Rising Star (Babylon 5)
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|Babylon 5 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Tony Dow|
|Written by||J. Michael Straczynski|
|Original air date||October 20, 1997|
"Rising Star" is an episode from the fourth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.
Franklin arrives too late and finds that Marcus is dead while Ivanova is healthy but devasted at the loss. She laments how much Marcus had loved her and she never showed appreciation in return.
On Mars Garibaldi is worried about Lise's fate after the Psi-Corps attack on Edgars' compound. He traces her to a black market dealer on Mars and, with help from the Rangers, mounts a successful rescue effort.
On Earth Sheridan is questioned by Earth Force members. During a lull, Bester comes in to privately talk to Sheridan fearing that his love Carolyn was one of the telepaths Sheridan used. Sheridan affirms she is safe at Babylon 5 and she and the other telepaths will be returned to Earth once the situation calms down. Later, new Earth President Susanna Luchenko speaks to Sheridan explaining that half her government wants to commend him for his actions and the other half wants to kill him. Instead, she offers a deal to the effect that if he resigns from Earth Force she will give amnesty to him and all those serving under him as well as keeping his medical benefits.
Ambassadors Delenn, Mollari, and G'Kar make it to Earth. Before leaving, Mollari learns that the Regent Virini's health is failing and the government wants Mollari to be the next Emperor. Delenn presents a proposal to Mollari, G'Kar and members of the Non-Aligned Worlds that she plans to present to Earth.
President Luchenko gives a press conference praising the end of the war and Sheridan's efforts. Sheridan voluntarily gives up his Earth Force position in hopes that it will bring both sides on Earth together. Following that, Delenn presents what has transpired since: the League of Non-Aligned Worlds has been dissolved in favor of an Interstellar Alliance which they invite Earth to join. The Alliance will bring peace with the help of the Rangers, though they will not enforce the peace. Should any of the Alliance members wish to take action against another the Rangers will make sure all know of this. In private, Delenn also assures Luchenko that they will help bring more advanced technology to Earth should Earth wish to join. They then reveal that they have already elected a president of this new Alliance: Sheridan. General Foote accuses Sheridan of knowing this would happen ahead of time, but Sheridan only wanted to push the Non-Aligned Worlds in this direction regardless of whether or not he was their president. Delenn comes to see Sheridan and brings with him his father, David, who has been released following the end of the war. The two happily reunite, and Sheridan introduces David to his soon-to-be daughter-in-law.
One of Sheridan's last actions is to promote Ivanova to Captain; however, instead of staying on Babylon 5 she requests transfer to an Earth Force ship for a year to get over the pain of losing Marcus. Sheridan and Delenn secretly marry aboard a White Star returning to Babylon 5, which is where the Alliance will be headquartered until proper ones can be established on Minbar. Mollari and G'Kar, also on board, speak of their newfound friendship and the strange customs of humans when Mollari realizes that G'Kar artificial eye is missing, spying on Sheridan and Delenn. On Mars, Garibaldi and Lise spend the night on Mars and Garibaldi questions if he needs to return to Babylon 5.
- Sheridan has been forced to resign from EarthForce.
- Sheridan is reunited with his father.
- Sheridan marries Delenn on a White Star.
- The Interstellar Alliance is formed, with Sheridan as its President, and Earth agrees to join this new alliance in exchange for limited access to Minbari and Vorlon technology, provided that Earth also recognize the Independence of Mars. The Alliance intends to use the Rangers, whose primary mission against the Shadows is now moot, as the arbiters and peacekeepers of the Interstellar Alliance.
- Londo Mollari learns that the Regent of the Centauri Republic is dying and that he will be named the next Emperor after the Regent's death.
- Marcus uses the Alien Healing Device to save Ivanova sacrificing his own life in the process. This is portended by a conversation Ivanova has with the first one known as Lorien earlier in the season, in which he discusses the pains of immortality and how "only love is eternal" and that she should embrace that. Cole's dying words "I love you" echo this sentiment.
- As Sheridan's last act as an Earth Force officer, Ivanova is promoted to Captain and she leaves the station. She is given command of a new Warlock-class vessel.
- In the episode's epilogue, Delenn notes that the Telepath War, the Drakh War, and strains within the Interstellar Alliance would be major events in the subsequent 20-year timespan.