List of Babylon 5 episodes

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Babylon 5 TV seasons and films
1993–2007

In order of series chronology:
2245–48 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2256 • Babylon 5 station commissioned
2257 • The Gathering (Pilot)
2258 • Signs and Portents (Season 1)
2259 • The Coming of Shadows (Season 2)
2260 • Point of No Return (Season 3)
2261 • No Surrender, No Retreat (Season 4)**
2261 • Thirdspace (2nd film)***
2262 • The Wheel of Fire (Season 5)
2263 • The River of Souls (3rd film)
2265 • The Legend of the Rangers (5th film)
2266 • A Call to Arms (4th film)
2267 • Crusade (spin-off series)
2271 • The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark
2278 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2281 • Babylon 5 station decommissioned

* The framing story is set in 2278.
** The final episode of the season includes scenes of future events up to 3262 and beyond.
*** The story is set between the two wars in season 4.
The final episode of series is set in 2281.

Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created, produced and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. The show centers on the Babylon 5 space station: a focal point for politics, diplomacy, and conflict during the years 2257–2262. With its prominent use of planned story arcs, the series was often described as a "novel for television".[1][2]

The pilot film premiered on February 22, 1993. The regular series aired from January 26, 1994, and ran for five full seasons. Due to Warner corporate structure and policy concerning syndication in general, and syndication of properties produced by the defunct PTEN division in particular, the show has been syndicated only briefly, and has not appeared on U.S. television since 2003 (though it has aired in other countries). The show spawned six television films and a spin-off series, Crusade, which aired in 1999 and ran for 13 episodes. On July 31, 2007, a DVD was released containing two short films about selected characters from the series.

The five seasons of the series each correspond to one fictional sequential year in the period 2258–2262. Each season shares its name with an episode that is central to that season's plot. As the series starts, the Babylon 5 station is welcoming ambassadors from various races in the galaxy. Earth has just barely survived an accidental war with the powerful Minbari, who, despite their superior technology, mysteriously surrendered at the brink of the destruction of the human race.

Some episodes in the second season were aired out of their intended chronological sequence. Straczynski has confirmed that, in Season 2, "A Race Through Dark Places" should precede "Soul Mates," and that "Knives" should precede "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum."[3]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26) October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26) November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)[4]
2 22 November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02) November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01) April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)[5]
3 22 November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06) October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28) August 12, 2003 (2003-08-12)[6]
4 22 November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04) October 27, 1997 (1997-10-27) January 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)[7]
5 22 January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21) November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25) April 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)[8]

Pilot film[edit]

# Title Original air date Production code
n/a "Babylon 5: The Gathering" February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22) n/a
The Vorlon ambassador is nearly killed by an assassin shortly after arriving at the station. Commander Sinclair is the prime suspect

