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 »


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$900,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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When the set dressers were putting together Sheridan's bedroom for his scene, part of the background was unfinished. Executive Producer J. Michael Straczynski happened to be walking past and looked into the mirror, and his heart stopped. He called over the set manager and told him to look into the mirror and said, "Do you see what I see?" The man looked, and gasped. The mirror showed the back of the set: a cross with a piece of white linen draped over it, just like Christ had on the way to his death on the Mount of Olives. The set manager shouted that no one was to touch that part of the set. It remained that way all through the shooting. Straczynski considers it one of the greatest accidents in the history of set dressing. 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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Logical, but boring as hell.
4 January 2010 | by snowball-15See all my reviews

I see here only one not glowing review and this is why I would like to chime in. While the episode does provide a logical conclusion to the series, it is barely watchable. It is trying to milk you for tears and nothing of interest happens. Granted, in real life a similar story would have likely had an ending like that, this is not a real life. This is science fiction, which should shed an original light on a human nature while inspiring us and making us say "wow". And for 5 years it did. However, only now, after watching the Babylon-5 finale, I do fully appreciate what SG-1 writers did with their finale "Unending". While individual stories and arcs were not always as great as some in Babylon's, SG-1 finale was far superior and incomparably more watchable. Adventures still happened, and they ended going towards another day of work - possibly another adventure, with hope and with a message that life goes on and there are still things to do and future to make. Babylon people just got sad and got on with their lives. Their lives after the series were not by all means boring, but the ending dwelled on the sad and made me only yawn. Don't get me wrong, I am not against sadness, I am for better writing about the sad things. This was a huge disappointment, after 5 brilliant seasons - just a boring blip trying to manipulate you into squeezing a tear.

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