerth as the body of Kosh & Ulkesh (Recurring Year 1-4)
- Ed Wasser as Morden (Recurring Year 1-4, Guest Year 5)
- Walter Koenig as Alfred Bester (Guest Year 1, 2, Recurring Year 3-5)
- Wayne Alexander as Lorien (Recurring Year 4, Guest Year 5)
- William Forward as Antono Refa (Recurring Year 2, 3)
- Wortham Krimmer as Cartagia (Recurring Year 4)
- Damian London as Virini (Guest Year 1, 3, Recurring Year 4, 5)
- Robert Atkin Downes as Byron Gordon (Recurring Year 5)
- John Vickery as Neroon (Guest Year 1, 2, 3, Recurring Year 4)
- Marjorie Monaghan as Number One (Recurring Year 4, 5)
- Joshua Cox as David Corwin (Recurring Year 1-3, Guest Year 4, Recurring Year 5)
The Five Year Arc Edit
Each year, represented by a season of television, was given an overall title. If one sees Babylon 5 as a novel for television, each year is a section in that novel.
Year 1: Signs and Portents Edit
The first season established the setting and main characters. The arc dealt with Jeffrey Sinclair leading the station and uncovering clues as to his disappearance after the last battle of the Earth-Minbari war, 10 years prior. The season also dealt with the growing discontent among humans against aliens, leading up to the assassination of the Earth Alliance President at the end of the season.
Year 2: The Coming of Shadows Edit
The second season introduced the character of John Sheridan, taking over for Jeffrey Sinclair as commander of Babylon 5. This season delved into the apparent conspiracy behind the assassination of the Earth Alliance President, the conflict between the Centauri and Narn, and the reemergence of the Shadows.
Year 3: Point of No Return Edit
The Third Season was written entirely by series creator J Michael Straczynski. The arc continued the conspiracy arc from the previous season, culminating with Babylon 5's declaration of independence after martial law was declared across the Earth Alliance. The season also dealt with the Shadow threat which eventually led to all out war between the Shadows and the Army of Light.
Year 4: No Surrender, No Retreat Edit
The Fourth Season chronicles the end of the shadow war and Sheridan raising a fleet to fight the war against current President William Morgan Clark, who has turned the Earth Alliance into a totalitarian police state. Straczynski had to wrap up the storyline of Sheridan rising up against Earth sooner than he had wanted because he believed they would not get a Fifth Season. Due to the  going out of business.
Year 5: Wheel of Fire Edit
The Fifth Season covered the problems facing John Sheridan as President of the newly formed Interstellar Alliance, and the war with the Centauri. The series concludes 20 years later.