Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 10

Racing Mars

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Apr 24, 1997 on
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Episode Summary

Marcus and Franklin meet their liaison to the Mars resistance, but are greeted at gunpoint by the resistance itself. Meanwhile Sheridan confronts Garibaldi about his attitude.

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  • Fun and interesting

    Another of the B5 mix of deadly seriousness and humour, starting out with Ivanova delivering Sheridan's backside to him on a plate.. she's one heck of a character :p

    Captain Jack has let himself go since the last time he was with the Doctor!

    Very satisfying to see some of the verbal beating that Garibaldi got, one part of me wishes the punch was the other way around, the other part of me is glad Sheridan is the better man here.

    I guess this is one of those points where people have said homosexuality is dealt with 100% naturally in B5, and to be fair any sort of "laughing about the situation" could easily be have been with a straight fake-couple. It is still just a fake ID though. But very progressive for its time compared to Star Trek (ironically).

    These friends of Garibaldi's - who knew the Tunnel Snakes would turn up! (sorry.. obscure gaming reference)

    Sheridan is "just about ritualed out" - hahaha too true. I think we all are. These Minbari and their rituals. They make Bajorans look sane.

    "Woo hoo"? +Fluttershy points if he managed a "you rock!" too.

    I wonder if anyone else finds it a bit odd in these things when someone is shown a picture of a guy's daughter and is basically obliged to compliment her physical aesthetics. That's not creepy at all.

    Some part of me wonders if there's any truth to the criticism of Sheridan, I don't think so but I think you're meant to at least think about it.moreless
  • New players

    Ok.. episode I did not liked so much. The best part for me was the whole Mars resistance storyline and Captain Jack. Those mysterious bugs we saw on Centauri and now on Mars. They are intriguing and they have many questions.. where they come.. who uses them. Why are they in same time interested about power on Centauri and man on Mars resistance. Those unknown factors make that storyline fascinating. Even the whole Marcus vs Franklin nagging was great.

    The storylines on Babylon 5.. I did not liked none of them. The whole Sheridan vs Garibaldi thing. It was just annoying and we all know it has something to do with that screen and nothing about who he is. And the ending.. for sure, there is storyline coming.. but I just feel.. they could have done it little bit better. Betraying someone like that.. It does not feel logical. Or maybe it is.. I cannot forget that screen.. what was probably used to program Garibaldi to do just that.moreless
  • Racing Mars

    Racing Mars was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because now that the Shadows, Vorlons and all other First Ones have left leaving those on Babylon 5 to worry about other problems like Earth President Clark. I thought it was funny how all channels were being jammed except for ISN. It was enjoyable to see Marcus and Franklin working together again, and there were quite a few humorous scenes with them! I thought it was cool how they met the resistance leader, a blonde bombshell who is pretty tough. I thought it was interesting how Garibaldi's character is taking another direction, and after his ISN interview aired, his scenes with Sheridan were great. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • garibaldi betrayal.

    heres a another good episodes of babylon 5. marcus annoying steven.and garibadi betraying his freinds. when sheridan confronts garibalds about his negative comments regarding babylon 5, a furious garibaldi takes up with earth force spies and agrees to betray sheridan to them.meanwhile marcus and franklin have arrived on mars to join the mars resistance, but must contront suspicion and an enemy within before they can win the trust of the hard nosed rebels. back on babylon 5 sherdian and delenn must undergo 50 minbari rituals before they can be considered an "item" one of them involves pleasure.quite amusing when there are a group of minbari in delenns quarters to over see sherdian and delenn making love.moreless
  • I never, ever, want to hear about Sheridan having sex again.

    Wow, talk about up and down. I was right about Marcus + Franklin = hilarious, but counterbalancing with Garibaldi losing his friggin' mind was just depressing. Reminds me of something Joss Whedon would do, although I don't know if the through process is 'this story line is hilarious, but I need to find something to counterbalance', or 'man, this storyline is depressing, where's something cheery to help balance it out?' I seriously hope Garibaldi's got some sort of brainwashing thing going on, because I find it very hard to believe that this radical a personality shift came naturally. He's completely irrational. But back to Marcus and Frankl- I mean, the happy couple on their honeymoon. BWA-hahahahaha!!! I had a mouth full of crackers when Captain Jack said that the only fake IDs he could get them were a pair of newlyweds and I almost lost it. But hey, it gives me hope. Even on an embargoed planet under a dictator's martial law, gay marriage is still legal in the future ;) And speaking of marriage, the Minbari ritual of "discovering each others pleasure centers" sounding like a great idea at the time, that is until Sheridan found out he was going to have an audience in the other room. Hehehe. His little exchange with Lennier in the elevator afterwards was awkward. I really didn't need to know that Sheridan says "woo-hoo" during sex.moreless
Jeff Griggs

Jeff Griggs

Dan Randall

Guest Star

Clayton Landey

Clayton Landey

Number Two

Guest Star

Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider


Guest Star

Marjorie Monaghan

Marjorie Monaghan

Number One

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Audio and Visual Unsynchronized: When Captain Jack ripped open the food pack, Franklin says, "That's beef and potatoes." His lips, however, don't match those words. The original line was something different.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lennier: Woo-hoo?

    • Garibaldi: He's not what he appears to be! Give it up, will you.

    • Delenn: If you could look any more unhappy, please do not tell me. There are some things I would rather not know.

    • Ivanova: Everyone's entitled to a fresh start.
      Smuggler You're even willing to forget about the business...
      Ivanova: Yes, even though it did make Mr. Garibaldi's hair fall out. You had no way of knowing what was in that bottle. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, just in case he asks.

    • Marcus: Just my luck. The first time in my life I am a war hero and nobody knows about it. And worst of all, I'm married to you.
      Franklin: Well, that's not my idea.
      Marcus: Ooh... you say that now. Tell that to your mother! She never stopped calling us about it. So when's the big day? I've got to pick out patterns. Your father's not going to live forever, and on and on and on and on.

    • Captain Jack: Lyta had a little Vorlon. Her skin was pale as snow. And everywhere that Lyta went, her Vorlon was sure to go.

    • Captain Jack: Me, I go for insta-heats.

    • Sheridan: There isn't much chance of me winning this argument, is there?
      Ivanova: None whatsoever. I never give up when I'm right. Your only option is to surrender.
      Sheridan: Who taught you to negotiate like that?
      Ivanova: You did.
      Sheridan: Oh. Well, then I assume this enforced vacation is to begin immediately.
      Ivanova: Started when I walked in that door.

    • Ivanova: Speaking of which, as of now I'm relieving you of command.
      Sheridan: Ivanova, your sense of humor has always been on the edge of good taste, but...
      Ivanova: I'm serious, John.
      Sheridan: On what grounds?
      Ivanova: You haven't taken any personal time in over nine months. And in that time we have broken away from Earth, fought a war, you have been declared dead at least once, and you know how tiring that can be.

    • Marcus: I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter 'B'.
      Franklin: Boxes.
      Marcus: Right. I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter 'M'.
      Franklin: More boxes.
      Marcus: Two in a row.
      Franklin: And that's when I shot him, your honor.
      Marcus: I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'E'.
      Franklin: I - I - I give up.
      Marcus: Oh, come on.
      Franklin: This better not be what I ...
      Franklin & Marcus: Even more boxes.

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