The Gathering

Babylon 5In the Tigris Sector in the year 2257, the gigantic space station Babylon 5 has entered service and is preparing for its first major official duty, hosting the ambassadors of the Minbari, Vorlon, Centauri and Narn governments who will, along with station Commander Sinclair, the Earth representative, begin down the uneasy path toward interstellar peace. The station’s first officer Takashima and security chief Garibaldi are both officers with career records that are, in places, less than exemplary, giving the impression that the Earth Alliance isn’t going to send the cream of its crop to Babylon 5 – especially not since Babylons 1, 2 and 3 were sabotaged and destroyed, and the fourth station in the line vanished without a trace within a day of becoming operational. There are also questions about the alien representatives: Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari spends a good deal of his time in the diplomatic pursuit of drinks and winnings in the station’s casino; Minbari Ambassador Delenn, whose people once waged a vicious war with Earth and suddenly stopped all attacks just moments before wiping out the human race, is secretive and speaks in riddles. Ambassador G’Kar of the Narn Regime is ill-tempered and makes no secret of the fact that he seeks power and prestige for his own people and himself, no matter what the cost to other individuals or governments. And last, but not least, Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek, who, when he arrives, will be the first Vorlon ever encountered by any of the above species, travels incommunicado. This proves to be a problem when Kosh, in a life-sustaining encounter suit, is found unconscious moments after his ship docks at Babylon 5. The crew swings into action and discovers foul play, which infuriates the Vorlon Empire. Matters are made no less critical when it is discovered that the culprit is at large on Babylon 5, and Commander Sinclair is framed for the attack on Kosh. His crew must fight to uncover the truth to prevent the Vorlons from extraditing Sinclair – or to prevent them from simply declaring all-out war on the Earth Alliance…

Order now!Download this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Richard Compton
music by Stewart Copeland
(music in 1998 TNT special edition by Christopher Franke)

Cast: Michael O’ Hare (Commander Jeffrey Sinclair), Tamlyn Tomita (Lt. Commander Laurel Takashima), Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi), Mira Furlan (Ambassador Delenn), Blaire Baron (Carolyn Sykes), John Fleck (Del Varner), Paul Hampton (The Senator), Peter Jurasik (Ambassador Londo Mollari), Andreas Katsulas (Ambassador G’Kar), Johnny Sekka (Dr. Benjamin Kyle), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Steven R. Barnett (Eric), William Hayes (Traveler), Linda Hoffman (Tech #2), Robert Jason Jackson (Tech #3), F. William Parker (Businessman #1), Marianne Robertson (Hostage), Dave Sage (Businessman #2), Ed Wasser (Guerra)

Babylon 5Notes: Three of the main characters – Takashima, Dr. Kyle and Lyta – were replaced by the time the weekly series began, as was Sinclair’s girlfriend Carolyn; the sets also changed between the film and series, primarily due to the production moving to its own custom-built facility, necessitating some redesigns, although the series sets are very much like the movie’s. Almost all of the alien makeups were also altered for the series, most notably Mira Furlan’s Delenn makeup, which originally was much more gaunt and had several “bumps” on the head, as well as light blue spots and blotches; the makeup for G’Kar also changed, notably with the addition of redder contact lenses and a more rounded-off chin than was seen in the movie.

Another curiosity: close examination of the station in the pilot film reveals that the cobra bay doors from which the fighters launch in the series are not present. You may also notice Ed Wasser, later much more recognizable as Shadow agent Morden, playing a technician on the station’s observation dome.

The “special edition” of The Gathering shown after the world premiere of TNT’s Babylon 5: In The Beginning restored several dropped scenes, including a brief hostage scare (taking place after Lyta’s arrival), and additional dialogue with Takashima and Kyle, Sinclair and Delenn, and others. Delenn also takes a much more active part in the climactic hunt for the saboteur.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Midnight On The Firing Line

Babylon 5A surprise attack results in the capture of a Centauri agricultural colony on Ragesh 3; when he receives the word, Londo Mollari is up in arms. When careful examination of a visual record of the attack reveals Narn heavy fighters are responsible for the invasion, Londo and G’Kar take every opportunity to go for each others’ throats and war seems inevitable. As if trying to prevent a Narn-Centauri war isn’t enough to occupy his time, Sinclair is also troubled by recent attacks by space raiders on unarmed transport ships – the pirates are taking more drastic and violent measures than ever before. The Centauri government decides to take no action regarding Ragesh 3. Enraged, Londo conceals this fact and tries to see if he can encourage sanctions against the Narn Regime in a meeting of the council. When G’Kar claims that the Ragesh 3 colonists have allied themselves with the Narn to escape factional fighting and produces Londo’s colonist nephew as a witness to this claim, Londo decides to take matters into his own hands in a most undiplomatic manner…

Season 1 Regular Cast: Michael O’ Hare (Commander Jeffrey Sinclair), Claudia Christian (Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova), Jerry Doyle (Security Chief Michael Garibaldi), Mira Furlan (Ambassador Delenn), Richard Biggs (Dr. Stephen Franklin), Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters), Stephen Furst (Vir Koto), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Caitlin Brown (Na’Toth), Andreas Katsulas (Ambassador G’Kar), Peter Jurasik (Ambassador Londo Mollari)

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directed by Richard Compton
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Peter Trencher (Carn Mollari), Paul Hampton (The Senator), Jeff Austin (Centauri #1), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Maggie Egan (Newsperson), Mark Hendrickson (Narn Captain), Douglas E. McCoy (Delta 7), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Babylon 5Notes: The dream of which Londo speaks in this episode is later seen in The Coming of Shadows, and is explained in full in part two of War Without End. It comes to fruition in Hour of the Wolf.

