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Sheridan is ruthlessly interrogated by the Earth Alliance.

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Cast NotesEdit

  • This is the only episode to feature only one regular character - that of John Sheridan. Delenn also has two cameo appearances, but she has no lines and appears only as an illusion. Susan Ivanova and Michael Garibaldi appear in flashbacks in the beginning as a form of exposition, but their footage is taken from the previous episode and has no impact on the story.

SummaryEdit

IntroductionEdit

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Act IIIEdit

Act IVEdit

Act VEdit

NotesEdit

  • The title of the episode comes from the fact that each segment ("Intersection") of the episode is a single continuous scene ("in Real Time").
  • In a touch of symmetry, Wayne Alexander, who previously tortured Sheridan in Comes the Inquisitor, plays the Drazi 'prisoner' who is involved in his torture this time.
  • This is the only time that an entire episode passes with only a single main cast member speaking. Delen appears as a hallucination but never says anything, and no other main cast member appears.
  • Except for the title sequence and stock footage, the Babylon 5 station does not appear in this episode.
    • Wayne Alexander, who plays the Drazi, also played Lorien in the first few episodes of season four, as well as Sebastian the Inquisitor from the season two episode “Comes the Inquisitor” (his first role in the series) and the Narn G’Dan in the season three episode “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place”. He would also go on to portray a Drakh in two more episodes (“Movements of Fire and Shadow” and “The Fall of Centauri Prime”) and the TV movie Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, and as a soul in the TV movie Babylon 5: The River of Souls, playing by far more roles on the series than any other actor.
    • Although it has been claimed that this episode was inspired by the series The Prisoner, and many other sources, J. Michael Straczynski has explicitly denied drawing inspiration from any other source.
    • This episode is very similar to the dungeons in the Ministry of Love from the novel 1984. In 1984 prisoners are kept in cells without windows and are subjected to torture used to break down their psyche and brainwash them into love for the party and confessing to crimes against the state. Sheridan is tortured to sign a confession of crimes against EarthGov and to embrace President Clark's regime. Room 17 is similar to 1984's Room 101 where prisoners are taken to meet their worst fears. Additionally the interrogator who questions Sheridan reveals that after he signs the confession Sheridan will be set free, and after he is forgotten he will be killed silently. The same thing happens to everyone who is released from the Ministry of Love in 1984. This is to prevent them becoming martyrs.
    • This is the only episode of the series that, not counting the opening credits, has no scenes at all on B5 (both interior and exterior shots).
    • Bruce Boxleitner is the only member of the regular cast to have a speaking part in this episode. Mira Furlan is the only other member of the cast to appear outside of the opening credits and clips from the previous episode.
    • With reference to the series' five-year story arc, this episode was originally intended by Straczynski to end Season Four.[1] However, because the fifth season could not be confirmed by Warner Bros. in advance, the story was brought forward in order to wrap up the ongoing plots in the event of the show being cancelled.

DVD releaseEdit

This episode, along with the other episodes from season four, has been released on DVD with extensive special features.

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