Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 21

Rising Star

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Oct 23, 1997 on
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Clark is dead and the civil war over, but several issues are unresolved. Ivanova is grief struck at Marcus' death, Lise is missing and Sheridan must now face the consequences of his actions. He did the right thing - but in the inconvenient way.

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  • Ambassadors, with zis alliance you are spoiling us!

    What an ending. What more could anyone ask for?

    Well, another episode(?!) and then a whole other season, I guess. Part of me wonders if I should call it a day in my headcanon as I heard S5 isn't that good, and this was the perfect place to end it. Still, I suppose at this point I'd be doing it a disservice. I am guessing the S4 finale is basically a case of setting up S5, as everything sounded like an ending here.

    The loss of Marcus at the beginning, and Ivanova's grief... poignant in the extreme :'(

    Bester throwing his weight around. I suppose if there's one example of a loose end, there's him and the telepaths somewhat. And I always thought there'd be more to the Vorlons and Shadows at some point. Whether these things are addressed in S5, I'll have to wait and see!

    Also this new Earth president.. well she's much better than Clarke obviously but shall we say far from perfect.

    Sheridan becoming president of the Alliance... wow. Getting his dad back.... AWW <3... getting happily married to Delenn... AWW <3.. G'Kar and Londo actually finally looking slightly like friends... AWW.. G'Kar being a massive privacy-invading pervert... EWW. Really? Couldn't get everything right I guess.

    For a great, optimistic "ending number 1" you can't get much better than this. So long B5... see you in episode 22.moreless
  • Rising Star

    Rising Star was a perfect episode of Babylon 5 because it weaves multiple story lines together, has great character driven scenes, and plenty of intrigue. I really enjoyed watching this episode as Garibaldi searched for Lise, Sheridan stood to answer for his actions, and Delenn began a new project enlisting the help of Londo and G'Kar. It was cool to find out exciting news for Londo from Centauri Prime. Ivanova is lost now that Marcus is gone, and she doesn't know what her heart wants and where it belongs anymore. I really felt for her in this episode. I thought it was cool how Bester tried to find out the fate of his true love by threatening Sheridan and we find out what may have happened to the anti-telepath virus if the Psi Corps were to come into possession of it. Sheridan gets Amnesty for himself and all who followed orders under him. Sheridan definitely knows how to play the game, as he surprised the new Earth President with the news that he is the President of the New Interstellar Alliance. This episode had a great ending, though G'Kar's eye was a little creepy. I think this could have easily been the series finale though I'm glad it was not. I look forward to the next episode of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Poor Ivanova

    Geez, poor Ivanova. I think getting involved with a romantic relationship with her, even a one-sided one, is a death sentence in the B5 universe. I'm ticked that Marcus is dead too, although as deaths go there are a lot worse ways and reasons, and although I liked him a lot, I'd rather have Ivanova than Marcus. OK, so Sheridan gets immunity for his crew, resigns EarthForce, and gets made president of the InterStellar Alliance. Shiny. I knew he became President Sheridan, but I was wondering how they were going to wrangle him into EarthForce President if he was resigning. Tricky tricky, wrong assumption on my part. I'm liking the new relationship between G'Kar and Londo, some more good scenes with them, including G'Kar's little Peeping Narn act at the end, leaving his eyeball in the honeymoon suite. Although Londo's going to be Emperor, which doesn't bode well for him based on the futureflash. But all in all, this would have been a perfectly satisfactory series finale. Except they went ahead and mentioned the Telepath War and the Drakh War. Hello season 5, neh?moreless
  • the new earth alliance is built.

    steven races back to babylon 5 to try to stop marcus from doing something stupit. but its to late. susan is in med lab and steven is the only one who can console her in her grief over losing marcus. this is a very sad scene where she breaks down. meanwhile clark has killed himself. captain sherdian saves earth just in time before clark sets off a devices that was to blow earth up. captain sherdain is now no longer captain of b5. he is now president of the new earth alliance. and delenn and john get married. while g'kar and londo talk about how lovely the wedding was.moreless
Beata Pozniak

