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Sleeping in Light 

Nearing the end of his 20 year life extension, Sheridan bids his farewells to all his friends and family, while the now obsolete Babylon 5 is prepared for decommissioning.
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... President John Sheridan
Claudia Christian ... Gen. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin
Bill Mumy ... Lennier (archive footage)
Jason Carter ... Marcus Cole (archive footage)
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto
Jeff Conaway ... Zack Allan
Patricia Tallman ... Lyta Alexander (archive footage)
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar (archive footage)
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari (archive footage)
Wayne Alexander ... Lorien
Romy Rosemont ... Publicist
David Wells ... Commander William Nils
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Storyline

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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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final shot of the cast and crew with the fleet of White Star ships flying overhead was shot against a blue screen, therefore everyone who was to be on set for the day was told not to wear anything blue. Jason Carter arrived wearing jeans and a blue shirt. See more »

Goofs

During Sheridan's last supper, Emperor Vir comments that the Pak'ma'ra have beautiful singing voices to which Sheridan sounds surprised. However in "There All the Honor Lies" Ambassador Kosh shows Sheridan 'one moment of perfect beauty' which is a choir of singing Pak'ma'ra on Babylon 5 as part of his training for the oncoming Shadow War. See more »

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[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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Features The Gathering (1993) See more »

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The most touching TV piece, ever
5 May 2009 | by teppo-2See all my reviews

A lot can be said about this episode.

The acting is great throughout, with Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan topping the list. We also get to see Claudia Christian as Ivanova once more, after her having been absent for the rest of season 5 (as fans probably know, this episode was originally shot - while Christian was still in the cast - as the last episode of season 4 in case the series wasn't getting its fifth season, but was then shown at the end of season 5).

The music is, as usual, top notch, and supports the mood of the episode's story very well. The mood is possibly best described as melancholic. The story doesn't offer much in the way of unexpected twists here, but that is in no way a bad thing in this case. It is just a peaceful, emotional ending to an intelligent series.

Overall, perhaps the biggest praise I can give this episode us that while no other episode of any series, or any movie for that matter, has ever managed to do it, this episode made me cry - it is the best, most memorable and most touching conclusion of any series to date.


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