Racing Mars

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"Racing Mars"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 10
Directed by Jesus Trevino
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Production code 410
Original air date April 21, 1997
Guest appearance(s)

Jeff Griggs (Dan Randall)
Clayton Landey (Number Two)
Marjorie Monaghan (Number One)
Mark Schneider (Wade)
Donovan Scott (Captain Jack)

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"Racing Mars" is an episode from the fourth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


Dr Franklin and Marcus arrive on Mars to begin coordinating with the resistance.

Arc significance[edit]

  • We see signs of friction between Garibaldi and Sheridan.
  • The creature that controlled Captain Jack will later be identified as the Drakh keeper, which made its first appearance (chronologically) in Epiphanies.

Production details[edit]

  • The Identicards given to Marcus and Franklin are for Jim Fennerman and Daniel Lane, respectively. Their backstory is that they are a young married couple on holiday to Mars on their honeymoon. This is a rare look at human social issues in the Babylon 5 universe and insinuates that by the 23rd century, same-sex marriage is perfectly legal not only on Earth but throughout Earth-controlled space. Same-sex relationships and themes in television SF were not typical at this time. In a 2014 interview, show creator J. Michael Straczynski said that "We didn't make a big deal out of them being married. We played it exactly as if it was a male-female couple being married, or pretending to be married. I think it didn't have much of a fuss about it because it's science fiction, you're expected to be able to do those sorts of things more readily than you can in a mainstream show. But yeah, we were out there in the forefront of these things 20 years ago."[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Reiher, Andrea (January 31, 2014). "'Babylon 5' turns 20: Creator J. Michael Straczynski reflects on the show's legacy". Retrieved May 5, 2014.