Babylon 5: Season 5, Episode 11

Phoenix Rising (1 Apr. 1998)

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The fight with Byron's followers gains intensity.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Delenn (credit only)
Richard Biggs ...
Lennier (credit only)
Vir Cotto (credit only)
Londo Mollari (credit only)
G'Kar (credit only)
Jack Hannibal ...
Thomas (as Leigh J. McCloskey)


The fight with Byron's followers gains intensity.

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At the beginning as Bester says "Since then they've divided into two groups", his mouth movements don't match his voice. See more »


[first lines]
Alfred Bester: A few words for those who've just arrived: A colony of rogue telepaths have been unwisely allowed to take up residence here. Since they are all humans, they fall under the jurisdiction of Earth law. The Alliance has agreed to respect the rights of each member world to control its own people. This leaves it to us. The rogues have engaged in unauthorized scans of several dozen ambassadors. They have extracted an unknown amount of privileged information intending to exchange those ...
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Ugghh! I'm dying of angst overload!!!!
10 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While there is a lot to like about this episode (particularly the scene where Garibaldi has his final showdown with Bester), in the end this episode really stinks. Most of it is because while in seasons one through four the writing was top-notch, here it was sadly clichéd and stupid--so much so that I have a hard time believing the great J. Michael Straczynski could have written them.

Once again, the king of angst (Byron) is back but this time he's so over the top and silly that my wife and I started laughing at him and this whole awful plot line. At the very end, it got even worse, as the show featured perhaps the worst showdown in sci-fi history. As Bester, psi cops and crew members looked on (and did absolutely nothing even though Byron was very distracted and blathered on and on), Byron and some of his rogue-est telepaths sang a supposedly touching song (sort of like the 23rd century's answer to "We Are the World") and whined about the meaningless of it all. Frankly, it seemed like a parody of Anne Rice's characters, Lestat and Louis de Pointe du Lac (Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt). In a vampire film, it works--here it just seems silly and out of place. And the whole time I kept praying SOMEONE would just shoot Byron and shut him up once and for all! Fortunately, he does not return after this episode and the season limps to a close.

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