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: Signs and Portents (1994) [edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original US air date Production
code
1 1 "Midnight on the Firing Line" Richard Compton J. Michael Straczynski January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26) 103
When the Narn attack a Centauri colony, Londo and G'Kar nearly come to blows. Meanwhile, raiders are attacking transport ships near the station.
2 2 "Soul Hunter" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02) 102
A badly damaged ship is brought into the station, and the strange alien inside is identified as a Soul Hunter — an immortal race who can sense death and supposedly steal someone's soul.
3 3 "Born to the Purple" Bruce Seth Green Larry DiTillio February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09) 104
Londo's career is in jeopardy when a beautiful slave seduces him and steals a sensitive computer file. Garibaldi investigates an unauthorized use of a restricted communications channel.
4 4 "Infection" Richard Compton J. Michael Straczynski February 16, 1994 (1994-02-16) 101
Dr. Franklin gets a visit from old friend and mentor, xenoarcheologist Dr. Hendricks. He wants Franklin's help to analyze hi-tech organic artifacts he found on a dead world. But the artifacts seem to have a will of their own, and start to manipulate Hendricks' assistant.
5 5 "The Parliament of Dreams" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski February 23, 1994 (1994-02-23) 108
Sinclair's old flame, Catherine Sakai, arrives during a weeklong festival when humans and aliens demonstrate their religious beliefs. An old enemy sends an assassin to kill G'Kar.
6 6 "Mind War" Bruce Seth Green J. Michael Straczynski March 2, 1994 (1994-03-02) 110
A rogue telepath with exceptional powers takes refuge on Babylon 5, and two PSI Cops arrive to capture him. Catherine Sakai heads to Sigma 957 to survey it for Quantium-40, ignoring G'Kar's grave warnings.
7 7 "The War Prayer" Richard Compton D. C. Fontana March 9, 1994 (1994-03-09) 107
A racist group is terrorizing aliens on Babylon 5, stabbing and branding them. Meanwhile Londo has trouble with two young Centauri who want to break tradition by ignoring their arranged marriages, and instead marrying for love.
8 8 "And the Sky Full of Stars" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski March 16, 1994 (1994-03-16) 106
Sinclair is kidnapped and interrogated by two men determined to prove he betrayed Earth during the Battle of the Line.
9 9 "Deathwalker" Bruce Seth Green Larry DiTillio April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20) 113
Na'Toth attacks an alien woman that has just arrived on the station, claiming that she is the Dilgar war criminal Jha'dur — known as Deathwalker. And Talia is hired by Kosh to oversee some rather strange negotiations.
10 10 "Believers" Richard Compton David Gerrold April 27, 1994 (1994-04-27) 105
An alien couple comes to Dr. Franklin with their fatally ill son. The child could be cured by a simple operation, but the parents' religion specifically forbids it. Meanwhile Ivanova escorts a damaged star liner through raider territory.
11 11 "Survivors" Jim Johnston Marc Scott Zicree May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04) 111
There is an explosion in one of the fighter bays just days before the president is to visit Babylon 5. A dying man implicates Garibaldi, which is just what the head of presidential security wants to hear, as she blames him for her father's death.
12 12 "By Any Means Necessary" Jim Johnston Kathryn M. Drennan May 11, 1994 (1994-05-11) 114
