Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 11

All Alone in the Night

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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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Robert Foxworth

Robert Foxworth

General William Hague

Guest Star

Jsu Garcia

Jsu Garcia

Lt. Ramirez

Guest Star

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague

Narn

Recurring Role

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs

Hedronn

Recurring Role

John Vickery

John Vickery

Neroon

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  • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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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