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Babylon 5 - The Complete Third Season
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 03/14/2006 Rating: Nr

"Matters of Honor" launched Babylon 5's third season with the introduction of the White Star, a spacecraft added to enable more of the action to take place away from the station. Also introduced was Marcus Cole (Jason Carter)--in another nod to The Lord of the Rings, a Ranger not so far removed from Tolkien's Strider. In "Voices of Authority" the show finds an epic scale as Ivanova seeks the mysterious "First Ones" for allies against the Shadows, and evidence is discovered pointing to the truth behind President Santiago's assassination. A third of the way through the season "Messages from Earth," "Point of No Return," and "Severed Dreams" prove pivotal, changing the nature of the story in a way previously unimaginable on network TV. Earth slides into dictatorship, the fascistic Nightwatch takes control of off-world security, and Sheridan take decisive action by declaring Babylon 5 independent.

"Interludes and Examinations" presented the death of a major supporting character, while the two-part "War Without End" reached apocalyptic dimensions in a complex tale resolving the destiny of Sinclair and the fate of Babylon 4 (dovetailing elegantly with the events of the first season's "Babylon Squared"), resolving a 1,000-year-old paradox and presenting a vision of a very dark future for Sheridan and Delenn. All this was trumped by the monumental "Z'ha'dum." In the preceding "Shadow Dancing" Anna Sheridan (Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner's real-life wife) returned from the dead, no longer entirely human. In the mythologically resonant climax Anna invited Sheridan back to the Shadow homeworld with no hope of survival. Just as in The Lord of the Rings Gandalf fell into the abyss at Khazad-Dum, so Sheridan took a comparable leap into the unknown on an alien world. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Covering a variety of social issues in the stratosphere, BABYLON 5 continues to be the point of negotiation for humans and aliens alike in the 23rd Century.

Customer Reviews:

  • Excelente
    Que otra cosa se puede esperar de esta excelente serie. Nuevos personajes y empieza a volverse ms oscura la guerras contra las sombras....more info
  • Damaged Item
    This item arrived sooner than expected but it did arrived damaged. The case was broken into fragments, and the covers holding the dvds were unglued and falling apart. The important thing though is that the dvds were not scratch because afterall it's the show itself that I wanted to see. Still I would have liked to get my moneys worth....more info
  • Now THIS Is What I'm Talking About!
    Ok You've read the reviews! You know it's gonna be good. You put that first disc in...and don't stop watching until you've seen them all. THIS is SciFi! This is great TV! Your faith in humanity is restored. Everything you read about this being the best season of any show ever is all true! You can't believe it. You bask in the glow of fantastic plot lines and intriguing, complicated characters. It feels good! Episodes that weren't conceived and written the week before they aired. Yes! They did it. You turn off your DVD player. You flip through the channels...You turn off your TV and run to the nearest video store to buy Season 4.
    Yes, it's that good.
    I hope it was good for you too....more info
  • great content, poor disk quality
    Babylon 5 is a great series with well-developed characters and plot - I heartily recommend it. The publisher is a little sloppy though - two of the disks in the set arrived scratched....more info
  • My Favorite Season - Thrilling
    This is as good as TV gets, in my opinion. The way that JMS lays out the rise of fascism is exceptionally well done. This writer is a genius! I also liked the intro song, I listened to it every episode. Its interesting how there is not only a different song but a different song melody for each season. I have to say I am not a fan of the fifth season's melody (a little too happily medieval) but it is ok. The music in the final episode of season three, however, is remarkable.

    Spoilers: When Sheridan is on Z'Ha'Dum, and calls in the ship, the music is epic. So it is commendable that, after 20 or so episodes, the composer still had it in him to write such a great score! The amount of work that must have went into this show is awe-inspiring.

    That is one of the reasons I think Babylon 5 is the greatest show ever made. This season nails it. Another great scene in the finale is when Sheridan is confronted by Morden and the "Accountant Guy" (whatever his name is) on Z'Ha'Dum. When he says "Once you go in one of those ships... you're never quite whole again... but you do what you're told!" it was spine-chillingly horrifying!! :)

    Love this series and hope to see its equal in my lifetime....more info
  • The best season of Babylon 5
    While Seasons 2 and 4 of Babylon 5 were also very good, none of those achieved the consistent excellency and drama of Season 3.

    First, a 3-part arc concerning the Earth war happens in the first third of the season, and those 3 episodes are some of the best of the series. "Messages From Earth" has great music and suspense, while "Point of No Return" ups the ante and intensity, and "Severed Dreams" shows the situation escalate in to one of the best and most amazing space battles of the series.

    After that, the rest of the season is basically a big build-up to the shadow war. "Interludes and Examinations" shows the long-awaited confrontation between the Vorlons and Shadows, while "War Without End" brings back Sinclair in a joint adventure through time against the shadows with Sheridan.

    The last 3 episodes of the season are great: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place" shows both the Narn Homeworld and the death of Lord Refa (which is filmed extremely well). "Shadow Dancing" shows the first large-scale battle against the Shadows (with the second one being "Into the Fire" in Season 4), and "Z'Ha'Dum has probably the best cliffhanger of the entire series with both Garribaldi and Sheridan persumed dead/missing.

    All in all, the best season of the series. In the overall view of the series, Season 4 would be the only season to ever come close to the greatness of this one. Season 3 is the apex of the series, and it all goes downhill from here (referring mostly to Season 5).

