Endgame (Babylon 5)
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|Babylon 5 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||John Copeland|
|Written by||J. Michael Straczynski|
|Original air date||October 12, 1997|
"Endgame" is an episode from the fourth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.
Before the fleet moves on Mars, Ivanova is determined too fragile to remain and she is sent back to Babylon 5. Marcus asks Lennier if there's anything that the station can do, but Lennier answers in an awkward manner that leads Marcus to investigate past medical records. He learns of the alien device that Franklin previously acquired to transfer one's life energy to another.
On Mars, the Resistance works with their contact in Earth Force to bring the Shadow-enhanced telepaths aboard each of the battlecruisers about to leave to engage Sheridan's fleet. Garibaldi helps the Resistance to secure the outer patrol stations on Mars and gives Marcus the signal to jump in within Mars' atmosphere and disable the remaining Earth Force ships there, leaving the colony open for attack. General Lefcourt, leading the Earth fleet from the Apollo, believes this was a trick to try to turn the fleet around and urges them to continue on. Planetside, Lyta uses her Vorlon-enhanced telepathy to wake the telepaths. As Franklin explains to Number One of the Resistance, each telepath will find the closest computer terminal and fuse with it, disrupting the fleet. He justifies that while they will likely be killed, they are doing their part to help save Earth. Meanwhile, Marcus tricks Lennier to meet Delenn on a separate ship and then takes his White Star back to Babylon 5.
With the Earth fleet disrupted, Sheridan's fleet easily bypasses it and reaches Earth's orbit. Sheridan broadcasts that they seek President Clark to be removed from office. Clark instead activates the Earth defense grid in a "scorched earth" strategy, targeting the satellites' missiles at both Sheridan's fleet and Earth, an action that would destroy nearly half of the planet. Clark then commits suicide. Senator Crosby informs Sheridan of Clark's death and the situation. Sheridan's fleet, along with help from the ships of the Non-Aligned Worlds, destroy most of the satellites. But one remains active, and only the damaged Agamemnon is nearby. Sheridan issues orders to ram the satellite but just then the Apollo jumps in and Lefcourt has his guns destroy the satellite. Lefcourt thanks Sheridan for doing the right thing though warns him he will likely face a tribunal.
Franklin hears about Marcus' departure and leaves in a White Star to try to race back to Babylon 5. In the station's medlab Marcus has knocked out the staff and hooked himself to the device, sacrificing himself for his love, Ivanova.
- Sheridan's forces attack Mars and Earth, disabling the fleet and preventing Clark from destroying Earth.
- The Earth Civil War has ended with President Clark committing suicide before he can be arrested and turning Earth's defense satellites against it.
- Marcus has returned to Babylon 5 after learning of the Alien Healing Device.
- Ivanova's life is saved as a result of Marcus' sacrifice.