Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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The battle for Earth concludes as Sheridan leads his forces to Earth to confront Clark's forces in an all out battle. Meanwhile Marcus learns of the alien device Franklin used to heal ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... Capt. John Sheridan
Claudia Christian ... Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin
Bill Mumy ... Lennier
Jason Carter ... Marcus Cole
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto (credit only)
Jeff Conaway ... Zack Allan (credit only)
Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar (credit only)
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari (credit only)
Ungela Brockman ... Earthforce NCO
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... General Lefcourt
Marjorie Monaghan ... Number One


The battle for Earth concludes as Sheridan leads his forces to Earth to confront Clark's forces in an all out battle. Meanwhile Marcus learns of the alien device Franklin used to heal Garibaldi when he was critically injured. But to save a person's life, someone else must die. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Release Date:

13 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Captain Sheridan's line "We are here to place President Clark under arrest" was later one of the phrases featured in the opening sequence of Season Five. See more »


Presumably without knowing when the planetary defense grid was programmed or the program activated, the Senator seems to know that they will fire "in ten minutes." See more »


[first lines]
Delenn: Marcus. Marcus. The transport has arrived. We have to send her back to Babylon 5. It's dangerous to keep her here. We're almost at Mars.
Ranger Marcus Cole: [at Ivanova's bedside] She would want to be here for the battle, conscious or otherwise.
Delenn: I know. But we must do what's best for her.
Ranger Marcus Cole: She's dying. What is there to do?
Delenn: Make her comfortable in her last hours. We cannot do that here. On Babylon 5, they will see to all her needs - as long as she has them.
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Referenced in Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999) See more »

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An enduring classic and a towering achievement that provides the benchmark for broadcast science fiction.
22 March 2018 | by philip-davies31See all my reviews

The high standards achieved by 'Babylon 5' are well exemplified in this truly exceptional concluding episode of Series 4. Writing, production and acting at this level are a standing reproach to the expensive drivel of the new 'Star Trek: Discovery.' The difference is fundamentally one of maturity: The earlier sci-fi epic is grown-up drama, while the current one has regressed the genre on TV to the level of excitable adolescents, infatuated with shiny toys, and carelessly killing off or giving out-of-character words and deeds to un-formed, unreal persons as unstable and undecided as themselves. 'Star Trek Discovery' is a parody of science fiction, and of drama. 'Babylon 5' is an enduring classic of the genre, and one of the finest - possibly THE finest - of all long-form dramas. I doubt that even the magnificent reboot of 'Battlestar Galactica' can quite match it for sheer heroic grandeur.

I know there will be those who place the cult that is the 'Star Wars' franchise above all of these in the sci-fi firmament. I cannot criticise these films myself, since I early developed an instinctive aversion to that saga. But I suspect that if I did bother to expose myself to the entire length of 'Star Wars' I would only end up arriving at the very same negative judgement on the subject as that made by a senior member of '', writing under the very apt moniker 'Killjoy' in 2005.

I hope this person does not mind my quoting their view, as follows:

' - - - my vote goes to Babylon 5 for it's dealing with moral dilemmas more intricate than the nigh-infantile level of Star Wars, better character development, (and) a better plotline - - -'

The dire 'Star Trek: Discovery' has already widely been derided as closer to this juvenile 'Star Wars' universe, than to the far deeper and more interesting constellation it has both radically departed from, and parodied.

There have been many fine sci-fi sagas on TV, such as 'Farscape' (startlingly inventive, with fully-characterised alien beings), 'The Invaders' (producing some of the same paranoia as cinema's 'The Body Snatchers,' but developing a fascinating underground politics of resistance), 'Earth, Final Conflict' (with its aliens often more sympathetic than the humans, and portrayed as more tragic than diabolically evil, as well as having an interesting 'ancient aliens' back-story rooted in Celtic mythology), and 'Star Gate 1' (which, unlike the camp original series of 'Battlestar Galactica,' managed the imaginative feat of making spacefaring Ancient Egyptians seem believable, through sheer good writing!). And all of the 'Star Trek' family - before the misbegotten 'Discovery' - had episodes of real distinction (though they became rather too cosy, which may be what tempted the makers of 'Discovery' to go for edgy, the only drawback being it turns out they couldn't write to save their lives!).

Charles Chilton's original radio sci-fi for the BBC, his 'Journey Into Space' serials, and their sequel, 'Space Force.' are quaintly dated and therefore cannot be expected to compete with the more modern speculative imaginings for visual media, although they are nevertheless very effective adventures in the genre, and can still be appreciated as a well crafted 'alternative reality' for the medium of radio. They certainly annoy me less than the too-often whimsical 'Lost In Space' type of surreal 'science-fantasy' seen in the 'Doctor Who' canon , but I wouldn't want to deny that this long-lived BBC children's series did produce a number of fine dramas over the years, but mostly it was a sort of cosmic fairy-tale with little dramatic heft.

The great Nigel Kneale's work for TV, The 'Quatermass' Trilogy, and the truly Lovecraftian Horror-Sci-Fi story 'The Stone Tapes', is of legendary reputation, and is, in terms of consistent excellence, probably unmatched. Kneale was lucky to find his home at the BBC, a public service broadcaster that tended, once any writer had an idea green lit for production, to keep faith with their creative talents. By contrast, Straczynski, writing 'Babylon 5' for Warner, suffered the production interference typical of financially nervous big American studios. However, to their credit Warner did not cancel the slow-burn first series, and also later relented on cancellation after the fourth to allow a final series. But when unhindered by such restrictions, and also working at peak inspiration in the later series, Straczinsky is at his best and creates scene after scene as magnificently realised, as full of convincing characters and as compelling and memorable as anything in Nigel Kneale's opus. Probably, though, Straczynski has the edge because of his deep, abiding commitment to a moral universe: 'Babylon 5' seems at times almost like a re-imagined version of Milton's metaphysical literary epic-in-outer-space, 'Paradise Lost.'

To my mind, none of the actual science-fiction discussed comes close to the sublime operatic grandeur envisaged in 'Babylon 5' - of which, as I say, this episode is a towering example. We are lucky indeed that the entire saga is available now on DVD.

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