Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 22

The Deconstruction of Falling Stars

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Nov 30, 1997 on
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Episode Summary

Far into the future, someone is archiving video clips pertaining to the fate of Earth and the Interstellar Alliance.

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  • *flips a table*

    It just went from "awesome" to "WTF?" with a whole truckload of spoilers that make S5 seem kind of pointless an idea. GJ guys.

    The other reviewers have always been a lot more charitable than me :p

    Should have ended at E21, is my thought so far.

    Fairness edit: I suppose all it really does is make clear that it's not a fairytale and many parts of history will repeat themselves. Still, I think I prefer a nice optimistic and mysterious ending so that it's left to me to decide if I want to leave it at a "happily ever after"!

    For the moment I'll upgrade my rating from a slating but I'm still thinking that I'd rather try to forget this episode happened, ponder that may be once, just once, the B5 universe's future isn't set in stone and can be changed, and enjoy the season and movies ahead.moreless
  • The First Last Episode!

    There's very much a feeling here that the whole series is being wrapped up, despite the fact that there was to be a full fifth season to follow. I don't know the details but I suspect that this episode was put together as a series finale at a point at which the creative team believed there would be no fifth season. This episode is very wordy and the dramatic vehicle used to tell the next 1000000 years of the story is a little clumsy, but it demonstrates one of the main B5 strengths - the coherence of the overall story arc. Everything fits together well and the regular B5 debates about the nature of truth, duty and the importance of being true to oneself are all present. A satisfying end to a fantastic four years of I need to work out if its worth watching Season 5 when I know how everything turns out!!moreless
  • This is it!

    I still regard this as the end of a wonderful series. I have nothing against series 5 and against the mini movies. They are all great, but this episode ends a excellent 4 series era. When you first watch it all, you might not get it, but overall, the entire series is one amazing tapestry, and this final episode does create an overall end.

    All strugles forward is a dance of one step forward, two steps back, and it is clearly shown in this way, but in the end, the journey does not end, but starts a new stage. This openness of it is seldom show in a series, and that makes it so much more valueble to get it that way.moreless
  • Meh

    I must admit this episode confused me at first, and I wasn't really digging it. I mean, it's basically a huge list of spoilers for things we both are and aren't going to see. Sheridan dies in his 20 years, B5 blows up at the same time, something messed up happens with his and Delenn's son, blah blah blah. I'd rather be surprised. And the fact that Delenn has to live at least another 80 years after Sheridan's dead is just depressing and reminds me of Arwen and Aragorn. I suppose the only high points of the episode were that Holo-Garibaldi really screwed that guy up good, and that Ranger-Monk on Earth in 3262 was pretty funny. At the end it was kind of a neat perspective that yes, history is very subjective, but they will be remembered, that our actions have long term consequences, and that we're all part of the grand scheme of things. The other bummer is it looks like with her being stationed on a ship on a one year shakedown cruise, Ivanova won't be around anymore. F**k! At least I get to still watch my 2nd favorite character.moreless
  • The Deconstruction of Falling Stars

    The Deconstruction of Falling Stars was a perfectly amazing episode of Babylon 5 and a perfect finale for season 4. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of interesting stories and circumstances of the future which were explored. I thought this was a very unique episode and it let viewers see what might have come of every thing Sheridan and Delenn have done. I wonder who the guy in the end is, though it is obvious he is an ascended being similar to the Vorlons. This was a fun episode which shows how history can be manipulated by the future. This episode asks viewers what they really know about the world they live in today, which is a question for all time. I look forward to the next season!!!!!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode, when Sheridan and Delenn are lying in bed, Delenn's headbone is clearly being squished against the pillow, and is clearly made out of rubber

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Dedication: Dedicated to all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission. Faith manages.

    • Brother Edward: The blessed Sheridan, who lived and died and returned from the dead and was taken body into heaven. And Ivanova, the strong, And Delenn the wise. They could all be fables for all we know.

    • Garibaldi: This... little lab of yours... this is by chance located on a military base, is it...? (sounds of chaos in background)

    • Garibaldi: And I happen to have a knack for breaking system codes. So while you were downloading your new world order into me, I was watching your system work. I know where it comes in and I know where it goes out, and I just sent out our entire conversation - Broadcast the whole damn thing.

    • Sheridan: And I was wondering if they will remember us hundred years from now, or a thousand. Then I figured: probably not.
      Delenn: But it doesn't matter. We did what we did because it was right, not to be remembered. History will attend to itself, it always does.

    • Unnamed Man: This is how the world ends, swallowed in fire, but not in darkness. You will live on. The voice of all our ancestors, the voice of our fathers and our mothers to the last generation. We created the world we think you would've wished for us. And now we leave the cradle for the last time.

    • Brother Alwyn Macomber: We will rebuild the Earth, though it may take us another 2000 years. This time we will build it better.

    • Brother Alwyn Macomber: That's all that faith requires. That we surrender ourselves to the possibility of hope. For that I'm content.

