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Lines of Communication
Babylon 5, episode 77 (4.11)

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
Carolyn Barkin   IMDB   Isn Reporter
Jean-Luc Martin   IMDB   Emissary
Marjorie Monaghan   IMDB   Number One
Paolo Seganti   IMDB   Phillipe
G. W. Stevens   IMDB   Forell

Franklin and Marcus try to convince the leaders of the resistance to go along with Sheridan's plan to unseat Clark. Delenn investigates a series of attacks on Minbari allies. Minbar begins to slide toward civil war.
The meeting with the leaders of the resistance is ready to begin as soon as everyone arrives. Franklin and Marcus' mission to Mars is well-timed. Number One of the Mars Resistance estimates that Earth Force will have captured and subdued all of Mars within a few months. But she warns that some of her allies are more dangerous than she is. No sooner are the words spoken than Marcus rushes in exclaiming that their hotel has just been bombed and 10 civilians killed. Number One departs in a fury.

Delenn finds Sheridan in C&C and explains that she needs to take a flight of White Stars out to determine who is attacking their allies. He balks at her personal involvement until she reminds him not to forget who she was, and who she is and what she can do.

ISN is still replaying the story of Sheridan suffering from Minbari War Syndrome, when a new idea strikes the Captain. He can't wait for morning, and instead runs off to roust Ivanova from her bed and drag her into the War Room. "I've been here before," she reminds him, bleary eyed and unkempt. So he begins to explain.

"You have a face people trust," he says. When she was giving status reports during the war, she provided everyone with solid, reliable information. Now it's time to do it again, he says, but on a larger scale. This time, the War Room will become the Voice of the Resistance, broadcasting live to ships, to colonies, and to Earth, competing directly with ISN for ownership of the truth.

As he exits with brisk enthusiasm, he tells her to go back to bed, leaving her muttering more empty threats against his safety.

The White Stars pop out of hyperspace and find a distress signal being send out by a dying Pak'ma'ra. They reach the site only to find a fleet of unknown ships. Delenn is ready for first contact this time and opens a channel. When ships identify themselves as Drakh, Lennier is alarmed to discover that they speak Minbari. This could only occur if this were not true first contact.

It is instantly apparent who has talked to the Drakh before when Forell pulls a weapon on Delenn and tells her that he has brought her here to listen to their message.

Number One grants the B5 duo her grudging approval, before catching Franklin out as a liar. There is no way Sheridan could have sent the message to stop terrorist bombing because news of these attacks isn't getting off of Mars. Sheepishly Franklin admits that he just threw that in to help her.

The White Stars follow the Drakh to their mother ship and Delenn allows an emissary on board. Dark and deadly, the Drakh hisses, shudders and trembles its way to the bridge.

"Because they have just lost their home," Lennier finishes, mouthing "Z'ha'dum" to Delenn.

Forell admits that he couldn't have hurt Delenn, but he needed to show her that here they had a way to be the "salvation of their people."

Delenn tells the creature that she will return in a week with an answer. "You will not regret this, Delenn," Forell says. The Drakh stops and hisses with recognition, "Delenn!" before departing.

She realizes her mortal danger at that instant. Now that these Drakh know her, she tells Forell, they will take revenge for her part in the Shadow war. The White Star fleet is surrounded and stationary. There is no time to escape by jump point or by fleeing. So instead, she orders Lennier to fly straight at the mother ship, "skin dancing" along its hull until they have built up enough speed to escape through jump points. In the process, White Star 16 is destroyed.

Safe in hyperspace, Lennier begins to set a course for Babylon 5, but now with blood in her eye Delenn overrides him and orders the White Stars to attack. The angry, attacking White Stars make short work of most of the Drakh fighters, and as the mother ship races for the local jump gate, Delenn's flagship beats her there and fires through her hull from stem to stern.
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