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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…

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
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.

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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A Race Through Dark Places

Babylon 5At Psi-Corps’ headquarters on Mars, Bester interrogates a telepath for information on an underground railroad helping unregistered telepaths evade the Corps’ rigorous supervision. Bester goes to B5, which he believes these telepaths are using as a way station. The underground railroad does turn out to be running through B5, and the telepaths try to kill Bester, who manages to take cover, though Talia is kidnapped. The rogue telepaths are more organized than anyone has realized, and they have a friend on the station – Dr. Franklin. Bester closes in on the telepaths’ hiding place DownBelow, and the telepaths can only escape alive if they can convince Talia to rebel against the Psi Corps.

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

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Apesanahkwat (Telepath #1), Brian Cousins (Rick), Diane Dilascio (Telepath #2), Gianin Loffler (Lurker), Eddie Allen (Man), Kathryn Cressida (Bartender), Judy Levitt (Psi Cop), Christopher Babylon 5Michael (Shooter), William Allen Young (Jason Ironheart)

Note: There is a hint that the gift given to Talia by Jason Ironheart in Mind War consisted not only of telekinesis, but also an involuntary shield from telepathic scans, though this could also be attributed to a revelation made in Divided Loyalties. The lurker who is the head of the underground railroad is the same one who tipped Garibaldi off on the whereabouts of Devereaux in Chrysalis.

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Dust to Dust

Babylon 5 Bester asks to come aboard the station, trying to track down a source of the deadly, telepathy-inducing drug known as dust. Ivanova, afraid that Bester will eventually learn of their conspiracy against Clark, wants to simply kill the Psi Cop. When Bester hints that Talia Winters’ body has gone the way of her personality, Garibaldi isn’t so inclined to disagree. But with help from the Minbari, Sheridan manages to even the playing field and get Bester to agree to take telepathy-suppressing drugs. Once he does, he and Garibaldi discover that Bester is, maddeningly enough, correct – a major dust supplier is peddling his wares on Babylon 5. And unfortunately for Londo, that supplier has found an eager buyer in G’Kar. The Narn uses his brief burst of dust-induced telepathy to pry into the secrets surrounding the Centauri’s secret allies in the war against his homeworld. But at the end of G’Kar’s revenge lies a surprising epiphany.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by David J. Eagle
music by
Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Julian Neil (Lindstrom), Jim Norton (Narn Image), Ardwight Chamberlain (Kosh), Harry Hutchinson (Security Guard #1), John-Frederick Jones (Centauri Diplomat), S. Marc Jordan (Shop Owner), Judy Levitt (Psi Cop), Gwen McGee (Med Tech), Philip Moon (Ashi), Walter O’Neil (Crazed Man), David Shark (Man), Kim Strauss (Vizak), Dani Thompson (Ombuds)

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Ship Of Tears

Babylon 5Bester comes to the station again, this time offering to help in the fight against the Shadows. He has information about a shipment of weapons components being sent to the Shadows, and Sheridan agrees to take the Psi Cop along on the White Star to intercept. But even Bester is surprised when the components in question turn out to be rogue telepaths who have been subjected to surgical implants that will force them to become the pilots of Shadow vessels. A number of important discoveries are made – the telepaths can merge with any computer system thanks to their implants, and the Shadows leave the White Star alone simply due to the presence of Bester. The pilot of the Shadow transport is a being called a Drakh, though no one realizes its significance. But all of these findings are overshadowed when the Shadows themselves break cover and begin attacking openly, starting with Brakiri space.

