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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light

Twenty years have passed since Z'ha'dum and, as prophesised by Lorien, it is time for Sheridan to die. He does, however, have enough time to tie some loose ends, say his goodbyes to old friends. Ivanova is now general, Vir Cotto is Emperor of the Centauri Republic, Garibaldi is on Mars leading the Edgars Corporation, Franklin is working on Earth - but they all immediately pack their things and head to Minbar after receiving an invitation. They are all still important to each other, and have great impact on each other's lives. A time for remembrance and goodbyes - and the final decommissioning of Babylon 5.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x22
Production Number: 523
Airdate: Wednesday November 25th, 1998

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Claudia Christian
As General Susan Ivanova

Guest Stars
Wayne Alexander
As Lorien
David Wells (1)
As Commander William Nils
Romy Rosemont
As Publicist

Co-Guest Stars
Sharon Annett
As Mary Garibaldi
Kent Minault
As Captain of the Guard
Lair Torrent
As Ranger

J. Michael Straczynski
As Maintenance Worker
Main Cast
Bruce Boxleitner
As Captain/President John Sheridan
Jerry Doyle
As Security Chief Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan
As Delenn
Richard Biggs
As Dr. Stephen Franklin
Stephen Furst
As Vir Cotto
Jeff Conaway
As Sgt./Security Chief Zack Allan
Episode Notes
Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi) and Mira Furlan (Delenn) are the only actors to appear in both the first pilot ("The Gathering") and the series finale ("Sleeping in Light") whereas Doyle, Furlan, Claudia Christian (Susan Ivanova) and Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto) are the only actors to appear in both the second pilot ("Midnight on the Firing Line") and the series finale.

Episode Quotes
Vir: You know, Londo never really liked the Pak'ma'ra. I mean…they're stubborn, lazy, obnoxious, greedy…
Garibaldi: And kinda look like an octopus that got run over by a truck.
Vir: That, too. But…one time, we were walking through the Alien sector, and we heard this beautiful singing coming from the Pak'Ma'Ra's quarters.
Sheridan: They can sing?
Stephen: There's nothing in the literature about that.
Vir: Apparently, they only ever do it once a year, during their religious period. And we were listening to this singing and I saw a tear run down Londo's face, and I said, "We should go, this is upsetting you." But he said no, and we stayed. After the singing was over he turned to me and said, "There are 49 Gods in our Pantheon, Vir. To tell you the truth I've never really believed in any of them. But if just one of them exists…then God sings with that voice."

Sheridan: A toast. To…absent friends. In memory still bright.
Garibaldi: G'Kar.
Vir: Londo.
Delenn: Lennier.
Franklin: Mar--
Ivanova: Marcus.

(As he nears the end of his life, Sheridan returns to Babylon 5 which is soon to be decommissioned)
Zack: So you hear 'em too, huh?
Sheridan: Zack. What the hell are you doing here? I thought you went back to Earth.
Zack: Yeah, I did. Got bored. Re-upped about six months ago. I figured I'd be here 'til they turn the lights out.

Sheridan: Well…look at that…the sun's coming up...

Ivanova: (narrating; last lines of the series) 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 would 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. As for Delenn, every morning for as long as she lived, Delenn got up before dawn and watched the sun come up.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ. Michael Straczynski
Executive ProducerDouglas Netter  |  J. Michael Straczynski
ProducerJohn Copeland
Production DesignerJohn Iacovelli
EditorDavid W. Foster  |  Suzanne Sternlight
CastingMary Jo Slater
MusicChristopher Franke
CinematographerJohn C. Flinn III
Conceptual ConsultantHarlan Ellison
Warning: Babylon 5 season 5 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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