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Babylon 5 - "The Gathering"

The DVD Babylon 5 "The Gathering" / "In the Beginning" Two Volume Set (ISBN 0790760762) features the TNT Special Edition of "The Gathering," the 1993 two-hour telefilm premiere of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski's ground-breaking science-fiction television phenomenon. In September 2004, Trekplace author Greg Tyler made an astonishing discovery while watching "The Gathering" from this DVD release.

In the efforts of Babylon 5 officers Jeffrey Sinclair, Laurel Takashima, and Michael Garibaldi to discover the would-be murderer of Vorlon ambassador Kosh, the crew initiates a scan of the space station for foreign energy signatures. After the scanners filter out known energy sources aboard the station, a sequence of images on display screens in the station's command & control room reveals the location of a foreign energy source within the station. The images also reveal that some interior sections of Babylon 5 resemble the interiors of space vessels of the Star Fleet of the United Federation of Planets! Maybe the jumpgate allows objects to enter different fictional universes in addition to hyperspace!
Figure 1
Image 1 Babylon 5 space station interior. The complex greatly resembles the Single Stateroom in the Primary Hull of Class I Starships. Compare this image to that on page TO:01:05:82 of the Star Fleet Technical Manual.

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Figure 2
Image 2 Babylon 5 space station interior. The interior plan is a mirror image of the plan in Image 1.

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Figure 3
Image 3 Babylon 5 space station interior. The complex in the upper half of the image greatly resembles D Deck of a MK-IV Starliner. The complex in the lower half of the image resembles E Deck of a MK-IV Starliner. Compare this image to that on page TO:01:04:21 of the Star Fleet Technical Manual.

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Figure 4
Image 4 Babylon 5 space station interior. The complex bears a passing resemblance to Typical Accommodations aboard a MK-IV Starliner. Compare this image to that on page TO:01:04:22 of the Star Fleet Technical Manual.

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Figure 5
Image 5 Babylon 5 space station interior. The complex in the upper half of the image seems to have been influenced by the layout of F Deck of a MK-IV Starliner. Design features of the complex in the lower half of the image seem to have been inspired by features of the 1st Cargo Hold or 2nd Cargo Hold of a MK-IV Starliner. Compare this image to that on pages TO:01:04:21 and TO:01:04:22 of the Star Fleet Technical Manual.

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Figure 5
Image 6 Babylon 5 C & C room. Note the highlighted display screen between behind Michael Garibaldi and Jeffrey Sinclair. The screen displays the deck plans from Image 5.


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