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Moments of Transition
Babylon 5, episode 80 (4.14)

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:
Scott Adams   IMDB   Mr. Adams
Carl J. Pfeifer   IMDB   Guard
Bart McCarthy   IMDB   Shakiri
John Vickery   IMDB   Neroon
Walter Koenig   IMDB   Bester
Christy Noonan   IMDB   Businesswoman

The warrior caste demands Delenn's surrender. Bester makes an offer to an increasingly desperate Lyta. Sheridan is compelled to act after receiving horrible news from Ivanova.
Sheridan is in his quarters, unable to sleep. He calls C&C, asking if they have been able to contact Delenn on Minbar. They haven't, due to fighting in the capital city. Sheridan hasn't heard anything from her since she left, but asks to be informed if they learn anything new. He resumes trying to sleep.

Lyta is in the Zocalo with a woman who wants to hire her for freelance telepathy work. Though all of Lyta's qualifications are in order, the woman will not hire her when she learns that she is no longer affiliated with Psi Corps. Lyta protests, but the woman will not change her mind - her company needs to be protected from possible lawsuits and other problems. She says that, until Lyta rejoins Psi Corps, there is nothing she can do.

Delenn is waiting for Lennier in one of the rooms in the capital building. When he arrives, Delenn tells him they have reached a decision, and she wants him to relay a message to the Warrior Caste - the Religious Caste is prepared to surrender, when and where the Warrior Caste wishes them to do so.

"...And news has reached us that a squadron of Starfury pilots, sent to conduct raids against Proxima 3 in hopes of forcing them to accept President Clark's martial law decree, have defected, joining the Proxima resistance. This makes the fourth major defection in the last two weeks. Refugees from sectors 400 through 600 are being taken in by the medical colonies at Beta Iridani and the MacArthur midrange colony..."

Lennier protests, but Delenn will not move, and instead begs Lennier to carry out her instructions should she die. Shakiri doesn't move, so Delenn asks if he concedes leadership, if it is too easy to send others to die for him, but that he isn't willing to die for his Caste. The Starfire Wheel opens further, and the light around Delenn grows stronger. Shakiri insists that the entire thing is madness and refuses, but Neroon points out that Shakiri said that a Warrior does not fear death, and asks why he is afraid. Shakiri asks if he speaks for the Religious Caste, but Neroon says he speaks for their people, and wants to know who he speaks for, and what he is willing to do - the other Minbari people, all watching, want to know as well. Shakiri steps forward and enters the light, as the Starfire wheel opens further. Shakiri tries to convince Delenn to walk out with him, but she refuses - he insists there are other ways, but Delenn says he should have thought of that before he tore the Minbari people apart. Shakiri jumps from the light, but Delenn does not leave, as Neroon tells Lennier she promised to do. Lennier says she is making a point, for all Minbari. The Starfire Wheel opens further, nearly all the way, and Delenn is no longer able to withstand its force.

"No!" cries Neroon as he runs forth. He forces himself into the light, picks up Delenn, and hands her through the light to Lennier. Standing in the flame, he cries out, "I was born Warrior Caste, but I see now... The calling of my heart... is Religious! The war is over! Listen to her! Listen!" The Starfire Wheel opens completely, and the light utterly engulfs him. In mere seconds, he is gone, and only the smoking circle, where he once stood, remains.

Bester is in the Zocalo watching Lyta and Garibaldi have a heated discussion. Lyta becomes very angry and storms away from the table, as Bester simply sits and smiles. "Personal log: Bester, Al. August 3rd, 2261. By provoking Mr. Garibaldi, I have put him even further at odds with his former associates, and further on the path I need him to folow. What I came here to get, I got - even her." We now see Lyta inside her quarters, wearing long black gloves, and the PsiCorps symbol on her chest. Bester's contract is lying nearby, as she sadly looks at what she has once again become in the mirror. "Guess you could call it a bank shot," Bester continues. "Yes... I've had a nice day."

On the Grey Council ship, Lennier tries to convince Delenn that she should wait before doing what she is planning, but she won't postpone it a moment longer. Lennier says that, when she enters the Council Chamber, what transpires will be broadcast all over Minbar.

Ivanova comes into Sheridan's quarters, in a fury. She holds up a data crystal and explains that it was taken by a transport bringing relief supplies to Proxima 3. The crystal contains footage of an Earth Force destroyer decimating a convoy of unarmed transports. She says that the transports indentified themselves as only carrying wounded refugees, over 10,000 civilians in all. She says she's going to put the video on Voice of the Resistance as soon as she calms down.

Sheridan, likewise, is outraged. "This madness has gone on long enough. I don't care if we're not ready, I don't care if we're outnumbered or outgunned, I don't care what ISN says about us. This stops, and it stops now! Now, if earth wants to declare war on us, then it is time that we took the war to Clark. You tell the others... Starting right now, we fight back and we fight back hard!"

"I thought you were looking for some other way than firing at our own ships," Ivanova asks. "They were following orders."
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