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|Babylon 5 episode|
|Directed by||Jesus Trevino|
|Written by||J. Michael Straczynski|
|Original air date||April 21, 1997|
"Racing Mars" is an episode from the fourth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.
- 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.
- 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."
- Reiher, Andrea (January 31, 2014). "'Babylon 5' turns 20: Creator J. Michael Straczynski reflects on the show's legacy". Zap2it.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014.