Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 15

And Now for a Word

Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 04, 1995 on
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Episode Summary

We see life on Babylon 5 through the eyes of ISN, supplemented by interviews, statistics and even a few commercials.

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  • Cleverly done

    Unlike other shows, they worked this into the story so that it fit well. The station has been faced with scrutiny and merchandising in episodes just prior, and so this documentary-like episode fits well. In itself, it was a good way to get some exposition in such as G'Kar's past but keep it subtle.

    Sheridan delivers a very warming speech at the end that almost rivals those of Picard. Nice.moreless
  • And Now for a Word

    And Now for a Word was a really great episode of Babylon 5 and follows the "Day in the Life Of" pattern of story telling. I enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character and plot development as the Centauri - Narn Conflict heads towards further escalation. I thought this episode was done in a fun way changing up the usual viewer experience. There were many important moments in this episode which move certain story lines forward. The characters really mades this episode awesome. I enjoyed watching the end of this episode and look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • Is it all worth it?

    When I first time saw this episode, I would say, I loved it. It then looked so original for me as I had not seen many series before. But trough years I have seen many series and it looks like some rule that everyone make that kind of "on air" episode and that feeling what I had that this is new and exciting is gone. And now looking it - it has it's tempo and motion because of the constant action going on between Centauri and Narn but... we know that already. Now this has just found their way to Babylon 5. What could be said eyeopening is the way the programm is built. That Psi Corps commercial, that great tempo... some little more emotions..moreless
  • take a look at a different view of babylon 5

    i find this episode a bit average. an episode with a differents babylon 5 through the eyes of the inter stellar news network a 45 minute slice of all actions reportage spiced with probing interviews innocent deaths and sinster plots within plots unravelling on air. see utter chaos mayhem and voilents erupts in the comfort of your own home complete with an hilarious ad that makes the sinster psi corps look like baby siters and now for a word comfirms what we always suspected babylon 5 is a great place but you wouldnt want to live there. you dont have to be crazy to work here but it helps.moreless
  • What a novel idea. To film an entire episode from the viewpoint of outsiders. We are treated to a news report from ISN, in the way that every other person would see it on TV.moreless

    What a novel idea.

    To film an entire episode from the viewpoint of outsiders. Sure, several shows have had reporters enter the scene and get in everyone’s way. But, never like this. In the other shows, the point of view does not change when the reporters show up. In this show, it does. We are treated to a news report from ISN, in the way that every other person would see it on TV.

    I found it interesting that Psi-Corp was the only "advertiser" during the show. Nice "subliminal message" from the Corp during the commercial. "The Psi Corps is your friend. Trust the Corps." I looked it up and found that technically it is not considered a subliminal message in American because it was on the screen for two long, although in France it was clipped from the episode.

    This episode was a refreshing change of pace for the show.moreless
Kim Zimmer

Kim Zimmer

Cynthia Torqueman

Guest Star

Christopher Curry

Christopher Curry

Ronald Quantrell

Guest Star

Granville Ames

Granville Ames

Psi Cop

Guest Star

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

2nd Lt. David Corwin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • We learn in this episode that Captain Sheridan's old ship, the Agamemnon, was the first Omega-class destroyer built after the Earth-Minbari war.

    • Continuity: Captain John Sheridan's middle name is given as David (his father's name, the name he eventually gives his son, and also the middle name of Commander Jeff Sinclair). In later episodes, he is always referred to as "John J. Sheridan".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sheridan: The job of Babylon 5 is not to enforce the peace. It's to create the peace. And this place was built on the assumption that we could work out our problems and build a better future. And that, to me, is the key issue.

    • Sheridan: Tell Ambassadors G'Kar and Londo I want to see them in chambers NOW!
      Ivanova: What if they refuse?
      Sheridan: Then you can throw them in the...(Ivanova clears her throat and tilts her head towards the news camera filming them both)
      Sheridan: (with controlled anger in his voice) Then invite them again, as firmly and as politely as you can. This nonsense has gone far enough.

    • Garibaldi: What do I hope for? I hope to get through this interview without getting myself fired. How's that for a start?

    • Captain Sheridan: I guess it's the old joke: You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps.

    • Cynthia Torqueman: (interviewing Corwin about his time on Babylon 5) So this has been a positive experience for you? You enjoy working with everyone?
      Lt. Corwin: (glances nervously to Cmdr. Ivanova who is watching him in the background) Yes. It's a calm, pleasant environment. I don't think I've ever seen anyone get upset here.

  • NOTES (1)

    • At the end of the PSI Corp commercial a "subliminal" message flashes over the screen which says "The Psi Corps is your friend. Trust the Corps." The message is a mere flicker - just long enough to be legal. In France the laws are stricter, and the segment had to be cut.


    • The reporter's name, "Torqueman," is a reference to another sort of inquistor, " Torquemada," the famous Inquisitor General of the Spanish Inquisition.