Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 1

Points of Departure

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Nov 02, 1994 on
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Sheridan arrives at Babylon 5 to replace Sinclair and deal with a renegade Minbari Cruiser.

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  • So long, Sinclair

    Awww, I'll miss the commander with his kind heart and... that cute little way he'd talk to people while looking kind of upwards-and-sideways at them... *sniffle* :P Seriously I'd really warmed to Sinclair/O'Hare (and his friendship with Garibaldi) it's extremely disappointing to see that "THUD", he just left like that. Ouch :( Watching B5 won't be the same without him, I'd really come to consider him the face of the show.

    Originally I was rather scathing with my review for just dumping him with a few lines of exposition, but this is an edit and re-rate as in fairness it seems O'Hare wanted to leave, so their hands were tied. What else could they do (maybe pay him more)

    I also actually wasn't aware that he died late last year (I just read it now while looking up his reasons for leaving B5). That makes this all the more heartbreaking. RIP Michael, and thanks for the memories. You will be missed in both worlds.

    I still find it a little disappointing that most of the story of S1 . Sinclair's memory hole, the reasons for the Minbari ending the war, the reasons he was chosen for B5 etc were all just explained away in a few lines of exposition here. I guess it's more difficult to show instead of telling when the guy it all revolves around isn't there any more, but it was all just a bit too sudden.

    On the plus side, Sheridan isn't bad. He seems a kind hearted, down to earth guy, which is what I liked about Sinclair as well and no doubt it was always the intention that if O'Hare would leave then they'd replace him with a very similar character (though I can't help worrying that the guy playing Sheridan kind of resembles Nick Clegg, hehe). At least he's not some nasty guy we have to put up with for ages.

    Not quite perfect, and I'm really going to miss Sinclair even if he may have reprised his role for the odd one or two episodes. But well, we move on. Much like I got used to the 10th and 11th Doctors, I'm sure I'll get used to the second leader of B5.moreless
  • Points of Departure

    Points of Departure was a great first episode of the second season of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode as we were introduced to Babylon 5's new Commanding Officer John Sheridan. There was a lot of character development in this episode as well as plot development. I enjoyed learning more about the characters and figuring out what the future may hold by the clues given in this episode. This episode definitely lays the ground work for the rest of this season. The end of this episode was mysterious and leaves a few questions. I look forward to watching more of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • John Sheridan takes over as the new commander of Babylon 5. His first task involves dealing with a renegade Mimbari group.

    This episode was a great beginning to season 2. The mystery of what happened to the old commander when taken aboard the Mimbari cruiser is solved (well...there is still some mystery there). It was a great introduction to Sheridan's character. He was given a problem to solve and he solves it in 45 minutes.

    The rest of the crew is still in jeopardy from the finale of season 1. Gerabaldi is still in critical condition and Delenn is still in her cocoon. Also the alien threat that was mentioned in the story arc of season one was not mentioned in this episode. It was an intro episode and it was done very well. Since this series was deemed a novel for television, sometimes you just have to have an episode to introduce new characters. This was the one for Captain John Sheridan. Definately a great episode!moreless
  • Sinclair is gone.. Sheridan is here...

    Oh.. this is always the hardest part while I watch this serie. I love the first season and I really liked Sinclair as a commander but now he is gone and new guy, who first looks like a lot of different, Sheridan is here and we have to get used with him.

    Ofcourse new char gives a lot of changes to have new storylines and some of his past is now introduced - he, again, had part in Earth-Minbari war and minbaries hate him. And that gets him to the trouble in his first day.

    I love the way Susan described him what is going on in Babylon 5 - G'Kar disappeared, Delenn in cocoon and Garibaldi in critical condition.. and I think there could be more.. that is a crazy place.moreless
  • one of the Greatest sci-fi shows ever

    i just finished watching season 1 and was amazed at how great the story and acting was. usually it takes a few seasons for a sci-fi show to it its stride .but babylon 5 was great from the begining. i watched episode after episode to see if it was just a fluke but i was so rivited to my tv set i could not believe it from lando to garabaldi to ivanova it was just one great episode after another. i just dont understand why after 5 seasons it ended. even star trek Enterprise lasted 4 seasons and that was just GARBAGE. i wish it could have lasted a few more seasons season 5 ended and ther was so much to wrap up. they could have made atleast 3 more seasons OH WELLmoreless
Richard Grove

Richard Grove


Guest Star

Robert Foxworth

Robert Foxworth

General William Hague

Guest Star

Jennifer Anglin

Jennifer Anglin


Guest Star

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs


Recurring Role

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman

Ambassador #1

Recurring Role

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson

Ambassador #2

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During the tour of the facilities Ivanova gives Sheridan in this episode, it is the first time we learn about his special love for fruit, and in particular oranges.