An accident in the docking bays starts a series of problems on Babylon 5, when a Narn freighter is destroyed and one of the workers is killed. The dock workers demand better conditions or they'll go on strike. And G'Kar has to get a replacement G'Quan-Eth plant for an important religious ceremony.
13 13 "Signs and Portents" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski May 18, 1994 (1994-05-18) 116
A Centauri noble comes to Babylon 5 to transport an important Centauri relic in Londo's possession back to the homeworld. And a mysterious man visits all the alien ambassadors asking them an unusual question.
14 14 "TKO" John C. Flinn III Larry DiTillio May 25, 1994 (1994-05-25) 119
Garibaldi is surprised when an old friend comes to Babylon 5 to fight in the mutai — a savage alien fighting arena. Meanwhile Ivanova has trouble dealing with her father's death.
15 15 "Grail" Richard Compton Christy Marx July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06) 109
A man comes to Babylon 5 asking the alien ambassadors for information that can help him with his quest to find the Holy Grail, while a Downbelow gangster gives security problems by mindwiping all who oppose him.
16 16 "Eyes" Jim Johnston Larry DiTillio July 13, 1994 (1994-07-13) 122
Sinclair's decisions of the last year catch up with him, when an internal affairs investigator arrives to test the crew's loyalty to Earth Force with the help of a telepath. And Lennier shows great interest in Garibaldi's attempt at assembling a 1990s motorcycle.
17 17 "Legacies" Bruce Seth Green D. C. Fontana July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20) 115
A Minbari war cruiser comes to Babylon 5 to display the body of a recently dead Minbari leader, while Ivanova and Talia battle for the fate of a young girl with newly discovered telepathic powers.
18 18 "A Voice in the Wilderness (Part 1)" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski July 27, 1994 (1994-07-27) 120
Strange signals start coming from Epsilon 3, the planet below Babylon 5. A science ship is sent to investigate, but is fired upon by a defense system on the planet. Meanwhile Garibaldi worries about a lover he left back on Mars, when fighting breaks out there.
19 19 "A Voice in the Wilderness (Part 2)" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski August 3, 1994 (1994-08-03) 121
The situation heats up when an Earth Force heavy cruiser arrives to "protect earth's interests", and the fusion reactors on Epsilon 3 start going out of control, and may blow up the planet and Babylon 5.
20 20 "Babylon Squared" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski August 10, 1994 (1994-08-10) 118
Babylon 4 reappears at the same place it disappeared four years before, and Sinclair and Garibaldi lead an expedition to evacuate its crew. Meanwhile Delenn is summoned by the Gray council. They inform her that they have selected a new leader— her.
21 21 "The Quality of Mercy" Lorraine Senna Ferrara J. Michael Straczynski August 17, 1994 (1994-08-17) 117
Dr. Franklin investigates an unlicensed medical practitioner in Downbelow, while Londo takes Lennier for a tour of Babylon 5's seedier locales. And in the brig, a convicted murderer waits for his sentence to be carried out — the death of personality.
22 22 "Chrysalis" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26) 112
The Centauri are about to withdraw from a quadrant of space because the Narns are harassing them, when Londo gets an offer to take care of the problem. Meanwhile Garibaldi tries to find out what his informant stumbled upon that got him killed.

