5x22 Sleeping in Light
First Aired: Nov. 25, 1998 on Syndicated
Summary: Twenty years has passed since Z'ha'dum - and as prophesized it is time for Sheridan to die. He does, however, have enough time to tie some lose ends, say his goodbyes to old friends. Ivanova is now general, Vir Kotto is Emperor of Centauri, Garibaldi is on Mars leading the corporation,…
Main Characters in this Episode
Delenn: Goodnight, you, who were my sky, and my sun, and my moon.
Susan Ivanova: As for Delenn, every morning for as long as she lived, Delenn got up before dawn and watched the sun come up.
ISN newscaster: And now, for those of you that have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary, the people responsible.
ISN newscaster: Funding for this program was made possible by grants from the Anla'shok Memorial Fund.
- The toast to absent friends mentions those who have died. They were: G'Kar and Londo, who killed each other due to Drakh influence; Lennier, who was killed in action during the Telepath War; and Marcus Cole, who gave his life so that Susan Ivanova could live.
- The final episode, "Sleeping in Light", which aired at the end of the fifth and final season, was actually filmed at the end of the fourth season. At the time that production on the fourth season wrapped, it was still unclear whether a fifth season would be produced or if the show would be canceled. When the show was renewed, they filled the last slot in the fourth season with a new episode, and showed Sleeping in Light at the end of the series. This was practical because the events of Sleeping in Light take place 20 years after the other episodes.
- All of the characters who attend the decommisioning ceremony are leaders: Susan Ivanova is a general; Vir Cotto is a head of state (Emperor); Zack Allan is a security chief; Delenn is the Alliance President; Franklin is a Surgeon General; and Garibaldi is a CEO.
- When the set dressers were putting together Sheridan's bedroom for his scene, part of the background was unfinished. Executive Producer J. Michael Straczynski happened to be walking past and looked into the mirror, and his heart stopped. He called over the set manager and told him to look into the mirror and said, "Do you see what I see?" The man looked, and gasped. The mirror showed the back of the set: a cross with a piece of white linen draped over it, just like Christ had on the way to his death on the Mount of Olives. The set manager shouted that no one was to touch that part of the set. It remained that way all through the shooting. Straczynski considers it one of the greatest accidents in the history of set dressing.
- The final shot of the cast and crew with the fleet of White Star ships flying overhead was shot against a blue screen, therefore everyone who was to be on set for the day was told not to wear anything blue. Jason Carter arrived wearing jeans and a blue shirt.