The Best Episodes of Babylon 5
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018
Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, its goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. A council made up of representatives from the five major space-faring civilizations - the Earth Alliance, Minbari Federation, Centauri Republic, Narn Regime, and Vorlon Empire - work with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to keep interstellar relations under control. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travelers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers.
#1 - Sleeping in Light
Season 5 - Episode 22
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.
#4 - Severed Dreams (3)
Season 3 - Episode 10
The renegade destroyer ""Alexander"" arrives at Babylon 5 and Sheridan is forced to announce the station's secession from the Earth Alliance, and prepare for an attack by Clark's forces. Meanwhile Delenn is forced to go to Minbar when the Grey Council refuses to act upon increased Shadow activity.
#5 - Into the Fire
Season 4 - Episode 6
In the hours before the Shadows and the Vorlons meet Sheridan's alliance at Corriana 6, Ivanova and Lorien search for the last of the First Ones, and Londo races back to Centauri Prime in hope of removing all Shadow influence before the Vorlon planetkiller arrives.
#6 - Endgame
Season 4 - Episode 20
The only obstacle remaining between Sheridan and Earth is a fleet near Mars. With the help of the resistance, Sheridan plans to smuggle Shadow modified telepaths onto the fleet, hopefully disabling it long enough for him to take Earth. Meanwhile, Marcus is determined to find a way to help Ivanova.
#7 - Between the Darkness and the Light
Season 4 - Episode 19
Garibaldi is barely able to convince Lyta and Franklin that his recent behavior was caused by Bester, and they organize a rescue for Sheridan. Meanwhile, Ivanova gets word that a trap has been set at the fleets' next rendezvous point, by a group of completely new advanced-technology destroyers.
#8 - War Without End (1)
Season 3 - Episode 16
Ivanova gets a distress call from herself pleading for help as the Shadows destroy Babylon 5. It is dated eight days into the future. At the same time, on Minbar, Sinclair is given a nine-hundred-year-old letter from Valen, telling him that a drastic action must be taken to prevent that future.
#9 - The Fall of Night
Season 2 - Episode 22
Two officials from the Ministry of Peace come to Babylon 5; one to deal with the Centauri's continued expansion, and the other to check on the local Nightwatch. Meanwhile a Narn heavy cruiser seeks sanctuary while they make repairs, and Keffer continues his search for proof that Shadow ships exist.
#10 - The Long Night
Season 4 - Episode 5
As reports that the Shadows are destroying planets too start to come in, Sheridan prepares for one final showdown with the Shadows and the Vorlons. Meanwhile on Narn, Londo makes everything ready - G'Kar's chains have been weakened... an undetectable weapon has been acquired... Tonight Cartagia must die.
#11 - Shadow Dancing
Season 3 - Episode 21
With the Shadows next target known, a massive counterattack is prepared. Ivanova and Marcus scout ahead in the White Star, while the fleet stands by in hyperspace. At the same time, Franklin finally has to face his problems as he lies fatally wounded in Downbelow.
#12 - The Fall of Centauri Prime (2)
Season 5 - Episode 18
As Centauri Prime is being bombarded, the Drakh, the real masters behind the war, reveal themselves to Londo. They force him to go along with their plan to alienate the Centauri from the Alliance, and use what's left as their new home.
#13 - Rising Star
Season 4 - Episode 21
Clark is dead and the civil war is over, but several issues are unresolved. Ivanova is grief struck at Marcus's death and Lise is missing. And Sheridan must now face the consequences of his actions. He did the right thing - but in the inconvenient way.
#14 - Chrysalis
Season 1 - Episode 22
The Centauri are about to withdraw from a quadrant of space because the Narn are harassing them, when Londo gets an offer to take care of the problem. Meanwhile, Garibaldi tries to find out what his informant stumbled upon that got him killed.
#15 - No Surrender, No Retreat
Season 4 - Episode 15
With Clark having killed 10,000 unarmed refugees, Sheridan once again mobilizes for war. The first target is Proxima 3, which is being bombed into submission. At the same time, Londo tries to get G'Kar to partake in a joint Centauri/Narn statement in support of the war against Clark.
#16 - Point of No Return (2)
Season 3 - Episode 9
Clark has just declared marshal law, and while Nightwatch prepare to take control of the station, Zack has to decide whose side he's on. In an exercise of bad timing, the prophetic widow of emperor Turhan finally comes to the station, granting Londo the visit he's been begging her for for a long time.
#17 - Movements of Fire and Shadow (1)
Season 5 - Episode 17
Sheridan finally authorizes the White Star fleet to participate in the war. Delenn travels to Minbar to start a Minbari/Earth joint project to build a prototype White Star destroyer class ship. And Vir hires Franklin and Lyta to investigate why the Drazi don't return the bodies from destroyed Centauri ships.
#18 - In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum
Season 2 - Episode 16
Sheridan is shocked to learn that one of the crew of the Icarus, a science ship that exploded with his wife aboard, is alive - namely Mr. Morden. A representative of the Ministry of Peace comes to the station to recruit personnel to the Nightwatch.
#21 - Messages from Earth (1)
Season 3 - Episode 8
An archeologist is brought Babylon 5 with a grave massage - a dormant Shadow ship has been found on Ganymede. It must be destroyed before it falls into the hands of President Clark.
#22 - The Face of the Enemy
Season 4 - Episode 17
After arranging for the arrest of Sheridan's father, Garibaldi gives his former commander the news, and urges him to come to Mars to arrange a rescue operation. But Garibaldi drugs Sheridan as soon as he gets there, and hands him over to Clark's forces. Finally, Edgars reveals his plans to Garibaldi.
#23 - Moments of Transition
Season 4 - Episode 14
The warrior caste has surrounded the religious caste's stand in the capital city on Minbar, and demand they surrender or be destroyed. Meanwhile Bester makes Lyta an offer for her body.
#25 - Matters of Honor
Season 3 - Episode 1
An Earthforce investigator comes to B5 with Lt. Keffer's last recording, asking the ambassadors if they recognize the ship in it. Meanwhile Londo takes steps to remove himself from the Shadows, and Sheridan takes the White Star out for its first mission.