Although Ardwight Chamberlain is credited with the role of Kosh, he only provides the Vorlon ambassador’s enigmatic voice; production assistant Jeffrey Willerth was the actor underneath the bulky suit. Willerth later married series regular Patricia Tallman.

Soul Hunter

Babylon 5Shortly after the arrival of new doctor Stephen Franklin, an alien spacecraft of an unknown design tumbles through the hyperspace jump gate, on an uncontrolled collision course with the station. Sinclair manages to retrieve the ship just before it collides with the station, and its sole occupant is taken to the medlab. Ambassador Delenn reacts with horror at the new arrival, describing him as a Soul Hunter, a figure feared in Minbari lore. Though Sinclair and Dr. Franklin dismiss Delenn’s frantic warnings about the alien as superstition, it becomes clear when Franklin’s patient awakens that it does have some business with the Minbari on its agenda – especially Delenn, who turns out to be more than she appears.

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: W. Morgan Sheppard (The Soul Hunter), John Snyder (Soul Hunter #2), Toni Attell (Med Tech #1), Jim Bentley (Man), Mark Conley (Tech #1), David D. Darling (Guard #1), Ted W. Henning (Guard #2), Marianne Robertson (Tech #2)

Notes: It is in this episode that we first learn Delenn is a member of the Minbari Grey Council, and also first hear of the Minbari compulsion to safeguard their souls. Later in Points of Departure it is learned that their own souls are not the only ones the Minbari are concerned with.

Born To The Purple

Babylon 5Londo stalls negotiations with the Narn – and infuriates G’Kar – when he wishes simply to partake of a seedy bar whose agile young Centauri dancer intrigues Londo; when he winds up in bed with her, talks are delayed even further. But the girl is in the employ of an information trader who plans on using her to get to Londo’s Purple Files, detailing various dirt on many Centauri families – information the Narn Regime would pay handsomely for in order to gain blackmail material against their former masters. When Londo discovers that his secrets have been taken, he begins a desperate quest to track down the culprit and free an innocent pawn.

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directed by Bruce Seth Green
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Fabiana Udenio (Adira Tyree), Clive Revill (Trakis), Mary Woronov (Ko D’Ath), Jimm Giannini (Ock), Robert Phalen (Andrei Ivanova), Robert DiTillio (Norg), Tom Lowe (Gunman #1), Katharine Mills (Dancer), Mike Norris (Butz), Laura Peterson (Gera Akshi), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1), Momo Yashima (Dr. Goyokin)

Infection

Babylon 5Dr. Vance Hendricks, one of Dr. Franklin’s med school mentors, arrives on Babylon 5 in a cloud of mystery with a collection of pristine artifacts from the planet Icarra, which has been dead for over a thousand years. One of the artifacts takes control of Hendricks’ partner and transforms him into a killing machine designed to eliminate any life form which is not pure Icarran. Since the Icarran race has been dead for centuries thanks to creatures just like this, every living being aboard the station is in danger – a situation which Sinclair decides to take into his own hands despite Garibaldi’s protests.

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directed by Richard Compton
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: David McCallum (Dr. Vance Hendricks), Marshall Teague (Nelson Drake), Patricia Healy (Mary Ann Cramer), Sav Farrow (Tech #1), Daniel Hutchison (Security Guard), Sylva Kelegian (Tech #2), Tony Rizzoli (Guard), Marianne Robertson (Tech #3), Paul Teuell (Customs Guard)

Notes: We discover, later in the series, that Interplanetary Expeditions, Hendricks’ employer, is the same outfit that unburied Shadow vessels on Mars and Ganymede.

Infection was the first hour-long episode of Babylon 5 produced.

The Parliament of Dreams

Babylon 5Amidst a week of cultural exchange in which various cultures’ religious and philosophical views are demonstrated, Garibaldi notices the arrival of Catherine Sakai, Sinclair’s old flame from the space academy on Earth. While Sinclair tries to come to grips with his past, Ambassador G’Kar’s past gets a grip on him as an old adversary from the Narn homeworld has diverted all his resources to killing G’Kar. The sudden arrival of a new aide makes the ambassador understandably nervous, and no matter what steps he takes to ensure his own security, someone seems to be one step ahead of G’Kar at every turn…

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai), Thomas Kopache (Tu’Pari), Joy Hardin (Narn #1), Mark Hendrickson (Du’Rog), Calvin Jung (Guard), Randall Kirby (Businessman #1), Michael McKenzie (Pilgrim), Marianne Robertson (Dome Tech), Glenn Robinson (Head Waiter), Erich Martin Von Hicks (Businessman #2)

Notes: The character of Na’Toth, making her first appearance here, was originally to have been played by Susan Kellerman according to Warner Bros.’ preliminary promo material. Also note that the Minbari religious ceremony, according to Catherine Sakai, does double duty as a marriage ceremony.

