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The Long Night
Babylon 5, episode 71 (4.5)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
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:
Tim Barron   IMDB   Humanoid
William Scudder   IMDB   Jester
Bryan Cranston   IMDB   Ericsson
Wortham Krimmer   IMDB   Emperor Cartagia
Mark Bramhall   IMDB   Centauri
Ron Campbell   IMDB   Drazi Ambassador
Carl Reggiardo   IMDB   Centauri
Kim Strauss   IMDB   G'lorn
Teaser

As the Army of Light prepares to strike against the Shadows, Londo and Vir continue to plot Cartagia's downfall. Ivanova and Lorien look for more First Ones.
Synopsis
"Giants in the playground," Sheridan remarks with disgust.

Ivanova tracks down the Captain again in his office. She tells Sheridan he must be proud. Even if they die in the coming battle, it will be at the head of what must be the greatest fleet the galaxy has ever seen. When he tells her that he needs her to track down the remaining First Ones for him and this will prevent her from accompanying the fleet, she grows angry.

When she was a child, her mother told her to wait at the neighbor's house one day. She waited and waited and her mother never came. It was the day her mother killed herself. Ivanova refuses to be left behind again. She makes Sheridan promise, as one soldier to another, not to protect her, but to let her be there when the final battle comes.

Mollari returns to the throne room in time to see a body dragged from the room and a jester's cap on the floor. "Humor is such a subjective thing," Cartagia comments.

Later that night Vir appears bearing a secret package. He is surprised no one followed him. "Everyone knows that you are incapable of doing anything really dangerous or subversive," Mollari smiles. The package turns out to be anything but innocuous however. It is a needlelike dagger with a button on the handle that when plunged deep into the breast of the victim will release a toxin that can kill a Centauri "almost instantaneously." They joke around about whether that might be long enough for the emperor to say "Londo killed Aaaaagh!"

Within the hour Londo announces Cartagia's death to the court. In the same moment he declares that this is a sign that they must leave Narn forever. They must also return to Centauri Prime immediately to remove the Shadow presence there. Since there is no clear line of succession, he is named Prime Minister by a member of the Centaurum to lead until a new emperor can be chosen.

Back on Babylon 5, Lennier hurries into the war room with an intelligence report. It shows that the Shadows, like the Vorlons, are destroying planets hit-and-run style. He is interrupted by an incoming report from a White Star scout, whose probes are able to show how the Shadows operate. They surround the victim planet with a cloud of black missiles. These missiles assault the planet en masse, burrowing through the crust to the planet's molten core where they detonate together. The resultant tectonic upheaval effectively destroys all life on the planet within hours.

But Lennier knows where the Vorlons might be heading next, Coriana 6, a planet with over 6 billion people on it. They convene the League worlds to discuss their next strategy.
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