Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 11

Phoenix Rising

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Apr 01, 1998 on
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More bloodhound units arrive and the fight with the violent faction of Byron's followers intensifies... until the rogues seize medlab - with Garibaldi and Franklin in it.

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  • Ding-dong, Byron's dead!

    Seriously, why bother calling him Byron? Just call him Jesus Koresh and get it over with. And woe is him, he used to be Bester's bestest buddy, he killed innocent people, boo frickin' hoo. I've seen characters who've killed a hell of a lot more people than him, felt bad about it later and turned out much cooler (*cough* Xena *cough*). But at least he turned himself into a crispy smear on the deck and I don't have to listen to him TALK any more. Bester tells Garibaldi he pulled an Asimov and stuck the first law of robotics in his head as a safety measure. Sucks for Garibaldi that Bester's still messing with him, and I can't really blame him for wanting to crawl back inside a bottle.moreless
  • Phoenix Rising

    Phoenix Rising was a superb episode of Babylon 5 and I really enjoyed watching this episode as the telepaths continued their violence against Byron's wishes. Bester has reinforcements arrive and trys to push his agenda to capture them. I thought it was awesome how Garibaldi confronted him and learns about a surprise Bester had left in his mind. I thought it was cool how Lyta and Byron learned more about each other in this episode. I thought Sheridan and Lochley handled the situation well and it was sad to see the end. I think Lyta will make a great leader for the free telepaths. I certainly look forward to watching more!!!!!!!moreless
  • the final conclusion to the telepath war. and garibaldi confronts bester only to have bester plant a newrow block in his mind so he cant harm bester.

    more blood hounds arrive on babylon 5 to deal with the telepaths promblem. bester wants to take them back with him but a few telepaths who are on the run on the station cause major promblems for bryon and the others. they steal guns from the security station and then take garibaldi and dr franklin prisoners. bryon finally comes out with lyta and gives himself up to sherdian. but bester has other plans. when he arrivals there is a gun fight and some lethal toxic spills onto the floor. bryon tells lyta to walk away and not look back. he then fires his gun into the toxic and a explosion erups. killing the telepaths. meanwhile garibaldi starts to drink again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Bester tells Garibaldi that he has implanted him with two of Asimov's laws: "You will not harm me, or allow by inaction to let any harm come to me." In fact, this is only one law, as Asimov's laws are:
      1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    • Continuity: Byron has an arm injured badly and can barely lift it. But then it is miraculously alright, and he uses it to tidy up his hair.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Lochley: And if Garibaldi is killed?
      Bester: Zack gets his room.

    • ISN News: ISN has just learned that the main headquarters for the Psi-Corps was bombed early this morning by unknown parties. The only clues found at the scene were the words "Remember Byron" painted on the side of the building ...

    • Sheridan: You're satisfied, Mr. Bester?
      Bester: No, not at all. I don't understand it. Despite of it all, I always thought that at the end of the day we're on the same side. They just needed someone to explain it to them ... so they'll understand who the real enemy was.
      Sheridan: Us, the mundanes.
      Bester: We weren't supposed to fight each other, not like this. I don't understand, ... I truly ... don't.

    • Byron (singing): And we will all come together in a better place, a better place than this...

    • Byron: Didn't have to end like this.
      Sheridan: It still doesn't.
      Byron: Yes it does. We can't go back now. There's too much blood. We are no longer who we were. We are what we have become, (directed at Bester) what you made us!

    • Garibaldi: You say you're doing this for a cause. What kind of sympathy you're gonna get by killing innocent people in cold blood? If you want to send a message, this ain't it.

    • Byron: I'm a strong P12.
      Lyta: But all P12's are automatically designated Psi-Cops. You were a Psi-Cop?
      Byron: Not just a Psi-Cop, Bester's protege.

    • Byron: I tried to teach them, to show them that there is another way than violence. Did I fail that badly?
      Lyta: You can't change human nature, Byron.
      Byron: Then there is not much point in living, is there? We can't hope for something better, something nobler, at least something kinder.

    • Bester: Let me ask you something, Mr. Garibaldi, purely philosophical question. On a scale of 1 to 10, ... how stupid do you think I am anyway?

    • Bester: No.
      Garibaldi: This isn't a discussion, Bester.
      Bester: Yes, it is. You won't shoot.

    • Sheridan: There's only one thing more dangerous than Mr. Garibaldi when he's loud... It's when he's dead silent.

    • Bester: Our job is to protect normals from rogue telepaths. Perhaps now you'll understand why we are necessary. Every race to develop telepaths has had to find some way to control them: through laws, religion, drugs, or extermination. We may not be pretty... but we're hell of a lot better than your alternatives.

    • Bester: We should expect some losses on their side, but let's try to keep it within acceptable limits. The Corps is mother, the Corps is father ... in that way these are our children that've gone astray. We have to at least try to bring them in alive so that we can correct their thinking.

  • NOTES (1)

    • J. Michael Straczynski is considered a "renaissance man" for his many interests behind and in front of the camera, and this is supported in this episode by his title as "composer" and "lyricist." JMS composed the "Untitled Telepath Song" heard in the episodes "Strange Relations" and "Phoenix Rising." His only other lyricist credit is for The Real Ghostbusters TV series.