    968 minutes; Equivalent of PG to PG-13; Contains violence, some profane language, and brief sexual content....more info

  • Babylon V Fourth Season
    Product received promptly and in great condition. I was completely satisfied with the service. ...more info
  • The best one I think
    I truly beleive that this was the best season of the lot. I love the action and the ultimate war with the shadows. A very dark season but full of romance, love, hate, deception, and scandal. It was hard to stop watching....more info
    I have watched this series from the beginning to the very end. Each time I watch this show, I find myself seeing each character as they evolved. To see Delenn break the Grey Council as foretold by Velen. To watch the Rangers in action, their fighting skill is textbook. I see Marcus's love for Ivovana grow from admiration to love. Dr. Franklin's addiction to STEMS, and Michael's brainwashing by the Psi Cop, Bester. Lennier's love for Deleen and the his has for jealousy Capt John Sheridan. I especially like the Command Staffs' uniforms. They looked a lot better than those Earth Force Uniforms. I was completely blown away, at the knowledge that Jeffery Sinclair was really Velen!!!!! How exciting is that!!!! It was almost Merlinlisk... you know to go to the future, then go back to the past..... To know what is going to happen and to keep that revelation to oneself to avoid disrupting the space time continum. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
    You know that there is going to be a show down between the Shadows, the Vorlons, the Alliance. Even though there is a battle between other planets, they somehow bring it all together to end this conflict. I like how in the last two episodes the show's creator, brings John's wife back, Anna Sheridan. To see his anger, and conflict of feelings for Delenn, knowing that he was going to Za'HaDum. I recommend everyone goes out and buy the complete series(1-5) and the movies as well. It is well worth the investment!!!!I look forward to watching it again....more info
  • Steadily Good and Sometimes Great
    The third season mostly continues with little change in quality from the second, both for better and for worse. It is, of course, necessary viewing for anyone who has seen the first two seasons and fruitless for anyone who hasn't: if you're thinking about watching this series, go ahead and start from the beginning (and ignore those who counsel starting with Season 2; yes, the first is quite lower in overall quality, but still necessary viewing to the series).

    Aside from simply saying "well, it's as good as season 2" let me make a few general comments. I am now convinced that the show uses its guest actors as a sort of works program (I'm serious about this). I don't mean the semi-regulars, like Koenig's great turn as Bester or the spectacularly evil Morden, but the one-shot actors. They are so often awful that I can only conclude that they have their jobs for some reason other than their acting; likely it is to "give them a chance" in some way.

    Marcus Cole and "the rangers" are a bit too homage-y to Tolkien, though I admit that Cole's quirky, semi-serious personality has grown on me over time. Ivanova continues to be the weakest of the main cast regulars and Londo and G'Kar continue to be the strongest. Lennier and Vir have both become very enjoyable characters in their own rights, and Sheridan has hit a stride and become enjoyable. Maybe I was wrong to say that Sinclair would have been better in the long run.

    And speaking of Sinclair: excellent writing job to tie up all of those loose storyline ends from the first season. It almost makes it seem planned that Sinclair would leave after the first season, though I know that can't be true.

    The main strength of this series is the long-range planning and progression of its main plotlines. This show rarely has an episode that stands out particularly on its own merits, but the power of its on-going plotlines like the corruption of Londo, the redemption of G'Kar, Earth's fall into fascism and the romance between Sinclair and Delenn is truly astounding.

    Overall, I say: keep on watchin'....more info
  • 5 movies in the set
    Just to clarify which movies are included, this is from the WB site: Babylon 5: The Movies
    Category: Horror & Sci-Fi
    Now entering your stargrid: 5 B5 movie adventures in one deluxe set! First time on DVD! Initiate jump sequence for feature-length tales about key events in the B5 chronology. Movie 1: The Gathering - Alien envoys come to the giant space station in the pilot that launched the five-year TV series. Movie 2: In the Beginning - The B5 prequel! It's humans vs. aliens in the battle that led to the station's creation. Movie 3: Thirdspace - Is there a realm beyond hyperspace? Discovery of a million-years-old gateway technology may hold the answer...and more. Movie 4: River of Souls - After death, then what? Questions of eternity arise when a supposedly infallible harvester of souls proves to be very fallible. Movie 5: A Call to Arms - The torch is passed. A race against time to save Earth links the B5 mission with the Rangers' new interstellar efforts....more info
  • "Point of No Return"
    4.5 stars. Wow! Oh, my Lord! Just when I thought the series couldn't possibly get any better...whoa! You want epic space battles, more political intrigue, and even more extraordinary depth of character from a stellar cast of vastly under-appreciated actors? Look no further than this series. The Shadow War is in full swing here and there is more believable politicking than was ever shown previously on this show. There is also some splendid wit and fine comic acting, particularly from Peter Jurasik and Stephen Furst. When they have scenes alone they are funny, when they have scenes together they are outright hilarious. It all makes for some excellent comic relief amid the serious tensions surrounding Babylon 5. So, why not 5 stars? Well, there is the occasional meandering side-story that takes away from the momentum of the Shadows and their diabolical schemes. One story, in particular, stands out badly. A man arrives at the station claiming to be King Arthur. King Arthur? That seems more than a stretch for side-plotting. It only lasts one episode, but it was very mediocre and I felt obliged to dock this series a full half-star in conjunction with other minor detractions. However, the final episode had me scrambling for season 4. What a cliffhanger! Season 2 had Babylon 5 running at full speed, but season 3 has the show in full flight! There is the random wind-shear that threatens to ground the series, but overall, I heartily recommend obtaining season 3 as soon as possible. Thank you. ...more info