Mind War

Babylon 5After a narrow escape from an Earth Alliance fighter squadron, outcast Psi Corps member Jason Ironheart takes refuge aboard Babylon 5, hoping to make contact with Talia, his old student and former lover. Matters are made no easier when two Psi Cops – capable of immense telepathic power – arrive to grill Talia and Sinclair about Ironheart’s possible whereabouts. When it becomes apparent that Ironheart is not only aboard the station but is also somehow dangerous, Talia risks her standing with the Psi Corps to discover that Jason has become a new breed of telepath thanks to the Corps’ illicit experimentation. And Catherine Sakai, on a routine planetary survey mission, encounters a spacecraft of unfathomable size…

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directed by Bruce Seth Green
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: William Allen Young (Jason Ironheart), Felicity Waterman (Kelsey), Walter Koenig (Bester), Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai), Don Dowe (Earth Fighter), Elisa Pensler Gabrielli (Guest Liaison), Michael McKenzie (Narn Captain), Kevin Page (Businessman), Mark S. Porro (Security Guard), Macaulay Bruton (Garibaldi’s Aide), Marianne Robertson (Dome Tech #1)

Babylon 5Notes: This episode marks the first appearance of the First Ones. Bester also makes his first appearance, though Walter Koenig was originally slated to guest star as one of the “Knight” characters in And the Sky Full of Stars which, although it aired later, was filmed before Mind War; Koenig’s heart attack in 1993 prevented his planned appearance. The gift given to Talia by Ironheart is explored further in A Race Through Dark Places.

The War Prayer

Babylon 5Mayan, renowned Minbari poet and old friend of Delenn, is aboard the station to entertain the Minbari population and enlighten others of Minbari culture, when she is brutally attacked by masked members of the Home Guard, an isolationist terrorist group from Earth whose members seek to flush all alien influnces out of human society. Other violent attacks on non-humans concern and outrage the aliens aboard Babylon 5. One assault leaves Vir’s nephew in a coma. G’Kar stirs up trouble in the name of justice, trying to get the alien residents of Babylon 5 to rise up against their human neighbors, while uncomfortable questions about the influence of the Home Guard trouble Sinclair, who ultimately must take a direct hand in affairs.

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directed by Richard Compton
music by Christopher Franke

Babylon 5Guest Cast: Tristan Rogers (Malcolm Biggs), Nancy Lee Grahn (Shaal Mayan), Michael Paul Chan (Roberts), Rodney Eastman (Kiron Maray), Danica McKellar (Aria Tensus), Diane Adair (Mila Shar), Richard Chaves (Alvares), Mark Hendrickson (Thegras), Chuck Butto (Security Officer #1), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Mike Gunther (Alien #1), Marianne Robertson (Dome Tech)

And The Sky Full Of Stars

Babylon 5The blackmail of a security guard for his gambling debts allows two shady characters aboard the station with their equipment, which requires a lot of power and is intended for a specific subject – Commander Sinclair. The commander is kidnapped and wired into a virutal-reality cybernet, in which he is interrogated by an unknown but determined adversary whose purpose is to uncover memories of what happened when Sinclair’s ship went missing for the 24 hours prior to the Minbari surrender in the final battle of the Earth-Minbari War. Sinclair resists his opponent’s attempts to get into his mind, but finally he remembers events that have been blocked from his memory for a decade: the destruction of his entire squadron, his capture by a Minbari battle cruiser, torture, and a mysterious encounter with twelve figures cloaked in grey, one of whom he suddenly remembers well – Delenn. The memory could cost Sinclair his life.

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directed by Janet Greek
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Christopher Neame (Knight Two), Judson Scott (Knight One), Jim Youngs (Benson), Justin Williams (Mitchell), Joe Banks (Guard), Gary Cervantes (Strongarm #1), Mark Hendrickson (Grey Council #1), Fumi Shishino (Security Guard), Macaulay Bruton (Aide), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Notes: Upon closer examination, “Knight One,” played by Judson Scott, could be a member of Psi Corps – he’s wearing the gloves.

Deathwalker

Babylon 5Waiting for a Narn representative to arrive at the station, Na’Toth spots a woman she claims is a war criminal who committed atrocities upon her family during conflicts 30 years ago and viciously attacks her. Sinclair discovers that the victim of the assault would indeed appear to be Jha’dur, a Dilgar warmaster whose hideous biological experiments took the lives of thousands. She now claims to have created a drug which bestows immortality, and Earth immediately calls the station with orders for Sinclair to ship Jha’dur home so planetside scientists can develop her discovery. As it so happens, the Narn Regime has given G’Kar similar orders. Most of the smaller members of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, however, still harbor a deep hatred of the Dilgar and Jha’dur in particular…to the point of severing diplomatic ties with anyone who now chooses to associate with her.