Season 2: The Coming of Shadows (1994–1995) [edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original US air date Production
code
23 1 "Points of Departure" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02) 201
Captain John Sheridan takes command of Babylon 5 after Sinclair is reassigned; a rogue Minbari warship is on the loose in hyperspace; and the truth behind the end of the Minbari War is revealed.
24 2 "Revelations" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski November 9, 1994 (1994-11-09) 202
Franklin takes extreme measures to save Garibaldi; Delenn emerges from her chrysalis; Sheridan's sister arrives for a visit; Londo's dealings with Mr Morden become even more complex; and G'Kar returns from his travels with a dire warning.
25 3 "The Geometry of Shadows" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16) 203
Londo continues to use Morden and his associates to gain prestige and power; a group of Technomages call upon the station; and Ivanova is forced to settle a dangerous dispute among the Drazi population.
26 4 "A Distant Star" Jim Johnston D. C. Fontana November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23) 204
Sheridan launches a dangerous operation to rescue an Earth exploration ship, captained by his friend, when it is stranded in hyperspace; Delenn's authority within the Minbari is questioned as a result of her transformation.
27 5 "The Long Dark" Mario Di Leo Scott Frost November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30) 205
A cryonic exploration vessel from a hundred years ago approaches Babylon 5, bringing with it a deadly creature and a human from the past.
28 6 "Spider in the Web" Kevin G. Cremin Larry DiTillio December 7, 1994 (1994-12-07) 206
An old friend of Talia Winters is murdered by what appears to be an agent of a Martian resistance movement.
29 7 "Soul Mates" John C. Flinn III Peter David December 14, 1994 (1994-12-14) 208
Londo's three wives arrive on the station; Delenn seeks Ivanova's help in adjusting to her new human characteristics; and Talia's ex-husband, a fellow Psi Corps telepath, arrives on the station with an intriguing story.
30 8 "A Race Through Dark Places" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25) 207
Psi Cop Alfred Bester returns to Babylon 5, searching for an underground railroad helping rogue telepaths to escape the Corps; his arrival sparks discord among the command staff as they realize that an insider is helping the railroad.
31 9 "The Coming of Shadows" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01) 209
Emperor Turhan of the Centauri is coming to Babylon 5 for a state visit, prompting extreme behavior from both G'Kar and Londo. Garibaldi encounters a group called "the Rangers".
32 10 "Gropos" Jim Johnston Larry DiTillio February 8, 1995 (1995-02-08) 210
Babylon 5 plays host to 25,000 EarthForce marines, known as "ground-pounders", led by General Richard Franklin, Stephen's father.
33 11 "All Alone in the Night" Mario Di Leo J. Michael Straczynski February 15, 1995 (1995-02-15) 211
During a Starfury flight, Sheridan is kidnapped by an unknown alien race. Delenn is summoned by the Gray Council to hear her fate.
34 12 "Acts of Sacrifice" Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski February 22, 1995 (1995-02-22) 212
G'Kar attempts to rally support for his people from Sheridan and the Earth Alliance; Ivanova goes to great lengths to secure an alliance with a new race.
35 13 "Hunter, Prey" Menachem Binetski J. Michael Straczynski March 1, 1995 (1995-03-01) 213
The command staff races against time – and EarthForce – to find a missing doctor who has information on President Santiago's assassination.
36 14 "There All the Honor Lies" Mike Vejar Peter David April 26, 1995 (1995-04-26) 215
Sheridan nearly loses his command after he kills a Minbari in self-defense. Ivanova is placed in charge of a gift shop selling Babylon 5 merchandise.
37 15 "And Now For a Word" Mario Di Leo J. Michael Straczynski May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03) 214
An ISN news crew spends 36 hours on Babylon 5 to film a documentary, capturing a snapshot of life on the station as well as the progress of the Narn-Centauri war.
38 16 "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10) 217
Sheridan discovers a connection between his late wife and the mysterious Mr Morden, and makes enemies of everyone around him when he has Morden detained.
39 17 "Knives" Stephen L. Posey Larry DiTillio May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17) 216
Londo is reunited with an old friend, only to be caught in the middle of Republic agendas. An alien life form invades Sheridan's body.
40 18 "Confessions and Lamentations" Kevin G. Cremin J. Michael Straczynski May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24) 218
A deadly plague threatens the Markab race with extinction, leaving Franklin in a race against time to find the cure before even more species are infected.
41 19 "Divided Loyalties" Jesus Trevino J. Michael Straczynski October 11, 1995 (1995-10-11) 220
Lyta Alexander returns to Babylon 5 with news that one of the command staff may, unknowingly, be a sleeper agent for the Psi Corps.
42 20 "The Long, Twilight Struggle" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18) 219
The Centauri war machine rolls on toward the Narn homeworld, unknowingly aided by the Shadows, while the remains of the Narn fleet plan a last-ditch counter-attack.
43 21 "Comes the Inquisitor" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25) 221
The Vorlons send an "Inquisitor" to Babylon 5 to test Sheridan and Delenn's readiness to lead the Army of Light. The Narns onboard the station begin to challenge G'Kar's leadership.
44 22 "The Fall of Night" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01) 222
The command staff are caught between a rock and a hard place when Sheridan agrees to give sanctuary to a Narn warship, while EarthForce attempts to placate the increasingly aggressive Centauri Republic. The Nightwatch begins to expand their influence on the station.

