Signs And Portents
Aside from the appearance of a mysterious young man who insists on nebulously asking the station’s alien ambassadors what they want, all seems quiet aboard the station until a nearby fighter is attacked by raiders, whose attacks have been getting bolder every time. Sinclair orders the station to be placed on alert in the event of any closer raider activity. In the meantime, powerful Centauri Lord Kiros arrives to take possession of the Eye, a legendary Centauri artifact which has been lost for a long time and recently “rediscovered” by Londo, unaware that the raiders would be drawn to just such an object. Kiros’ aunt, the mystic Lady Ladira, predicts the destruction of Babylon 5 and the death of Kiros himself. When the raiders turn out to be operating inside the station and take Kiros and the Eye, Sinclair orders the station’s fighter squadrons to prevent their escape. A huge mothership appears with its contingent of fighters, and Ladira’s predictions seem like a grimly imminent certainty.
written by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Janet Greek
music by Christopher Franke
Guest Cast: Gerritt Graham (Lord Kiros), Fredi Olster (Lady Ladira), Whip Hubley (Raider #1), Anita Brabec (Dome Tech #3), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Joshua Cox (Dome Tech #2), Garry Kluger (Man), Lee Mathis (Fighter #1), Douglas E. McCoy (Fighter #2), Hector Mercado (Pilot), Marianne Robertson (Dome Tech #1), Robert Silver (Reno), Ed Wasser (Morden), Lynn Red Williams (Customs Guard)
Original title: Raiding Party
Notes: In this story, Morden appears for the first time in the series to ask Londo and G’Kar what they want; also putting in a debut appearance is a dark spiny ship which will become more familiar toward the end of the season. It is also established that Delenn and Kosh know what Morden is. Though this episode arrives first in the chronology of the series, Ed Wasser played the role of Morden first in Chrysalis, which was filmed before Signs And Portents.
LogBook entry by Earl Green