Babylon 5: Season 4, Episode 3

The Summoning (18 Nov. 1996)

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A mysterious spacecraft heads towards Babylon 5 as Ivanova and Marcus search for more First Ones to aid in the war.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Biggs ...
Wayne Alexander ...
Wortham Krimmer ...
Kris Iyer ...
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A mysterious spacecraft heads towards Babylon 5 as Ivanova and Marcus search for more First Ones to aid in the war.

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At 69 episodes in, this is the first episode of the entire series in which every single cast member listed in the opening credits appears. All the earlier episodes were missing at least one. See more »


[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Delenn, I need a favor.
Delenn: Only ask.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I need to borrow one of the White Star ships. I heard what you have in mind. I'll get it back to you before the deadline.
Marcus Cole: We can spare the ship. May I ask why?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: If you attack Z'Ha'Dum, you're gonna need all the help you can get. There may be still some First Ones out there we haven't found yet.
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23 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After being apparently dead for a few episodes, Sheridan re-appears at B-5 along with his new friend, Lorien and frankly, everyone is dumbfounded that he's alive. Not only did he survive a nuclear blast (no small feat) but he's the first to return from Z'Ha'Dum--something all the other races assumed was impossible. As a result, a cult-like following of Sheridan develops and greatly energizes the resistance.

In addition to Sheridan, Garibaldi is re-captured and brought to B-5. In a bit of a story hole, no one seemed all that suspicious that it was so fortuitous that he was re-captured so easily AND they didn't seem too suspicious when his personality changed so radically concerning Sheridan. Previously he'd been one of the Captain's biggest fans, but now he has a pathological hatred and distrust for him. Sure, they didn't see evidence of brain surgery, but OBVIOUSLY something was amiss!!! And the fact that it took everyone so long to admit this and realize that Garibaldi's brain was tampered with was a it of a credibility stretch.

All in all, a very good and important episode, but not without a few minor disappointments.

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