Beata Pozniak

President Susanna Luchenko

Guest Star

Joey Dente

Joey Dente


Guest Star

Rance Howard

Rance Howard

David Sheridan

Guest Star

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig


Recurring Role

Maggie Egan

Maggie Egan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the speech of President Luchenko, they briefly cut over to Sheridan. Sitting on his right side is General Foote, but on his left side is... President Luchenko! Unless she has a double twin or can be in two places at the same time, that's not possible.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Londo Mollari: G'Kar, the artificial eye that Dr. Franklin gave you? Where is it?
      (G'Kar just gives Londo a wicked smile as the camera zooms in on his missing eye before cutting to the prosthectic eye in Sheridan and Delenn's bedroom)

    • President Luchenko: Only a sane and careful study of the facts will allow us to separate those who were willing partners in President Clark's reign of terror from those who co-operated only in fear of their lives.

    • Delenn: It was the end of the Earth year 2261 and it was the dawn of a new age for all of us. It was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. The next twenty years would see great changes, great joy and great sorrow. The telepath war. The Drakh war. The New Alliance would waver and crack, but in the end it will hold, because what is built endures, and what is loved endures. And Babylon 5, ... Babylon 5 endures.

    • Londo: And stop eating that. We don't even know what it is.
      G'Kar: Something called "rice."
      Londo: Yes, and if it were any good, do you think they would be standing there throwing it at people? As marriage ceremonies go, the humans are very strange indeed. Still, they're quite a couple, aren't they?
      G'Kar: Yes, they are.

    • Garibaldi: (to Lise) Don't. Don't do that, no, come on. The sun's almost coming up. I've got to get some sleep ... eventually.

    • David Sheridan: Mister President?
      John Sheridan: It's a ...
      David Sheridan: ...another long story.

    • General Foote: You!
      Sheridan: Funny thing about retiring: you no sooner pick out the places you want to go on vacation and someone comes at you with another job offer.

    • Londo: I fully understand, Madame President. No one in this room is more suspicious of these things than I am, no race more prideful than the Centauri. But we are tired of war and believe that this will help to create peace between us.
      President Luchenko: Peace is a concept. If I'm going to sell this to my Generals and the public, I'm going to need something a little more tangible.

    • Delenn: (speaking of The Rangers) Their goal is to create the peace, not enforce the peace.

    • G'Kar: For many years all of us here have priced our good relations with Earth. You have shown through your example that strength comes from a multitude of voices brought together for a common cause. Humans form communities. In that spirit we have voted to dissolve the League of Non-Aligned worlds and create a new alliance, based on mutual co-operation and respect. An alliance, born in the diverse voices of many worlds, joined by their desire to build a better future and their decision to voluntarily recognize a common authority.

    • Sheridan: I learned about choices and consequences and responsibility. I learned that we all have choices, even when we don't recognize them, and that those choices have consequences, not just for ourselves, but for others. We must assume responsibility for those consequences.

    • President Luchenko: The bitch of it is that you probably did the right thing. But you did it in the wrong way. In the inconvenient way. Now you have to pay the penalty for that. I know it stinks, but that's the way it is.

    • Sheridan: So, morally I was right, but politically I'm inconvenient.
      President Luchenko: Inconvenient doesn't even begin to cover it. Now we have to clean up the mess.

    • President Luchenko: As you were. Well, Captain, you caused quite a stir. Half of Earth Force wants to give you a kiss on the cheek and the medal of honor. The other half wants you taken out and shot. As a politician you learn how to compromise. Which by all right means I should give you the medal of honor then have you shot. I confess the idea had a certain appeal when I mentioned it to the Joint Chiefs two hours ago.

    • Delenn: I see nothing amusing in this situation, Londo.
      Londo: No, no. You are right, there isn't. It's just that... (giggle) ...I'm so rarely in the presence of living history. It... it thins the atmosphere, makes you giddy... (giggle) ... You realize that you are quite mad for even considering this?
      Delenn: Perhaps.

