Babylon 5 Volume 5.12
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From the Back Cover
INTO TOMORROW. Cleared for final approach: the end of the Babylon 5 series. OBJECTS AT REST--Parting is bittersweet sorrow: Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) and Delenn (Mira Furlan) journey to Minbar, the new base of the Interstellar Alliance. But the era of peace is not without singular acts of betrayal. Lennier (Bill Mumy) falls prey to his feelings for Delenn. And Mollari (Peter Jurasik), unable to resist the alien power controlling him, presents a gift that may in time unleash forces of doom. SLEEPING IN LIGHT--The end was prophesied, inevitable. Yet there's time enough for Sheridan to meet with friends who helped create the future...and for one last visit to the now--abandoned way station that became a symbol for peace: Babylon 5.
Top Customer Reviews
This unique SF TV show from the '90s combines action, romance, political intrigue, comedy, religion, space exploration, and computer-generated special effects in a ground-breaking mix that makes obsessive fans out of anyone who appreciates good story-telling, not just sci-fi.
The idea for B5 was shopped around for several years before it was snapped up by a fledgling network of independent TV stations called "PTEN." By this time "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" had been on the air, and it unfortunately made uninitiated viewers think B5 was a ripoff, rather than the other way around. B5 is to ST what steak is to a Big Mac; certainly you can enjoy both, but the B5 experience is far more memorable overall.
B5 was envisioned as a five-year series, a show that told a story from the beginning to the middle to the end. A number of films and books have grown up around the main story shown in the TV series, and that's a good thing too. It's charming to watch the B5 makers learn their craft, as the pilot film "The Gathering" and the first season show production and makeup that evolve as the years go on, with each season of the show having its own focus.
The characters grow up, rather than staying essentially unchanged at the core, which is what you get with a typical TV series, ST or otherwise. This is key, as the events of the series affect their lives in major ways.
"Objects at Rest" and "Sleeping in Light" are the final two episodes of the series, and brilliantly bring the whole thing to a satisfying, emotional conclusion.Read more ›
"Sleeping in the Light" tells the story of Sheridan's last few days. Realizing that his time is up, he sends for his dear friends and reminisces before heading into space for one last flight.
While these two episodes don't tie up all the loose ends (In fact, they raise some questions.), they are a powerful conclusion to this series. I've watched them several times, and I've been moved by the emotions so excellently captured by everyone involved. JMS's scripts are some of his best, and the acting is flawless.
Over the run of the series, I had come to care for these characters as friends. It was sad to see their story end. And while it may not have had the closure I normally like, there is enough closure for a feeling of completion. These two top-notch hours of television will move any fan of the series.
This first of two, "Objects at Rest" ,sums up the five years saga; after all the wars, peace treaties, happiness ,sadness, blood and tears, it's time for the leading characters to move on.
Sheridan and Delen are heading for Minbar to the new home base of the Alliance. G'kar and Lita are to explore together the galaxy. Garibaldi and Liz are leaving for Mars, sto marry and manage Edgar's Enterprises. Lando has already left permanently, in an earlier episode to face the darkest destiny of them all. Almost none of the familiar and loved figures stay. There is a distinct feeling of ending. Things are never going to be the same around here.
Babylon 5 did matter(besides from the Babylon universe). It touched the hearts of so many, which will miss dearly all that this TV series represented. Up till now, I feel this end symbolized not only the finale of a major Sci fi show, but also the end of the last vintage television production. .I haven't seen anything that even gets close to the standard this series had set.
I cannot end reviewing this episode without mentioning the monologue of wisdom John J. Sheridan decides to record for his son. This is one of the best I've ever heard.
"Sleeping in Light ", evidently one of the most engaging and saddening episodes of all times, stands alone as a memoriam to the entire saga and to all it meant for so many. I shade many tears watching it. You just cannot stay indifferent to it. The episode was clearly designed to extract an emotional response from the loyal viewer, accomplishing it thoroughly.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The only reason I picked this up is that the SciFi channel ran all 5 seasons of Babylon 5 ... EXCEPT THE LAST EPISODE...! Read morePublished on March 25 2003 by Jeff Foley
It's all been said before. If you are a muture drama fan and if you like sci-fi (or possible if you do not) you will love this show. Read morePublished on March 26 2002 by Kelvin Johnson
Anybody buying this video expecting to find out what happened in the events shown in War without end is going to be disappointed. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by email@example.com
I remember as a young teenager reading J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and being amazed that such an epic saga--indeed, that a complete and convincing... Read morePublished on April 11 2001 by Michael J. Mazza
Okay, how about this for a reccomendation? I have seen most of the Babylon 5 series eight or nine times through, at least. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by Kristiana L Larimore
This epiode was originally intended to air at the end of the 4th season. When JMS got his last minute reprieve from TNT for a 5th season, a replacement eisode was filmed and... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2001 by Larry Brewer
What can I say about Sleeping in the light except that this Scifi Classic should be in the TV series hall of fame!!! Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000
Sleeping in Light is THE best hour of television so far. Babylon 5 was an amazing series, and to finish of with this episode was just magical... and a little heart-breaking! Read morePublished on July 9 2000 by Blue
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