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.

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.

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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)

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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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There All The Honor Lies

Babylon 5Sheridan unwittingly walks into a trap set by two Minbari, in which he is forced to kill one of them in self-defense as the other witnesses the event. Immediately, all hell breaks loose when the Minbari government presses charges of murder, threatening to reignite the hostility between the two races. Even worse, Delenn’s insistence that Minbari do not lie further clouds the issue as the surviving witness insists that Sheridan killed his fellow Minbari in cold blood. Earthforce seems eager to stand by and let Sheridan be accused of the killing rather than offering official support. Even Kosh, who is tutoring Sheridan for purposes unknown, offers the captain no more help than another lesson. It falls upon Delenn and Lennier – who is in the difficult position of belonging to the same Minbari clan as the accuser – to find out if Sheridan is being framed.

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directed by Mike Laurence Vejar
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Guest Cast: Julie Caitlin Brown (Guinevere Corey), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan), Sean Gregory Sullivan (Ashan), Neil Bradley (Minbari #3), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Jonathan Chapman (Minbari #2), Vincent Duvall (Centauri Envoy), Eliott Arnold Babylon 5(Human Customer), Mark Hendrickson (Human/Alien Customer), Ossie Mair (Store Owner), Michael McKenzie (Alien Customer)

Note: Kosh’s mention in Hunter, Prey of teaching Sheridan to understand himself better comes to fruition in this episode, during which it becomes clear that Kosh has been “tutoring” Sheridan for at least a short while. An interesting comment is later made by Ivanova: “It must be working. You’re beginning to talk just like a Vorlon.”

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Severed Dreams

Babylon 5All hell has broken loose within the Earth Alliance. Fighting between General Hague’s rebel forces and President Clark’s loyalists have spilled a great deal of blood on both sides, and when the governor of Mars refuses to implement Clark’s martial law decree, civilian colonies on Mars are bombed. Hague’s ship, the Alexander, arrives at Babylon 5, but Hague himself has died in a recent battle. Joined shortly afterward by another rebel ship, Sheridan prepares to declare Babylon 5 an independent state – a state which must brace itself for an inevitable attack from Clark’s forces. If the battle is lost, not only with many on Babylon 5 lose their freedom…they will also very likely lose their lives.

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directed by David J. Eagle
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Guest Cast: Kim Miyori (Captain Sandra Hiroshi), Rance Howard (David Sheridan), Phil Morris (Bill Trainor), Bruce McGill (Major Ed Ryan), James Parks (Drakhen), Jonathan Chapman (Religious Minbari), Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin), Maggie Egan (ISN Reporter #1), Matt Gottlieb (ISN Reporter #2), Kim Strauss (Narn)

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Grey 17 Is Missing

Babylon 5The disappearance of a maintenance worker on the station goes largely unnoticed as Sheridan initiates an open call for telepaths to assist in the offensive against the Shadows. On Minbar, Delenn becomes the natural successor to lead the Rangers after Sinclair’s one-way trip into the past, but Neroon of the warrior caste opposes Delenn’s ascension. He demands that the warrior caste should lead the Rangers, and vows to stop Delenn from assuming command at any cost. Delenn forbids Lennier to speak of the threat to any of the station’s command staff, so Lennier confides his fears to Marcus. Garibaldi investigates the missing maintenance worker, only to find an entire floor of the grey sector is unaccounted for. He forces his way into grey 17, but is trapped there with a handful of eccentrics led by the constantly pontificating Jeremiah. Also caged in grey 17 is an alien menace which has killed untold numbers of victims – and Jeremiah insists that Garibaldi’s only escape is to die a pure and noble death, an option that the security chief does not plan on examining.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by John C. Flinn III
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Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Robert Englund (Jeremiah), Katherine Moffat (Supervisor), Eamonn Roche (First Man), John Vickery (Neroon), Time Winters (Rathenn), Thom Barry (Maintenance Worker)

Original UK airdate: September 10, 1996

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Atonement

Babylon 5A Minbari ship arrives at B5 while Zack needles Minbari tailors about adjusting Garibaldi’s uniform for him (and receives a needling in kind). Callenn, a new Minbari arrival, has come to take Delenn back to her home world to undergo the Dreaming, a ceremony which reveals a pivotal moment of a person’s past, a glimpse at their soul. Delenn is reluctant to reveal to Sheridan that the results of the Dreaming may require her to stay on Minbar forever. Sheridan sends Franklin and Marcus to Mars to establish contact with the Martian resistance, in an effort to gain more support to return the Earth Alliance to order. On Minbari, Delenn, with Lennier as her guide, enters the Dreaming, reliving her first meeting with the Grey Council and Dukhat, her induction into the Council after Dukhat’s tutelage, and her mentor’s death during the first contact between Minbari and humans. But Delenn also remembers the horrible truth – that her anguished cry for vengeance upon Dukhat’s death was the deciding vote that led her people into a war with the humans. With her caste looking for anything to discredit her, how can Delenn’s reputation withstand the blood of millions on her hands?

