Babylon 5 - Episodics (#321)
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, directed by Kim Friedman
Sheridan and Delenn believe the
Shadows are about to kill the
refugees in Sector 83, so they
decide to attack first. Delenn asks
the League of Non-Aligned Worlds
for all the ships they can spare
while Sheridan sends Marcus and
Ivanova in the White Star to act as
scouts against the Shadows' arrival.
Franklin is still on his walkabout
Down Below when he interrupts
a fight and is stabbed by the
attackers who leave him lying in a
pool of blood. Elsewhere, the White
Star encounters a scout ship which
manages to disable them just
before the Shadow fleet arrives.
Marcus and Ivanova are able to get
a message to their own fleet in
As Franklin continues to lose
blood, he sees his own image
standing before him, talking about
all the mistakes he's made in his
life. Franklin decides he wants
another chance to live and
drags himself to where people can
In a massive battle Sheridan's
fleet manages to repel the
Shadows but loses two ships for
every Shadow vessel destroyed.
Back on Babylon 5, Sheridan and
the others wonder when the
Shadows will strike back; in fact,
they've already sent Sheridan's
wife Anna to the station...
Captain Sheridan leads a fleet
of ships in a preemptive
strike against the Shadows, and
Dr. Franklin's journey of self
discovery ends unexpectedly in
this penultimate episode of
Babylon 5's third season.
The relationship between Sheridan
and Delenn also reaches a new
level, that of a Minbari custom: when a couple become close, the
female spends three nights
watching over the male so that his
true face is revealed during sleep.
In this case, the ritual is inter-
rupted by the sudden arrival of
Sheridan's (supposedly) dead wife.
Anna Sheridan is played by Bruce
Boxleitner's real-life wife Melissa
Gilbert, identified in the opening
credits as 'Anna' to retain the
surprise as much as possible.
The episode cuts back and forth
between the massive space battle
and Franklin's near-fatal stabbing
which forces him to confront
himself and the mistakes he's
made in his life. Writer J. Michael
Straczynski later revealed that the
attack was taken from a similar
mugging incident in his own past.
Although the Shadows have been
temporarily defeated, Garibaldi
sums up the situation by asking,
"Now that we've shown them we
can hurt them, how long until they
come knocking on our front door?"
The appearance of Anna Sheridan
answers that question...