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The Babylon File

The Definitive Unauthorized Guide to Babylon 5

Rating: The Science Fiction novel The Babylon File by Andy Lane has been rated 5/5 by this reviewer.
Series: Babylon 5
Published: 1997
Author: Andy Lane
Review by: CL7 Kali D'or

The Babylon File is a complete guide to the first three seasons of this made for TV series. It is an absolute must read for those who want to follow along as they watch the re-runs, or if the miss an episode somewhere along the way.

There is alot of information in this one, from a forward by J. Michael Straczynski explaing how he made it all happen, some info on the essence of the show and Carl Jung (never really figured out what that was all about), meanings and subtexts (another vague section that could have been part of the appendix) and then the episode Guides.

The Episode Guides are, of course, the best part!

They are identified by the date it was aired and the date it was produced. The Writer and Director are also noted, as well as all cast members on screen. There is a brief synopsis on the main plot, and then on sub plots that have an impact, or not, on the storyline.

My favorites are the Observations (odd things seen or happening or referred to that need an explaination; Ivanova's Life Lessons, which are quotes from Ivanova's vast repetoire of smart remarks, and even Koshisms, for when he says something profound. Which he does alot but no one seems to understand him most of the time.

Also in the Episode description are Accidents will happen, which is a great wealth of oopsies, mistakes and bloopers that got on air anyway.

And finally, Questions Raised - what happened, why it happened, what are the ramifications or coincidences? Gives you something to think about till the next one is on the tube.

There is also a section at the end about books that had been published to date and a very comprehensive index so you can find a person or place or thing in any episode.

All in all, a good piece of research with a sense of humor and a bit of irreverence that even J. Michael, I hope, appreciated.

If you are a fan, and miss the show, get the Guide!

Title: The Babylon File
Author: Andy Lane
Review by: CL7 Kali D'or