Sunday, April 7, 2013

Babylon 5 and Lord of the Rings

For the past couple of weeks, hubby and I have been watching Babylon 5 for dinner TV. I didn't really get into the first season, but we just finished season three, and now I like it.

I blogged a while back about how almost everything has been done before. That time it was initiated by someone telling me my story Courage and Retribution reminded them of some old British TV show I'd never heard of. Watching Babylon 5 sent my own mind into a similar spin, one that shows you can find similarities between anything if you put a little heart into it.

At first glance, there doesn't seem to be many similarities between Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Babylon 5. Well, both contain a number of species that need to get over past injustices to work together in order to defeat a common enemy, but that goes for a lot of things. I perked my ears when the characters started talking about Z'ha'dum. The word reminds me of Tolkien's Khazad-dûm. They're not the same, but similar enough to catch attention.

If you don't remember your Lord of the Rings history, Khazad-dûm  is the dwarfish name for Moria, a city under a mountain long since overrun by darkness and evil. Gandalf is a great charismatic wizard and leader of a group with representatives from a number of species that carry the fate of the world on their shoulders. If my memory serves me right someone warns him that bad things will happen to him if he goes to Moria.

Gandalf's group try to go over the mountain, but the road is blocked to them. They enter Khazad-dûm, and Gandalf falls into an abyss while fighting a Balrog. (A Balrog is a big fiery creature.) Everyone thinks he's dead and mourns him.

In Babylon 5, the station lead by Captain Sheridan stands between the world and an ancient evil. He leads a group consisting of many alien species, struggling to make everyone cooperate and save the world. One of the aliens tell Sheridan that if he goes to Z;ha'dum he will die. He goes anyway, of course, meets monsters, and jumps into an abyss. Everyone assumes he's dead and mourns him.

I haven't seen season four, but I'm assuming he'll come back and everyone will be suitably surprised.

Is there a real similarity or does it just exist in my mind? I don't really care; the line of thought amused me, and made a connection between two of my favorite forms of entertainment. =)



  1. I think you're on to something. I hadn't thought of it before, but when you mentioned the similarities, I can see them too. I loved all of the Babylon 5 shows and even the few stand alone movies they made to tie up all the loose ends. I have the entire series on DVD and still pull them out from time to time.

  2. This is my first time watching the show - it aired on Swedish TV but I didn't have time to see it back in the day. Now, I'm loving it. =)

    Thank you for coming over! =D


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