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Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 20

Endgame

4
Aired Monday 7:00 PM Oct 16, 1997 on
9.7
out of 10
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The only obstacle remaining between Sheridan and Earth is a fleet near Mars. With the help of the resistance, Sheridan plans to smuggle Shadow modified telepaths onto the fleet, hopefully disabling it long enough from him to take Earth. Meanwhile, Marcus is determined to find a way to help Ivanova.moreless

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  • My other favourite character! :(

    10
    When I said I wanted a miracle in the previous review I didn't mean sacrificing what is probably about equal in my "top 2 characters" list! It also tore at my heart quite severely watching him drop out towards the end, as he reminds me of a friend in terms of appearance, personality and that dry sense of humour. I won't lie, I may have a teeny bit of a crush on Marcus (yes, been there with the friend as well. Yes I know this one is fictional :p) so I'll be gutted if he's gone. Er, can I haz two mirales, pretty pinkie please with a muffin on top? ;~;



    And boom, no more Clarke. What a huge, Final Fantasy Supervillain-tier nutter. I honestly thought we'd be seeing the end of Sheridan as well. Heck of a show eh? So it seems this story's pretty much over now, and based on what people have told me, what was originally meant to be the ending (much like season 3 of Blake's 7), so this is it. 2 episodes of wrap-up left! Bring it on.moreless
  • Endgame

    10
    Endgame was a perfect, engaging and very entertaining episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because Sheridan's plan moves along smoothly, Marcus plans to save Ivanova, and the space battle scenes were awesome. I also really liked how Sheridan went for the disable over destroy, and had the League Ships hold back as defense, only to engage in self defense. Lyta was awesome, and Sheridan's plan was brilliant! I thought President Clark's actions were a bit crazy and extreme, but I guess he would be. Sheridan succeeds in his mission, but another test will come along as he will most likely have to stand before a tribunal. I thought what Marcus did for Ivanova was Deep and full of Love. I look forward to the next episode of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Marcus

    9.5
    Poor Marcus, impetuous Marcus, gallant Marcus. But what a clever boy. I had totally forgotten about that alien device thing. Talk about jumping in the way back machine and digging out old plotlines. And JMS for faking left and going right. Although the spoiler I got from the commentary track makes me think that this is going to turn out not exactly as it's intimating. Another big space battle. Not what I thought they were going to do with the telepaths, but effective nonetheless. Intersting plan President Clark had before he ventilated his brain, glad the other ships twigged on to what he was doing and came to their senses. Now all we have to worry about is Psi Corps and the remnants of the old government, those loyal to Clark.moreless
  • marcus saving susans life.

    10
    end game. the alliance fleet faces its last obstacle before earth, the hard cord of the earth fleet still loyal to the rotton orbiting mars, silent, black and deadly.even with the white star vessele the firefight would be a tragic waste of life, so sheridan takes a gamble as reckless,daring and brillant as the gambit that earned him the title star killer. sensing the end may be near,the corrupt president clarke plays his last card.operation scorched earth.is this the end.?meanwhile marcus is back on babylon 5 and makes the final scarfice and save susan.while franklin races back to the station to stop him but its to late.the final words from marcus to susan is " I LOVE YOU ".a very sad ending.moreless
Ungela Brockman

Ungela Brockman

Earthforce NCO

Guest Star

J. Patrick McCormack

J. Patrick McCormack

General Lefcourt

Guest Star

David Purdham

David Purdham

Captain James

Guest Star

Marjorie Monaghan

Marjorie Monaghan

Number One

Recurring Role

Maggie Egan

Maggie Egan

Anchor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Marcus: I love you.

    • Senator Crosby: Captain Sheridan, this is an emergency transmission. President Clark is dead. He took his own life before we could arrest him, but he left a message on his desk. Two words, "scorched earth??"

    • Clark's death note: From the office of William Morgan Clark.
      The a(S)cension of the ordinary man.
      The as(C)ension of the ordinary man.
      The ascension (O)f the ordinary man.
      The ascension of the o(R)dinary man.
      The as(C)ension of the ordinary man.
      The ascension of t(H)e ordinary man.
      The ascension of th(E) ordinary man.
      The ascension of the or(D)inary man.
      The ascension of the ordinary man.
      Th(E) ascension of the ordinary man.
      The (A)scension of the ordinary man.
      The ascension of the o(R)dinary man.
      The ascension of (T)he ordinary man.
      The ascension of t(H)e ordinary man.
      The ascension of the ordinary man.
      (Note the circled letters spell "Scorched Earth.")

