Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 18

Intersections in Real Time

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Jun 19, 1997 on
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In a bleak room, an interrogator tries to force Sheridan to admit he was under alien influence and worked to undermine Earth.

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  • Wow, this is bleak

    Chain of Command, eat your heart out. 4 lights or morning/lunchtime, take your pick!

    Not sure I have anything else to say, but edge of seat material throughout
  • An imprisoned Sheridan once more faces an inquisition, but this time, from his enemies, as an interrogator rails against him to sign a 'confession' declaring his complicity in alien dealings against Earth.moreless

    Perhaps one of the more chilling episodes in this series, it also focuses on pure simplicity. For the vast majority of the episode, Sheridan is strapped to a chair, being questioned by an interrogator after his arrest by Clark's police force. Except for a brief moment near the end, the interrogator remains calm, and coldly dispassionate as he slowly tears at the walls of Sheridan's sanity, pushing the belief of the subjectivity of one's point of view.

    It is the conflict between the two, a battered but determined warrior versus a calm and collected manipulator, that makes this episode stand out. Sheridan struggles to stick to his guns, even when the interrogator consistantly wheedles, cajoles, and even orders Sheridan to turn against his convictions.moreless
  • Intersections in Real Time

    Intersections in Real Time was a perfect episode of Babylon 5 and had a lot of character driven scenes and character development. I thought this was a very entertaining and unique episode of Babylon 5. This episode is almost similar to the episode when Delenn was tortured and questioned by the man famously known as Jack the Ripper on behalf of Kosh to see if she was worthy. This episode was definitely different and fun to watch, it followed established storylines, and had some surprises. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode of Babylon 5! This episode is definitely a true fan favorite!!!!!!!moreless
  • lyta scaning garibaldi

    what a great episode this one is. in this episode we see that sherdian remains a prisoner of earth officals in a harsh jail on mars. a coolly ruthless interrogator uses psychological torture and starvation and sleep deprivation to try to coerce sherdian into publicly pleading guilty to treason, terrorism, sabotage and murder, and a host of other false charges. earths citzens fed by consent propaganda must be made to belive that only by alien manipulatin could one of earths own people fight against it, and that sheridan regerts his action. mean while furious because of garibaldis apparent betrayal of sherdian, the mars reistance forces including frankin and lyta and their contact number one capture garibaldi. inless he has a good story he will die a traitor.moreless
Raye Birk

Raye Birk


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Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray


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Peter Brown

Peter Brown


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Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Recording: You will co-operate with the state, for the good of the state and your own survival. You will confess to the crimes of which you have been accused. You will be released and returned to the society a productive citizen if you co-operate. Resistance will be punished, co-operation will be rewarded.

    • William: No! You have no rights. There's no courtroom here, Captain. No tribunals, no attorneys, no justice, no mercy, no fairness, no hope, no last minute escape. You will walk through that door when you confess and not one second before.

    • William: You have been interrogated before?
      Sheridan: Yes.
      William: Anyone I know?
      Sheridan: You'd be surprised.

    • William: The truth is sometimes what you believe it to be, and other times what you decide it to be. My task is to make you decide to believe differently.

    • William: It does prove though how everything is a matter of perspective. You see what you think is daylight, and you assume it's morning. Take it away, you think it's night. Offer you a sandwich, if it's convenient, you'll think it's mid-day. The truth is fluid, the truth is subjective.

    • William: There is nothing to be gained by trying to harm me, I am not the enemy. To be the enemy, I must have some personal stake in what happens to you. I am not interested in that at all. I'm here to do a job, nothing more. You are a name, a file, and a case number, that's all.

    • William: When I ask a question, you will respond at once. You will not hesitate, you will not consider, you will not lie. Co-operation will be rewarded, resistance... will be punished.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan are the only regular stars to appear in this episode (except for flashbacks from a previous episode). Even more, Mira Furlan only appears in one scene, standing in the background, without saying a word.

    • Each act of this episode plays in real time.

    • This episode was originally titled "A Passing Shadow". It was only renamed after the episode was edited - and all scenes that were not part of the interrogation had been cut out, making "Intersections in Real Time" a more fitting title.

    • This is the only episode of the series that Claudia Christian did not appear in while she was still a member of the cast.

    • Joe Straczynski stated that had he know for certain that season five would have occured, this episode would have been the season four finale.

    • This 1984-esque episode happens to be the 84th one-hour episode.


    • William: You have been interrogated before?
      Sheridan: Yes.
      Here Sheridan refers to his interrogation by Sebastian in "Comes the Inquisitor." Intruigingly, one of the questions Sebastian asked was whether he would be willing to sacrifice his life "in the dark where no one will know or see." -- a choice that confronts Sheridan here. On another note, Wayne Alexander, who played Sebastian, guest stars in this episodes as the Drazi.

    • Episode Title: Intersections in Real Time
      According to producer, J. Michael Straczynski the title refers to the act breaks in the episode. Everything was filmed in real time with no times. Act breaks are, thus, intersections in real time.