En route back to Babylon 5 after springing a trap on unwelcome raiders, a Starfury squadron led by Ivanova happens upon an immense alien artifact, miles long, adrift in hyperspace. No sooner is it towed into Babylon 5 space than Interplanetary Expeditions scientist Elizabeth Trent arrives, intent on taking charge of the alien object. Sheridan is wary of IPX’s motives – after all, they played a part in unearthing Shadow vessels on Mars and Ganymede – but Lyta Alexander is wary of the presence of the artifact itself. Her telepathy picked up on it the moment Ivanova found it, but now that it’s at close range to the station, she has almost been reduced to a vegetable. Others are affected by the proximity of the object as well, even those without telepathy, and Zack worries that the sudden increase of violence on the station is no coincidence. Dr. Trent finds hints that the Vorlons may have had something to do with the artifact, but does not reveal that information to Sheridan willingly. Long ago, the Vorlons built the device with delusions of godhood, unwittingly unleashing hell in the process. When the Vorlons altered Lyta, they implanted an instruction to be given should the passage to thirdspace ever be encountered – destroy, or be detroyed.
written by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino
music by Christopher Franke
Cast: Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Commander Susan Ivanova), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan), Stephen Furst (Vir), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Clyde Kusatsu (Bill Hiroshi), Shari Belafonte (Dr. Elizabeth Trent), William Sanderson (Deuce), Kip King (Leo), Floyd Levine (Alex), Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter (Merchant), Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin), Judson Mills (Delta 7), G. Adam Gifford (Guard), Jerry Kernion (Kuehler), Valerie Red-Horse (Technician)
Timeline: This movie is set during season 4 of Babylon 5, after the end of the Vorlon-Shadow war, but before the open declaration of hostilities against Earth.
LogBook entry by Earl Green