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directed by Bruce Seth Green
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Sarah Douglas (Jha’dur), Robin Curtis (Ambassador Kalika), Cosie Costa (Abbut), Aki Aleong (Senator Hidoshi), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Robert DiTillio (Ambassador #1), Sav Farrow (Tech #2), Mark Hendrickson (Ashok), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Believers

Babylon 5A family of a devout people known as the Children of Time arrive on the station seeking medical treatment for their son, whose respiratory blockage will prove to be fatal if not treated soon. When Dr. Franklin proposes surgery, however, he stumbles across their belief that puncturing the body allows the spirit to escape, and they refuse his help. As he manages to stall them by asking them to consider a more risky alternative treatment, Franklin petitions Sinclair for permission to overrule the parents’ authority so he can save the child’s life. Sinclair has to walk on eggshells around both parties, but cannot avoid making a ruling on the matter that could undermine Babylon 5’s neutral status. And all this time, a child’s life is slipping away…and Dr. Franklin decides to take control of the situation himself.

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directed by Richard Compton
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Jonathan Charles Kaplan (Shon), Tricia O’ Neil (M’ola), Stephen Lee (Tharg), Silvana Gillardo (Dr. Maya Hernandez), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh)

Survivors

Babylon 5With a visit from the recently re-elected President of the Earth Alliance looming in the immediate future, preparations are in full swing, including maintenance on a docking area which will be the home of a new fighter squadron being brought to Babylon 5 by the President. An explosion in this area brings the President’s chief of security, a woman whose father was killed in an incident 17 years ago engineered by criminals to frame Garibaldi, aboard the station to investigate. A dying worker points the finger at Garibaldi for planting the bomb that damaged the fighter bay, and the President’s security chief pronounces Garibaldi a fugitive from justice. Though he is on the run, Garibaldi puts his life on the line by continuing to investigate the real cause of the explosion as the President’s visit draws near.

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Elaine Thomas (Lianna Kemmer), Tom Donaldson (Cutter), David Austin Cook (Special Agent #1), David Crowley (Lou Welch), Maggie Egan (INS Reporter), Jose Rosario (Nolan), Robin Wake (Young Lianna), Mark Hendrickson (Alien #1), Rod Perry (General Netter), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1), Mark Ginther (Dagool)

Original title: A Knife In The Shadows

LogBook entry by Earl Green

By Any Means Necessary

Babylon 5When an impatient Narn ship captain panics, he causes a catastrophic head-on collision in the station’s spacedock, destroying his ship and killing some of the dockworkers. The spokesperson for the laborers refuses any of Sinclair’s proposed solutions to their protests, and the word comes through from Earth – since the workers are under a government contract, any strike they declare is illegal and can be remedied under the Rush Act, which empowers the government to force laborers to continue their work or face arrest. A labor negotiator is sent in from Earth in hopes that the situation can be brought to a satisfactory resolution, but he seems all too ready to have Garibaldi’s security forces carry out the Rush Act. Sinclair decides to take matters into his own hands with his own unique and risky interpretation of the Rush Act.

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Katy Boyer (Neeoma Connally), John Snyder (Orin Zento), Aki Aleong (Senator Hidoshi), Patricia Healy (Mary Ann Cramer), Michael McKenzie (Narn Captain), Jose Rey (Eduardo Delvientos), Ricardo Martinez (Worker #2), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1), Floyd Vaughn (Worker #1)

Original title: Backlash

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Signs And Portents

Babylon 5Aside 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.

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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)

Babylon 5Original 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

TKO

Babylon 5A spaceliner just arriving from Earth carries blasts from two of the crew’s respective pasts – Rabbi Yosef Koslov has come to Babylon 5 bearing a legacy from Ivanova’s late father, for whom she has yet to sit shiva; and discredited boxing champ Walker Smith, an old friend of Garibaldi’s, has come on board to enter the Mutai, a deadly one-on-one freestyle martial arts competition open only to selected alien races. Ivanova disappoints Koslov when she refuses to spend any time to pay last respects to her father, and Smith is frustrated when Garibaldi isn’t supportive in his controversial bid to become the first human being to fight in the Mutai. Some of the Mutai’s alien spectators aren’t thrilled with Smith’s challenge either – even to the point of plotting to kill him before he can disgrace the tournament.

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directed by John C. Flinn III
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Guest Cast: Greg McKinney (Walker Smith), Soon-Teck Oh (The Muta-Do), Don Stroud (Caliban), Theodore Bikel (Rabbi Koslov), James Jude Courtney (Gyor), Robert Phalen (Andrei Ivanov), Lenore Kasdorf (ISN Reporter), Michael McKenzie (Migo), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Notes: Curiously enough, Ivanova can be seen early in the episode reading Working Without A Net, the [fictional] autobiography of series creative consultant Harlan Ellison.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Grail

Babylon 5Delenn and Lennier form a welcoming party for arriving human “true seeker” Aldous Gajic, whose announcement that he has come to inquire with the alien ambassadors the whereabouts of the Holy Grail draws incredulity from Sinclair; however, Gajic is allowed to make appointments with the alien representatives to aid in his search. Along the way, he encounters a young thief named Jinxo, a former construction worker who participated in all five Babylon stations’ creation. Jinxo is on the run from Deuce, who is running an extortion ring below decks apparently with the help of Ambassador Kosh. Despite the fact that Jinxo tried to steal from him on their first meeting, Gajic takes him under his wing and tries to instill a sense of worth in him. When Gajic runs afoul of Deuce and his thugs while trying to protect Jinxo, he may have to trust everything to his new protege’, for he will not complete his quest.

