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A Distant Star 

Captain Sheridan's old commanding officer Captain Jack Maynard arrives at the station aboard the Explorer-class ship EAS Cortez and disaster ensues in hyperspace.


Jim Johnston


J. Michael Straczynski (created by), D.C. Fontana




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 ... Warren Keffer
Mary Kay Adams ... Na'Toth (credit only)
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar (credit only)
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari (credit only)
Russ Tamblyn ... Capt. Jack Maynard
Daniel Beer ... Patrick
Art Kimbro Art Kimbro ... Ray Galus


Captain Sheridan's old commanding officer Captain Jack Maynard arrives at the station aboard the Explorer-class ship EAS Cortez and disaster ensues in hyperspace.

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Release Date:

9 March 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Delenn tells Captain Sheridan that we are all made of "star stuff." This is actually a reference to Cosmos (1980), where Carl Sagan says "The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff." See more »


When Garibaldi describes his recipe he mentions melting butter into extra virgin olive oil. Virgin and especially extra virgin olive oil is "virgin" because the olives haven't been heated to extract the oil, which is why it is more expensive. Cooking with virgin (and especially extra virgin) olive oil destroys it's virgin qualities. Considering Garibaldi's background he would know this. See more »


[first lines]
Ogilvie: Crews report they'll be finished by 1500 hours.
Capt. Jack Maynard: Good. I want to send a message to Babylon 5, attention of Cpt. John Sheridan. And take this down exactly.
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Referenced in Babylon 5: The Fall of Night (1995) See more »

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Hyperspace 101
23 January 2011 | by benkidlingtonSee all my reviews

This episode gives us a good idea of what the concept of "Hyperspace" looks like in the Babylon 5 universe and it's fair to say that it's a pretty dangerous place.

We learn that ships inside hyperspace must maintain a navigational lock on a jump-gate as there are no fixed points of reference. If the lock is somehow lost due to a malfunction then a ship will naturally drift away due to a "gravitational incline" and will be lost for eternity.

It's good also to see an "Explorer" class ship, with the potential for great unknown adventures that this might bring. Although, like Captain Sheridan for a moment we also wish we are on that ship, exploring the galactic frontier (the rim) rather than stuck within the confines of B5.

There's some good character development as Captain Sheridan is forced to re-evaluate his career and think "just what am I doing here?". Just as in real life, when friends who have gone away for a better career come back and tell us what a great time they are having and we wonder if we shouldn't be doing completely different something too. I'm sure these scenes in the show would ring true for many viewers.

Captain Maynard of the explorer class ship is a very compelling character too with his cowboy boots and his seniority and friendship to Sheridan which give him the freedom to talk frankly to Sheridan about his position, in that he is effectively "tied to a desk".

We learn of great, mysterious alien forces which have been encountered on the explorers' travels and also see them causing a few problems within hyperspace too, although at this point us viewers (assuming watching the show in the correct order of episodes) have no idea what these forces actually are. Although they certainly compel us to continue watching through season two with increasing anticipation.

Sheridan's solution to rescue a lost ship from hyperspace is very bold and gripping if incredibly risky, but it really makes this a memorable episode.

Then there is also the subplot involving Doctor Franklin enforcing strict dietary habits on the B5 senior officers and this does lend itself to some lighthearted humorous moments with Garibaldi, Ivanova and Sheridan.

Overall an enjoyable, interesting episode, which serves to further build up a sense of foreboding in the future direction of the B5 story.

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