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

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Joan McMurtrey (Carolyn), Diana Morgan (Alison), Debra Sharkey (Med Tech)

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Epiphanies

Babylon 5In the wake of the war, President Clark panics because his Shadow allies are no longer there to help him, and sets wheels into motion to bring down those responsible for the Shadows’ departure – Sheridan and the others aboard B5. Bester learns of a plan to tarnish B5’s public image by having a squadron of Psi Corps’ Black Omega fighters attack the blockade at the nearest Earth outpost to the station, claiming to be from Babylon 5, and travels to the station to warn Sheridan. But the price for this information is an ill-advised trip to Z’Ha’Dum so Bester can try to recover Shadow technology that could free his former lover from their influence, a trip which is cut short when an intruder detection system destroys Z’Ha’Dum completely. Other surprises include Garibaldi’s sudden resignation after receiving a mysterious call, Londo and G’Kar returning to the station, the arrival of a new alien race on Centauri Prime, and at least one Elvis sighting.

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

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Damian London (Minister), Victor Iundin (Psi Corps Official), Robert Patteri (EA Pilot), Lauren Sanchez (News Anchor)

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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.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Tony Dow
music by Christopher Franke

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

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No Compromises

Babylon 5Change is the order of the day aboard Babylon 5 as it accepts its new role as capitol of the Interstellar Alliance. Sheridan prepares for his inauguration as his handpicked replacement, Earthforce Captain Elizabeth Lochley, arrives. Sheridan pointedly ignores her role in Earth’s civil war – but others in the crew are not so quick to overlook the past. A group of telepaths approaches Lochley, seeking sanctuary from Psi Corps and a place to call home. Garibaldi, now a civilian, hovers over Zack and clashes with the new captain on matters of security. And G’Kar must create two of the first symbols of the new alliance – an oath of office and a declaration of principles. The preparations may be for nothing, however – a would-be assassin stalks B5, ready to make Sheridan pay for his actions during the war.

Season 5 Regular Cast: Bruce Boxleitner (President John Sheridan), Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), Stephen Furst (Vir), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Peter Jurasik (Londo), Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar)

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

Guest Cast: Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin), Anthony Crivello (John), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), Timothy Eyster (Simon), Mauricio Mendoza (Ranger)

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Strange Relations

Babylon 5When Bester arrives to arrest the rogue telepaths, Lochley is caught between orders from Earthdome to cooperate and orders from Sheridan to keep them away from the Psi Cop, while fending off Garibaldi’s attempts to hurl his tormentor through a bulkhead. Lyta draws closer to Byron and the telepaths, but even her powers may not be enough to stop Psi Cop bloodhound units working with B5 security. Franklin begins a new project for the Alliance, and G’Kar and Delenn devise an unusual arrangement to protect Londo from his enemies.

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

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin), Clynell Jackson III (Security Guard), James Lew (Bloodhound Teep #1), Clarke Coleman (Telepath), Steven Hal Lambert (Bloodhound Teep #2)

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A Tragedy of Telepaths

Babylon 5The telepath crisis deteriorates seriously as Byron and many of his followers go on a hunger strike in DownBelow after another attack on one of his people, but some of the telepaths have taken up arms in order to force the issue of their freedom. Lochley crawls into DownBelow, unarmed, in the futile hope of negotiating, as the Alliance worlds threaten each other as Sheridan and Delenn struggle to keep them from declaring war – and Lochley is left with no choice but to ask for Bester’s help again. On Centauri Prime, G’Kar discovers a prisoner who has spent two years rotting away in a cell under the palace.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Tony Dow
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Julie Caitlin Brown (Na’Toth), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), Leigh J. McCloskey (Thomas), Kim Strauss (Drazi Ambassador), Walter Koenig (Bester), Caroline Ambrose (Lara), Freddy Andreiuci (Worker), Jonathan Chapman (Brakiri Ambassador), Tom Billet (Centauri Guard), Christina Gavin (Telepath)

