Babylon 5 Project XVII: No Surrender, No Retreat
The Babylon 5 Project aims to focus on the arc stories of the TV show by creating a series of films. This creates a more streamlined rewatch of Babylon 5 for those who want to maximize the arc without having to watch the mostly stand-alone episodes with arc storylines in them.
Babylon 5 has such a riveting arc based story that I've returned to watch time and time again but I'm not a big fan of the standalone episodes. However, many standalones do have some arc based storylines which are paid off later. I wanted to craft a new way to watch the series which creates an "all killer, no filler" B5 experience. Some films would just be three or so episodes strung together because of how heavily arc concentrated they are. Other films need to be built from the ground up from the pieces of many episodes which creates new viewing experiences and slightly changed narratives. The Babylon 5 Project also looks to exorcise some loose plot threads that don't pay off down the line.
Like most of my films of season 4, very little was cut for this film. Most of it was just a few trims here and there to reduce redundant rehashing of previous episodes as well as the fade to blacks where commercials should have been. This film covers three episodes: "No Surrender, No Retreat", "The Exercise of Vital Powers", and "The Face of the Enemy".