By, Eleni Papanou
“‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’” Captain Jeffrey Sinclair
With the recent passing of Michael O’Hare, I thought it was the opportune time to write about my favorite example of Visionary Fiction on the small screen, Babylon 5. The series is mostly written by one man, J. Michael Straczynski, as opposed to a team of writers, which is typical in a television series. Perhaps that’s why the visionary scope of this series is so strong.
The setting is a space station that serves as a bridge between alien cultures, some of which were at war with each other.
Monologue from the opening in season one:
“The Babylon Project was a dream, given form. Its goal: to prevent another war, by creating a place where humans and aliens can work out their differences peacefully.” Captain Sinclair
Several of the Characters evolve in deeply profound circumstances that will leave the visionary fan satisfied. The two who resonated the most for me were Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik) and G’kar (Andreas Katsulas), who start off as bitter enemies. Londo’s home world, Centauri Prime, conquered and enslaved all the citizens of Narn, G’kar’s world. While the series begins after the liberation of Narn, the hatred between the two races is intense. Londo’s thirst for power and G’kar’s lust for vengeance will lead to many dramatic moments that leave both characters struggling between their morality versus the pride they have for their respective worlds.