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directed by Tony Dow
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Guest Cast: Brian Carpenter (Callenn), Reiner Shone (Dukhat), Robin Atkin Downes (Grey Council #1)

Notes: Shortly after hearing the horrible sound, almost every one of the major races and the League of Non-Aligned Worlds signed a treaty banning the use of Jason Carter’s singing voice as a weapon in wartime. (This event takes place off-screen and may therefore be considered apocryphal to official continuity.)

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Lines of Communication

Babylon 5Delenn is alarmed by the arrival of an emissary from Minbar who warns her of impending civil war on her home world. She sets out on a journey back home to try to quell the impending conflict. With all supply lines to the station cut off, and ISN broadcasting the official propoganda line that Babylon 5 is the staging ground for the subversion of Earth, Sheridan tries to come up with a way to fight the hail of lies being fed to the general populace. His answer is to revamp the war room into a broadcast studio and begin transmitting the “Voice of the Resistance” from there with your host, the very reluctant (and tired) Susan Ivanova. Terrorist attacks on Mars create a tense situation for Franklin, who is trying to enlist the help of the rebels on Mars – but not if they continue to use those tactics. Delenn discovers that the Minbari emissary Forell has sold out to a race called the Drakh, who have their own plans for Minbar. And Delenn is sure that there is a connection between the Drakh and the Shadows.

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directed by John C. Flinn III
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Guest Cast: Marjorie Monaghan (Number One), Paolo Seganti (Phillipe), G.W. Stevens (Forell)

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Rumors, Bargains and Lies

Babylon 5Londo and G’Kar are persuaded by Sheridan to permit the White Star fleet to patrol their borders. Fearing that the leaders of the non-aligned worlds will balk at the idea of his fleet flying along their territory, Sheridan concocts a convoluted scheme to hint at suspicious happenings along the aliens’ borders but withholding his help until it is requested. En route to Minbar to deal with political upheavals that have finally erupted into civil war, Delenn vows to end the conflict single-handedly. She believes that her disbanding the Grey Council has left Minbar without leadership, and the resulting conflicts are her fault. Neroon of the warrior caste meets with her, and despite his past disagreements with her, he agrees with Delenn that they will reach an amicable solution which will not require either of their castes to surrender. But Delenn’s own religious caste followers believe that her private meetings with Neroon will result in a betrayal of her own people, and plan to ritually sacrifice themselves and anyone else on board to prevent it. And on the station, Sheridan’s cunning plan could backfire unless he stoops just low enough to plant some the right information in the right places. Neroon, departing to return to his fellow warriors, intends to make sure than Delenn’s peace plan backfires.

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Ron Campbell (Drazi Ambassador), Chard Haywood (Religious Caste #2), Guy Siner (Religious Caste #1), John Vickery (Neroon)

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Moments of Transition

Babylon 5On Minbar, the warrior caste stoops to treacherous new lows as Delenn receives the news that Shakiri, the warrior leader, will openly attack the capitol of Minbar and its population unless the religious caste offers its immedaite surrender. On B5, Lyta finds herself at a disadvantage since she has gone on the run from Psi Corps. Potential clients who need a telepath to perform even the most routine duties will not accept the services of a known renegade. Psi Cop Bester happens to be on the station, and offers Lyta the renewal of her Psi Corps certification if she will agree to have her Vorlon-enhanced body turned over to Bester upon her death. Lyta refuses to sign such a contract, but she is left with little alternative. The room she occupied during the height of the war is too expensive for her, a visit to Garibaldi seeking work almost but doesn’t quite work due to the insistent disapproval of Garibaldi’s new employer, William Edgars of Mars, and the only other offer of work she gets is from Zack, who wants the evasive former security chief scanned without permission. Lyta must now reluctantly return to the Psi Corps, Delenn must surrender and risk being killed as a symbol of her caste’s strength, and forces under the control of Earth President Clark engage in a killing spree which incites Sheridan to declare war on Earth.

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Guest Cast: Bart McCarthy (Shakiri), Walter Koenig (Bester), John Vickery (Neroon), Scott Adams (Mr. Adams)

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In The Beginning

Babylon 5The year is 2245. The Earth Alliance, still swaggering from its victory over the Dilgar, prepares to expand its sphere of influence. The Minbari Grey Council seeks to verify the truth of prophecy on a distant world called Z’ha’dum. A chance meeting of the two expeditions ends in disaster, when misunderstandings escalate into open battle and the Minbari leader, Dukhat, is killed. So begins a holy war that changes the shape of the galaxy’s future, and its past.

