Season: 5

Original Airdate: June 17, 1998

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): John C. Flinn III

Guest Stars
Damian London As Regent Milo Virini
Joshua Coxx As Lt. David Corwin
Neil Bradley As Dr. Literana Varda
Robin Sachs As Na’Tok
Wayne Alexander As Drakh
Bart McCarthy As Daro
Tom McGreevey As Minister

Synopsis: Centauri warships begin targeting Alliance jumpgates. As a result, Sheridan orders the White Star fleet into the action. He then sends Delenn to Minbar to ask for her government’s cooperation with Earth in building new destroyer-class White Star ships. En route, Delenn’s vessel is attacked by Centauri before it can jump back to normal space and sustains heavy damage. Much of the crew is killed, and the ship is dead in hyperspace. Vir enlists Dr. Franklin and Lyta Alexander to help obtain the bodies of Centauri killed in combat with the Drazi. On the Drazi homeworld, the duo discovers that the aggressive Centauri ships are manned entirely by Shadow technology which was left behind for the benefit of their minions. Franklin and Lyta manage to capture one of the pods as evidence. Starfuries in hyperspace locate a lone Centauri cruiser headed toward Babylon 5. As the ship’s jump engines begin emitting strange readings, Capt. Lochley realizes that it is destined to blow up the jumpgate at the space station. While imprisoned on Centauri Prime, Londo is taken for a mysterious medical procedure administered by strange aliens. Afterward, neither he nor G’Kar are aware of his absence. G’Kar then assists Londo in being released so he can speak with the Regent and try to stop the attacks. When Londo confronts the Minister of Defense, he is assured that their ships are strictly on the defensive, despite Londo’s evidence to the contrary. Regardless of a stern warning from Sheridan, Narn and Drazi forces secretly move to attack Centauri Prime. When Sheridan discovers what they have done, he commands a fleet of White Stars to intervene. Sheridan, Lyta, and Franklin deduce that an alien force has a hand in the Centauri aggression, designed to eventually draw an attack on Centauri Prime. Sheridan points his White Star fleet toward the planet with hopes of intervening. Londo slowly realizes that the Regent is obviously under control of someone or something when the leader admits to sending away all the ships guarding their planet and turning off the planetary defense system. As Londo makes it outside, hundreds of jumpgates open in the Centauri sky and the Narn/Drazi fleet emerges.

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Notable Quotes

Londo: I have this feeling, something is terribly wrong.
G’kar: Your at war with everyone in the known Universe. Perhaps you were thinking of that.

Delenn: If it’s about my wearing those little …
Sheridan: No.
Delenn: I appreciate the gift. And I didn’t say I won’t wear them, it’s just that … for me, from a Minbari prospective I thought it looked silly.
Sheridan: No … It doesn’t have anything to do with that.
Delenn: (sigh) Business then.

Lyta: Consider this a charitable donation. Hell it might even be deductible.

Sheridan: The Centauri have begun targeting enemy jumpgates
Lochley: But … It’s a violation of every rule of civilzied warfare. Wars come and go, but the jumpgates have to go on. Otherwise the entire hyperspace beacon system falls apart. If that happens, it’ll hurt them as much as anyone else.

Regent: And there was something else they told me to do. And I did it, just a few moments before I came to see you. The last thing, I will ever have to do for them. In a way, I am glad it’s over.
Londo: What did they ask you to do?
Regent: To send away all the ships guarding Centuari Prime on false emergency and turn off the planetary defense network.
Londo: No.
Regent: I think I’ll stay and watch from here. The sky should be lighting up any time now. I imagine it will be quite beautiful.
Londo: NO!

Regent: And now it is your time. Mine is almost over. I have to say, I’ll be glad of it. I am so tired of it all Londo. I’m glad, I won’t live to see what follows.

Sheridan: Any hope of neutrality that Babylon 5 had until now, just went up in smoke.

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