Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 11

All Alone in the Night

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 16, 1995 on
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While leading a Starfury squadron to investigate the disappearance of several ships, Sheridan is captured by an alien vessel. Meanwhile Delenn is summoned to appear before the Grey Council to discuss her recent change in appearance.

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  • "What could possibly go wrong?"

    TV Tropes has this to say:

    "When said sarcastically, it's telegraphing a disaster. When said more seriously, it's an open invitation for the world to go to hell in a handbasket"

    Well, Sheridan's still alive and on the station, so it's not quite hell in a handbasket yet, but considering the situation with Earth.... it could be well on its way!

    I'm really noticing, with the exception of the departure of O'Hare forcing his part of the story into the open, B5 is really a story of mysteries. I like some mysteriousness but must admit I'm kind of losing patience with the depth of mysteriousness in this show sometimes and how just more and more mysteries keep getting piled on without answering any. Who's the "oh so mysterious alien species" this time? Are they relevant? Who's the "us" that Sheridan is always with (apart from a copy of DS9's phophets) and what's Kosh got to do with them? And someone PLEASE give Kosh / the Vorlons a story. I'm guessing that since we're clearly entering a war with the "shadows" or the "darkness" and whenever Kosh takes his suit off we see a lot of light, that they're the opposite sides of some kind of yin and yang type of alien. Hopefully that means we'll see something soon, as the mystery is getting old.

    I suppose the mysteriousness is balanced out with a little bit of predictability. I'd put money on my theory with the Vorlons and the Shadows.

    Interesting to see Delenn being removed from the greybeards. A bit of a parallel with Worf on DS9, but hey, how many stories can these shows possibly come up with?

    I know we've seen him before but I never noticed his name. General William Hague? Nuuuuu it's British Tories in Space!

    Well, it was worth seeing the captain going through a hard time, and of course, the potential beginnings of using the B5 crew to set Earth government straight. Interesting, interesting...moreless
  • All Alone in the Night

    All Alone in the Night was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode a lot because there was character and plot development and mysterious words from Ambassador Kosh of the Vorlon's. I found it interesting that Sheridan was undercover this whole time seeing if Babylon 5's crew were loyal to Earth. I think this episode definitely adds to some previous story lines and sets up future episodes. I really liked the ending of this episode where Sheridan and the crew really came together and took a vow to stick together. I look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!moreless
  • "What can possibly go wrong?"

    Mm. I do not know. I like the part of the storyline with Delenn and Lennier. We have not had so much about him around and he has always been on the shadow and this is somehow the first important moment after his arrival when he does something notable. No worries, I do like him and that's why I am even more happier. Those words he spoke and the courage he has.. beautiful storyline, anyway.

    But somehow the main storyline is Sheridan and that Narn, but it was not too catching, I most say. It was quite sure after some time what is going on and the whole question was - how will they get out. And they did.moreless
  • sheridan helps save a dying narn.

    in this episode of babylon 5 takes us a little bit away from babylon 5, while a routine scout mission ends in tragedy when captain sherdian is attacked and abducted by a mysterious group of aliens. once aboard the ship, sherdian is brutally tortured and subjected to a series of experiments during which time he manages to befriend a dying narn captive, ta'lon. whilst the unlikely duo embark on a desperate bid for freedom, ambassador delenn is summoned before the grey council, to explain her starting physical transformation. this is a enjoyable episode of babylon 5, watch for the return of ta'lon in future episodes.moreless
  • The part of the plotline for this episode, Sheridan being captured on an alien ship, pales in comparison to three other parts of the episode.

    The part of the plotline for this episode, Sheridan being captured on an alien ship, pales in comparison to three other parts of the episode.

    First, Delenn is removed from the Gray council. She is allowed to continue her stay on Babylon 5, but is told than for all intensive purposes, she’s not considered a Minbari anymore. The warrior caste also holds control of the Grey Council now.

    Second, Sheridan has a strange vision that features the main crew of B5 as well as Kosh. I have no idea what it meant, but it was strange.

    Third, General Hague tells Sheridan why he was chosen to run B5. Sheridan, and later his command staff, agree to work together to take back the government from President Clark and those that are behind the scenes running the show.moreless
Robert Foxworth

Robert Foxworth

General William Hague

Guest Star

Jsu Garcia

Jsu Garcia

Lt. Ramirez

Guest Star

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague


Recurring Role

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs


Recurring Role

John Vickery

John Vickery


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the end of the episode, during the meeting in Sheridan's quarters, we see the four main Earthforce characters (Sheridan, Ivanova, Garibaldi and Franklin) all wearing civilian clothes at the same time. It's one of the very rare times in the series that this happened, along with the second season episode "Knives".

