Babylon 5: River of Souls 5.21B

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Babylon 5: River of Souls 5.21B
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Tagline:
“Not life or death, or life after death, but life in death.” - Dr Bryson
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Original Release Date:
1996
Original Running Time:
93
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
90
Time Cut:
3
Brief Synopsis:
Set between episodes 5.21 and 5.22, an archeologist (Ian McShane, before Deadwood fame) searches Eternal Life, financed by Edgars Industries. During his quest he finds and keeps a glowing orb. A Soul Hunter (Martin Sheen, before West Wing fame) is tasked with returning the stolen orb. They meet on Babylon 5, and the fates of the station and an entire civilization hang in the balance. Also starring: the holo-brothel!
Intention:
River of Souls has a great premise: Is death really the end, and how disastrous are the consequences if you're wrong? Add a Soul Hunter and examples of primal human nature, and this could have made a stellar episode. At movie length, however, it feels stretched. And tonally off: RoS has more cheap jokes than any other B5 story. The goal is to cut the cheap laughs, tighten the pacing, and replace the funky closing music with Season 5's closing theme.
Only 3 minutes are cut, but the improved focus and pacing give the feeling that more was cut.
Additional Notes:
Video: NTSC DVD (16:9) Audio: AC3 5.1 Subtitles: English subtitles
Other Sources:
Heropoint's rock cover of the Babylon 5, Season 5, theme.
Special Thanks:
All the Babylon 5 fans on FE.
Release Information
AVI/MKV
Special Features
Commentary track by JMS, director Janet Greek, Tracy Scoggins (trimmed to fit the edit's length).
Cuts and Additions:
Opening: trim Klaus' back-talk.
Cut "not die for your whispers", shift assistants as cutaway shot.
Trim holo-pimp to be less annoying.
Cut hostility between Bryson and Garibaldi during meal.
Trim Bryson with orb.
Trim Zack with pimp.
Cut Garibaldi's and Bryson's hostility at room door.
Cut Zack's cough when the Soulhunter arrives.
Cut lawyer in Captain's office (at 48 minutes).
Cut pimp mentioning his lawyer to Zack and Garibaldi (at 1h12m).
Trim Captain holo jokes.
Multiple small trim in the second half for pacing.
Dub Season 5 theme (rock cover by Heropoint) over end credits (the original music can still be heard on the Commentary track).
Cover art by lapis molari (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Zack and the holo-pimp (trimmed) (Password: fanedit.org)

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9.9
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A good fix for a somewhat decent if unspectacular feature length B5 outing. The trims improve pacing throughout. I remember being bored to tears watching this as a teenager, and now I can at least tolerate it. Not a favourite B5 escapade by any stretch personally, but the ideas are interesting and if concepts like this are your thing, you now stand a better chance of enjoying it.
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