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  • #16
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    Sounds good. It's always a good measure of a TV series that people violently disagree on the order in which certain movable pieces are watched. When I was TV columnist for Cinescape, I always wanted to have a nice free for all on the ordering of The Prisoner...sadly, I never got around to it.

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    • #17
      Thank's to everyone who replied to my question on the correct viewing order. Although this is not the first time I've watched the series, it has been many years and have never had the chance to watch the episodes "back to back".

      I think I'll take the original recomendations and watch the series first then the movies. After that, I'll either get back for other recomended ordering or decide for myself.

      This was indeed a great series and I'm looking forward to the many hours of viewing pleasure.

      Again, thank's to everyone.

      TexasOldDog

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      • #18
        Amen, brother. My wife bought me all 5 seasons for Christmas and I'm just about to ep 16 of the third season. It's great I just love it. I also have the movie set and LotR and The Lost Tales, more fun.
        "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
        "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

        "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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        • #19
          Viewing order

          Here's a suggested order:

          1. The Gathering
          2. Season 1
          3. In the Beginning
          4. Season 2-4 untill the episode "The illusion of truth"
          5. Thirdspace
          6. Season 4
          7. Season 5 untill the episode "Objects at Rest"
          8. River of Souls
          9. A Call to Arms
          10. Crusade
          11. Legend of the Rangers
          12. The Lost Tales
          13. Season 5 the ending episode "Sleeping in light"

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          • #20
            Originally posted by VERTi60 View Post
            Here's a suggested order:

            1. The Gathering
            2. Season 1
            3. In the Beginning
            4. Season 2-4 untill the episode "The illusion of truth"
            5. Thirdspace
            6. Season 4
            7. Season 5 untill the episode "Objects at Rest"
            8. River of Souls
            9. A Call to Arms
            10. Crusade
            11. Legend of the Rangers
            12. The Lost Tales
            13. Season 5 the ending episode "Sleeping in light"
            I seriously doubt a person who hasn't watched the 3rd season (or at least the famous "War Without End" two-parter) would grasp some important aspects of "In the Beginning", e.g., the whole "old Mollari" arc, Sheridan & Delenn in prison, Sinclair bit etc. So I would suggest

            1. The Gathering
            2. Seasons 1-3
            3. In the Beginning
            4. Season 4 untill the episode "The illusion of truth"
            5. Thirdspace

            Although I do admit that "In the Beginning" fits perfectly between the first two seasons, serving as a goodbye to Sinclair and as an introduction to Sheridan at the same time.

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            • #21
              I always watch In the Beginning just before "Sleeping in Light," where it would occur chronologically based on the framing device. It's a nice bit of beginning/ending juxtaposition.

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              • #22
                I still say that the last three episodes of the series should be watched sequentially or a huge part of the emotional impact is lost.

                Jan
                "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                • #23
                  "Objects at Rest" and "Sleeping in Light" feel redundant when watched in close succession...I like some time between my final chapter and my epilogue.

                  Though my wife calls it sadism, I watch River of Souls, A Call to Arms, Crusade, Rangers, and Lost Tales before "Sleeping in Light." Then, when you finally get there, it feels like it's been twenty years...

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                  • #24
                    Here's the season 1 order I've been using, the story seems to make the most sense to me this way, and most episodes are in their originally intended spots. Episodes differing from the broadcast order in italics:

                    1. Midnight on the Firing Line
                    2. Soul Hunter
                    3. Born to the Purple
                    4. Infection
                    5. The Parliament of Dreams
                    6. The War Prayer
                    7. And The Sky Full Of Stars
                    8. Deathwalker
                    9. Believers
                    10. Mind War
                    11. Survivors
                    12. By Any Means Necessary
                    13. Signs and Portents
                    14. The Quality of Mercy
                    15. Grail
                    16. Eyes
                    17. A Voice in the Wilderness (1)
                    18. A Voice in the Wilderness (2)
                    19. Babylon Squared
                    20. TKO
                    21. Legacies

                    22. Chrysalis

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by VERTi60 View Post
                      9. A Call to Arms
                      10. Crusade
                      11. Legend of the Rangers
                      On a small sidenote, shouldn't LotR be watched (if at all... ) before ACtA and Crusade? Chronologically, it is set before the events occuring during and after ACtA, and this way it may at least serve as some kind of hint that some evil things are still to come for the Alliance.

