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Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 4

Falling Towards Apotheosis

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Nov 28, 1996 on
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Episode Summary

With the Vorlons destroying whole worlds, Babylon 5 is struggling to cope with the refugees. And with one Vorlon aboard, they cannot make a move without them knowing about it. So Sheridan decides to kill him. On Centauri Prime, Cartagia explains to Londo how he will become a god when the Vorlons destroy the planet.moreless

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  • The eye remains out...

    I thought it was interesting with the eye, as this suggests to me that the future Sheridan gave part of his life to avoid, is still very much underway.

    Touching engagement scene. B5 does love pretty well.

    Interesting move with assassinating Kosh II. I know this isn't Trek, but it seemed a fairly cold blooded course of action!
  • Falling Towards Apotheosis

    Falling Towards Apotheosis was a superb episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode as Garibaldi comes back to work and Captain Sheridan returns with his new friend, Lorien whom is The First. I thought this episode was interesting as we saw Londo on Centauri Prime looking for ways to survive and get rid of Emperor Cartagio. I thought the Vorlon Fleet was Awesome! I look forward to seeing these ships in action. I thought it was a risky move to get rid of the new Vorlon Ambassador, however it is accomplished with the help of what is left of Kosh in Sheridan's mind and Lorien. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • the final end to the vorlons

    as the vorlon continue their scorched earht campaign throught the galaxy,refugees flood into babylon 5 from every sector.as the threat of violent death spreads to the centauri homeworld, empereor cartagis reveals his insane conviction that the obliteration of centauri prime will be the inaugural pyre to commemorate his ascension to godhood.the savage aggression of the vorlons os also mirrored in their new ambassador to babylon5.kosh,a ruthless pitiless creature.as sheridan and garibaldi plan to rid the station of kosh,they risk unleashing the awersome millennia old power of the vorlon.they may not survive but then sheridam might not have long anyway.what a great scene when the good kosh fights the evil one of the station.moreless
  • See ya "Kosh"!

    Interesting double play on the title. You can take it to either refer to Emperor Loony Tunes or Sheridan, but while one takes it literally and longs for it, the other is getting it metaphorically, and whether he wants it or not. Kinda neat. And I'm wondering if the similarities between the names Cartagia and Caligula were a coincidence, or if JMS was planning on making the Emperor like this all along. Wouldn't surprise me if he did. Garibaldi seems wrong and I'm beginning to worry about what they did to him before they sealed him in SaranWrap and ejected his lifepod. I'm kinda shocked they killed NewKosh (no pun intended), and although it sucks that Sheridan only has 20 years to live, it's sweet that he and Delenn are engaged. She's seeming a lot more human now. I don't know if that's because the writers aren't paying attention, or if she changed that much after thinking Sheridan was dead and is now back. And we finally see how G'Kar wound up with the eyepatch he was wearing in the flashforward to the future on Centauri Prime.moreless
  • Matters of Vorlons

    So... Another really powerful episode and it is only getting more and more powerful. They are getting closer and closer to the moment they cannot turn back.. I loved Garibaldi's thought: what cares most: winning or losing.

    Anyway.. most of the storyline went around Kosh.. the old and new one and taking the one who they had there down. The idea itself.. was quite brave but they had Lorien on their side. Anyway.. the whole planning.. the way tension between Garibaldi and Sheridan is still building..

    And ofcourse.. quite interesting developments on Centauri side.. off to Narn now.. big moment for them too.moreless
Terry Urdang

Terry Urdang

Young Woman

Guest Star

Khin-Kyaw Maung

Khin-Kyaw Maung


Guest Star

Tom Billett

Tom Billett


Guest Star

Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander


Recurring Role

Wortham Krimmer

Wortham Krimmer

Emperor Cartagia

Recurring Role

Ed Wasser

Ed Wasser


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sheridan: (proposing to Delenn) I, um... I wanted you to have this. I got it down in the Zocalo. It's not exactly what I had in mind, but, um... It's temporary until I can get you a real engagement ring. Um, it's an Earth custom. See, you give someone you love an engagement ring as kind of down payment for another ring. The kind you exchange when you get married. I don't know when we will be able to get around to that part of it. We may not survive the next two weeks, but I wanted you to have this and to know that whatever time I have left, I want to spend it with you.

    • Cartagia: No, I don't care at all for the way he looks. Pluck out his eye.
      Guard: Which one?
      Cartagia: I don't know. Doesn't matter... That one.