Season 3: Point of No Return (1995–1996) [edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original US air date Production
code
45 1 "Matters of Honor" Kevin G. Cremin J. Michael Straczynski November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06) 301
The Babylon 5 crew is presented with a new weapon with which to fight the growing Shadow threat. An official from EarthForce comes to the station to investigate Lt. Keffer's recording.
46 2 "Convictions" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski November 13, 1995 (1995-11-13) 302
A series of random bombings rocks the station and threatens the crew and the ambassadors. A group of monks from Earth arrives on the station.
47 3 "A Day in the Strife" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski November 20, 1995 (1995-11-20) 303
The Babylon 5 crew makes contact with a strange alien probe. G'Kar's standing among the Narn is threatened from without and within.
48 4 "Passing Through Gethsemane" Adam Nimoy J. Michael Straczynski November 27, 1995 (1995-11-27) 305
A kindly monk finds himself assailed by strange objects and previously hidden memories. Lyta Alexander returns to Babylon 5.
49 5 "Voices of Authority" Menachem Binetski J. Michael Straczynski January 29, 1996 (1996-01-29) 304
Ivanova and Marcus go searching for more of the First Ones with the help of Draal. Sheridan comes under the scrutiny of the Nightwatch as well as Babylon 5's new "political officer".
50 6 "Dust to Dust" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski February 5, 1996 (1996-02-05) 306
The "Conspiracy of Light" is jeopardized when Bester comes to Babylon 5 to find a dealer of the telepathy-inducing drug Dust, one who has made G'Kar's acquaintance…
51 7 "Exogenesis" Kevin G. Cremin J. Michael Straczynski February 12, 1996 (1996-02-12) 307
Franklin and Marcus investigate an outbreak of parasitic aliens in Down Below. Ivanova is tasked with determining whether Lt. Corwin is suitable for the "Conspiracy of Light".
52 8 "Messages from Earth" (Part 1) Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19) 308
A startling revelation leads Sheridan and Delenn on a dangerous mission into Earth Alliance space. The Nightwatch expands its influence over Babylon 5.
53 9 "Point of No Return" (Part 2) Jim Johnston J. Michael Straczynski February 26, 1996 (1996-02-26) 309
When President Clark declares martial law throughout the Earth Alliance, the command crew must find a way to stop Nightwatch from taking over Babylon 5. Londo receives a prophecy from Emperor Turhan's widow when she visits the station.
54 10 "Severed Dreams" (Part 3) David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01) 310
President Clark tries to seize control of Babylon 5 by force, forcing Sheridan and the command crew to take arms against their own government. Delenn confronts the Gray Council.
55 11 "Ceremonies of Light and Dark" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski April 8, 1996 (1996-04-08) 311
Delenn tries to organize a Minbari religious ceremony to help the command crew and the ambassadors to adjust to their new situations. Remnants of Nightwatch attempt to undermine Sheridan's control of Babylon 5. Londo confronts Lord Refa.
56 12 "Sic Transit Vir" Jesus Trevino J. Michael Straczynski April 15, 1996 (1996-04-15) 313
Vir faces calamity when his fiancée – whom he has never met – arrives on the station, and his "work" as the Centauri ambassador to Minbar is revealed.
57 13 "A Late Delivery from Avalon" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski April 22, 1996 (1996-04-22) 312
A traveler arrives on the station, claiming to be a character out of the Arthurian legends. Sheridan and Ivanova try to gain recognition of the station's new status among the alien governments.
58 14 "Ship of Tears" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski April 29, 1996 (1996-04-29) 314
Bester returns to Babylon 5 and proposes a strange alliance: information on President Clark's plans for the station in exchange for helping to liberate Shadow weapons.
59 15 "Interludes and Examinations" Jesus Trevino J. Michael Straczynski May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06) 315
The Shadow War begins in earnest, and it falls to Sheridan to rally a force against the Shadows. He requests help from Kosh and it brings about profound consequences. Franklin falls further and further into his addiction.
60 16 "War Without End (Part 1)" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13) 316
Jeffrey Sinclair returns with a mission vital to the survival of the station: traveling back in time to steal Babylon 4.
61 17 "War Without End (Part 2)" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski May 20, 1996 (1996-05-20) 317
Jeffrey Sinclair returns with a mission vital to the survival of the station: traveling back in time to steal Babylon 4.
62 18 "Walkabout" Kevin G. Cremin J. Michael Straczynski September 30, 1996 (1996-09-30) 318
Franklin continues his walkabout through Down Below. A replacement Vorlon arrives on the station. Sheridan is determined to score a victory against the Shadows using his newfound advantage.
63 19 "Grey 17 Is Missing" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski October 7, 1996 (1996-10-07) 319
Garibaldi investigates an abandoned level of the station. Delenn is installed as head of the Rangers, but Neroon doubts her worthiness.
64 20 "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski October 14, 1996 (1996-10-14) 320
A delegation of religious leaders comes to Babylon 5 to visit Brother Theo and to provide assistance to Sheridan. Londo sets a plan in motion to rid himself of Lord Refa.
65 21 "Shadow Dancing" Kim Friedman J. Michael Straczynski October 21, 1996 (1996-10-21) 321
The Army of Light prepares to engage the Shadows in the biggest battle of the war yet. Franklin's walkabout comes to its bloody conclusion.
66 22 "Z'ha'dum" Adam Nimoy J. Michael Straczynski October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28) 322
Sheridan's wife, who supposedly died four years ago, tries to convince Sheridan to come to Z'ha'dum and meet his opposite number. Londo receives important news about his political future. The Shadows move against Babylon 5 itself.

