The Similarities Between Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5

During the past two decades, fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 have noticed numerous similarities between the popular science-fiction shows. Such comparisons were inevitable, given the debate involving the two series’ genesis.

It truly doesn’t matter which series was made first or which production company may have

Like these two chess pieces, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 have many similarities. 

taken concepts from the other, as each was smart in its own right—also, every borrowed element of other tales predating both shows. Both shows warrant their right place in sci-fi history.

The list below illustrates how tightly the two shows mirrored one another in terms of characterization and concept.

The Stations

  • Both shows were set on huge space stations with single-digit names (Deep Space 9 vs. Babylon 5) situated near transit points of immense power.
  • Both stations were supposed to foster peace between former enemies after a terrible war.
  • Both stations were run by an Earth-based government (the Federation vs. the Earth Alliance) but were located outside the Earth’s solar system (Bajor vs. Epsilon III)
    • Both stations had a marketplace for everyday activities such as restaurants, casinos, and bars, not to mention sex parlors.

The Concepts

  • Both shows focused on a very religious, enslaved group fighting to assert itself against its oppressors.
  • Both oppressive species saw their homeworlds destroyed by the resultant war, due to an outside devious force (the Dominion vs. the Shadows).
  • Both shows had enigmatic god-like entities considered deities by less advanced beings.
  • Both enigmatic god-like species had “evil” counterparts they fought, coming to an ultimate face-off near the end of the series (the Pah-wraiths vs. the Shadows).
  • Both shows had a big story arc with aliens infiltrating Earth’s government to destroy it from within.
  • Both shows had a planetary civil war.

The Commanders

  • Both stations’ commanders were traumatized by a war with a harmful enemy.
  • Both stations’ commanders lost a wife, leaving them depressed and angry.

The Crews

  • Both stations had a defiant female second-in-command who had lost loved ones during a war and both found it hard to trust their new commander.

 

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