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Guest Cast: David Warner (Aldous Gajic), William Sanderson (Deuce), Tom Booker (Jinxo), Jim Norton (Ombuds Wellington), Linda Lodge (Mirriam Runningdeer), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), John Flinn (Mr. Flinn), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Eyes

Babylon 5Two shady individuals arrives from Earth and begin asking questions about Sinclair and the station’s command staff. Though they start out under the pretense of being corporate investigators, Garibaldi discovers that they are an Earth Force Colonel and a Psi Corps telepath. Colonel Ben Zayn cuts to the chase very quickly – there is something wrong with B5’s command crew, and he wants all of them to submit to his companion’s mind scan so he can find out what. Ivanova objects strongly to the participation of a telepath, even to the point of submitting her resignation to Sinclair, who has found a legal loophole that prevents Ben Zayn from forcing anyone to do anything without a formal inquiry tantamount to court-martial. But when Sinclair calls this bluff, he finds out that Ben Zayn is willing to break all the rules when the colonel calls a formal inquiry on the entire command crew. His real mission – to put himself of command of B5, an assignment he was passed over for, and he has the help of a high-ranking memer of Psi Corps who Sinclair once defeated.

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Gregory Martin (Colonel Ari Ben Zayn), Jeffrey Combs (Harriman Gray), Macaulay Bruton (Tragedy), Marie Chambers (Sofie Ivanova), David L. Crowley (Lou Welch), Frank Farmer (General Miller), Drew Letchworth (Comedy), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1), Curtis Laster (Jax), Max Daniels (Wallaby)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Legacies

Babylon 5A Minbari war cruiser arrives at B5 bringing the body of Brammer, a legendary Minbari general and one of the Minbari’s heroes of the Battle of the Line. Garibaldi expresses concerns that the tour could be a prelude to a new surge of Minbari hostility. Elsewhere on B5, a 12-year-old orphan is caught trying to steal food in the Zocalo, but when she suddenly crumples to the ground clutching her head, Ivanova puts her under arrest, and at once a feud begins between the first officer and Talia, who reveals that the girl is an emerging telepath who should be trained by the Psi Corps, to which Ivanova objects in the strongest possible terms. When the body of Brammer is brought to be viewed by the Minbari residents of B5, the casket is found to be missing, a horrible revelation that has Minbari representative Neroon – Brammer’s devoted follower and first officer on the Line – threatening to re-ignite the Earth-Minbari War, with the first battle certain to take place at B5.

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directed by Bruce Seth Green
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Babylon 5Guest Cast: John Vickery (Neroon), Grace Una (Alisa Beldon), Joshua Cox (Tech #2), Richard Henry (Security Man), Patrick O’ Brien (Cart Owner), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Notes: Alisa Beldon, in scanning Delenn, stumbles across the word “chrysalis” in her mind. Neroon, a Minbari from the Starriders warrior clan, later takes Delenn’s seat on the Grey Council in All Alone In The Night.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

A Voice in the Wilderness – Part 1

Babylon 5Seismic disturbances on the surface of Epsilon 3, the planet B5 orbits, draw the attention of the crew. A shuttle manned by a science team leaves the station to investigate, but it is thrown off course by a burst of intense energy from Epsilon 3’s surface. A further attempt to survey the planet activates an automatic defense system which fires heat-seeking missiles from an installation hidden beneath the planet’s surface. In the meantime, news reaches the station that the Mars Colony has been engulfed in a full-fledged political revolt, and a mysterious image is sighted aboard B5 pleading for help. Deciding that the recent attack constitutes a threat to station security, Sinclair and Ivanova are the next shuttle crew to try to land on Epsilon 3. Evading the defense systems, they dive below the surface and discover an underground installation filled with astounding technology on a scale never before seen. And at the center of this vast complex, the being from the mysterious image begs Sinclair and Ivanova for help – and warns that anyone near Epsilon 3 is in grave danger.

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directed by Janet Greek
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Louis Turene (Draal), Curt Lowens (Varn), Craig Barnett (Security Guard), Langdon Bensing (Derek Mobotabwe), Kelly Coyle (Earthforce Liaison), Kathryn Cressida (Bartender), Jim Ishida (Dr. Tasaki), Lenore Kasdorf (ISN Reporter), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1), Patty Toy (Psi Corps Rep), Jerry Weil (Technician)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

A Voice in the Wilderness – Part 2

Babylon 5As Sinclair and Ivanova return to the station with the dying being from Epsilon 3, the Earth Alliance heavy cruiser Hyperion arrives, supposedly to provide backup should any of the alien governments object to an anticipated Earth takeover of the unimaginably powerful technology found on Epsilon 3. In the meantime, Draal, a friend of Delenn’s who has arrived to tell her he is probably never going to return to Minbar, somehow picks up on the presence of the alien Varn in the medlab. Varn reveals that Epsilon 3 is the hiding place of a level of technology which could be malevolently destructive in the wrong hands, and Varn is its guardian, but with his condition fading of natural causes, the planet’s defenses are becoming erratic and volatile. As if the uncooperative captain of the Hyperion isn’t enough for Sinclair to deal with, an alien ship containing beings similar to Varn arrives, demanding custody of Epsilon 3’s technology and theatening any who stand in the way. Draal wants to take Varn and go to Epsilon 3, and Delenn convinces Londo to fly them down to the surface in the midst of a pitch battle between the combined forces of B5 and the Hyperion and the alien attackers. Draal intends to take Varn’s place as the Guardian of Epsilon 3 – but who will lay claim to the planet and its arsenal?