Season 4: No Surrender, No Retreat (1996–1997) [edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
67 1 "The Hour of the Wolf" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04) 401
Ivanova, Delenn and Lyta travel to Z'ha'dum to search for Sheridan, while G'Kar ventures out to search for Garibaldi. Londo finds that the political climate on Centauri Prime has worsened under the rule of Cartagia, the insane emperor.
68 2 "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?" Kevin James Dobson J. Michael Straczynski November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11) 402
G'Kar and Marcus continue searching for Garibaldi, pursued by agents of the Centauri. Sheridan tries to return to "life" with the help of the mysterious being Lorien.
69 3 "The Summoning" John McPherson J. Michael Straczynski November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18) 403
Zack gets a lead on rescuing Garibaldi from his unknown captors. Delenn faces opposition from the League of Non-Aligned Worlds when she tries to reorganize the Army of Light.
70 4 "Falling Toward Apotheosis" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski November 25, 1996 (1996-11-25) 404
As the first step toward ending the war, Sheridan decides to act against the new Vorlon ambassador. G'Kar faces torture at the hands of Cartagia.
71 5 "The Long Night" John Lafia J. Michael Straczynski January 27, 1997 (1997-01-27) 405
Sheridan continues putting the pieces in place for his final strike against the Shadows and the Vorlons, while Londo and Vir make the final preparations for assassinating Emperor Cartagia.
72 6 "Into the Fire" Kevin James Dobson J. Michael Straczynski February 3, 1997 (1997-02-03) 406
At the height of the Shadow War, Sheridan stages a final showdown between the Vorlons and the Shadows at Coriana VI.
73 7 "Epiphanies" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski February 10, 1997 (1997-02-10) 407
Garibaldi resigns his position. Bester returns with the news that Earth Alliance plans to isolate and discredit Babylon 5.
74 8 "The Illusion of Truth" Stephen Furst J. Michael Straczynski February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17) 408
The command crew take a chance when an ISN reporter arrives on the station, claiming that he wants to do an objective and truthful story on Babylon 5.
75 9 "Atonement" Tony Dow J. Michael Straczynski February 24, 1997 (1997-02-24) 409
Delenn must return to Minbar and justify her relationship with Sheridan to her people, and makes an important discovery in the process. Sheridan sends Marcus and Franklin to Mars. The TV film Babylon 5: Thirdspace may take place during this episode (to the extent that the film's continuity problems can be resolved).
76 10 "Racing Mars" Jesus Trevino J. Michael Straczynski April 21, 1997 (1997-04-21) 410
Franklin and Marcus arrive on Mars to begin coordinating with the resistance. The rift between Sheridan and Garibaldi grows wider.
77 11 "Lines of Communication" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski April 28, 1997 (1997-04-28) 411
Franklin and Marcus attempt to persuade the Mars Resistance to assist Sheridan in opposing President Clark. Delenn learns of the Drakh and of increasing caste tensions on Minbar.
78 12 "Conflicts of Interest" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski May 5, 1997 (1997-05-05) 412
Garibaldi begins working for a mysterious new employer. Sheridan comes up with a plan to counter President Clark's propaganda campaign.
79 13 "Rumors, Bargains and Lies" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski May 12, 1997 (1997-05-12) 413
Sheridan tricks the League of Non-Aligned Worlds into a new alliance. Delenn approaches Neroon in an attempt to end the Minbari civil war.
80 14 "Moments of Transition" Tony Dow J. Michael Straczynski May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19) 414
The Warrior Caste demands the surrender of Delenn and the Religious Caste. Bester makes an offer to an increasingly desperate Lyta. Sheridan is compelled to act after receiving horrible news from Ivanova.
81 15 "No Surrender, No Retreat" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski May 26, 1997 (1997-05-26) 415
Provoked by President Clark's latest actions, Sheridan leads the White Star fleet against EarthForce to liberate Proxima 3.
82 16 "The Exercise of Vital Powers" John Lafia J. Michael Straczynski June 2, 1997 (1997-06-02) 416
Garibaldi arrives on Mars to meet his new employer, William Edgars. Lyta helps Franklin to make progress with the frozen telepaths.
83 17 "The Face of the Enemy" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski June 9, 1997 (1997-06-09) 417
Garibaldi is faced with the decision of whether or not to betray Sheridan. Franklin and Lyta arrive on Mars with their cargo of frozen telepaths.
84 18 "Intersections in Real Time" John Lafia J. Michael Straczynski June 16, 1997 (1997-06-16) 418
Sheridan is ruthlessly interrogated by the Earth Alliance.
85 19 "Between the Darkness and the Light" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski October 6, 1997 (1997-10-06) 419
As Sheridan continues to suffer at the hands of EarthForce, Ivanova takes command of the fleet for their next engagement. Garibaldi tries to prove his innocence to the Mars Resistance.
86 20 "Endgame" John Copeland J. Michael Straczynski October 13, 1997 (1997-10-13) 420
Sheridan commands the final assault on President Clark's forces with the help of Garibaldi, Franklin, Lyta and the Mars Resistance. Marcus weighs a dangerous and vital decision.
87 21 "Rising Star" Tony Dow J. Michael Straczynski October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20) 421
Sheridan faces the consequences of his actions against Clark and EarthForce. Marcus makes the ultimate sacrifice. Delenn organizes the various races into a history-making Alliance.
88 22 "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" Stephen Furst J. Michael Straczynski October 27, 1997 (1997-10-27) 422[9]
Reveals the effect that Babylon 5 will have on the universe for up to a million years into the future.

