Michael O'Hare, who played Jeffrey Sinclair in Season One of Babylon 5, was essentially a lightning rod for fan opinions far and wide. He lands three entries in a Best list compiled by SciFiNow.
Below you'll note a few insights from those involved creatively with Babylon 5 as noted in SciFiNow #25. The issue offers a slight variation on the ten best posted at their website that was noted in this earlier Babylon 5 Ten Of The Best entry, penned by James Rundle. This list also differs from this earlier entry extracted from another issue of SciFiNow. James Rundle returns with a slight variation on a theme with this list. The Best episodes according to the magazine in chronological order are:
1. Signs And Portents. [Season One]
2. Babylon Squared. [Season One]
3. Chrysalis. [Season One]
4. The Coming Of Shadows. [Season Two]
5. In The Shadow Of Z'ha'dum. [Season Two]
6. Severed Dreams. [Season Three]
7. Z'ha'dum. [Season Three]
8. Into The Fire. [Season Four]
9. Endgame. [Season Four]
10. Sleeping In Light. [Season Five]
These are solid selections and anyone who has seen Babylon 5 in its entirety will have a hard time taking issue with these choices despite our own preferences personally for other Babylon 5 entries. Feel free to check The Sci-Fi Fanatic BIG 10 here. Of course it's all subject to change on any given day.
J. Michael Straczynski explained, "It took five years to sell that show, because no one wanted to compete with Star Trek - no one thought it could be done.... I was obsessed with this particular story."
Regarding Straczynski's selection of Michael O'Hare for his commanding lead role, Jerry Doyle, who played Michael Garibaldi, put it candidly. "Michael O'Hare- he was kind of a New Yorky, stage actor. I've never been around those kind of guys. They really are intense about the work, and I was... I did a lot of work at home and I played on the set. He didn't like that."
Peter Jurasik, who played Londo Mollari, felt "[O'Hare was] horribly miscast and [it was] probably more painful for him than anybody else."
J. Michael Straczynski explained that Michael O'Hare's departure at the end of Season One from Babylon 5 was "a mutual, amicable, and friendly separation." One thing is certain, the involvement of O'Hare and his replacement by Bruce Boxleitner in Season Two will forever remain one of those endless topics of Babylon 5 conversation.