Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 22

Sleeping in Light

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Nov 25, 1998 on
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Twenty years after his death and resurrection at Z'ha'dum, Sheridan feels his life force ebbing away, and invites some old friends for a final gathering.

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  • #Sleeping In Light

    Sleeping In Light made me smile. That's one of the best episodes.
  • Sleeping in Light

    Sleeping in Light was the perfect ending the one of the best Sci-Fi series of all time. I really enjoyed this episode because it really wrapped the series up giving viewers a look twenty years into the future of the show to see how it all ends as Sheridan is near his time. It was really cool to see all the old friends come back, though we missed Londo, G'Kar, and Lennier. It was awesome to see what each of the characters had become and I liked how they all came together. This episode was very moving and touching as Sheridan moved on after seeing a familiar face. It was really sad to see the decommissioning of Babylon 5. This is one of my favorite shows. I look forward to watching the movies!!!!!!!moreless
  • Fantastic. Just fantastic.

    A sad episode from start to finish. Jeez, but they just took the point of "hey it's 20 years later, Sheridan's dying, everything's over" and just kept poking it and poking it. It was a bit cruel actually. You need a little break from time to time. One scene, something, but no, this episode was relentless. I was sobbing like a baby for most of it. *sigh* OK, I love the fact they brought Ivanova back. They had to. It would have been weird if they didn't. I always thought it was one of the flaws of Charmed that they couldn't get Shannen Doherty to do a cameo. It kinda broke the 4th wall of the show. The characters loved and missed their sister, she was referred to onscreen several times after she was gone, but the actresses couldn't stand each other, she was never brought back, and the story on screen suffered. I know that they cheated a bit, since this episode was filmed at the end of season 4 when Claudia Christian was around, but they could have refilmed it when she left, and they didn't, which I'm grateful for. And I love the concept of Emperor Vir. He's got power, he gets the perks (women) thereof, but you still see that he hasn't changed much from who he was. And I love that when they decommissioned Babylon 5 he gave his little wave before leaving. I liked the CGI of all the ships lined up outside at the end, and wow, the explosion of the station was incredible. Another sharp jab to the soft emotional spot, but still very cool and appropriate, along with the music that went along with it. Fantastic.moreless
  • The best series finale I have ever seen...

    I really cannot watch this episode without crying. Not only does Sheridan have to die and say goodbye to his friends and everyone he loved, but Babylon 5 itself gets decomissioned and blown up. Just the fact that so much had happened there, and it meant so much to so many people, always brings a tear to my eye. I also think that the score in this episode is the best in the series - the music is so emotive.

    My favourite moments have to be when John and Delenn are saying goodbye and when Garibaldi picks up something from the shelf just before they leave Babylon 5 for the last time; it shows so well how he still wants to remember the place, even after everything that has happened.

    It's so fitting that the creator of the show should be the one to turn off the power on the station, a truly beautiful end to a spectacular series.moreless
  • a good series finale that will bring a tear to your eye

    this is the final episode of the long running babylon 5 series. Over the series we have grown attached to the characters and in this episode, we find out what has happened to some of our favorites.


    Sheridan and his 20 years are coming to an end, so he invites General Ivanova, Emperor Vir Cotto, Micheal garibaldi, Zack Allan and Stpehen Franklin to a final party. in the 20 years since the last episode, Zack Allan has transfered from babylon 5, found out he doesn't like the work and gets transfered back this is why he is not present at the party for the ranger sent could not find him.

    Sheridan wants to see the sun come up, in all his years on minbar he has never done that, He sits on a bench outisde with dellen and watches it coming up, a beautiful site. At the party they reminise about old times and dead friends

    "to old friends, in memory still bright"

    "Londo, G'kar, Lennier, Marcus"

    After the party There is a particular tear bringing seen between sheridan and dellen when they both know that he is going to die and that they will only see each other again

    "in the place where no shadows' fall"

    Sheridan embraces dellen and they say one of my favorite lines in the entire series

    "goodnight my love, the brightest star in my sky."

    "goodnight,you were my sky, and my moon, and my stars"

    he then leaves in a new whitestar to go to babylon 5 where he meats with Zack Allan, after this he returns to

    the coriana system where they won the Shadow War. here he meats with Lorien to be taken beyond the rim into

    "whatever lies between galaxies"

    all in all a magnificant episode which had me in tearsmoreless
J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski

Maintenance Worker (uncredited)

Guest Star

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont


Guest Star

Sharon Annett

Sharon Annett


Guest Star

Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The ship Sheridan uses to get to the Rim appears to be a new class of White Star. The ship seems fully automated and can function with one pilot simply giving voice commands.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sheridan: Good night, my love, the brightest star in my sky.
      Delenn: Good night, you, my sky, and my sun, and my moon.

    • Sheridan: I just want to sit here, and watch the sun come up. It occured to me, that in all my time here, I have never done that. I want to know what it looks like when it comes up over the horizion, so I can carry a picture of it in my head.