Season 5: The Wheel of Fire (1998) [edit]

Instead of using a simple voiceover, season 5's title sequence features a montage of crucial scenes and snippets of speech from the previous seasons, in chronological order.

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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89 1 "No Compromises" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21) 502[9]
Sheridan is targeted by an assassin in the lead up to his inauguration as President of the Interstellar Alliance. At the behest of Sheridan, Captain Elizabeth Lochley arrives from Earth to take command of Babylon 5. A group of rogue telepaths come to the station looking for sanctuary.
90 2 "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski January 28, 1998 (1998-01-28) 503
Londo suffers a heart attack and falls into a surreal dream, where he must face his greatest fear in order to survive. Lennier decides to leave Delenn's service and return to Minbar.
91 3 "The Paragon of Animals" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski February 4, 1998 (1998-02-04) 504
Sheridan clashes with the various member worlds of the Alliance over the Declaration of Principles. An isolated world on the Rim asks for the Alliance's help in defending themselves against Raiders. Garibaldi attempts to recruit telepaths for intelligence operations.
92 4 "A View from the Gallery" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski (story and teleplay)
Harlan Ellison (story)
February 11, 1998 (1998-02-11) 505
As Babylon 5 comes under attack by an alien race, ordinary maintenance workers Mack and Bo work to keep the station running.
93 5 "Learning Curve" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski February 18, 1998 (1998-02-18) 506
Two Minbari Ranger trainees visit the station, Garibaldi investigates Lockley's background, and Zack investigates a murder Down Below.
94 6 "Strange Relations" John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski February 25, 1998 (1998-02-25) 507
The command crew are put in a difficult position when a unit of Psi Cops, led by Bester, comes to the station to arrest the colony of telepaths.
95 7 "Secrets of the Soul" Tony Dow J. Michael Straczynski March 4, 1998 (1998-03-04) 508
Lyta becomes closer to Byron and the colony of telepaths, while Franklin investigates a secret from the Hyach race's distant past.
96 8 "Day of the Dead" Doug Lefler Neil Gaiman March 11, 1998 (1998-03-11) 511[10]
Babylon 5 becomes part of the Brakiri "Day of the Dead" festival, in which people are visited by the deceased from their past. Famous entertainers Rebo and Zooty visit the station.
97 9 "In the Kingdom of the Blind" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski March 18, 1998 (1998-03-18) 509
Byron and the telepath colony bring an ultimatum to the Interstellar Alliance. Londo returns to Centauri Prime, with G'Kar as his bodyguard, and discovers intrigue and danger in the Royal Court.
98 10 "A Tragedy of Telepaths" Tony Dow J. Michael Straczynski March 25, 1998 (1998-03-25) 510
The situation between the Alliance and the telepath colony continues to deteriorate when Bester arrives on the station. Londo and G'Kar discover an old friend in the Centauri Royal Court.
99 11 "Phoenix Rising" David J. Eagle J. Michael Straczynski April 1, 1998 (1998-04-01) 512
The standoff between the telepaths, the Alliance and the Psi Corps ends in blood and tragedy. Garibaldi confronts his nemesis.
100 12 "The Ragged Edge" John Copeland J. Michael Straczynski April 8, 1998 (1998-04-08) 513
Garibaldi's relapse into alcoholism jeopardises a covert mission to the Drazi homeworld. G'Kar discovers that he has become a religious leader to his people.
101 13 "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father" Stephen Furst J. Michael Straczynski April 15, 1998 (1998-04-15) 514
With a pair of trainee Psi Cops in tow, Bester pursues a murderous rogue telepath from Mars to Babylon 5.
102 14 "Meditations on the Abyss" Mike Vejar J. Michael Straczynski May 27, 1998 (1998-05-27) 515
Lennier undergoes Ranger training aboard one of the White Star vessels, while secretly on a mission for Delenn and the Alliance. Meanwhile, the Drazi bug Londo's quarters and face the wrath of Vir.
103 15 "Darkness Ascending" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski June 3, 1998 (1998-06-03) 516
Lennier risks his life to uncover the proof needed to implicate the Centauri in the attacks on shipping lanes. Lise arrives on the station and confronts Garibaldi about his relapse.
104 16 "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder" Goran Gajic J. Michael Straczynski June 10, 1998 (1998-06-10) 517
Sheridan and Delenn bring formal charges against the Centauri Republic, bringing the Centauri and the Alliance to the brink of war.
105 17 "Movements of Fire and Shadow" (Part 1) John C. Flinn III J. Michael Straczynski June 17, 1998 (1998-06-17) 518
As the war between the Alliance and the Centauri grows more intense, Sheridan must contend with rogue Narn and Drazi generals who want to take drastic action. Lyta and Franklin uncover a startling truth behind the Centauri campaign.
106 18 "The Fall of Centauri Prime" (Part 2) Douglas E. Wise J. Michael Straczynski October 28, 1998 (1998-10-28) 519
The fate of Centauri Prime is decided, between the weapons of the Alliance and the threats of the Drakh. Delenn and Lennier are stranded in hyperspace.
107 19 "The Wheel of Fire" Janet Greek J. Michael Straczynski November 4, 1998 (1998-11-04) 520
G'Kar deals with the 'cult of personality' that is forming around him. Delenn learns that she is pregnant. Lochley helps Garibaldi deal with his problems with alcoholism.
108 20 "Objects in Motion" Jesus Trevino J. Michael Straczynski (story and teleplay)
Harlan Ellison (story)
November 11, 1998 (1998-11-11) 521
As G'Kar plans to leave Babylon 5 with Lyta, the crew avert an assassination attempt on Garibaldi and Lise with the help of an old ally.
109 21 "Objects at Rest" John Copeland J. Michael Straczynski November 18, 1998 (1998-11-18) 522
Sheridan and Delenn finally depart Babylon 5 for the IA's new headquarters on Minbar. Franklin leaves for his new posting on Earth. Garibaldi settles into his new corporate life. And Lennier makes a terrible choice and must face the consequences.
110 22 "Sleeping in Light" J. Michael Straczynski J. Michael Straczynski November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25) 523[9]
Twenty years after the end of the Shadow War, Sheridan is approaching the end of his life and decides to gather together all his old friends one last time.

