Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers

Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (subtitled: To Live and Die in Starlight) is the fifth telefilm set in the Babylon 5 universe (not including the pilot, The Gathering).

Babylon 5: The Legend Of The Rangers
Sci Fi Channel promotional poster for Babylon 5: The Legend Of The Rangers
Science fiction
Created byJ. Michael Straczynski
Written byJ. Michael Straczynski
Directed byMichael Vejar
Theme music composerChristopher Franke
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Douglas Netter
J. Michael Straczynski
Producer(s)Ron McLeod
Production location(s)Vancouver
CinematographyHenry Chan
Editor(s)Stein Myhrstad
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Babylonian Productions
Legendary Films Inc.
Warner Bros. Domestic Pay TV Cable & Network Features
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Original networkSyfy
Picture formatColor
Audio formatDolby
Original releaseJanuary 19, 2002 (2002-01-19)
Preceded byCrusade (1999)
Followed byThe Lost Tales – Voices in the Dark (2007)

Originally airing January 19, 2002 on the Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy), it was written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Mike Vejar. Though shot as a pilot for a possible new series, it aired opposite NFL playoffs and the subsequent poor ratings led to it not being picked up.

Plot synopsisEdit

As the Shadow War ended, hundreds of civilizations were devastated. It is up to the Interstellar Alliance, with the help of the Rangers, to rebuild what the great war had destroyed and to hold peace among the worlds of the ISA.

In the year 2265, David Martel (Dylan Neal), a Ranger, is given the command of a twenty-year-old Ranger starship, Liandra, and is asked to escort a Valen-class cruiser to a secret location carrying several diplomats, including Ambassador G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas). Upon arrival, the two craft are attacked on behalf of an unknown, mysterious, and ancient force known only as The Hand whose lethal power is far greater than any previously known to Earth or any other world in the Interstellar Alliance.


Babylon 5 TV seasons and films

In order of series chronology:
2245–48 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2256 • Babylon 5 station commissioned
2257 • The Gathering (Pilot)
2258 • Signs and Portents (Season 1)
2259 • The Coming of Shadows (Season 2)
2260 • Point of No Return (Season 3)
2261 • No Surrender, No Retreat (Season 4)**
2261 • Thirdspace (2nd film)***
2262 • The Wheel of Fire (Season 5)
2263 • The River of Souls (3rd film)
2265 • The Legend of the Rangers (5th film)
2266 • A Call to Arms (4th film)
2267 • Crusade (spin-off series)
2271 • The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark
2278 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2281 • Babylon 5 station decommissioned

* The framing story is set in 2278.
** The final episode of the season includes scenes of future events up to 3262 and beyond.
*** The story is set between the two wars in season 4.
The final episode of the series is set in 2281.

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