    • The Aliens that kidnap Sheridan are called "Striebs." This is a nod to Whitley Strieber, a science fiction writer that JMS is quite fond of.

      The Striebs would later be connected to the Shadows, as one of their dark servants.

    • Factual Errors: While discussing different gravities helping or hindering interplanetary baseball championships, Dr. Franklin states that Mars has a gravity field "forty percent less than Earth's" which would make it 0.6 G. Not so. Mars'gravity is actually 0.37 G, which conforms very roughly to forty percent of Earth´s gravitation. Just a slip of the tongue none of the disputants noted in the heat of this worthy argument.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sheridan: (to Ivanova, Garibaldi and Franklin) Something unpleasant's been going on back home. You know it, and I know it. We've stood by too long. That's going to change. Quietly, discreetly, an inch at a time, and for now, strictly within the rules. But we have to do something, or risk losing everything we hold dear. We'll get some help from inside Earth Dome but the bottom line, if anything goes wrong, we're on our own. Anybody wants to leave now, before you hear anything you will have to report, do so. Nothing will be said.
      Garibaldi: I'm in.
      Franklin: Ditto.
      Ivanova: Hey, I never did know when to butt out. We're with you, Captain. Wherever this goes, however it ends, we're with you.

    • Delenn: (while arguing the majority of the Warrior caste in the Grey Council) The Warrior caste cannot be allowed to set policy!
      Neroon: Have you done any better? When I was inducted into this circle I was finally told the reason why we were ordered to surrender. I didn't know whether to laugh or weep! If we had been told the truth then, we never would have surrendered!
      Delenn: You do not understand.
      Neroon: I understand that before me is a creature I do not recognize. One foot in two worlds. You are an affront to the purity of our race! And your belief that you are satisfying prophecy is presumption of the highest order. And yet, it is true, that you are now the perfect liaison between us and the Earthers. You have no home with either of us. So please, act out your fantasy, be a go-between, return to Babylon 5. And stay there!

    • Delenn: (while addressing the Grey Council at her hearing) I called many of you friends. Now you call me outcast. You know me. You know I believe in the task that is before us. The great war that is coming. I have not turned my back on you. In trying to help, I have sacrificed all that I was and all that I am. We can no longer allow ourselves to be separated by names and borders. Our two sides must unite, or be destroyed. Do not make my sacrifice a vain one. Allow me to finish what I started. In the name of our friendship, and the future of our people, let me remain on Babylon 5.

    • Delenn: Have I mentioned recently how much I appreciate you, Lennier?

      Lennier: Not really, but it will give us something to discuss on our trip.

    • Ivanova: (After Sheridan pulls a rollover maneuver in his starfury) Now captain...

      Sheridan: Yes, commander?

      Ivanova: If you continue in this behavior, you'll just make the other pilots feel inadequate.

      Sheridan: Spoilsport.

      Ivanova: What was that, captain? You're breaking up.

      Sheridan: Nothing, commander.

    • Delenn: (to Lennier) Very soon now, I will be going into darkness and fire. I do not know if I am fated to walk out again. If it is your choice to come with me, then I could not wish for a better or braver companion.

    • Delenn: The ship which has taken Captain Sheridan is known to us. They're called the Streibs. Over the years, they have sent out ships to investigate defenses and acquire samples of any lifeforms they encountered. Their last expedition was into Minbari space. We tracked them back to their homeworld and made sure they understood the depth of their mistake.

    • General Hague: A soldier's record tells a lot about a person. Not just what he's done, but how he's done it and why. Now you have an uncommon failing for someone in your position, captain: You're a patriot. You believe as I do, that when we put on this uniform we took a solemn vow to protect Earth against threats from outside and from within.

  • NOTES (1)

    • A nameless Narn, played by Marshall Teague, returns later as Ta´Lon who is, according to J. Michael Straczynski, the same character.


    • Ivanova: Do you know who I am?
      In ancient German legends, the god Odin had two ravens called Hugin ("thought") and Mugin ("memory"). The raven on Ivanova's shoulder then would be Hugin, forecasting events for later in the season.

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