Ceremonies of Light and DarkJaz2018-01-10T00:57:35-07:00
Original Airdate: April 8, 1996
Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski
Director(s): John C. Flinn III
Doug McCoy (1) As Guard
Ed Wasser As Mr. Morden
Harlan Ellison voiced Sparky the Computer
William Forward As Lord Refa
Jim Cody Williams As Thug #1
Paul Perri As Sniper
Vincent Bilancio As Maintenance Man
Synopsis: Delenn attempts to arrange a Minbari religious ceremony of rebirth to help heal wounds from the recent events on B5, but it seems most everyone has plans to be somewhere else. A few of the remaining underground Nightwatch personnel attempt to assassinate Sheridan and then Delenn. Londo threatens to poison Refa if he does not break his alliance with Morden. While changing passwords to the Babylon 5 computer system, Garibaldi unlocks an early attempt at giving the station computer artificial intelligence.
Londo: Will you tell me a little more about what is involved in this rebirth ceremony? Delenn: Reflection, mediation upon what has come before, what is now, and what is to come. Londo: Ahh, for a moment I was thinking women, drinking and debauchery. I forgot I was speaking to Minbari. This by you is a good time, is it? What else? Lennier: You must tell someone a secret that you have never told anyone else before and you must give away something that is of great value to you. Londo: Uh, sounds positively festive. Delenn: It is time for us to come together. To restore that which has been torn apart, and to heal the wounds we have suffered. Londo: With everything that has been going on, I’m surprised you invited me. Delenn: In a matter of confessions, mediation and the closing of past wounds ambassador, you were at the top of my list. Londo: I am already attending to my past, my present and what remains of my future. I do not require your assistance. Or your approval. Enjoy your ceremony, Delenn. I intend to have other plans.
Lennier: What matters is everything leading up to that point. Leaving behind the old, preparing to be re-born. G’Kar: I have already been born once and quite sufficiently I think. I’m sorry but I’m simply too busy. Good day to you Delenn, Mr. Lennier.
Un-named Criminal: Come on give me a brake. Marcus: Certainly, what would you like? An arm? A leg? We are fresh out of broken hearts, just had a run on those. How about we start with your fingers and work our way up. Un-named Criminal: No, may, um, maybe I have some information. Um, a name. Marcus: You see, it’s like I have always said, you can get more with a kind word and a two by four then you can with just a kind word.
Londo: Now I have been studying these reports from the front lines. You will note the plural form, lines. Is there anyone along our border with whom we are not currently at war? Lord Refa: We need room to expand. Londo: Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiot would fight a war on twelve fronts.
Londo: Mr Morden and his associates worry me. After the Narns were defeated, I took steps to put some distance between us. Refa, I have the feeling that he and his associates are carving a great dark hole in the middle of the universe. And when they go down, anyone nearby will go with them. Lord Refa: That will not happen. You don’t appreciate their strength. Londo: I appreciate their strength alright. And that is why this unfocused aggression worries me. By drawing our forces into a dozen smaller wars, you have effectively weakened our main line of defence should they turn an eye to Centari Prime. Lord Refa: They will not do that. Londo: No they will not, because you are going to take steps to prevent it. And you will start by breaking off your relationship with Mr. Morden. Lord Refa: Oh, Londo, you are a fool. You walk away from the greatest power I have even seen, and now you expect me to do the same. They are the key to my eventual rise to the throne. Why would I abandon them? Londo: Because I have asked you. And because your loyalty to our people should be greater than your ambition. And because I have poisoned your drink.
Sheridan: This is Captain John J. Sheridan. Serial number: XO7Y39Alpha. Security code: Obsidian. Ivanova: This is Commander Susan Ivanova. Serial number: Z48M27Epsilon. Security code: Griffin. Garibaldi: This is Chief Warrant officer Michael Garibaldi. Serial number: V17L98 Security code: Peekaboo Computer: Authorizations confirmed. Orders? Garibaldi: Alright, list all command level passwords. Replace all entries with new passwords, then restart system. Delenn: Captain, if this is not a good time.. Sheridan: No, No it’s fine, they can take care of the rest. Ivanova: Peekaboo? Garibaldi: Would you have guested it?
Sheridan: Hello Delenn. You know, I was thinking, if you couldn’t come to the rebirth ceremony, the ceremony should come to you. I’ve given up something that really mattered to me, the uniform and everything that goes with it. What I’ve never told anyone before now.. When you were hurt, when you were in my arms, I was ready to kill that guy with my bare hands. I realized I have never told you how much I cared about you, how much you mean to me. I think it’s time you knew that. I can no longer imagine my world .. without you in it. I don’t .. know exactly when or how it happened, .. but I’m glad it did.
Garibaldi: No one knows, but uh, I’m afraid all the time of what I might do if I ever let go.