Other films[edit]

# Title Original air date
1 "Babylon 5: In the Beginning" January 4, 1998 (1998-01-04)
The main plot is set ten years before the events of the series. In the Beginning depicts the events of the Earth/Minbari War from its genesis to its conclusion, as this story is being told by Londo Mollari to two Centauri children.
2 "Babylon 5: Thirdspace" July 19, 1998 (1998-07-19)
When leftover Vorlon technology unleashes an ancient and overwhelming alien force, Babylon 5 is all that stands between these new enemies and the total annihilation of all life.
3 "Babylon 5: The River of Souls" November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
An archaeologist brings his most recent find to Babylon 5: an orb containing one billion souls of an extinct race. When a Soul Hunter arrives to recover the souls, they escape and wreak havoc throughout the station, leaving Lochley, Zach and Garibaldi to save the station.
4 "Babylon 5: A Call to Arms" January 3, 1999 (1999-01-03)
When allies of the Shadows seek revenge against Earth, President Sheridan seeks aid in the unlikeliest of places in order to save his world. While being a Babylon 5-film, it also sets up the spin-off Crusade, introducing the ship that this series is set on, two major characters, and its backplot.
5 "Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers" January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19)
The adventures of a crew of Rangers, who are called upon to escort a group of diplomats and end up in conflict with a dangerous new enemy known as the Hand. Conceived as a pilot for a spin-off, but this series was never picked up.

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales[edit]

This is a direct-to-DVD production, the DVD contains two 35 minute episodes, each focusing on a particular character. See Babylon 5: The Lost Tales.

# Title Original air date
1 "Voices in the Dark: Over Here" July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)
While awaiting Sheridan's arrival on B5, Lochley summons a priest from Earth to help deal with an apparently supernatural being.
2 "Voices in the Dark: Over There" July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)
When a technomage predicts that a young Centauri prince will someday become the Centauri emperor and destroy humanity, ISA President John Sheridan must decide whether to assassinate the prince.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

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  3. ^ Straczynski, J. Michael (1995-05-23). "which comes first...". rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated (Archived at JMSNews.com). Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Babylon 5 – The Complete First Season (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Babylon 5 – The Complete Second Season (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Babylon 5 – The Complete Third Season (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Babylon 5 – The Complete Fourth Season (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Babylon 5 – The Complete Fifth Season (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c When the series was renewed for Season Five, "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" was shot as the first episode (501) of the Season Five production run to replace the series finale originally produced during Season Four as production number 422, "Sleeping in Light." "Falling Stars" was moved to the end of the PTEN (Seasons One-Four) run with a production code of 422 and the production code for the series finale was changed to 523 and moved to the end of the TNT (Season Five) run.
  10. ^ This episode was placed eighth of the season in the original broadcast, and on the DVD. The episode guide places it after the "Phoenix Rising", making it episode #11 in the season. As this is a standalone episode, its "true" position is uncertain, but for one exception – at the end of the episode, Captain Lochley states that Mr. Garibaldi is blaming the telepaths for the events of "Day of the Dead". While he could be referring to any telepaths, he most likely refers to those telepaths living in Down Below, who would not be around after "Phoenix Rising".