Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 8

The Illusion of Truth

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 20, 1997 on



  • Trivia

    • Factual Error: The newscast misspells Yuri Gagarin's last name; it was spelled "Gargarin" on the screen.

    • Factual Error: Dr. Indiri, played by Henry Darrow, states that Sheridan is suffering from Helsinki Syndrome and that's why he's helping the Minbari. Stockholm Syndrome is the actual term for a hostage that begins to identify with one's captors.

  • Quotes

    • Sheridan: I thought we had seen the worst of it with the Shadows, the Vorlons, the War... But there's something much worse. Reporters.

    • Sheridan: We have an open door policy-
      Ivanova: And an open airlock policy.
      Sheridan: Commander...
      Ivanova: Sorry.

    • Alison Higgins: To celebrate this latest victory against the tyranny of a fanatical few who have endangered the lives of our citizens, Clark proclaimed today a planetary holiday. Curfew has been extended two full hours until 9 PM Earth standard time, so go out and enjoy.

    • Sheridan: There is no force in this galaxy that can stop what we have done here together. Nothing will be able to stop us.

    • Sheridan: With Clark, anything that gets in the way disappears.

    • Londo: When I said my quarters were cold, I did not mean: 'Oh, I think it's a little chilly in here, perhaps I'll throw a blanket on the bed.' No, I said it was cold! As in: 'Oh, look, my left arm has snapped off like an icicle and shattered on the floor.' This is highly inappropriate, Captain.
      Sheridan: You are right. There are several other parts of your body I much rather see snapped off.

    • A Mysterious Voice: (to Garibaldi) You work for no one but us. You work for no one but us. You work for no one but us. You work for no one but us. Us. Us. Us! Us!

    • Sheridan: Commander, did you threaten to grab a hold of this man by the collar and throw him out an airlock?
      Ivanova: Yes I did.
      Sheridan: I'm shocked! Shocked and dismayed. I'd remind you that we are short on supplies here. We can't afford to take perfectly good clothing and throw it out into space. Always take the jacket off first. I've told you that before. (to the ISN reporter) Sorry she meant to say "Stripped naked and thrown out an airlock." I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

  • Notes

    • Jason Carter (Marcus Cole) does not appear in this episode.

    • Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander) does not appear in this episode.

    • Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) does not appear in this episode.

    • Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto) does not appear in this episode. He did, however, direct the episode.

    • The cryogenic freezers containing telepaths are labeled. On reads Carolyn Sanderson (Bester's lover, "Ship of Tears") and John Flinn III who is one of the directors of the series.

    • The ISN newscast is broadcast on April 12, 2261. Four historical events are cited as taking place on that day: Yuri Gagarin's flight into space (1961) President Bill Clinton's establishment of a "Commission on the Future" (1999), the start of construction of the first lunar colony in the Sea of Tranquility (2018), and the founding of the Psi Corps in (2161).

  • Allusions

    • Historical Reference: Producer's Confession.
      The confession of the producer strongly resembles confessions acquired by the House Un-American Activities Commission in the United States in the 1950s.

    • Character Names: Parks, Beth Trumbo, Adrian Mostel, and Carleton Jarrico.
      These names are likely references to actor Larry Parks, film producer Dalton Trumbo, actor Zero Mostel, and writer Paul Jarrico. They were entertainers who were blacklisted in Hollywood for their political views. Allegedly they had communist sympathies.