Unlike the intros to previous seasons (narrated by Sinclair, Sheridan, and Ivanova respectively), the intro to the fourth season of Babylon 5 is no longer an opening monologue but a selection of lines from various different characters:
It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed. The year is 2261. The place: Babylon 5.
So far (I'm about a third of the way through this season), I've managed to identify a few of them by their voices alone:
- "the year we took back what was ours" - G'Kar (also known as all-time winner of Most Emotion Conveyed through Heaviest Prosthetics prize)
- "the year of pain" - Marcus (who taught me what a "British accent" sounds like, by contrasting with the American speakers who surround him)
- "and the year of joy" - Delenn (pretty sure I know her accent by now)
- "It was a new age" - Londo (another unmistakable accent)
- "It was the end of history" - Franklin? (I'm less sure about this one, but I think it's him)