Rising Star (Babylon 5)

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"Rising Star"
Babylon 5 episode
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Episode no. Season 4
Episode 21
Directed by Tony Dow
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Production code 421
Original air date 20 October 1997
Guest actors

Joey Dente (Luko)
Denise Gentile (Lise Hampton Edgars)
Rance Howard (David Sheridan)
Michael Potter (General Foote)
Beata Pozniak (Pres. Susanna Luchenko)
Walter Koenig (Bester)

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"Rising Star" is an episode from the fourth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.


Marcus reaches Babylon 5 and uses the Alien Healing Device to save Ivanova's life and dies in the process. Delenn launches the Interstellar Alliance; Sheridan is forced to resign from EarthForce to receive amnesty for himself and the rest of his staff. The Alliance is announced in a press conference at Earthgov's headquarters in Geneva, with a dramatic flyover by the entire White Star fleet. In later negotiations with Earth concerning its membership in the Interstellar Alliance, it is revealed that Sheridan has been elected as its first President.

Susan Ivanova is offered the command of a Warlock class destroyer. Garibaldi wins back his girlfriend Lise Hampton-Edgars. Delenn and Sheridan get married on a White Star and return to Babylon 5. G'Kar uses his artificial eye to view the proceedings in Sheridan and Delenn's bedroom.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Sheridan has been forced to resign from EarthForce.
  • Sheridan is reunited with his father.
  • Sheridan marries Delenn on a White Star.
  • The Interstellar Alliance is formed, with Sheridan as its President, and Earth agrees to join this new alliance in exchange for limited access to Minbari and Vorlon technology. The Alliance intends to use the Rangers, whose primary mission against the Shadows is now moot, as the arbiters and peacekeepers of the Interstellar Alliance.
  • Londo Mollari learns that the Regent of the Centauri Republic is dying, and that he will be named the next Emperor after the Regent's death.
  • Marcus uses the Alien Healing Device to save Ivanova, sacrificing his own life in the process. This is portended by a conversation Ivanova has with the first one known as Lorien earlier in the season, in which he discusses the pains of immortality and how "only love is eternal", and that she should embrace that. Cole's dying words "I love you" echo this sentiment.
  • As Sheridan's last act as an Earth Force officer, Ivanova is promoted to Captain, and she leaves the station. She is given command of a new Warlock-class vessel.
  • In the episode's epilogue, Delenn notes that the Telepath War, the Drakh War, and strains within the Interstellar Alliance would be major events in the subsequent 20-year timespan.

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