Babylon 5

Season 3 Episode 17

War Without End (2)

Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 23, 1996 on
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Episode Summary

While Sheridan is unstuck in time, seeing a glimpse of a future Centauri Prime in ruins, the others continue with their plan to take Babylon 4 back in time.

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  • Epic, amazing

    This is how you do time travel episodes. But not only that, have you ever seen such closure for a character, and so many threads neatly traced back to previous episodes... hints and foreshadows that you didn't even know existed.

    Brilliantly written, with of course plenty of new mysteries introduced for us (those of us watching it for the first time) to ponder. A fitting exit for the one who was (btw, Zathras is great!)moreless
  • War Without End (2)

    War Without End (2) was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of drama, action and intrigue. This episode picks up where the last one left off with Sheridan, Delenn, Ivanova, Marcus, Sinclair and others embarking on a dangerous and life changing mission throug time. I found this episode to be very engaging. I enjoyed seeing Londo's vision come to fruition in an unexpected way which makes sense. I also thought the origin of Valen was interesting. I really enjoyed watching this episode which moves the series forward. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Greatest secrets..

    Amazing episodes. It was stunning by every bit of it. The story - what a great thing those writers came out.. and the whole story of Sinclair. When the start of Season 2 left quite many questions unanswered, then now we got stunning conclusion. And I loved those lookbacks and the hints dropped before.. and how they all reacted when the realize.. I think that was stunning twist of the episode. If there was conclusion to Sincair's storyline, then there was also amazing conclusion to Babylon square episode. We saw what happened, how those things happened, having old and new pieces together, making amazing results.

    One of the best episodes!moreless
  • As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be...

    Are you fraking kidding me?! I mean, I had a little inkling that that's what they were aiming at, but to actually see it was something else. Sinclair is Valen. Geez. It was kinda cool to see all the future/past Babylon 4 stuff that they set up in 'Babylon Squared' "resolved", but of course they had to go and set up new weird time stuff, what with Sheridan and Delenn bouncing around time like Billy Pilgrim. If you look at the inspiration for the title "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.", it's kinda depressing. It's not a new war, it's the same war, the universe has always been at war. I don't know if that connects in at all with Kosh's "I have always been here", but I suspect things in the series are going to be very interesting, and a lot more complicated than I originally expected.moreless
  • we discover who valenn is?.

    in the concluding part of the ultimate babylon 5 adventure, captain sherdian has hurled into a temporal rift where he makes amazing discoveries about his own future and that of the war against the shadows. time is running out for the crack squad attempting to engineer babylon 4 retrival into the safety of the past the great machine cannot maintain the time warp indefinitely and the strain is starting to tear apart the mighty station. as the story hurtles towards its astonishing end, one of the greatest mysteries of the last 1,000 years is solved, the origin of the minbari god valenn.moreless
Tim Choate

Tim Choate


Guest Star

Kent Broadhurst

Kent Broadhurst

Major Krantz

Guest Star

Bruce Morrow

Bruce Morrow

B4 First Officer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Watch Marcus' mouth when he's talking to Ivanova just before Delenn leaves the bridge of the White Star. When Ivanova asks how the repairs are going, Marcus tells her that it's going slowly. However, when she says she'll try to adjust the power from C&C, Marcus' mouth doesn't move when he says "Great idea, if you can get there."

    • This episode is the flip-side of the first season episode "Babylon Squared". They fit together with two exceptions - Delenn's clothes are noticably different, and because there wasn't enough time to show Zathras being captured the way Major Krantz described it in "Babylon Squared", he is instead picked up by a security patrol in this episode.

    • Revealing Mistakes: In the beginning one of the guards in Babylon 4 is falling down before Ivanova hits him.

    • Continuity: In "Babylon Squared", Delenn touches Sinclair after he tried to warn Garibaldi about his future. In "War Without End (2)," she does not touch him.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Zathras: No one ever listens to Zathras. Quite mad, they say. It is good that Zathras does not mind. He's even grown to like it. Oh yes.

    • Ivanova: C'mon c'mon, grab what you need. We're running out of time.
      Zathras: Cannot run out of time. There is infinite time. You are finite. Zathras is finite. (picking up tool) This is wrong tool. (continuing to rummage) No. Not good. No. Never use this.

    • Zathras: All Minbari belief is around three. Three castes: worker, warrior, religious. Three languages: light, dark, grey. The Nine of the Grey Council: three times three. All is three, as you are three as you are one, as you are "the one." (talking to Sinclair) You are the one who was. (talking to Delenn) You are the one who is. (talking to Sheridan) You are the one who will be. (to Sinclair) You are the beginning of the story (to Delenn) and the middle of the story (to Sheridan) and the end of the story, that creates the next great story. In your heart, you know what Zathras says is true.

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