Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 1

No Compromises

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Jan 21, 1998 on
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Lochley takes command of Babylon 5 and Byron petitions her for asylum aboard the station. An assassin pledges to kill Sheridan at his inauguration.

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  • I don't like the new folk.

    I don't care if she's the best captain B5 ever has, I don't care that people think she's hot, I don't like Captain Lochley because she's Ivanova's replacement. I also think it would have made for a lot more intersting drama in the "who's in charge" situation if it was someone who was used to taking orders from Sheridan and had to work to break out from that. But it's an imperfect universe. And I was wondering how they were going to get Garibaldi back into things. What perfect job for him. I vaguely recall in the last episode if season 4 the future historians saying that letting the telepaths on Babylon 5 was a mistake, so I'm not looking forward to Byron and his crew being around.moreless
  • No Compromises

    No Compromises was a really superb episode of Babylon 5 and an interesting season 5 opening episode. I really enjoyed watching as Lochley arrives on Babylon 5 to take command. I thought it was great that Sheridan discussed with her why she was chosen. It was cool to see Sheridan and Delenn now that they are married. It was interesting to see that some still want to see Sheridan dead and will go to great lengths to make it happen. There were a lot of great scenes, plenty of drama, intrigue, and character development. This season doesn't quite have a direction yet, however I think it was off to a great start. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • the new captain arrives in b5. as well as the telepaths

    in this episode the new co captain lockly arrives on the station to take over the command. there is a person on the station who is trying to kill president sherdian. mr garibaldi who was once cheif of security is back on the station but now he is working for the president covert intelligents. zac and garibaldi are trying to find out who is trying to kill sherdian. meanwhile the telepaths arrive on the station. there leader a man name bryon who asks if he can form a place down below for his telepaths. we also see garibaldi and lockly clashing heads. this will be explain in the up coming episodes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Sheridan says "I do" to G'Kar about whether he wants to be President, Delenn is looking down with her eyes closed, but in the very next shot her eyes are wide open and she's looking at Sheridan.

    • Trivia: Garibaldi's Starfury has Daffy Duck painted on the side between the engines.

    • With Babylon 5 serving as temporary headquarters for the new Interstellar Alliance, it was determined that Sheridan would make all political and Interstellar Alliance decisions, while station business falls under Captain Lochley's authority.

    • Goof: After the assassin is killed, G'Kar holds out the book to Sheridan for him to be sworn in on. When we see G'Kar from the front, he is holding the book in his left hand. When we see him from behind with Sheridan's hand on the book, he is holding it in his right hand.

    • Goof: In his first scene in this episode, G'Kar is leaning over a desk and writing in his book. As he's doing this, you can clearly see the back of his head prosthetic lifting up in the back just above his costume.

    • Scientific Error: While maintaining position outside the gallery, the starfury fires its side thrusters to keep up with B5's rotation. Actually, it would have to fire rotation thrusters and its bottom thrusters to maintain that position relative to a rotating station.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Ranger: We live for The One, we die for The One.
      Assassin: Well one out of two ain't bad.

    • G'Kar: You want to be president?
      Sheridan: Yes.
      G'Kar: Put your hand on the book and say, 'I do.'
      Sheridan: I do.
      G'Kar: Fine. Done. Let's eat.

    • G'Kar: Whoever speaks for the Alliance speaks with one voice for many. Consequently, this contains the first page of every holy book of every race that has joined the new Alliance. Whoever speaks for the Alliance does so with the understanding that it is the inalienable right of every sentient being to live free, to pursue their dreams, to address wrongs within their own society without fear of retribution, to believe as their conscience requires in matters of faith, but also to respect the rights of others to believe differently, or not at all. Do you, John J. Sheridan--

    • Sheridan: I'm glad you talked him out of it. I have no desire to be struck blind by the sight of Londo naked.

    • Londo: On my world, we have learned that an inauguration is simply a signal to assassins that a new target has been set up on the firing range.

    • John: As strong as you think you are, the one thing you can't stop is the lone gunman determined to kill you, even if he gets killed in the process. I'm that man, Sheridan.

    • G'Kar: I will not sleep, eat, drink, nothing! The words and I will be locked in mortal combat until one of us surrenders.

    • Sheridan: Well, Mr. Garibaldi says it's very well written.
      G'Kar: Well, I .. I'm sorry, there's just the one copy for now, and well .. when I loaned it to Mr. Garibaldi, it came back with coffee stains. I can't--

    • Sheridan: (to Lochley) You're good with diplomacy when possible, but you know how to fight when you have to. And you speak your mind. Now, whoever's running B5 for the next year is going to be on the hot seat. I chose you strictly on your background. You are the perfect choice.

    • Delenn : The newly elected president of the Interstellar Alliance, about to be officially sworn in, washing his own socks? You're a very strange man, even for a human.
      Sheridan: Why, thank you.

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