Original title: Cat And Mouse

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Phoenix Rising

Babylon 5Bloodhound telepaths and the violent faction of Byron’s rogues are engaging in guerilla warface aboard Babylon 5, and Bester’s arrival – and his unusual personal interest in Byron – have only made the situation worse. Garibaldi decides to renew his vendetta against the Psi Cop, only to discover that not all of Bester’s mental conditioning has been removed. The rogues storm medlab and take hostages, demanding that their terms be met, raising the stakes to a deadly level. Sheridan can only watch as Bester tries to crush Byron’s telepaths in his vise, unaware that Garibaldi – powerless to take revenge on Bester – may allow himself to be crushed by an old vice of his own.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by David J. Eagle
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), Jack Hannibal (Peter), Victor Love (Telepath), Leigh J. McCloskey (Thomas), Walter Koenig (Bester)

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The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father

Babylon 5Bester takes two rookie Psi Cops under his wing just as a disturbed telepath with a multiple personality disorder breaks out of the Psi Corps headquarters, killing a fellow telepath on his way out. With his new charges in tow, Bester tracks the renegade to Babylon 5, where more people have already been murdered. The new Psi Cops try to show some initiative, quickly landing themselves in mortal danger. And Bester is annoyed further when station security – in the person of Zack Allan – is less than supportive of the Psi Cops’ quest to bring down the killer.

Order now!Download this episodewritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Stephen Furst
music by Christopher Franke

Guest Cast: Walter Koenig (Bester), Dana Barron (Lauren Ashley), Mike Genovese (Drake), Reggie Lee (Chen Hikaru), Dex Elliott Sanders (Jonathan Harris), Brendan Ford (Gordon), Don McMillan (Bartender), Jeremy Thomas (Man), Michael Max Charles Ciano (Roommate), Michael Jeffrie Stanton (Dealer)

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The Well of Forever

CrusadeAn investigator from the Department of Telepathic Integration arrives on the Excalibur to examine Matheson. This Mr. Jones is particularly eager to find a flaw in Matheson, whose part in this prestigious mission has made him something of a role model to telepaths. Galen asks Gideon to bring the ship deep into hyperspace in search of the Well of Forever, which Galen promises holds the answers to whatever questions the crew might hold in their hearts. Dureena suspects Galen’s motives, while Eilerson doesn’t care as long as something profitable may lie at the end of the journey. When the ship arrives at Galen’s coordinates and finds nothing there, Gideon resolves to turn back…prompting Galen to betray his trust, and possibly the ship’s safety, in order to fulfill a promise.

Order the DVDswritten by Fiona Avery
directed by Janet Greek
music by Evan H. Chen

Guest Cast: Michael Beck (Mr. Jones), David A. Saunders (Navigation), Joe Wandell (Communications officer)

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The Path of Sorrows

CrusadeThe crew brings a seemingly-imprisoned alien aboard the Excalibur. Although it is completely cut off from physical contact with anyone, Gideon discovers that it is able to communicate. It forces him to relive first his abandonment by his ship as it unsuccessfully fled a Shadow vessel, and then his winning of a strange box in a poker game from a man who seemed happy to lose it. Expecting the creature to use this information against him, he is surprised when it instead offers forgiveness. Matheson also receives forgiveness for an episode from his past – his inadverdent role in the destruction of a Psi Corps base during the Telepath War. Galen, however, accuses the creature of feeding off the others’ pain and refuses to accept that it values forgiveness. Seeking to discover why, the creature and Galen relive the slow death of his lover, betrayed by other technomages and stranded without any of their technology and equipment. In his grief, Galen denies the possibility of any plan or order to the universe, unable to believe that any design would include her death, and Isabell promises to prove him wrong. After the creature is returned to its home, for other travlers to find, Matheson offers Galen a hint that the promise has ben fulfilled…if he can believe in the impossible.

Order the DVDswritten by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Evan H. Chen

Guest Cast: Mark Blankfield (Jenson), Gary Graham (Bruder), Sophie Ward (Isabelle), Dawn Stern (Allison), Daniel Guzman (XO), Kevin Major Howard (Officer), Matt O’Toole (First man), Patrick St. Esprit (Captain Ross)

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