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If you know of fanworks of any sort: fiction, art, videos, etc., please feel free to link them here.

I thought I'd post a few photos of Delenn and G'kar as they appeared the in the pilot and then later.
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The Gathering – Babylon 5 Pilot

First of all, I have to tell you that I am not sure I’ve ever seen the original version of this one. I came to the show after it was done, sometime in the early 2000s, so this revised one is all I’ve ever seen. I can see where things were added to help the continuity at a later date.

The first shock for me in The Gathering was, of course, Delenn. She is quite ugly in this version and upon reading about it, I found that she was supposed to be a male character to begin with and that they decided in the end to keep her female. I am not sure they told the makeup and prosthetics department as she looks quite manly with her oh so square jaw.

The gist of the story is that someone tries to kill Kosh as son as he lands on the station and Sinclair is blamed. He, of course, didn’t do it and we see the investigation play out through the movie. Along the way, we meet several good characters that we never see again: Dr. Kyle and Lauren Takashima. We also meet the characters who make the show what it was: Lyta, G’kar, Londo, Delenn, Garibaldi and Sinclair. In the end, the culprit is found and the day is saved and we are ready for events a year later as the series begins.

It is interesting to compare G’kar and Londo in this one and at the end of the series. While we think the series was about Babylon 5 and its various denizens, I think what it really was about was G’kar and Londo and what they became over the course of the series. They began as a strutting peacock with a bad temper and a clown from a people who have fallen from their glory days. They end as men who give their all for their people, for better or worse.

As for Sinclair, I always liked him but I do find him a bit stiff in my rewatches. He seems the least stiff to me in this pilot episode. His good looks were also quite the draw. Knowing now what we do know about Michael O’Hare, I think we all watch Sinclair with a different vision. It is amazing that he could turn in such a performance in light of all his problems. I ma never sure that he was that stiff in Season 1 or if the episodes were conducive to that stiffness. There are many quite interesting standalone episodes this season and many that were just - bad.

Some questions I have for you all:
1. What do think of Delenn here?
2. Does Lyta seem to be the same as she is when she comes back after Talia?
3. What hints do you see of things to come?
4. Did you actually like G’kar or Londo? Why or why not?
5. Not knowing anything else about the show, would you watch on the strength of this pilot (or did you, if you’re an original series watcher)?
Bonus: Did you catch an actor from much later in a different role here?

My aim here is not to recap the episode scene by scene since I shall assume that you are watching it along with me. My aim is to point out this and that were of interest to me and might be to you, to find out your favorite and least favorite parts and to talk about the wonderful characters we’ve all taken into our hearts from this show.

These are my sources other than the movie itself:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_5:_The_Gathering
http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/000.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106336/

***** ALL POSTS REMAIN OPEN FOR COMMENT. *****
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I suppose it's fitting that the last ever discussion post would be two days late :) My apologies in any case.

This is the discussion post for Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark: Over There. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

Summary:
Sheridan returns to Babylon 5 for the tenth anniversary of the Alliance together with a young Centauri Prince who has a dark future ahead of him according to Galen.

Extra reading:
The article for Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark at The Lurker's Guide.
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Changing the schedule a bit so that we're discussing the two stories in Lost Tales separately (thanks for the suggestion, [livejournal.com profile] widsidh).

This is the discussion post for Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark: Over Here. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

Summary:
Lochley joins forces with a Catholic Priest when a man arrives on B5 claiming to be possessed by a demon.

Extra reading:
The article for Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark at The Lurker's Guide.
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Time for the second to last 'episode'...

This is the discussion post for "Legend of the Rangers". Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

The pilot episode for the second failed B5 spin-off - what do you think of it? Could it have been an interesting series? And how much did you love seeing G'Kar back? ;)

Summary:
A group of rangers battles an ancient foe with the help of G'Kar.

Extra reading:
The article for "Legend of the Rangers" at The Lurker's Guide.
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Apparently people didn't feel like discussing River of Souls? Hopefully Crusade will be more popular.

This is the discussion post for A Call to Arms. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

Summary:
Galen warns Sheridan about an attack being planned against Earth and he commandeers the new Alliance flagship Excalibur to prevent it.

Extra reading:
The article for A Call to Arms at The Lurker's Guide.
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This is the discussion post for River of Souls. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

Summary:
A group of soul hunters arrive to B5 looking for an item that was stolen from them.

It's Al Swearengen (or Lovejoy!) and President Bartlett together in the same B5 episode.

Extra reading:
The article for River of Souls at The Lurker's Guide.
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This is the discussion post for Thirdspace. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware. If you have any fanworks related to this episode, you can also leave links to them in this post.

Ivanova's back! At least for one movie :)

Summary:
Scientists from IPX arrive to Babylon 5 to investigate a large mysterious object found in hyperspace near the station.

Extra reading:
The article for Thirdspace at The Lurker's Guide.
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Here you can post your fanworks about The Gathering - icons, fanart, fanfic, vids - or recommend fanworks made by others. You can also suggest fic-prompts, for example "I would like to see a Carolyn/Sinclair story about their first meeting".

(Remember to read the posting rules in the community profile!)

No spoilers are allowed in the the comments here (including in any possible fic prompts), but they are allowed in linked material (for example, you can link to a fic that's set during The Gathering, but contains references to later storylines) as long as they're clearly marked.

In the following weeks I'm hoping to find the time to make screencaps of the episode for iconning and such, but this week you'll have to settle for some promo pics I found from the depths of my HD:

5 thumbnails )

If you have screencaps or promos from The Gathering (or any of these ones in better resolution), please do share :)

And if you make any fanart/icons with these images, remember to post them in the comments here for all to enjoy:)
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This is the spoiler-free discussion post for the pilot movie The Gathering. No spoilers beyond the episode currently being discussed are allowed here (this includes icons).

There exists two different versions of the pilot movie, the 1993 original, and JMS's 1998 re-cut. There are no major differences to the story, but scenes have been cut and added in the new version, but it's worth mentioning which version you're talking about. The easiest way to tell which version you have watched is to check if the music was by Stewart Copeland (original) or Chris Franke (new version).

Because the article for "The Gathering" at Lurker's Guide (THE B5 site on the web, if you haven't heard of it) contains spoilers, I'm copy-pasting here some interesting quotes from Straczynski about the episode:

JMS speaks )
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This is the discussion post for the pilot movie The Gathering. Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware.

Some extra reading material to spark the discussion:

The article for The Gathering at Lurker's Guide.

JMS's archived Genie posts from before and around The Gathering's release at JMS News.

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