    • Sheridan: When I was a kid, every Sunday Dad would take us out for a drive. We never knew where we were going, that was half the fun. We'd just go. He'd say, pick a direction and one of us would point, off we'd go.

    • Delenn: I decided to go out in search of the same air molecules you were looking for. In the theory that if they were good enough to lure you out of our bed, I should invesigate my competition!
      Sheridan: You've never had competition.

    • Voiceover: And now, for those of you that have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary, the people responsible. Funding for this program was made possible by grants from the Anla-shok Memorial Fund.

    • Ivanova: An expedition to Coriana space found Sheridan's ship a few days later, but they never found him. All the airlocks were sealed, but there was no trace of him inside. Some of the Minbari believe he'll come back someday, but I never saw him again in my lifetime.

    • Lorien: Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? Where are you going?
      Sheridan: Lorien?
      Lorien: Did you think we had forgotten you? We have been waiting... for you.
      Sheridan: Beyond the Rim?
      Lorien: Yes.
      Sheridan: There is... so much I still don't understand.
      Lorien: As it should be.
      Sheridan: Can I come back?
      Lorien: No. This journey has ended. Another begins. Time... to rest now.

    • Zack: There were times ... I thought none of us would get out alive. Some of us didn't. But, we did everything we said we were gonna do and nobody can take that away from us, or this place.

    • Zack: Quarter million people, coming and going every day for twenty five years. Every part of this station has somebody's fingerprints on it. Layers, and layers, people's lives.

    • Sheridan: I want to feel space beneath me, one last time. It's where I belong, where I have always belonged. Besides, everything we've built here, with the Alliance, has ... become ... half reality, half mythology. And if it all ends here like it ends anywhere else ... but if it ends out there ... they'll remember it.

    • Sheridan: Toast. To absent friends ... in memory still bright.

    • Vir: You know, Londo never liked the Pak'ma'ra. I mean, they're stubborn, lazy, obnoxious, greedy...
      Garibaldi: They kinda look like an octopus that got run over by a truck.
      Vir: That too, but... one day Londo and I were walking past their quarters... and we heard them... singing.
      : Singing? They can sing?
      Franklin: There's nothing about that in the literature.
      Vir: Apparently it's something they only do certain times of the year as part of their religious ceremonies. You may not believe this, but... it was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. I couldn't make out the words, but I knew it was full of sadness and... hope and wonder and... terrible... sense of loss. I looked at Londo and... this is the amazing part... there was a... tear running down his face. I said, "Londo, we should leave." And "This is upsetting you." He just stood there and... listened. And when it was over he turned to me and he said, "There are forty-nine gods in our pantheon, Vir. To tell you the truth I never believed in any of them. But if only one of them exist, then God sings with that voice." It's funny. After everything we've been through, all he did... I miss him.

    • Sheridan: She's Minbari. You know, sometimes, I look at her and I know exactly what she's thinking. Sometimes, ... she's a mystery to me.

    • Ivanova: Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future, and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future, or others will do it for us. It showed us we have to care for one another, because if we don't, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly though, I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings even for people like us. As for Delenn, every morning for as long as she lived, Delenn got up before dawn, and watched the sun come up.

    • Garibaldi: The Interstellar Alliance based on the homeworld of the Minbari Federation was founded in the Earth year 2261 shortly after the end of the Shadow War, twenty years ago. Twenty years of history. Those of us who survived have seen it all. And those of us who understand having been waiting and dreading the arrival of this day.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1999 Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation".

    • Originally, it was planned to reveal at the end of this, the final episode that the whole Babylon 5 series was a dramatization of the actual events of 2257 - 2281 made in the year 2295.

    • Shooting for this episode ended on May 5, 1997, but it aired in the U.S. over a year later on November 25, 1998. This occurred because Babylon 5's fifth season was in doubt so J. Michael Straczynski filmed the last episode just in case. It was originally shot during the fourth-season and given a production number 422. When Babylon 5 got a fifth season on another network, TNT, this episode was given production number 523.

    • At the very end credits, when Marcus is displayed, the screen on the right hand side reads:
      SUBJECT: Marcus Cole
      DESIGNATION: Ranger
      STATUS: Deceased
      COMMENTS: Indefinite Hold in the Event of New Resuscitation Technology
      REQUESTED BY: Cmdr. S. Ivanova

    • Several Babylon 5 staff had cameo appearances in this episode. They include producer John Copeland, co-producer George Johnsen, and series creator J. Michael Straczynski who makes a cameo appearance as the maintenance worker who shuts down the station.

    • Because of the uncertainty of whether Babylon 5 would be renewed for a fifth season, this episode shot at the end of the fourth season so the series would have some closure. But when the series was renewed, "Deconstruction of Falling Stars" was shot and replaced it as the final episode of season four.


    • When Sheridan leans in to check his reflection in the mirror, the reflection gives the appearance of a cross over his shoulder, an allusion to the New Testament.

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