The “Low Point” here was almost the three week delay
caused by exchanging a defective copy after my
retailer’s exchange deadline, but that wouldn’t be
fair to the show’s creators.

Cast

Bruce
Boxleitner
as John Sheridan.

Claudia
Christian
as Susan Ivanova.

Jerry Doyle as
Michael Garibaldi.

Richard Biggs as
Stephen Franklin.

Mira
Furlan
as
Delenn.

Bill
Mumy
as
Lennier.

Peter Jurasik as
Londo Mollari.

Stephen Furst as
Vir.

Andreas
Katsulas
as G’Kar.

Jeff
Conaway
as
Zack Allen.

Jason
Carter
as
Marcus Cole.

Patricia
Tallman
as
Lyta Alexander.

Written by J. Michael Straczynski.

Directed by various individuals, including Stephen
Furst. Full information is available from
this
IMDB page
.

Past TV reviews can be found here.

This
DVD
release
has English, French, and Spanish
subtitles.

Original Airdate

This, the fourth season, originally aired in 1997.

Synopsis

The Shadow War ends, and the Civil War plays out
completely. Only one
year in the series remains.

High Point

No Surrender, No Retreat is the best overall
episode, but
Garibaldi’s developments and actions in the last six
episodes
(particularly the last one) gave the best individual
highs.

Low Point

The last scene in the last episode. There’s only so
high N
can get before the developments of humans N
years from now
become impossible to predict.

The Review

This show remains original, ending the war
that seemed to be
the ultimate goal of the series very early, making me
wonder what
could possibly come next. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects are still limited by the
undeservedly low budget,
although they have improved significantly.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is still the driving force of the
show without question.
The incredible story structure is still here, with
complete stories
being told in single episodes that contribute to an
incredible whole.
I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting is still uniformly good. Some
guest stars are
unimpressive, and Lyta’s hissy fit in “Between the
Darkness and the
Light” didn’t play out well at all, but the rest went
very well. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is excellent. I’ve
never seen another
show where a completed storyline can feel like a
cliffhanger, making
me wonder what would be on those other 4 DVDs. It’s
a hell of a ride.
I give it 6 out of 6.

The production still gives the impression of
being the result
of giving very talented people half of their
requested budgets. They
get the job done, and the sets on Mars get more
extravagent, and the
editing style starts to really go to new areas
towards the end of
Garibaldi’s unusual behaviour. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s an excellent season in an
excellent series.
I’m stilll sorry I missed it the
first time around, but I’m very glad that it made it
to DVD. I give
it 6 out of 6.

In total, Babylon 5: Point Of No Return
receives 38 out of 42.