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Ship of Tears
Babylon 5, episode 58 (3.14)

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:
Debra Sharkey   IMDB   Med Tech
Joan McMurtrey   IMDB   Carolyn
Diana Morgan   IMDB   Alison
Walter Koenig   IMDB   Bester
DVD   B5 DVD #16

Bester finds himself at odds with others within the Psi Corps and seeks Sheridan's help. G'Kar presses for admission to the conspiracy of light.
A hopeful crowd has gathered in the Zocalo, eager to see the first ISN broadcast since transmissions broke off violently after the imposition of martial law a few weeks earlier. However, even Ivanova is disheartened by the anchor's bold-faced lie that the final broadcast had been made by alien-backed saboteurs attempting to overthrow Earth Gov.

Captain Sheridan is busy checking out one of the new fighters from the Churchill when a distress call is logged. It is from a lone black Star Fury, painted with an enormous Omega, and bearing the station's favorite Psi Cop, Mr. Bester. Keeping carefully out of telepathic scanning range the Captain asks Bester why he shouldn't just kill him on the spot. Curiousity? Bester suggests. When there's no reply he prompts impatiently, "Captain?" but finds the response: "I'm thinking it over," rather unsettling.

But it brings him to his point. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," he remarks. He has found out about the Shadows and their influence over President Clark and the Psi Corps, and he doesn't like it. They interfere with his plans for a future when humans are ruled by telepaths. He has come to Babylon 5 to find someone who hates Shadows as much as he, because he thinks he knows a way to damage them.

Bester tells the gathered officers that a ship bearing weapons components for the Shadows is en route to the Rim and needs to be seized. He explains that he can pinpoint the ship's location in hyperspace by homing in on the thought waves of the occupants.

"If I had learned this as my world was being bombed by the Centauri, I would have killed you instantly," G'Kar hisses. "You understand that, do you not?" Then he repeats the line from his Vorlon-inspired vision, "'Some must be sacrificed if all are to be saved.'...Now I understand that is as much about how we got here, as where we are going. I think that one sentence is the greatest burden I have ever known." He admits that if it were not for the Grey Council's inaction, his people would be a dead race.

As tears slide down her face Delenn says, "You have come a long way, G'Kar. Further than I could have guessed," and she welcomes him into the War Council, only hoping that he can forgive her someday.

"Perhaps, but not today," he utters.

When Franklin unfreezes one, he notices that she seems to have cyberweb implants. He takes her ID bracelet to Bester, who condescendingly begins to explain that she is a "blip" who refused to join the Psi Corps. Suddenly his face grows numb. He must see her immediately.
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