Between the Darkness and the Light

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"Between the Darkness and the Light"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 19
Directed byDavid J. Eagle
Written byJ. Michael Straczynski
Production code419
Original air dateOctober 6, 1997
Guest appearance(s)

Marc Gomes (Eisensen)
Bruce Gray (Interrogator)
Marjorie Monaghan (Number One)
David Purdham (Captain James)
Musetta Vander (Felicia)

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"Between the Darkness and the Light" is an episode from the fourth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.


Sheridan faces continued interrogation from Earth Alliance, now being drugged to believe he is on Babylon 5 to speak more openly.

On Mars, Garibaldi attempts to make contact with allies but is quickly captured by the Resistance and taken to its leader, Number One, along with Franklin and Lyta. Number One is ready to kill Garibaldi for turning Sheridan in, despite Garibaldi claiming it was all a Psi-Corps frameup. Lyta intercedes and offers to read Garibaldi's mind, verifying that high-level telepathic blocks had been put in place and then with her Vorlon-enhanced abilities breaks through the blocks to verify he is telling the truth. After recovering, Garibaldi has an idea where Sheridan is being held on Mars. Number One offers as little help as she can spare to help them sneak in. Ultimately they are able to free Sheridan and then work their way to rejoin his fleet.

On Babylon 5, Ambassadors Mollari and G'Kar gain cooperation from the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to provide warcraft to help support Sheridan's fleet, justifying the fact that Sheridan and the other Earth crew have put their lives on the line to help protect their worlds from the Shadows. They present this agreement to Delenn as a surprise just before she sets off to join Sheridan's fleet.

Within the fleet, one of the captured Earth crew offers inside information for leniency, in that Earth is aware of the fleet's plan to travel to Mars, and has prepared stronger warships to intercept them. Armed with this knowledge, Ivanova carefully plans out their arrival, using primarily the Minbari ships. When they jump into the sector, they are soon surrounded by Earth battlecruisers augmented with Shadow technology. The Minbari ships are more maneuverable and are able to take out the larger ships. Ivanova orders her White Star on a head-first attack to one ship, and while their attack run is successful, debris from the ship strikes the White Star, mortally wounding Ivanova. Marcus rescues her and takes her to a Minbari warship for care. Sheridan arrives, reunites with Delenn, and sees to Ivanova, revealing that her injuries are too severe and she will likely die within a week.

Sheridan requests command of the Agamemnon, his old command, and prepares to lead the fleet to Mars.

Arc significance[edit]

  • The Mars resistance captures Garibaldi and he convinces them that Sheridan's betrayal was not his doing.
  • Clark's forces have retrofitted some Omega-class destroyers with Shadow technology and are preparing to ambush Sheridan's fleet.
  • Garibaldi, Franklin and Lyta rescue Sheridan.
  • Ivanova is gravely wounded fighting the Shadow-enhanced destroyers.
  • The Centauri and Narn are flying side-by-side in Sheridan's fleet.


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