Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998)

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Another of the Babylon 5 television movies. It takes place both before and after the events of the series, which makes it hard to place directly in the chronology, some say its best to watch after episode 9 of the fourth season, some say its best to watch after the whole fourth season is finished.

The framing device of the story is about Londo as an emperor already enslaved by the Drakh telling two kids the story about the Earth-Minbari-war. As things go I wasn’t expecting this to be interesting, as most of the story is known. Still, somehow the movie is quite compelling, even if it jumps wildly between characters and places.

The movie reminded me at times of classic SF stories that are written in a humankind-über-alles mode, where the one thing differentiating us humans from alien races is how noble we are. It’s both preposterous and yet endearing on an emotional level when done right. And ItB makes you believe, as long as the movie lasts.

The only thing that annoyed me was the attempt to integrate some of the characters from Babylon 5 into the story and let them even meet to a degree that contradicted the television series. But in the overall scheme, this was merely a minor annoyance.