    • Brother Alwyn Macomber: Not useless, but it is also not enough. Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one.

    • Brother Alwyn Macomber: Faith sustains us in the hour when reason tells us that we can not continue, that the whole of our whole lives is without meaning.

    • Brother Alwyn Macomber: The ways of Rome are like onto God. They are mysterious and sometimes they transcend understanding. They confess to an inability to see the wisdom of our mission: to keep alive the knowledge of the past. The knowledge that would've been lost forever after the Great Burn 500 years ago. Science and technology, yes, is that really their calling? But it is ours.

    • Garibaldi : Rest easy, friends. Rest easy.

    • Garibaldi: Holograms do not lie, Danny-boy.

    • Garibaldi: The funny thing about being a holographic record is that you don't really exist, except in patterns of light, shadow, information.

    • Garibaldi: You see, the thing is, me and Sheridan were close, but I was the one who did most of the strategic planning during the war. Now, a resource like that you may not want to wipe it out just yet. I could help you.

    • Delenn: There must be something we can do.
      Garibaldi: We're dead, we are not even here, just our memories, our thought patterns.
      Delenn: That must be worth something. What we are is not a matter of flesh, it's a matter of will.

    • Sheridan: What we can not take by force, we will win by subversion. And in the end we will bury you.

    • Daniel: Earth needs room to expand. The Rangers and the Alliance prove a hindrance to our plans to expand.

    • Daniel: Not propaganda, "good facts," as opposed to "real facts." Facts the government has endorsed.

    • Delenn: You do not wish to know .. anything. You wish only to speak. That which you know, you ignore, because it is inconvenient. That which you do not know, you invent. But none of that matters, except that he was a good man, a kind man, who cared about the world, even when the world cared nothing for him.

    • Delenn: John Sheridan was a good, kind, and decent man.
      Dr. Jim Latimere: Delenn, wait! You came all this way just to say that?
      Delenn: You came just as far to say less?

    • William Exeter: We all have a profound psychological need to believe in heroes, the shining knight on the white horse. If they don't exist, we create them. Sheridan and Delenn are two classic examples. If you look at the social dynamic around them, they actually didn't do anything. They were the open vessels in which people poured their hopes and their dreams. That sets up sort of a gestalt, where events take on a life of their own.

    • Dr. Barbara Tashaki: The first thing you have to do is separate fantasy from reality. The publicity machine of the Alliance would have you believe that somehow all this came about because of what a few people did. But large political movements are rarely the workup of any one person. The individual at the center gives permission for others to act, can inspire others. But the individual really can not affect changes on an act of will. They did not do, they allowed others to do.

    • Senator Elizabeth Metarie: Obviously there's a degree of uncertainty in any new political situation. This next year will prove critical for Sheridan and the rest of his people. Look what they are up against: he has to ride herd on the dozen or so alien races that have signed on to this alliance and probably don't fully understand what's being required of them. There are still sporadic fighting between many of those members. On top of that, he has supply problems, telepath problems, raiding parties, not to mention distrust among elements of his own government here at home. This man has his work cut out for him, but I know that he can handle it.

    • Henry Ellis: He can barely get along with his own race, and now he's gonna stitch together an alliance of radically different aliens and make it work. No, this whole shebang is doomed from the get-go.

    • Henry Ellis: What amazes me is the way that everyone is trying to turn Sheridan into some kind of hero. This is the man who resigned his commission in Earth Force under dubious conditions.

    • Sheridan: What matters is what we did here, together. In a hundred years it won't matter who we were. They probably won't even remember.
      Delenn: That's true.

    • Londo: So, Doctor, who died?
      Franklin: What are you talking about?
      Londo: Among my people this is how we celebrate state funerals. Our marriage ceremonies are solemn, sober, moments of reflection, also regret, disagreement, argument and mutual recrimination. Once you know it can't get any worse you can relax and enjoy the marriage. But to start with something like this ... No, it is a very bad sign for the future.

    • Franklin: Well, we figured you probably want to come back with as little fanfare as possible, your usual low-key approach.
      Garibaldi: But there's a time and a place for everything and this is the time and this is definitely the place for one hell of a party!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is 'Dedicated to all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission'
      By the time this episode was made, the show was renewed for the fifth season, and had thereby fulfilled the goal it had started with - to tell a 5-year-long story, which a lot of critics deemed impossible.

    • Because this was technically the first episode of season five and Claudia Christian appeared in "Sleeping in Light", her name had to be removed from the opening credits (replacing by a shot of the Agamemnon destroying a satellite) to avoid incurring fees. Note: On the DVD's Claudia Christian's name is in the opening credits of this episode.

    • It was originally intended that "Sleeping Light" -- which had already been filmed -- would close out the season and the series when the fifth season was unexpectedly picked up by TNT. This episode was quickly scripted and shot as the first episode of the fifth season. But it was aired and retroactively production coded to be the season four finale.


    • Sheridan : We will bury you!
      This quote, uttered by Sheridan in the fake history, is taken from a speech given by Nikita Kruschev.