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Epiphanies
Babylon 5, episode 73 (4.7)

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:
Damian London   IMDB   Minister
Walter Koenig   IMDB   Bester
Victor Ludlin   IMDB   Psi Corps Official
Robert Patteri   IMDB   Ea Pilot
Lauren Sanchez   IMDB   News Anchor
Teaser

Bester returns to Babylon 5 and asks to be taken to Z'ha'dum to recover Shadow technology. Clark sets a new operation to discredit Babylon 5 in motion. Garibaldi delivers some unexpected news to Sheridan.
Synopsis
Trouble is brewing for them at home, though. President Clark sees the station as a clear and present danger to him now that the Shadows are gone and orders all his executive forces into action to take them out. The first salvo is a propaganda offensive counducted with assistance from the Psi Corps, and the station's favorite Psi Cop, Alfred Bester. If Clark can turn public opinion against Babylon 5, he might be able to win where a direct assault would fail.

While examining G'Kar, Franklin observes that he can probably fix the Narn up with a human prosthetic eye. When he asks why G'Kar didn't stay on Narn to lead his people, G'Kar replies that power corrupts.

He meets Ivanova, Franklin and Sheridan in the captain's office and announces his resignation. They try to argue him out of it, but he is steadfast. Their future in Earth Force is over; their chances for going home are negligible; and if they weren't fighting the Shadows for the right to choose their own destinies then what were they fighting for?

"Door," Mr. Bester supplies, as he strides through under guard en route to his usual quarters in the brig.

When Sheridan tells him, Zack also thinks Garibaldi's action is pretty strange. The discussion is broken up by an ISN news that all travel between Earth and B5 is prohibited.

Londo's joyful bargaining in the Zocolo is quelled when he sees G'Kar. He stifles his first intention of sidling away and approaches instead. G'Kar tells him plainly that Londo no longer exists in his universe. "Pray that we never notice one another again."

As Sheridan's White Star leaves for Z'ha'dum, Ivanova takes Alpha squadron to defend the station's blockaders.

Delenn and John share a rare quiet moment. When he complains that they never get a break she tells him he wouldn't have it any other way.

Ivanova's wing jumps out of hyperspace in time to save the patrol from the Omegas which have just launched their attack. When the patrol leader is confused, she tells him, "Reports of our disloyalty have been greatly exaggerated."

The room where the cyrogenically suspended telepaths are kept is like a morgue. Bester shares a moment with the frozen body of his lover. He tells her door about sending his best pilots to their deaths for her. Sheridan and the others might all be laughing at his failure now, but he'd do it again in a second for her. Besides, he's got a surprise for them that will hurt them more than they can possibly imagine.

Lyta is visited by the Captain, who begins speculating about how a powerful telepath in the amplified medium of hyperspace might have triggered the evacuation and destruction of Z'ha'dum without Bester being any the wiser. She explains that someone might want to hurt Bester the way he has hurt so many other people, and that the technology on Z'ha'dum should not fall into anyone's hands. Once her explanation is out he allows his carefully contained fury to show. No matter how much he might agree with her reasoning, he says that if in the future "a command level decision were made without consulting me, I would turn you over to the Psi Corps and let them turn you inside out. Am I perfectly, crystal clear."

Ivanova mentions that news of the attempted ambush has filtered back through Earth Force and only served to raise people's opinions of Babylon 5. Sheridan is disturbed, though. He has been thinking about where the allies of the Shadows might have gone. Ivanova assures him it's nothing to worry about.
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