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Sleeping in Light ()

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  • Season 5
  • Episode 22

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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President John Sheridan
Gen. Susan Ivanova
Michael Garibaldi
Dr. Stephen Franklin
Lennier (archiveFootage)
Marcus Cole (archiveFootage)
Vir Cotto
Zack Allan
Lyta Alexander (archiveFootage)
G'Kar (archiveFootage)
Londo Mollari (archiveFootage)
Commander William Nils
Sharon Annett ...
Mary Garibaldi
Dan Sachoff ...
Lair Torrent ...
Kent Minault ...
Captain of the Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alien (uncredited)
Sheridan's Security Guard (uncredited)
Maintenance Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

J. Michael Straczynski

Written by

J. Michael Straczynski ... (creator) (creator)
J. Michael Straczynski ... (written by)

Produced by

Skip Beaudine ... co-producer
John Copeland ... producer
Susan Corbin ... associate producer (as Susan Norkin)
Douglas Netter ... executive producer
J. Michael Straczynski ... executive producer

Music by

Christopher Franke

Cinematography by

John C. Flinn III ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Kathie Burr

Editorial Department

John Burrus ... first assistant editor
Mike Hackett ... assistant editor
Pam Oseransky ... post-production coordinator
Maritza Suarez ... apprentice editor

Casting By

Fern Champion
Mark Paladini
Mary Jo Slater ... original casting director

Production Design by

John Iacovelli

Art Direction by

Mark Walters ... (as Mark-Louis Walters)

Set Decoration by

Jason Howard

Costume Design by

Ann Bruice ... (as Ann Bruice Aling)

Makeup Department

Manny Case ... special makeup effects artist
Gabriel De Cunto ... special makeup effects artist
Glen Eisner ... makeup effects sculptor (as Glenn Eisner)
Jeffrey S. Farley ... makeup effects supervisor (as Jeff Farley)
Kim M. Ferry ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Jerry Gergely ... special makeup effects artist
Rufus Hearn ... special makeup effects artist
John Vulich ... makeup effects creator
John Wheaton ... makeup effects sculptor
Barbara Wilder ... key hair stylist (as Barbara Wilder Pearlman)
Cinzia Zanetti ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Skip Beaudine ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Doug Corring ... second second assistant director
Alisa Matlovsky ... second second assistant director
David McWhirter ... second assistant director
Douglas E. Wise ... first assistant director

Art Department

Timothy M. Earls ... concept designer
Dark Hoffman ... property master
Alan Kobayashi ... graphic artist
Curtis Laseter ... construction coordinator
Kinna Lindahl ... set dresser
Matthew W. Plummer ... scenic artist (as Matthew Plummer)
James Tsvetkofski ... set dresser
Pete Washburn ... leadman
Jerome Johnson ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Larry Benjamin ... re-recording mixer
Linda Coffey ... sound mixer
Harry Cohen ... sound designer
Elisabeth Flaum ... sound effects editor
Michael Payne ... sound supervisor
Zeke Salas ... re-recording mixer
Liz Sroka ... re-recording mixer
Jeffrey R. Whitcher ... sound effects editor (as Jeff Whitcher)

Special Effects by

Dayton Osmond ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

Kim Anderson ... compositor
Bill Arbanas ... graphic design & animation
Larry W. Bowman ... graphic design & animation
Ken Busick ... compositor
Chuck Carter ... matte artist
Eric Chauvin ... matte artist
Tim Everitt ... graphic design & animation
Phillip Giles ... compositor
Tom Helmers ... graphic design & animation
Harry Hendrickson ... graphic design & animation
Rich Jeffreys III ... graphic design & animation
Shant Jordan ... supervising animator
Jeff Montray ... graphic design & animation
Don Neudecker ... graphic design & animation
H.W. Parker ... graphic design & animation
Patrick Perez ... supervising animator
Josh Prikryl ... graphic design & animation
Andrew Romine ... graphic design & animation (as Andy Romine)
Larry Stanton ... systems engineer
Edward Helmers ... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Kristina M. Horner ... additional visual effects coordinator (uncredited)


Kerry Rossall ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Robert Blair ... key grip (as Robert D. Blair)
Peter B. Kowalski ... camera operator
Charles Lantz ... dolly grip (as Charles S. Lantz Jr.)
Mike McEveety ... first assistant camera
Nathaniel Roberts ... best boy electric
Carlos M. Torres ... gaffer (as Carlos Torres)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Kim M. Holly ... costume supervisor
Linda Huse ... key costumer
Muto-Little ... costume maker (uncredited)

Other crew

Fiona Avery ... reference editor
Harlan Ellison ... conceptual consultant
Heidi Erl ... production coordinator
Tracie Esparza ... associate to producers
Kenneth Gilbert ... script supervisor (as Ken Gilbert)
Jonathan Gording ... special effect contact lens consultant
Karen Harrell ... associate to producers
Carol Henry ... script coordinator
Joanne Higgins ... associate to producers
Mike Hoover ... production accountant
Jeffrey Willerth ... associate to producer
Grant Kaufman ... assistant accountant (uncredited)

Production Companies



  • TNT (1998) (United States) (tv)

Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Sleeping in Light (United States)
  • 44 min
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Box Office

Budget $900,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The final episode, "Sleeping in Light", which aired at the end of the fifth and final season, was actually filmed at the end of the fourth season. At the time that production on the fourth season wrapped, it was still unclear whether a fifth season would be produced or if the show would be canceled. When the show was renewed, they filled the last slot in the fourth season with a new episode, and showed Sleeping in Light at the end of the series. This was practical because the events of Sleeping in Light take place 20 years after the other episodes. 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 »
Movie Connections Features Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Susan Ivanova: Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for one another, because if we don't, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope, that there can always be new beginnings. Even for people like us.
Susan Ivanova: As for Delenn, every morning for as long as she lived, Delenn got up before dawn and watched the sun come up.
ISN newscaster: And now, for those of you that have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary, the people responsible.
[single frame stills of department-crews; then a shot of the whole crowd]
ISN newscaster: Funding for this program was made possible by grants from the Anla'shok Memorial Fund.
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