Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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A task force of ground troops led by Dr. Franklin's father General Richard Franklin is assembled at Babylon 5, leading to some friction.

Director:

Jim Johnston

Writers:

J. Michael Straczynski (created by), Larry DiTillio (as Lawrence G. DiTillio)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... Capt. John Sheridan
Claudia Christian ... Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin
Andrea Thompson ... Talia Winters (credit only)
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto (credit only)
Bill Mumy ... Lennier (credit only)
Robert Rusler ... Lt. Warren Keffer
Mary Kay Adams ... Na'Toth (credit only)
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar (credit only)
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari (credit only)
Paul Winfield ... Gen. Richard Franklin
David L. Crowley ... Lou Welch
Ryan Cutrona ... Sgt. Major Plug
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A task force of ground troops led by Dr. Franklin's father General Richard Franklin is assembled at Babylon 5, leading to some friction.

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

GROPOS is military slang for "Ground Pounders", i.e. Infantry. See more »

Goofs

General Franklin is discussing a highly classified mission with random technicians working in the background. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: No traffic. No complaints. No noise. Traitors, troublemakers, and ambassadors all tucked snugly in their little beds. I love this time of night.
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Referenced in Babylon 5: Knives (1995) See more »

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Pretty good but a tad predictable at the end
8 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The episode begins by Earth Force commandeering the base to use it as a staging point for an invasion of a planet that is involved in a civil war. It seems VERY odd to Sheridan and his crew that the Earth could become involved in this matter, as it doesn't to involve anyone but the inhabitants of the planet AND because using B-5 that way violates the purpose for its creation! But, considering they are ordered to billet the 25000 soldiers, they don't have much choice.

The main concurrent theme is relationships. First, coincidentally, the General in charge of the invasion is the Doctor's father. This brings up some interesting points concerning their relationship and how tough it is to grow up in a military home. Secondly, the way the military relate to the crew of B-5 is interesting--and often VERY tense.

The ending of the episode is very sobering and points to the utter futility of it all. A bit preachy? YES. But still pretty stirring and worth seeing.


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