Babylon 5: the Road Home

Return to Babylon 5 as the epic interstellar saga continues with The Road Home. Travel across the galaxy with John Sheridan as he unexpectedly finds himself transported through multiple timelines and alternate realities in a quest to find his way back home. Along the way he reunites with some familiar faces, while discovering cosmic new revelations about the history, purpose, and meaning of the Universe.

I was there…. when Babylon 5 was first broadcast in 1994. God it was a great series when it first came out, and it still stands up today; ok some of the effects look a bit ropey when compared to modern sci-fi shows but the character development and stories that developed slowly and thoughtfully over seasons made it more than worthwhile!

I owned the big box set and purchased the DVD release of The Lost Tales, and although I have not watched the series in over a decade I can still remember the story clearly, starting with : It was the dawn of the third age of Mankind…

Arc driven storytelling at its best!

Babylon 5: the Road Home is a triumphant return to the universe of the Babylon 5. Long enough to be a movie, but still short enough to seem like an extended episode of the series it was a joy to watch from beginning to end! Seriously J. Michael Straczynski has not lost his touch!

Jumping from timeline to timeline and giving Sheridan (and us) a glimpse of what might have been if things had turned out differently in the series was a delight and gives me hope for what may still come if this movie is as big a hit as it deserves to be!

Seeing Starfurys dogfight Shadow Fighters in the lee of Babylon 5 made me very happy!

Watching The Road Home also brought back memories of some of the original actors who have passed away since the end of the series. Rebecca Riedy captured Delenn’s voice perfectly, had I had not known that Mira Furlan had passed away I would not have noticed that she had been replaced, Andreas Katsulas’s G’Kar was one of my favorite characters in the show and Andrew Morgado’s take on his voice was likewise excellent! I also missed Jerry Doyle and Richard Biggs’ voices but hearing Bruce Boxleitner and the voices of the original cast was a pure delight!

Much like the series which took epic, galactic level storytelling and focused it by concentrating on a very human viewpoint The Road Home does not disappoint, providing heart in the throat tension cut with moments of unexpected levity and Zathras.

Babylon 5: the Road Home is out now and I think you should watch it if you are a fan of the series, it will also serve as a solid introduction for those who are new to the series!

Do it for Zathras!

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