    • General Lefcourt: Engineering, this is General Lefcourt. In case you didn't notice, the enemy just pulled our shorts up over our head and tied them into a knot. You will get the ship under control ASAP, or I will come down there and skin the hide off every last one of you.

    • Earth Force NCO: What can one telepath do against an entire destroyer?
      Franklin: Well, these aren't normal telepaths

    • General Lefcourt: But he wouldn't want to go offensive unless ... he has an ace in the hole. But what is it?

    • Franklin: I assume that you worked out that whole longitude-latitude thing. I know you get confused sometimes.
      Garibaldi: You're right, you're right. I keep mixing them up. ... I got it right. Well, I think I got it right. Okay, fine. Which goes vertically, longitude or latitude?

    • General Lefcourt: No, they picked me because I'm from the old school: a soldier doesn't take arms against his own government, no matter how justified you feel doing it. And because Sheridan was one of my students back in the Academy. I taught him everything he knows. I know how he thinks, I know how he fights. To tell you the truth, I've always admired him. And now I'm gonna have to kill him, and his ship and everyone around him. It's a terrible day, Charlie. I wish the hell I'd never live to see it.

    • Franklin: November 1st, 2261. Doctor's personal log. We're ready.

    • Garibaldi: This is Grumpy to Snow White. I've got the coordinates for the wicked Queens castle. We are in position. You can break the mirror any time you want. Stand by to receive.

    • Sheridan: This is Captain John Sheridan. We are here on the authority of a multi-planetary force that can no longer stand by and watch one of their greatest allies falling into darkness and despair. We are here on behalf of the thousands of civilians murdered under orders from the current administration, who have no one else to speak for them. And on behalf of the Earthforce units that have joined us to oppose the tyranny that has darkened Earth ever since President Santiago was assassinated three years ago. We are here to place President Clark under arrest, to disband Nightwatch, and return our Government to the hands of her people. We know that many in the Government have wanted to act, but have been intimidated by threats of retaliation against your families, your friends, you are not alone anymore. We call upon you to rise up and do what's right. We have drawn their forces away from Earth, and disabled them. The time to act is NOW! This is not the voice of treason, THESE are YOUR SONS, YOUR DAUGHTERS whose LOYALTIES have NEVER WAVERED. WHOSE BELIEF IN THIS ALLIANCE has forced us to take extraordinary means. FOR JUSTICE... FOR PEACE... FOR THE FUTURE... WE HAVE COME HOME!

  • NOTES (2)

    • General Lefcort also appeared in Babylon 5: In the Beginning. He suggested to Sheridan to not return to his current assignment. But Sheridan disageed with him, went back anyway. When he went back to his assignment, his ship destroyed the Black Star. Upon his return Lefcort said he was glad Sheridan had disagreed with him.

    • When Marcus goes through Franklin's log he runs across a number of entries. The first refers to the death of Franklin's lover Cailyn in "Walkabout." The second seems refer to Marcus's recovery from a fight with Neroon in "Grey 17 Is Missing." This may be an error beause Franklin was on walkabout at the time. The third entry refers to an alien healing machine on Garibaldi in "Revelations." Each of these entries parallel Marcus's situation. The first refers to the death of a loved woman. The second refers to the last time Marcus was willing to sacrifice his life for another. The third refers to the consequences of what he would be doing.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
      All code names used by Garibaldi on his mission on Mars are from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, and Doc, the Wicked Queen's castle, and the Magic Mirror.

    • Clark's Note: Scorched Earth
      Clark's suicide and note is similiar to a suicide and note in the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In that film, an insane American general launches a nuclear strike at the Soviet Union. He kills himself before he is captured and leaves a rambling note that highlighted the letters P.O.E which was the call back code for the bombers.

    • Clarke's Suicide Note: Scorched Earth
      Clarke isn't the first one in human histroy with that idea: Hitler issued this order in 1945, to destroy anything of value to the enemy.

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