Babylon 5: Season 5, Episode 22

Sleeping in Light (25 Nov. 1998)

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20 years after he visited Z'Ha'Dum, Sheridan knows his time is short and gathers his old comrades together. Afterwards he takes personalized White Star to Babylon 5 where it's going to be ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Biggs ...
Lennier (credit only)
Marcus Cole (credit only)
Lyta Alexander (credit only)
G'Kar (credit only)
Londo Mollari (credit only)
Wayne Alexander ...


20 years after he visited Z'Ha'Dum, Sheridan knows his time is short and gathers his old comrades together. Afterwards he takes personalized White Star to Babylon 5 where it's going to be decommissioned shortly. The final leg of his journey takes him to Coriana 6 where they ended the Shadow War, and meets with one last person. The old command staff gather on Babylon 5 to watch its decommissioning. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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25 November 1998 (USA)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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The toast to absent friends mentions those who have died. They were: G'Kar and Londo, who killed each other due to Drakh influence; Lennier, who was killed in action during the Telepath War; and Marcus Cole, who gave his life so that Susan Ivanova could live. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Garibaldi: [voiceover] The Interstellar Alliance, based on the Homeworld of the Minbari Federation, was founded in the Earth year 2261 shortly after the end of the Shadow War, 20 years ago. Twenty years of history. Those of us who survived have seen it all and those of us who understand have been waiting and dreading the arrival of this day.
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Incredible Finale to an Incredible Series
27 January 2006 | by (Battle Creek, MI) – See all my reviews

Babylon 5 was groundbreaking in many ways, not the least of which was its incredibly consistent high quality of writing and acting. Most of the episodes were written by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski, and there are moments throughout the entire series which are simply breathtaking.

But this, the final episode, rightly trumps them all. I truly believe that a finer 45 minutes of of TV (or cinema, for that matter) has never been produced. It's as if Joe took all the joy, all the sorrow, all the victory, all the tragedy, all the passion of the entire series, distilled it down to its purest essence, and put it into this episode. I've lost count how many times I've seen this episode, and it takes my breath away every time.

But be warned: you have to watch the entire show to get to this episode. As Joe always says, "It's about the process." You can't "read ahead" on this one -- you won't get it.

If you have never seen B5, do yourself a favor. Start from the beginning, and watch it. It doesn't matter if you're a sci-fi fan. If you're a human, with feelings, it will touch you.

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