Babylon 5

The Illusion of Truth

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 2/20/97
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  • Episode Description
  • A team of ISN reporters arrives at the station wanting to do a story about Babylon 5. Sheridan refuses at first, but finally agrees on the theory that at least a small part of their side of the conflict will be shown.

  • Cast & Crew
  • J. Michael Straczynski

  • Stephen Furst

  • David W. Foster

  • Jeff Griggs


  • Henry Darrow

    Dr. Indiri

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • You just think "I can't watch!"

    By CloudaneUK, Jan 01, 2015

  • Different sides of truth

    By Parricida, Mar 16, 2010

  • The Illusion of Truth

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 17, 2011

  • I hate fictional reporters.

    By Revolos55, Apr 03, 2008

  • return of ISN

    By seaqueastdsv, Aug 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Sheridan: I thought we had seen the worst of it with the Shadows, the Vorlons, the War... But there's something much worse. Reporters.

    • Sheridan: We have an open door policy- Ivanova: And an open airlock policy. Sheridan: Commander... Ivanova: Sorry.

    • Alison Higgins: To celebrate this latest victory against the tyranny of a fanatical few who have endangered the lives of our citizens, Clark proclaimed today a planetary holiday. Curfew has been extended two full hours until 9 PM Earth standard time, so go out and enjoy.

    • Sheridan: There is no force in this galaxy that can stop what we have done here together. Nothing will be able to stop us.

    • Sheridan: With Clark, anything that gets in the way disappears.

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    Notes (6)

    • Jason Carter (Marcus Cole) does not appear in this episode.

    • Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander) does not appear in this episode.

    • Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) does not appear in this episode.

    • Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto) does not appear in this episode. He did, however, direct the episode.

    • The cryogenic freezers containing telepaths are labeled. On reads Carolyn Sanderson (Bester's lover, "Ship of Tears") and John Flinn III who is one of the directors of the series.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Factual Error: The newscast misspells Yuri Gagarin's last name; it was spelled "Gargarin" on the screen.

    • Factual Error: Dr. Indiri, played by Henry Darrow, states that Sheridan is suffering from Helsinki Syndrome and that's why he's helping the Minbari. Stockholm Syndrome is the actual term for a hostage that begins to identify with one's captors.

    Allusions (2)

    • Historical Reference: Producer's Confession. The confession of the producer strongly resembles confessions acquired by the House Un-American Activities Commission in the United States in the 1950s.

    • Character Names: Parks, Beth Trumbo, Adrian Mostel, and Carleton Jarrico. These names are likely references to actor Larry Parks, film producer Dalton Trumbo, actor Zero Mostel, and writer Paul Jarrico. They were entertainers who were blacklisted in Hollywood for their political views. Allegedly they had communist sympathies.

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