Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 20

A Voice in the Wilderness (2)

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Aug 03, 1994 on
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The situation heats up when an Earth Force heavy cruiser arrives to "protect Earth's interests", and the fusion reactors on Epsilon 3 start going out of control, and may blow up the planet and Babylon 5.

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  • A truly enthralling episode

    Babylon 5 is really rather conveniently positioned (though I suppose there was a similar position in DS9 with the wormhole) and I still wonder why they picked this most interesting planet to orbit with it. Maybe someone knew more than they were letting on.

    Anyway, with this episode (combined with the one before it) I'm really getting a feeling of the story starting to come together and come into its own. B5 will have made a lot of enemies with this, a lot of people seeking out this new found power and I don't think the place will ever be quite as peaceful again...

    Some nice further looks into Garibaldi and his past love, and the character development surrounding it. Poor guy though - that ex of his really doesn't hang around! Married and with a kid on the way already, wow. She sure bounced hard. A lesson for us all, not just him, don't throw away happiness when you find it.

    Sinclair continues to impress me as a wonderful leader with his guts and his ability to stand up to bullies like that captain who came strolling in with his testosterone poisoning (lol, good one)

    A moving story for Delenn and her friend too. I really felt his excitement and wonder as he stepped in to take control of the planetary machine. Great work here.

    Going to go ahead and give this a 9.5 - it's best not to be too liberal with the perfect 10. But the deeper look into Delenn and her friend and Garibaldi in particular alongside a gripping forward push of the story that I have a feeling will set a lot of wheels in motion, the way it had me on the edge of my seat... a high scorer for sure.moreless
  • A Voice in the Wilderness (2)

    A Voice in the Wilderness (2) was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was filled with drama, action, and intrigue. I think this episode gave viewers a deeper look into some of the main characters. I enjoyed the story of this episode and it was cool to learn more about the planet that Babylon 5 orbits. I enjoyed watching the story of this episode unfold and learning more about some of the characters. This episode definitely covers a major topic, the planet that Babylon 5 orbits. I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Struggle for the planet below...

    Now, when Earth Cruiser is there and it is more and more sure that Commander most have found something from below, other aliens want to get their own share of whatever they found.

    Meanwhile, Delenn and her friend see the alien hologram and soon learn what they are asked to save the planet exploding. And Londo overheads them..

    So, when some outcast of the race who was the guardian of the planet arrives, it is more and more becoming for battle. And when the fight breaks out, one ship goes to planet - this is Delenn and company and they know - one of them will not return.

    This episode is filled with great space battle scenes, action, some funny saying, tension, self sacrifice, great char moments.. and much more.. I really enjoyed the motion, the dynamic of this episode.moreless
  • Babylon 5 is caught in a diplomatic and military conflict

    This second part of the 'Voices in the Wilderness' is more action-orientated than the more thoughtful first part - as an arriving Earth warship threatens the very existence of the station.

    It seems that word of potential technological discoveries on Epsilon3 has reached earth and they want to make sure that they get their hands on the tech to get the jump on the other races. The visiting captain and Sinclair almost come to blows over the dispute, whilst an arriving ship from the former inhabitants of the planet also arrive to stake a claim.

    In midst of the chaos, Londo, Delenn, Draal and the dying machine-man make a run for the planet, almost sparking a three-cornered battle. With the planet heading towards meltdown, it seems that Babylon 5 might have to be evacuated! The ending sees Delenn's mentor, Draal enter the machine as the new guardian - and basically telling everyone 'hands off' the planetary technology.

    This is an exciting episode, full of drama and action as Babylon5 now hurtles towards the series finale.moreless
Ron Canada

Ron Canada

Ellis Pierce

Guest Star

Curt Lowens

Curt Lowens


Guest Star

Aki Aleong

Aki Aleong

Senator Hidoshi

Guest Star

Louis Turenne

Louis Turenne


Recurring Role

Marianne Robertson

Marianne Robertson

Tech #1

Recurring Role

Denise Gentile

Denise Gentile

Lise Hampton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ivanova: If we go down there, it blows. If we don't, it blows anyway, just a little later. It's a good thing I'm Russian. We're used to hopeless situations.

    • Londo: You have been holding out on me.
      Ivanova: I have no idea what you're talking about. The situation is status quo.
      Londo: Ahhh. Of course. An Earth war cruiser parked alongside the station; mysterious trips to the planet beneath us; rumours that you have found someone down there and brought him back here. This to you is status quo, yes? You must lead a very interesting life!

    • Captain Pierce: This is the Earth Alliance cruiser Hyperion to intruder. This sector is under Earth jurisdiction. Any attempt to seize this planet by force or to launch an attack will be met with deadly force. You have nine hours in which to withdraw.
      Ivanova: Worst case of testosterone poisoning I've ever seen.

    • Londo: As a young and foolish Centauri, I swore that I would die on my feet doing something noble and brave and futile. Perhaps it was not so wild a dream as I thought...or as foolish.

    • Ivanova: (As the transport ship carrying Londo, Delenn, Draal and the Great Machine's caretaker decends towards Epsilon 3) My God! Whoever's piloting that shuttle's a madman!
      Londo: (Piloting the shuttle and chuckling) Just like Fralis 12!

    • Londo: Who said the good old days were gone, eh? Now, landing thrusters...landing thusters...hmmmm...if I were a landing thruster, which one of these would I be?

    • Delenn: The third principle of sentient life is its capacity for self-sacrifice...for a cause...a loved one...or for a friend. Goodbye, dear friend.

    • Ivanova: I know. I know. It's a Russian thing. When we're about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference.

  • NOTES (2)

    • "Hyperion" is also the name of a Greek Titan, the god of the light and the sun. As most of Earth alliance cruisers are named after historic personalities this fits as well.

    • The name of the ship Hyperion was a nod to the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 which was originally located at "".


    • When Pierce calls off his fighters, for a brief moment, one can be seen designated "THX 1138" on the screen - a reference to George Lucas' first movie.

    • As Garibaldi was slamming the head of a loudmouth into the table, he says "What was that magic word again....Shazam?"

      Shazam was the magic word which transformed Billy Batson into the superhero Captain Marvel.