    • Cartagia: I was just thinking. I don't like the way he's looking at me. I'm trying to decide what to do about it. Would you care to make a suggestion?
      Londo: Oh, no, I'm sure whatever your Majesty decides will be appropriate. I shall go and pack.

    • Lorien: He was gravely wounded at Z'ha'dum. He was dying. He was dead. I did all I could to help him, but I can not create life, only the universe can do that. I can extend, enhance, there is no magic, nothing spiritual about it, only the application of energies, healing and rebuilding cells.

    • Delenn: It's Kosh. Kosh was inside him.
      Lorien: Yes. The last of Kosh, and some of him, and some of me.

    • Kosh: Your thoughts are troubled.
      Lyta: I'm worried about Kosh, that's all. After everything we've been through, I'd hate to lose the last of him now and...
      Kosh: What are you hiding?
      Lyta: Nothing.
      Kosh: Open your thoughts to me.
      Lyta: We don't have time for this.
      Kosh: Open!

    • Lyta: I heard what happened. I came to warn you. Sheridan and the others are going to move against you.
      Kosh: It is done. They are irrelevant.
      Lyta: I know, I know they can't harm you, but I was thinking it can't hurt to have all the information you can about what's going on. To protect yourself and the cause.
      Kosh: How?
      Lyta: I told you I wasn't here when Ambassador Kosh died. I didn't have any of his essence with me, I thought he was gone. But for a while I suspected that someone else here had a piece of him. I think I know who it is, but I can't draw Kosh out of him, he won't let me.
      Kosh: A human?
      Lyta: Yes.
      Kosh: Imprisons one of us?
      Lyta: Yes.
      Kosh: Intolerable.
      Lyta: If there is still a piece of him there, you can draw it out of him. Use what it knows and take it back to Vorlon when this is all over. I cared about Kosh. I'd like to know he finally made it home.
      Kosh: Show me.
      Lyta: But the guards...
      Kosh: They will not bother us again. Show me.

    • Ivanova: Is it my imagination, or is Mr. Garibaldi crankier than usual?

    • Garibaldi: What do you want me to do?
      Sheridan: I want the Vorlon gone.
      Garibaldi: Fine. I'll just go up to him and ask him to leave, that'll work.

    • Franklin: Cough. Take a deep breath, and... exhale. Quack like a duck. Sorry, little med-school humor.

    • Cartagia: Don't send the ships. Let it burn, Mollari. Let it all end in fire.

    • Cartagia: Minister Dugari. You remember him, don't you? Always coughing, most distressing, but we finally cured it.

    • Cartagia: I call them my shadow cabinet. I think you can appreciate the irony. They certainly can't.

    • Morden: After the last war my associates hid many of their ships on distant worlds. The Vorlons want to make sure it doesn't happen again.
      Londo: There are over a hundred of those ships here. I assume they will be leaving now.
      Morden: I'm afraid not.
      Londo: The Vorlons...
      Morden: Will never attack Centauri Prime. Small colonies, deep range planets, sure. But to destroy a world as big as this, no. They don't have the will.

    • Londo: Majesty? You sent for me?
      Cartagia: Ah, I was just looking at the sky. Tell me, what do you see, Mollari?
      Londo: The stars, Majesty. Nothing more.
      Morden: Then you are not looking hard enough. Vorlons are out there, Londo. They've gone mad, attacking any world, any base, any colony where my associates have influence.

    • Lorien: You heard?
      Sheridan: I heard.
      Lorien: They need to believe.
      Sheridan: Not in me.
      Lorien: You can't save them all.
      Sheridan: I'll try.
      Lorien: You'll fail.
      Sheridan: We'll see.

    • Ivanova: Once again, please remain calm. Right now our greatest enemy is fear.

    • Garibaldi: Then what?
      Ivanova: Then what what?
      Garibaldi: Well if we lose there is no then what. And if we win, what next? We're still renegades. I don't think there's anyone left this side of the galactic core we haven't already honked off. Can't go home. Sometimes I don't know what scares me more winning or losing.
      Ivanova: God, I thought I was depressing.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The episode title "Falling Towards Apotheosis" refers mainly to Cartagia's wish to become a living god..

    • As noted in "Hour of the Wolf", aspects of Cartagia's character are modelled on the insane Roman emperor Caligula. A reference is made to this when he shows the severed heads to Londo and explains that one minister had a persistent annoying cough that he "cured" by decapitating him. The Emperor Caligula was also annoyed by his co-heir Gamellus's peristent cough and "cured" him the same way.