Long-time readers of the blog will know that I and the esteemed Brian Buckley are pretty big fans of Babylon 5. Babylon 5 is full of great characters and great character actors, and sadly over the years we’ve lost a number of them all far too soon. This week another member of the cast has “passed beyond the veil,” Jerry Doyle, who portrayed Security Chief Michael Garibaldi.
Garibaldi, like all the characters, could be funny, noble, and a pain in the ass, sometimes in the same scene. He makes mistakes, deals with real addictions and loss, and comes out on the other side a better person. In small tribute I thought I’d compile some of the best clips of Garibaldi over the years, most of which I’ve been seeing on Facebook over the last two days.
Jerry Doyle was actually briefly married to the woman who portrayed Talia Winters, though only after she’d left the show (something I didn’t know till my Wikipedia research today).
Probably one of the best known scenes in the first season, and still one of my favorites.
You wanna talk socks?
More Londo’s moment, but still a great scene.
Alright, my second favorite thing…
Funny the Doctor could never prescribe anything for Garibaldi’s hair loss.
Garibaldi kicking some corporate butt.
And taking down evil regimes even as a hologram.
This was how I imagine installing Windows 10 must have gone for some people.
Do not thump the book of G’Kwan!
And this one was being posted around yesterday. Never seen it before.
And lastly, our favorite God of Frustration…
So long Jerry. We will see you again in the place where no shadows fall.
PS. Couldn’t find the clip, but Scott Adams (of Dilbert) plays opposite Doyle in the Season 4 episode “Moments of Transition” (starting around 23:39).