Season: 5

Original Airdate: June 10, 1998

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Goran Gajic

Guest Stars
Kim Strauss As Drazi Ambassador
Vince Deadrick, Jr. As Brakiri
Jonathan Chapman As Brakiri Ambassador

Synopsis: The Alliance convenes a Council session closed to the Centauri to present evidence in the attacks. Londo is invited into the Council chamber and presented with the final piece of evidence, Lennier’s video recording. The Alliance announces a blockade of Centauri vessels, which the Centauri answer with threats of warships accompanying all trade ships. Fearing the worst, Sheridan pledges that White Star ships will stand ready in hyperspace to help protect Alliance ships. He asks Garibaldi to personally see to the coordination of the information from the White Star fleet. When Garibaldi does not answer a call from Sheridan, Zack finds him waking up from a drunken sleep. Garibaldi assures him that it isn’t a problem, but later misses a very important call from a White Star ship that directly leads to a shooting war with the Centauri. Londo decides to leave for his homeworld because he feels he can do more good there. He leaves Vir to attend to things of Babylon 5. G’Kar accompanies Londo to Centauri Prime as bodyguard, where the Centauri ministers try to make him feel unwelcome. The pair is later imprisoned after the war breaks out and Londo refuses to let G’Kar be taken away without him.

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Notable Quotes

Sheridan: As of right now, the Centauri republic stands alone.

Sheridan: There comes a moment in everyone’s life, when you have to do something you would rather not do. When you know something you would rather not know. This is one such moment.

G’kar: Good bye Delenn.
Delenn: G’kar, I have I ever told you that you are one of the finest writers that I have every met? And that it has been a honor to work beside you on the alliance.
G’kar: Not in words, but the thing about losing one eye is that it makes you look deeply into the eyes of another. I found in yours all the thanks, I will ever require in this life or in any other.

Londo: No, he is still here as my bodyguard, that’s all. Where I go he goes.
Centauri Minister: My condolences.
G’kar: Thank you. It’s a burden, but I have come to accept it.

Sheridan: What does the candle represent.
Delenn: Life.
Sheridan: Who’s life?
Delenn: All life, every life. We are all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars. Molecules that do not understand politics, polices, or differences. Over a billion years, we foolish molecules forgot who we are and where we came from. In desperate acts of ego, we give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps, and pretend that our light is better than everyone else’s. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that lives on inside of us. The spark, that tells us, you should know better. The flame also reminds us, that life is precious, as each flame is unique and when goes out, it’s gone forever. There will never be another quite like it. So many candles will go out tonight. I wonder sometimes, if we can see anything at all.

Sheridan: Now, we gave you a promise and we are bound by that promise and damn you for asking for it! And damn me for agreeing to it! And damn all of us to hell, because that is exactly where we are going! We talked about peace. You didn’t want peace. We talked about corporation. You didn’t want corporation. You want war! Is that it? You want a war? Well you’ve got a war.

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