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Old April 4th 07, 00:20   #1
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Movie and seasons order

Hello, this is my first post and I could not find this tread any where.

Where do the movies sit in relationship to the seasons? What order should they be watched?

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Old April 4th 07, 02:06   #2
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Re: Movie and seasons order

Some debate about that; some people argue that "In the Beginning" should be shown before you even start S1, others feeling that you shouldn't even touch it until after "Atonement." You'll also have a few who argue that you shouldn't watch "Legend of the Rangers" at all.

I'm not sure where some of them fall, but basically you've got the chronological types versus the preserve-the-mystery types.

Chronologically speaking:

In the Beginning
The Gathering
Seasons 1-3
The first six or so eps of Season 4
Thirdspace
The rest of S4
S5
River of Souls
A Call to Arms
(Crusade)
Legend of the Rangers


Then there's the spoiler-phobe list:

the old version of The Gathering (minus Kosh's dialogue)
Seasons 1-3
First six of S4
Thirdspace
Atonement
In the Beginning
The rest of S4
S5
River of Souls
A Call to Arms
Legend of the Rangers

Personally I'd just start with the seasons and then watch the movies as I please.
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Old April 4th 07, 02:40   #3
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Chronologically speaking:

In the Beginning
The Gathering
Seasons 1-3
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Of course, it could be argued that chronologically, "In The Beginning" technically takes place long after most of the series since it's a telling of the tale of the Earth-Minbari War by Londo hours before his death.

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Thus adding yet another layer to the complexity.
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Old April 4th 07, 05:28   #5
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Some debate about that; some people argue that "In the Beginning" should be shown before you even start S1, others feeling that you shouldn't even touch it until after "Atonement."
Chronologically, "In the Beginning" is Londo telling a story in 2278, so it should go between Crusade and Sleeping in Light.

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You'll also have a few who argue that you shouldn't watch "Legend of the Rangers" at all.
<snicker> Well, there are some parts are hideously awful, and some parts that are very good. Watch at your own risk, but you may be scarred for life. If you're a completest, watch between The River of Souls and A Call to Arms/Crusade.
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Old April 4th 07, 09:27   #6
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Re: Movie and seasons order

I always just forget about watching them chronologically and instead watch them in the order they were made, ie. the Gathering before S1 (although that's complicated a bit by the special edition), In the Beginning and then Thirdspace after S4 (although they were filmed the other way round, they were released in that order), River of Souls and A Call to Arms after S5, Legend of the Rangers after Crusade.
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I always just forget about watching them chronologically and instead watch them in the order they were made, ie. the Gathering before S1 (although that's complicated a bit by the special edition), In the Beginning and then Thirdspace after S4 (although they were filmed the other way round, they were released in that order), River of Souls and A Call to Arms after S5, Legend of the Rangers after Crusade.
I agree (with the exception of watching Legend of the Rangers before A Call to Arms and Crusade).

The Gathering
Seasons 1-4
Thirdspace & In The Beginning
Season 5
River of Souls, Legend of the Rangers & A Call to Arms
Crusade

Really works best that way, in my opinion. As for The Gathering special edition, the 'spoiler', well, isn't. You've no way of knowing what it means at the time.
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As for The Gathering special edition, the 'spoiler', well, isn't. You've no way of knowing what it means at the time.
Plus, not having heard the 2 words before, you really can't understand them until you hear them later in the series, and by then, you forget you heard it in the Gathering, and only pick it up your next time through.
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Plus, not having heard the 2 words before, you really can't understand them until you hear them later in the series, and by then, you forget you heard it in the Gathering, and only pick it up your next time through.
Yeah, but I wasn't thinking specifically about that, I also enjoy watching the music and the effects advance gradually over time (another reason I like to watch them in the order they were released) and the special edition of the Gathering mixes up that progression as well. For example, the Starfuries weren't originally seen until S1, and the replacement soundtrack I would classify as 'late' Christopher Franke.

Actually I really enjoyed the funky Stuart Copeland soundtrack it originally had, even though it probably wouldn't have suited the rest of the series..
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Then there's the spoiler-phobe list:

the old version of The Gathering (minus Kosh's dialogue)
Seasons 1-3
First six of S4
Thirdspace
Atonement
In the Beginning
The rest of S4
S5
River of Souls
A Call to Arms
Legend of the Rangers
So you would just skip "Epiphanies" and "The Illusion of Truth"?

No, seriously, I assume you meant to type "first 8 of S4" instead of "first 6 of S4".

But anyway, this list isn't quite right. At the end of In the Beginning, Londo has a line of dialogue that's a major spoiler for what happens with Sheridan, and so it should not be viewed until after "Rising Star".
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