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Between the Darkness and the Light
Babylon 5, episode 85 (4.19)

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:
J. P. Hubbel   IMDB   Evan
James Laing   IMDB   First Guard
Anneliza Scott   IMDB   Assistant
Marc Gomes   IMDB   Eisensen
Bruce Gray   IMDB   Interrogator
Marjorie Monaghan   IMDB   Number One
David Purdham   IMDB   Captain James
Musetta Vander   IMDB   Felicia
Greg Poland   IMDB   Guard
Teaser

Garibaldi is captured by the Mars Resistance. Ivanova's fleet clashes with Clark's forces. A plan to free Sheridan is launched.
Synopsis
In a busy shipping station on Mars, Garibaldi meets up with his contact. Apparently the Resistance doesn't believe that Sheridan's kidnapping wasn't Garibaldi's fault. Several men leap out of the shadows and beat him senseless. At their headquarters, Number One offers Franklin a gun and the chance for revenge. "Steven?" Garibaldi shouts when Franklin refuses. Instead Franklin rips the hood off Garibaldi's head and angrily demands an explanation.

Garibaldi stammers out how he was used by Bester, but only Lyta seems willing to believe it. Garibaldi tells them that he knows where Sheridan is being held, and they can get him out. But it's the same story he used to lure Sheridan in the first place. Garibaldi pleads, "You can't let Bester screw up my entire life and not give me the chance to fix it. I can't go out this way!" Franklin is disgusted. Seeing Lyta, Garibaldi begs her to scan him. She replies that no one trusts telepaths here. Franklin wants to try it, but Number One angrily decides just to shoot Garibaldi. Franklin grabs her gun as it goes off, and Lyta snatches a rifle, spraying the ceiling with fire. In the uneasy pause, Franklin covers Number One with the rifle while Lyta goes to work on Garibaldi's head.

The White Star fleet engages and disables another two destroyers. Ivanova orders the backup units to proceed with the evacuation while the main fleet heads for the next target. When Marcus questions whether they are advancing too slowly, she insists that this is the one chance these crews will receive justice for their actions, and besides, defectors will be needed when they hit Earth.

On B5, a rather worried Lennier finds Delenn and informs her that Mollari has called a full Council meeting without informing the Minbari. The Centauri is just calling for a vote on an intolerable situation, when Delenn arrives. It's unanimous, and with a representative from Minbar present, it's even legitimate.

In Delenn's stunned silence, G'Kar, Londo and Vir explain that they have resolved to unite their forces to aid Ivanova's fleet, but they didn't want to tell her until it was fait acompli, lest people say it was based on personal interests.

The Resistance fighter leads Garibaldi, Franklin and Lyta through old access tunnels to the location where Sheridan is being held, but refuses to accompany them further.

Captain James of the Agamemnon tries in vain to argue Ivanova out of her decision. As soon as they set off, Marcus tries to convince Ivanova to get some rest. He only succeeds by threatening to harry her until she gives in. She agrees as long as he wakes her later and sleeps as well.

The two cell guards stop them. Garibaldi casually mentions the lock "code" and Lyta grabs it from a guard's mind before attacking the second guard with the thought of pain. Garibaldi takes out the other one, but blood is now showing through his uniform. They hurry into the cell and Franklin sets to work trying to revive Sheridan. Through his drugged fog, Sheridan mumbles, "Michael! I was going to kick your butt for ... something. But I don't remember."

Before waking Ivanova, Marcus looks at her soulfully and utters, "You'll never know." She curses when he tells her they're almost at the target and he didn't sleep. Before rushing to the bridge, Susan reminds him of the Minbari phrase he told her was a "greeting" the last time they were here. "You are the most beautiful woman I have ever known." She knows what it means now and thanks him.

Trying to get past the guard post with Sheridan, the guards notice the blood on Garibaldi's back, and demand that the rescuers step away from the prisoner. They quickly shoot all the guards. Clumsily, Sheridan picks a gun off the floor and unloads it into one of the guards, shooting until the man is pulp. He looks at Garibaldi with very cognizant fury and insists he's fine.

The White Star fleet emerges at the rendezvous point. A dozen jump points open on all sides and discharge a stream of destroyers. Ivanova is horrified when she sees them. Black skins and barbs on semi-organic hulls prove them to be based on Shadow technology. The force commands her to surrender, and when she refuses, demands to know who she is.
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