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directed by Janet Greek
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Guest Cast: Louis Turene (Draal), Ron Canada (Captain Ellis Pierce), Curt Lowens (Varn), Denise Gentile (Lise Hampton), Aki Aleong (Senator Hidoshi), Joshua Cox (Tech #2), Chip Heller (Rowdy #1), Lenore Kasdorf (ISN Reporter), Michelan Sisti (Takarn), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

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Babylon Squared

Babylon 5Tachyon disturbances in the area of space which was once occupied by Babylon 4 concern Sinclair, especially when a fighter pilot who investigates returns to the station dead. Then a message arrives from the long-gone station – a distress call from B4. A convoy of fighters and transports departs B5 to see if the ghostly station can be evacuated. It turns out that B4 and its crew have been lost in time for years, and the station, according to an unusual and evasive alien named Zathras, has been brought back to 2258 so its occupants can escape. Zathras also mentions The One, a space-suited figure who appears ghostlike in the corridors of B4, and tells of how the station has been lifted from its present to serve as a staging base in a great war of the future. Sinclair offers his help, but Zathras refuses his help. As time runs out and Babylon 4 is due to return to its future soon, Sinclair and Garibaldi are confronted with the impossible task of evacuating the station’s inhabitants.

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directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Kent Broadhurst (Major Krantz), Tim Choate (Zathras), Denise Gentile (Lise Hampton), Frank Costa (B4 Guard), Mark Hendrickson (Grey Council #2), Doug E. McCoy (Alpha Seven), Tommy Rosales (Panicked Man), Marianne Robertson (Tech #1)

Babylon SquaredNotes: The “kidnapper” of B4 is revealed in season 3. Additionally, though it is unknown how or why, some manner of life form from the sector 14 region where B4 disappeared made its way to B5 at some point – intriguingly enough, possibly well before the events in Babylon Squared. This is revealed in Knives. And if you have seen this episode and just don’t get it, watch it back to back with both episodes of the third season’s War Without End.

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The Quality of Mercy

Babylon 5Ivanova discovers that Dr. Franklin has been operating a free clinic for dwellers of Down Below, the area of B5 where most of the unemployed eke out a poverty-stricken existence, and that he’s been using some of his medlab supplies to do so. Not much later, Franklin himself learns of another free clinic being operated aboard the station, one which promises to heal everything. Franklin finds Dr. Laura Rosen, an aging physician who has discovered an alien device with an unknown purpose that seems to remove illness, disease and debilitation harmlessly. Dr. Rosen herself is slowly dying of a terminal illness, but does not use the machine on herself. In the meantime, convicted murderer Mueller is sentenced to have his brain wiped and reprogrammed so he may serve a useful function in society. Prior to the wipe, Talia must scan him so she can compare his thoughts before and after the wipe to verify the success of the operation. What she finds in Mueller’s mind horrifies her…and when he escapes his guards, more terrors are sure to follow.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Lorraine Senna Ferarra
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: June Lockhart (Dr. Laura Rosen), Kate McNeil (Janice Rosen), Mark Rolston (Karl Mueller), Damian London (Centauri Senator), Jim Norton (Ombuds Wellington), Lynn Anderson (Rose), David Crowley (Lou Welch), Kevin McBride (Guard), Philippe Bergeron (Lurker)

Original title: The Resurrectionist

Notes: The alien device Dr. Rosen uses plays a vital part in the second season episode Revelations and the fourth season episode Endgame.

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Chrysalis

Babylon 5Negotiations between the Narn and Centauri over territorial claims to quadrant 37 are getting nowhere, and it looks like G’Kar has the upper hand on Londo. In the meantime, a strange discussion between Kosh and Delenn leads to a momentous decision, one which numbers Delenn’s days as she knows them. An informant for Garibaldi is found murdered, and Garibaldi sets out to discover who did it. Morden, an elusive being in human form who once asked Londo and G’Kar what they wanted, appears out of nowhere and offers Londo the opportunity to take credit for a solution to the quadrant 37 problem that will tip the scales in the Centauris’ favor, a solution which Morden and his unspecified associates will provide at no cost. Garibaldi follows a tenuous trail of clues to a man named Devereaux, who warns that the security chief is getting into something too big for him. As it turns out, this is true – Garibaldi discovers evidence that Devereaux may be an Earthforce special agent, and finally stumbles across a plot to assassinate the president of the Earth Alliance. He pays for this discovery dearly when one of the conspirators shoots him, almost fatally. The Shadows are cast upon quadrant 37, utterly annihilating every trace of the Narn presence there in mere seconds. Delenn goes to Sinclair to discuss at last the Battle of the Line and his capture, but his priority must be to find Garibaldi. Delenn is risking her life and Sinclair’s to reveal the mystery to him, and warns that she has little time left. Garibaldi, dying, warns of the plot to kill the president, but his warning is too late, and Earthforce One is destroyed and Vice President Clark is sworn in as president hours later. Londo is horrified at Morden’s solution to the quadrant 37 dispute. Delenn sets into motion a process which begins transforming her, and Sinclair misses his chance to learn the greatest mystery of his life. Garibaldi is given 50/50 odds on surviving his injuries. And all at once, nothing will ever be the same…