    • Sheridan: I know, I know what it's like to lose someone, only to find her and then lose her a second time. I wouldn't wish that on anyone, not even you, as much as I might want to.

    • Vir: You're going to be Emperor, Londo. Isn't that wonderful?
      Londo: (contemplative and surprisingly unexcited) Yes, Vir, wonderful news.

    • G'Kar: You're late!
      Londo: No, no, no, you're early.
      G'Kar: I'm never premature.
      Londo: Oh, well, that is a surprise, given what I've heard. I'm sure it's a matter of perspective, really. But for a Narn, two minutes must be a long time, so if you go the duration, it's an accomplishment. But for the Centauri, hours can go by before you even get to the good parts.

    • Ivanova: I said go away!
      Franklin: Susan, it's me. You OK?
      Ivanova: Damn it Steven, why the hell did he have to do it? I didn't want him to. I never, never would have asked him to.
      Franklin: I know.
      Ivanova: I mean, how the hell did he find out about that machine?
      Franklin: After we gained custody of the alien healing device, Sheridan and I decided that it was just too dangerous to let others know about it, so I coded all my log entries. He must of hacked his way through half a dozen security overrides.
      Ivanova: Typical. He was always pulling crap like that. You know, I never knew what to do with him. He was the most undisciplined, most annoying... I was just lying there and I was feeling myself letting go of my body. And I remember the last thing I thought was, I'm going to die now. And it wasn't so bad. And then I heard this voice coming from far away saying, 'I love you'. And then I thought, is this God? Is this God? I mean he really did have an English accent just like in all those old movies. And then I felt myself being pulled down, and I got heavy, so heavy, and tired. I forced my eyes open and there he was next to me. And we were hooked into that damn machine. And I tried to pull it apart Steven, I swear to God I tried, I just couldn't even move. I couldn't move.
      Franklin: Look, there was nothing you could do, all right? Your system was traumatized. You can't blame yourself.
      Ivanova: I don't, I don't, I don't. I just ... You know all my life I've had... I've had problems with relationships. You may have noticed.
      Franklin: A little.
      Ivanova: You know the ones that I loved always ended up hurting me, leaving me. And the ones who stayed, they had nothing inside, no depth. After a while I just decided to forget about it. And here was Marcus. I knew he'd never hurt me and I knew he'd never leave me, and I knew he loved me. I knew it and I just didn't want to admit it. And he gave so much and he wanted so little in return. And he just wanted a kind word or a smile. And all I ever gave him in two years was grief. And that's because I think I saw what I wanted and I was afraid.
      Franklin: But you knew it wasn't going to work out. You were just protecting yourself from being hurt again and that's all.
      Ivanova: Maybe, but maybe I should have just tried one more time. I could have done that for him, now I can't. At least I should have boffed him just once.
      Franklin: "Boffed?" Did you just say "boffed?"
      Ivanova: That's the type of thing he would have said. I mean, what the hell, it's not like I was doing anything else.
      Franklin: Well I guess that's one way to deal with unrequited love, huh?
      Ivanova: All love is unrequited Steven, all of it.

    • Sheridan: See, Mr. Garibaldi is finishing up some personal business on Mars. Once it's done, I image he will turn his attention to you. And to tell you God's honest truth, I rather face those sharpshooters of yours, then what he will do when he finds you. I don't know exactly how he plans to settle the score, but I'm sure it will be creative, colorful, and extremely unpleasant.

    • Londo: How does it feel to make history, hmm?
      G'kar: You do not make history, you can only hope to survive it.
      Londo: G'kar, you are a depressing person.
      G'kar: Thank you.

    • Sheridan: Death! Been there, done that.

    • Londo: I hope you have brought a change of underwear. You will need it after you read this

  • NOTES (0)


    • President Luchenko: ...the better angels of our nature...
      This line is a reference to the final line of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address. In that address he urges the United States to not go to civil war.