Delenn, the newest member of the Grey Council, must find a way to fulfill Dukhat’s last request, which goes against the wishes of her entire race – and she is uncertain of the mysterious involvement of a pair of Vorlons. Dr. Stephen Franklin must choose between loyalty to Earth and loyalty to his conscience. Earth turns to the Centauri Republic and Narn Regime for aid, but the animosity between those two races may doom its only chance for survival. As the Alliance faces annihilation, the last desperate act of a lone pilot may be all that stands between humanity and the abyss…and the beginning of the galaxy’s last, best hope for peace.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Michael Vejar
music by Christopher Franke

Cast: Bruce Boxleitner (Lt. Commander John Sheridan), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Richard Biggs (Dr. Stephen Franklin), Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar), Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari), Claudia Christian (Susan Ivanova), Theodore Bikel (Lenonn), Reiner Schone (Dukhat), Robin Atkin Downes (Morann), J. Patrick McCormack (General Lefcourt), Tricia O’Neil (President), Robin Sachs (Coplann), James Patrick Stuart (Presidential Aide), Jason Azikiwe (Captain Sterns), Yasemin Baytok (Centauri Woman), Kristin Birch (Woman 1), Justin Carroll (Comm Officer), Jacob Chase (Luc), Tim Colceri (Captain Jankowski), Lane Davies (Callier), Timothy Davis-Reed (Man 1), Pancho Demmings (Alpha 7), Steven Ford (First Officer), Mio R. Jakula (Ganya Ivanova), Nick Jameson (Minbari Pilot), Mike Kennedy (General Fontaine), Erica Mer (Lyssa)

footage from And The Sky Full Of Stars directed by Janet Greek
footage from Points Of Departure directed by Janet Greek
footage from A Late Delivery From Avalon directed by Michael Vejar
footage from War Without End Part 2 directed by Michael Vejar
footage from Atonement directed by Tony Dow

Appearing in footage from previous episodes: Michael O’Hare (Jeffrey Sinclair), Justin Williams (Mitchell), Michael McKenzie (Vastor), Michael York (David MacIntyre)

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Learning Curve

Babylon 5Delenn summons two of the Rangers’ elders to Babylon 5, while a new arrival Down Below attempts to consolidate control of the underworld. When Tannier, a Ranger trainee, interferes with the criminals’ plans to assassinate Zack, he is gravely wounded. Delenn refuses to allow station security to pursue the attackers – as part of his training, Tannier himself must confront them, and learn the use of terror. Meanwhile, Garibaldi wants more information on Lochley’s background…and so does Delenn, who suspects that there may be more to Lochley’s relationship with Sheridan than anyone is letting on.

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directed by David J. Eagle
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Guest Cast: Nathan Anderson (Rastenn), Turhan Bey (Turval), Brendan Ford (Tannier), Trevor Goddard (Trace), Brian McDermott (Durhan), Mongo Brownlee (Enforcer), Dawn Comer (Security Guard), Erica Ortega (Teegarden)

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Meditations on the Abyss

Babylon 5Still concerned about the possibility of Centauri attacks on Alliance members’ borders, Delenn secretly plants Lennier aboard a White Star vessel conducting training exercises along the border regions. At the same time, Londo has an important task in mind for Vir as well – when Londo leaves to become Emperor, he wants Vir to become the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5 and the Alliance. The Drazi ambassador comes forward with his own speculation about Centauri border raids, making Sheridan and Delenn even more tense about trying to conceal their own similar suspicions until they have proof. And Lennier’s secret mission has to be postponed when he finds himself serving with a Minbari who should never have been allowed to join the Rangers.

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directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Ron Campbell (Drazi Ambassador), Martin East (Findell), Richard Yniguez (Montoya), Carl Ciarfalio (Drazi Vendor), Vincent Deadrick Jr. (Tough Guy), Mark Hendrickson (Narn Acolyte)

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Darkness Ascending

Babylon 5Secrets are the order of the day aboard the station. Sheridan overhears Delenn discussing Lennier’s spying activities with him, and quickly recalls Lennier’s White Star – only to be notified by Captain Montoya that Lennier has abandoned ship in a solo fighter, determined to find for Delenn proof of Centauri raiding activities. Lise pays Garibaldi a visit, and accidentally discovers evidence that he has begun sinking back into alcoholism. After failing to find a commercial exploration corporation willing to help relocate the rogue telepaths, Lyta tries to renegotiate a dangerous bargain G’Kar offered her when she first arrived at the station. And with no contact or support from the rest of Rangers, Lennier obtains the information that could plunge the Interstellar Alliance into its first major war.

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directed by Janet Greek
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Guest Cast: Denise Gentile (Lise Hampton-Edgars), Thomas MacGreevy (Minister), Wesley Mask (Maitre’d), Edmund Shaff (Business Man), Richard Yniguez (Montoya)

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