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Janet Greek
music by Christopher Franke

Babylon 5Guest Cast: Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai), Macaulay Bruton (Garibaldi’s Aide), Liz Burnette (Lurker #1), Edward Conery (Devereaux), Maggie Egan (News Anchor), Cheryl Francis Harrington (Senator), Mark Hendrickson (Narn Pilot), James Kiriyama-Lem (Med Tech), Wesley Leong (Paramedic), Gianin Loffler (Lurker #2), David Anthony Marshall (Stephen Petrov), Gary McGurk (Morgan Clark), John Riojas (Guard), Marianne Robertson (Tech), Fumi Shishino (Screaming Woman), Ed Wasser (Morden), Bergen Williams (Security Guard)

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Points Of Departure

Babylon 5Within three days of the president’s assassination, Sinclair has been recalled to Earth. Captain John Sheridan of the starship Agamemnon is assigned to take command of B5, which is visited by Kalain, commander of the Minbari warship Trigati which has been missing since its crew defied the Grey Council’s sudden cease-fire order that ended the Earth-Minbari War over a decade before. The Minbari protest the choice of Sheridan to command the station due to his service in the war, and Grey Council envoy Hedronn warns Sheridan of Kalain’s presence and hostile intent. As it turns out, Kalain has made his way to Delenn’s quarters to kill the cocooned ambassador, but is apprehended before he can do any harm. Lennier reveals the reason for Sinclair’s recall and the end of the war: the Grey Council believes that the noblest souls of dead Minbari are now being reincarnated as the newest generations of humans, Sinclair included. The Trigati emerges through the jump gate, ready to attack if Kalain is not released from custody. Sheridan, who has been described by nearly every Minbari so far as a dark omen for the hope of peace, faces the prospect of renewed bloodshed on his hands.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Lt. Commander Ivanova), Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters), Stephen Furst (Vir), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Robert Rusler (Warren Keffer), Mary Kay Adams (Na’Toth), Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar), Peter Jurasik (Londo)

Order now!Download this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Janet Greek
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Richard Grove (Kalain), Robin Sachs (Hedronn), Robert Foxworth (General William Hague), Jennifer Anglin (Deeron), Jonathan Chapman (Ambassador #1), Joshua Cox (Tech #1), Kim Delgado (Dome Tech #3), Russ Fega (Merchant #1), Bennet Guillory (Merchant #2), Catherine Hader (Young Woman), Mark Hendrickson (Ambassador #2), Kristopher Logan (Ambassador #3), Michael McKenzie (Vastor), Debra Sharkey (Tech #2), Brian Starcher (Other Pilot), Kim Strauss (Ensign), Thomas Valinote (Security Guard #2), Greg Wrangler (Security Guard #1)

Original title: Chrysalis Part 2

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Revelations

Babylon 5G’Kar narrowly escapes the Shadows he has found on a distant planet, and returns to B5 to warn the Council of his discovery. At the same time, Sheridan’s sister visits him for the first time in two years and is upset that he has buried the pain of his wife’s death with his devotion to duty. Dr. Franklin makes an unprecedented gamble in an effort to bring Garibaldi out of his coma, but shortly after reviving him the doctor is called away to attend to Delenn, who has emerged from the chrysalis in a form completely bearing little resemblance to any Minbari. Morden asks Londo to return a favor by warning him if any unusual activity is expected to occur on the outer rim, and when G’Kar announces that a Narn ship is returning to the Shadows’ planet, Londo passes this information along; the Narn expedition is wiped out within seconds of arrival, and G’Kar predicts a grim fate for all at the hands of the Shadows.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Beverly Leech (Elizabeth Sheridan), Macaulay Bruton (Garibaldi’s Aide), Beth Toussaint (Anna Sheridan), David L. Crowley (Lou Welch), Mark Hendrickson (Narn Captain), James Kiriyama-Lem (Med Tech), Mark McGurk (President Clark), Michael McKenzie (Narn Navigator), Warren Tabata (Guard), Ed Wasser (Morden), Edward Conery (Devereaux)

Babylon 5Notes: The organization to which Garibaldi’s treacherous right-hand man belongs also appears to claim Psi Cop Bester as a member; they share the “Be seeing you” salute (derived from the cult British series The Prisoner, not from Rush Limbaugh). The fate of the Icarus and Sheridan’s wife are explored further in In The Shadow Of Z’ha’Dum and Z’ha’Dum.

