Decommising Maintenance Worker, Dead or Alive?
EXCERPTED FROM THE BABYLON 5 BOOKS NEWSLETTER IN MAY 2019
Based on emails, we’ve gotten the impression that a lot of fans have missed one of the many highlights of the Babylon 5 Encyclopedia: the fate of the maintenance worker who switched off the lights on Babylon 5 in “Sleeping in Light.”
The general assumption is that after taking one last look around and pulling the lever, he boarded the shuttle leaving the station that is seen in the next scene.
For reasons that will become obvious in a moment, that is one of the entries J. Michael Straczynski wrote. This way if the details were ever questioned, it would be known that they came from the source. Here is that entry:
Complete Entry from the Encyclopedia
Maintenance Worker (Babylon 5 decommissioning)
A Human who worked aboard Babylon 5 during the station’s decommissioning. He was considered expendable by his superiors because nobody liked him. He was assigned to shut down the station’s power, but was not informed that he wouldn’t have enough time afterward to get to the last shuttle departing the station prior to its destruction.