The similarities between the two shows are uncanny. Read an interview with JMS (B5 creator) who was apparently really frustrated that Star Trek Deep Space Nine launched a space station series virtually the same time Babylon 5 was aired.
Some of the notable similarities: 1. Both space station which doesn't go anywhere. 2. Both space stations located at major space ways bringing a lot of traffic 3. Both space station commanders initially start at rank of Commander only (not Captain as per Star Trek norm). 4. The series leads eventually become iconic figures: Sisko leading Starfleet offensives against the Dominion, a Bajoran religious icon, and leaves to join the prophets; Sheridan leads armadas against the Shadows, becomes President of a galactic alliance, and leaves to join the Ancient Ones. 5. Babylon 5 has the White Star, Deep Space 9 has the Defiant. Both ships started as prototypes but eventually built in larger quantities. 6. Both storylines are epic sagas with many intricate sub-plots. 7. Sisko and Sheridan had both lost their wives to big bad enemies (Borg and Shadows respectively). 8. Both series has huge space armada battles never seen before on TV. 9. Both captains have a female first officer, i.e. Kira and Ivanova. 10. Vorlons = Prophets, Shadows = Pa-wraiths.
Anyone care to list 10 differences?
Last Edit: Mar 31, 2005 22:49:54 GMT 8 by fishyahoo
1. B5 borrows ideas from Lord of the Rings, DS9 doesn't. 2. The end of the Dominion War is better than the end of the 3. Shadow War. In DS9 at least no one shouted "now get the hell out of our galaxy!" 4. DS9 went for 7 seasons and B5 went for 5. 5. B5 had new opening credits every season. 6. Dominion War lasted way to long and was probably a copy of the B5 sotryline. 7. B5's 4th season was compressed because it was thought the show might not be picked up for a 5th. 8. With regards to your point 4, Sisko became an icon in the first episode, Sheridan didn't until season 3. 9. Sisko had a kid who was featured in the series 10. B5 won two Hugo awards for Best Dramatic Presentation.