    • In the B5 TV movie "In the Beginning", Robin Sachs' Minbari character was named "Coplann." In this episode, the character is named "Hedronn" even though they are both the same character that advises Delenn at the Battle of the Line.

    • In the B5 TV movie "In The Beginning", which takes place some years before this episode, and was produced years after it, Sheridan meets G'Kar and Dr. Franklin. But in Earhart's, Franklin talks as though he's never met him.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ivanova: (to the alien ambassadors complaining at her) And as far as I'm concerned the transports can wait until the sun explodes! And if you're not happy with the seating arrangements, I will personally order your seats to be moved outside, down the hall, across the station and into the fusion reactor! Am I absolutely, perfectly clear on this?

    • Sheridan: The Babylon project was our last best hope for peace. A self contained world of five miles long located in neutral territory. A place for commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the third age of mankind. The year the great war came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259, the name of the place is Babylon 5.

    • Ivanova: I learned a while ago that there's enough guilt in the world to go around without grabbing for more. Give yourself the benefit of a doubt.

    • Ivanova: And I thought I was a pessimist!

    • Delenn: They fight bravely. They can not harm our ships, but they continue to try.
      Hedronn: Whether they fight or not, they know they will die anyway. So really, is this bravery or simple desperation?
      Delenn: Perhaps they are the same thing.

    • Lennier: Ambassador Delenn is indisposed at the moment. Perhaps you would come back later, ... much later.

    • Lennier: If you are going to kill me, then do so. Otherwise, I have considerable work to do.

    • Franklin: Well, the human body is an amazing thing. It can cure itself, or it can simply decide one day that the world is too painful to deal with and won't cooperate no matter how hard you try to heal it.

    • Kalain: They tell us Sinclair is now on our world.
      Hedronn: He's an ambassador.
      Kalain: So you say. But the Grey Council never tells anyone the whole truth, does it.

    • Ivanova: And this will be your quarters. I hope it's satisfactory.
      Sheridan: It's fine, fine. Certainly a lot bigger than what I'm used to. Does this place come with a shower? I mean, a real live honest-to-god shower with running water and everything?
      Ivanova: Executive suites and command quarters all have showers with live honest-to-god water. The rest get vibe showers. Our water reclamation system can't handle much more than that.

    • Sheridan: What's our status?
      Ivanova: Chief of security is in critical condition in medlab. He thinks there's a conspiracy concerning the president's death. Ambassador G'Kar has mysteriously vanished. After two years we still don't know what Ambassador Kosh looks like inside his encounter suit. And Ambassador Delenn is in a cocoon.
      Sheridan: A cocoon? As in a moth or a butterfly?
      Ivanova: Yes, sir. About yea high.
      Sheridan: Interesting place you have here.

    • Lennier: It is our belief that every generation of Minbari is reborn in each following generation. Remove those souls and the whole suffers. We are diminished. Over the last 2000 years there have been fewer Minbari born into each generation. And those who are born.. do not seem equal to those who came before. It is almost as if our greater souls have been .. disappearing.

    • Lennier: I told them, Delenn, as I was ordered. I only wish I could've told them the rest. About the great enemy that is returning. About the prophesy that the two sides of our spirit must unite against the darkness or be destroyed. They say it will take both of our races to stop the darkness.

    • Ivanova: I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate!

    • Ivanova: Well then I'll say a prayer for him tonight.
      Franklin: He's agnostic.
      Ivanova: Then I'll say half a prayer.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Each season of Babylon 5 has its own title. The title for season two is "The Coming of Shadows."

    • This marks the first appearance of guest star Kim Strauss as the unnamed Ensign. Strauss would appear in fourteen episodes as a human, Drazi, Narn, Markab, and Minbari.

    • John Sheridan, like Michael Girabaldi, wears his link on his right hand. This is because actor Bruce Boxleitner, like actor Jerry Doyle, is left-handed.

    • This episode was originally had the title "Chrysalis, Part II."

    • The whole cast was asking themselves during summer break if Delenn would have wings after leaving the cocoon. Because of this Straczyniski put some references in this episode, like the security guy tricking the other one: "It's Delenn, she left the cocoon and is flying around..."

    • In the opening credits, Delenn is shown in her old form from the first season as to not ruin the surprise of her transformation which is revealed at the end of the next episode. This was however forgotten when they created the Widescreen version for the SciFi Channel.


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