Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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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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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


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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Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was a deleted scene where the military aide who blocked the ranger's way into General Ivanova's office is punished with ten years of latrine duty. See more »


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 »


[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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References Babylon 5: Falling Toward Apotheosis (1996) See more »

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If you watch this and feel nothing, you are made of yourself out back!
25 October 2011 | by sppowellSee all my reviews

This series is a writers dream. This episode is the ultimate denouement. It ties all the loose ends together perfectly and leaves you without those nagging "I wonder what the characters would be doing years later?" questions. Immensely satisfying and sublimely sad. If you watch this episode without watching the rest of the series, you do not understand and will not. Go make a smoothie, sit on your deck and mock the series as "overly sentimental". If you DID watch the rest of the series, you will feel close to these characters in ways you could not dream being close to ANY fictional character and the death of one of the most important will affect you personally. Like a death in the family, personally. J. Michael Straczynski (sic?) is one of THE MOST undervalued writers of our time. Marvel's CIVIL WAR story arc ALONE would put him up there with nearly any writer you care to name. This series (of which he personally wrote 22 episodes) is his David, his Last Supper, his Ninth Symphony. Devalue him, this series and this episode and appear a fool or, as Londo says "...heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots..."!

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