Season: 4

Original Airdate: June 16, 1997

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): John Lafia

Guest Stars
Wayne Alexander As Drazi
Bruce Gray As Interrogator
Raye Birk As William

Synopsis: Sheridan, held captive on Mars, is interrogated by people working for President Clark.

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Notable Quotes

Drazi: I’m afraid. I’ve never been afraid before.
Sheridan: We’re all afraid.


Interrogator: Do you know why they’re doing this to you? Because your a war hero, one of the few to come out of the Minbari war. They have invested a considerable amount of time and effort making you a hero in the public’s eye. The problem is, when a war hero starts believing certain things, and saying certain things, the public listens. They think there’s something to it. Your credibility has become a threat to their credibility, so one of them has to go. The best way out for everyone is for you to confess and lay the blame for what has happend at the feet of the alien governments, whether it is true or not. It doesn’t matter, truth is immaterial, they can sell it, and they will let you live. Note, it I said it was the best way, I did not say it was the only way.
The other way, captain is a posthumous confession. Your signature is not a problem; they have your image on file; they can create you reading the confession. Now, that’s not as good as having you out there where people can see you. So they know it’s true. That even you can be broken. You can not resist. With a video record there will always be doubt. It’s not the same as breaking you, but I’m told as of this morning, … it is an acceptable option.


Interrogator: When I ask a question, you will respond at once. You will not hesitate. You will not consider. You will not Lie! Cooperation will be rewarded. Resistance will be punished.


Interrogator: You will cooperate with the state, for the good of the state and your own survival. You will confess to the crimes of which you have been accused. You will be released and returned to society a productive citizen if you cooperate. Resistance will be punished. Cooperation will be rewarded.


Sheridan: I demand to see an attorney. I demand the presence of a full military tribunal. You no right to …
Interrogator: You have no rights! There is no court room here, Captain. No tribunals, no attorneys, no justice, no mercy, no fairness, no hope, no last minute escape.


Interrogator: The truth is fluid. The truth is subjective. Out there it doesn’t matter what time it is. In here it is lunch time, if you and I decide that it is. The truth is sometimes what you believe it to be and other times what you decide it to be.


Interrogator: But can you win.
Sheridan: Every time I say, no.


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