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The Geometry Of Shadows

Babylon 5Londo is visited by a Centauri political plotter named Refa who, having heard of Londo’s impressive feat at quadrant 37, wants to enlist the ambassador’s help in a possible coup to claim power on Centauri Prime. As Refa leaves the station, a group of human technomages arrives, “magicians” who use science and technology to achieve the illusion of magic. They are simply stopping off at B5 en route to a further destination, anticipating that they will be endangered by a coming apocalypse. Londo tries to gain an audience with them, as the previous Centauri Emperor was seen in the company of such people prior to his appointment. Ivanova is also awarded a promotion to full commander, and her first diplomatic duty in that office challenges her to stop a deadly game of hide-and-seek among the Drazi. She could use Garibaldi’s help – but he’s not sure if he wants to remain in charge of security.

Order now!Download this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Mike Laurence Vejar
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Michael Ansara (Elric), William Forward (Refa), David L. Crowley (Lou Welch), Kim Strauss (Green Drazi), Jonathan Chapman (Green Drazi #2), Neil Bradley (Purple Drazi), Joshua Cox (Tech #1), Warren Tabata (Guard)

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A Distant Star

Babylon 5The explorer ship Cortez puts in at Babylon 5, giving Sheridan the chance to reminisce with old friend Captain Maynard. The Cortez crew, having spent more time in hyperspace than just about anyone else, fields questions from Ivanova and Keffler about rumors that an unknown lifeform has taken up residence in the uninhabitable realm of hyperspace. Maynard and his crew admit to having seen something out there, though they don’t know exactly what. The Cortez departs en route to the rim, but something goes disastrously wrong and the ship loses her lock on the jump point needed to emerge from hyperspace ever again.

Order now!written by D.C. Fontana
directed by Jim Johnston
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Russ Tamblyn (Captain Jack Maynard), Daniel Beer (Patrick), Art Kimbro (Ray Galus), Miguel A. Nunez Jr. (Orwell), Patty Toy (Ogilvie), Joshua Cox (Tech), Kim Delgado (Comm Tech), Sandey Grinn (Teronn)

The Long Dark

Babylon 5A sublight spacecraft carrying cryogenically frozen humans is discovered adrift in B5’s vicinity. The ship is secured and one of its occupants is found to have been killed during the vessel’s flight, which began from Earth over a century before. The surviving crew member – and wife of the deceased – has no memory of what happened to her husband. Her arrival coincides with a series of grisly murders and the emergence of a lurker named Amis who warns that there’s another passenger, an unwelcome one, on the sleeper ship.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by Scott Frost
directed by Mario Di Leo
music by
Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Anne Marie Johnson (Mariah Cirrus), Dwight Schultz (Amis), Jennifer Anglin (Alien #1), Babylon 5Neil Bradley (Alien #2), James Kiriyama-Lem (Medlab Tech), Kim Strauss (Markab Ambassador), Warren Tabata (Guard)

Notes: Ivanova checks the flight path of the Copernicus after it was boarded by the alien presence, and at the time it’s intercepted near B5, it seems to be headed for eventual arrival at Z’ha’dum, the planet where G’Kar found the Shadows lurking in Revelations.

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A Spider In The Web

Babylon 5An old friend of Talia’s, business executive Taro Isogi, arrives to open negotiations with Amanda Carter of the Mars provisional government, who herself is a former member of the radical Free Mars movement. After a successful meeting which seems to point to Isogi’s corporation helping to stabilize the uncertain future of the Mars Colony, Taro and Talia are en route to dinner when a man stops them, electrocutes Taro by hand, says “Free Mars” and flees the scene, leaving Talia alive. Talia briefly senses an image in the murderer’s mind, a first-person memory of being in a spacecraft destroyed by an Earth Alliance heavy cruiser. After an attempt to locate and kill Talia, the killer himself seems to suffer some kind of attack and seeks out Carter’s help. Garibaldi identifies him as Abel Horn – a former Mars rebel who is officially listed as dead. Conspiracy buff Sheridan is the first to realize that Horn is the victim/subject of cybernetic experimentation carried out by a mysterious secret agency on Earth known as Bureau 13.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by Lawrence G. DiTillio
directed by Kevin G. Cremin
music by
Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Michael Beck (Abel Horn), Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter), James Shigeta (Taro Isoga), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan), Jessica Walter (Senator Elise Voudreau), Annie Grindlay (Thirteen/Psi Cop), Joshua Cox (Tech #1)

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Soul Mates

Babylon 5Londo’s three wives arrive on B5, summoned by their husband for reasons unknown. Mystery also surrounds the arrival of Matthew Stoner, Talia’s ex-husband. Londo has called his wives to the station on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his ascension so he can choose which of them to remain married to, since his gift from the Emperor is to be granted a painless divorce from two of them. Stoner, on the other hand, wants Talia back, something Garibaldi is wary of on both professional and personal levels, but no one can seem to disagree with Stoner for very long for some reason. At the party, Londo’s wives give him an old Centauri artifact which turns out to be booby-trapped, and Londo lands in medlab facing certain death. In the meantime, nobody is able to find a reason to think twice about Stoner’s actions, even when Talia announces her wish to leave B5 with him.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by Peter David
directed by John C. Flinn III
music by
Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Keith Szarabajka (Matthew Stoner), Lois Nettleton (Daggair), Blair Valk (Mariel), David L. Crowley (Lou Welch), Carel Struycken (Trader), Jane Carr (Timov), Bryan Michael McGuire (Man)

Original title: Pestilence, Famine and Death

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