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Messages from Earth
Babylon 5, episode 52 (3.8)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Bruce Boxleitner   IMDB   Captain John Sheridan
Claudia Christian   IMDB   Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle   IMDB   Security Chief Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan   IMDB   Ambassador Delenn
Andreas Katsulas   IMDB   G'Kar
Peter Jurasik   IMDB   Londo Mollari
Richard Biggs   IMDB   Doctor Stephen Franklin
Guest Cast:
Merrin Dungey   IMDB   Security Guard
Vimi Mani   IMDB   Isn Anchor
Lorraine Shields   IMDB   Cook
Nancy Stafford   IMDB   Mary Kirkish
Vaughn Armstrong   IMDB   Security Guard
DVD   B5 DVD #14

As the Senate continues to investigate President Clark, an archaeologist brings news of a development back home that forces Sheridan to act against the Earth government. The Nightwatch tightens its grip on the civilian population.
Garibaldi is griping about having to eat the same breakfast every day for three years when an attractive covered plate arrives for Ivanova with a little note attached. To everyone's astonishment it turns out to be fresh eggs and bacon which Marcus has miraculously managed to smuggle aboard as a surprise thank you gift. As he and Sheridan drool, Susan swears to get even for this when she can find Marcus.

The daily routine continues but in the background ISN reports new evidence regarding President Clark and the assassination of his predecessor ("Hunter, Prey,") and that a newly discovered alien race is a threat to planetary security ("Matters of Honor.") Marcus' charge appears to be safe in Medlab, but Marcus warns Dr. Franklin that she is the target of assassins.

Franklin asks, "If Earth and the Psi Corps really are working with the Shadows, this is too big. How can we fight something like that?" Obviously shaken, Sheridan dismisses the Council, but asks Delenn to stay.

Zack is sitting in Garibaldi's office when the B5 Nightwatch liaison comes in to remind him of the meeting tomorrow. Zack is uneasy with the man's gung-ho attitude and isn't encouraged when he mentions that watching unsuspecting people on security cameras makes him feel like God.

He tells them he will not be captured and charges them to cover for him while he is gone for a minimum of 4 days. He also arranges for a simulation of his own death if he should not be able to return.

He is falling asleep in his command chair halfway to Jupiter. Lennier convinces him to retire to the sleeping quarters where he finds Delenn. Utterly exhausted, he begins to talk about missing home and his father. More than anything else right now, he says, he misses the sound of rain because it can always put him to sleep. So to his great relief, with a phrase Delenn summons the patter of rain on the roof.

Jumping out of hyperspace, the White Star picks up transmissions from the Ganymede site.

"Subject is approaching target. Repeat. Subject is approaching target."

Delenn explains that the Shadow ships need a sentient being to merge with them before they can become fully functional, and this must be happening right now. If a subject isn't prepared for the event the resulting ship will be murderously insane. The crew listen and watch in horror as the Shadow ship comes alive and begins attacking the facilities around it.

Just as they begin to congratulate themselves the White Star is struck again. This time the enemy is the Agamemnon, the Captain's old ship, attacking and ordering them to surrender or be destroyed. Sheridan won't fire on the Agamemnon and can't surrender. As he sits in his chair indecisive, Delenn suggests opening a jump point while still inside Jupiter's atmosphere. By opening it just at the edge of space the explosive effects of the hydrogen are minimized and they are able to scuttle to safety.

ISN reports that an unidentified alien vessel has attacked and destroyed an outpost on Ganymede before being destroyed in Jupiter by the Agamemnon. In response to heightened concerns about planetary security the president is said to be considering a new plan to increase security.

As Garibaldi says, they got away with it, but only for now. The Nightwatch liaison has noticed that the Captain was missing for four days. He deduces that Garibaldi must be covering for Sheridan and suggests that Zack use his relation with the Chief to find out what's going on. Zack vehemently refuses saying he won't betray a friendship. "If he could trust me he would have brought me in this thing weeks ago," he mutters, giving away the fact that he knows something fishy is going on. The Nightwatch man angrily tells Zack he has to decide between friendship and his job.
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