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                      • #26
                        Well it's discussable. But I prefer to watch the LotR right before TLT, but certainly not before crusade, mostly because of the Valen cruiser trips and related chronological order. However those last movies are rather a favour to watch in any order given by the mood of the viewer.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by vakie View Post
                          and most episodes are in their originally intended spots.
                          Without being in jms' head or having access to his season 1 notes, we can't really know the originally intended order. However, this is the order that WB uses on thewb.com and was the order jms had posted a couple of times when season 1 was first broadcasting:

                          1. Midnight on the Firing Line
                          2. Soul Hunter
                          3. Born to the Purple
                          4. Infection
                          5. The Parliament of Dreams
                          6. Mind War
                          7. The War Prayer
                          8. And the Sky Full of Stars
                          9. Deathwalker
                          10. Believers
                          11. Survivors
                          12. Signs and Portents
                          13. By Any Means Necessary
                          14. The Quality of Mercy
                          15. Grail
                          16. Eyes
                          17. TKO
                          18. A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I
                          19. A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II
                          20. Babylon Squared
                          21. Legacies
                          22. Chrysalis

                          I will get into my order later today; got a lot of work to do today! I'm waiting to see Jason's order. I get the impression that he has rearranged the other seasons as well.

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                          • #28
                            No, I haven't rearranged the other seasons to any great extent.

                            I put "Day of the Dead" at the end of the Byron arc. Sometimes -- not always, but sometimes -- I put "Walkabout" in front of "War Without End" to shake things up. In both cases, Joe has mentioned that these were the originally intended airing orders.

                            As for season one, this is what I did the last time through:

                            Midnight on the Firing Line
                            Soul Hunter
                            Infection
                            Born to the Purple
                            The Parliament of Dreams
                            The War Prayer
                            And the Sky, Full of Stars
                            Mind War
                            By Any Means Necessary
                            DeathWalker
                            Believers
                            Survivors
                            A Voice in the Wilderness Part 1
                            A Voice in the Wilderness Part 2
                            Babylon Squared
                            Legacies
                            Grail
                            Signs and Portents
                            TKO
                            Eyes
                            The Quality of Mercy
                            Chrysalis

                            I feel like "Quality" should be a little earlier and maybe "Mind War" should be a little later, but I very much enjoy the reversal of "Babylon Squared" and "Signs and Portents." The latter being placed equidistant from "Babylon Squared" and "Chrysalis" makes for a very nice build.

                            Almost forgot...I also swap "Race" and "Soul Mates" as well as "Knives" and "In the Shadow...." Again, I seem to recall that those were both matters of production holding things up. And someone upstream also mentioned that the Icarus is highlighted in "Knives" as foreshadowing for "In the Shadow..."

                            I'm about to re-watch the series in more detail than I ever have expended before, so I'm sure I'll spot hints to other possible orderings like I do every time I view the 17 installments of The Prisoner.

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                            • #29
                              CORRECTION!

                              I should have said "Day of the Dead" is AFTER the Byron arc.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by JasonDavis View Post
                                I feel like "Quality" should be a little earlier and maybe "Mind War" should be a little later
                                I particularly think Quality should be earlier because Londo is told to make friends with the Minbari in the episode, and he's already negotiating with Delenn in Voice.

                                I'm only two episodes in so far, but this is the order I'm using this run-through and we'll see how well it works. It's a little different from the order I've used previously. I'll post the reasons for the order later (still swamped at work):

                                1. Midnight on the Firing Line
                                2. Soul Hunter
                                3. Believers
                                4. Infection
                                5. The War Prayer
                                6. Born to the Purple
                                7. The Parliament of Dreams
                                8. Survivors
                                9. And the Sky Full of Stars
                                10. Mind War
                                11. Grail
                                12. Legacies
                                13. By Any Means Necessary
                                14. Signs and Portents
                                15. Deathwalker
                                16. The Quality of Mercy
                                17. TKO
                                18. Eyes
                                19. Babylon Squared
                                20. A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I
                                21. A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II
                                22. Chrysalis

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