Objects at Rest

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"Objects at Rest"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 21
Directed byJohn Copeland
Written byJ. Michael Straczynski
Production code522
Original air dateNovember 18, 1998
Guest appearance(s)

Marshall R. Teague (Ta'Lon)
Jennifer Balgobin (Dr. Hobbes)
Simon Billig (Ranger)
Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin)
Marjorie Monaghan (Number One)

Episode chronology
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"Sleeping in Light"
List of Babylon 5 episodes

"Objects at Rest" is the penultimate episode from the fifth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


With the new Alliance headquarters nearly complete on Minbar, Sheridan and Delenn prepare to move from Babylon 5. Lennier arrives as he is between training sessions, and offers to help with the move. Meanwhile, Ta'lon, following a summons to the station by G'Kar, finds that G'Kar had already left but left him a message that names him the new Narn ambassador of the station. Dr. Franklin packs and leaves for earth but puts his trusted friend Dr. Hobbes in charge of Babylon 5's medical staff. On Mars, Garibaldi hires the most obstinate employees to be on the new board for Edgars' industries, as they will be the first to criticize anything he might do, which can help them all improve the company.

Despite not wanting any pomp when they leave, Sheridan and Delenn find that Captain Lochley and numerous staff are waiting to see them off. As their White Star departs, Sheridan has the ship briefly stand stationary to the bridge, so that he may salute the staff as they leave. In hyperspace en route to Minbar, Sheridan becomes restless and wanders the ship. He enters an area near the weapons bay where there is a coolant leak, which has knocked one of the Rangers manning the ship unconscious. He tries to bring the man to safety but the doors to the area come down and seal them in. Lennier comes by and prepares to open the door, but then hesitates and runs off. After a few minutes, he returns, but after Sheridan had been able to shatter the door's glass and bring him and the Ranger out to safety. Lennier runs off, takes one of the fighter vessels from the ship, and flees. Delenn tries to contact him but Lennier refuses to answer. Sheridan is furious at Lennier's actions, but agrees to keep the matter quiet.

After arriving on Minbar, they find that Emperor Mollari has arrived from Centauri Prime. Sheridan, Delenn, and Mollari have a meal together, though Mollari is disappointed that there is no alcoholic beverages to drink. He presents the pair with an urn that normally would go to the Emperor's next of kin on their sixteenth birthday, but since he will not have any sons, he presents it to go to Sheridan and Delenn's child instead; the two are unaware that the urn houses a Keeper, an insect-like creature similar to the one Mollari has been forced to accept, that can control the being's actions. During the meal, Lennier privately calls Delenn, apologizing for what he did and admits his jealously against Sheridan. Lennier tells Delenn that he needs time alone to think, and will contact her again when he feels ready.

That night, Sheridan records a message to be played to his son when he reaches age, as Sheridan knows he has less than 19 years left to live. Sheridan relays advice that his father had given him, and that he should put his trust into Delenn as one of the wisest people he knows.

Arc significance[edit]

Sheridan and Delenn leave Babylon 5 in order to relocate to the new offices on Minbar. Emperor Mollari (under control of the Drakh) presents Sheridan with an urn which is meant to be given to Sheridan's son on his 16th birthday. The urn contains a Keeper. According to creator J. Michael Straczynski, it is this Keeper that causes the incident that is mentioned in "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" - the immediate aftermath of which is detailed in "War Without End". Plus, Morden's revelation in Day Of The Dead comes true with Lennier betraying the Rangers. Lennier's final fate and cause of death, however, remain unknown.

Production details[edit]

This was the final episode of Babylon 5 produced. A week after this episode aired, the final episode (which had been produced during season 4) aired, "Sleeping in Light", ending the five-year run of the series.

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