Season: 2

Original Airdate: January 30, 1995

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Andrew Prowse

Guest Stars
Jeff Conaway As Sgt. Zack Allen
William Forward As Lord Refa
Turhan Bey As Emperor Turhan of the Centauri Republic
Fredric Lehne As Ranger
Malachi Throne As Prime Minister Malachi of the Centauri Republic
Michael O’Hare As Ambassador Jeffrey Sinclair

Synopsis: G’Kar plots to assassinate the Centauri Emperor while he visits B5. Londo and Refa set some events into motion which will insure the Centauri Republic’s return to its former glory.

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Notable Quotes

G’kar: Before coming here, I received a communique from my government. For a hundred years, the Centauri occupied our world. Devastated it. We swore, we would never let that happen again. This attack on our largest civilian colony has inflicted terrible damage and loss of life. They’ve crossed a line we cannot allow them to cross. As a result, two hours ago my government officially declared war against the Centauri Republic. Our hope for peace is over. We are now at war … we are now at war.

Emperor: How will this end?
Kosh: In fire

Emperor Turhan: The past taunts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us and our lives slip away, moment by moment. Lost in the vast terrible in between. But there is still time to seize that one last fragile moment.

Sinclair: I’m in trusting this message to an associate of mine who is sworn to bring it to you at any cost — including his own life. My job on the Minbari homeworld is more than just representing Earth. The President doesn’t know about that part yet, and … I don’t think it would be wise of you to tell him. There’s a great darkness coming, Michael. Some of the Minbari have been waiting for it a long time. The bearer of this message is one of my rangers. Some are Minbari. Most are humans. They have been drawn here to learn to work together and prepare for the fight ahead. Their job for now, is to patrol the frontier, to listen, to watch, and return with reports too sensitive to trust to regular channels. They are my eyes and ears. Where you see them, you see me. In the name of our friendship, I ask that you give them every courtesy and cooperation. I wish I could tell you more … I wish I could warn you. But the others don’t think it’s time yet. Stay close to the Vorlon, and watch out for shadows. They move when you’re not looking at them.

Franklin: (speaking for Emperor Turhan) He wanted to say, he is sorry.
G’kar: What?
Franklin: He came all the way out here, risked his health, and endangered his life, so that he could stand beside a Narn, in neutral territory and apologize for all the things the Centauri have done to your people … for all the things his family did. He said, we were wrong. The hated between our people can never end, until someone is willing to say, I’m sorry.

G’kar: I was ready. I had prepared myself. I had made my peace with the universe. Put all my affairs in order. I had the dagger, in my hand! He has the indecency to start dying on his own. Never in my life have I seen a worse case of timing. Well, you think he could have waited a few more minutes, before … (door bell) Who is it?
Franklin: Doctor Franklin.
G’kar: Maybe it’s good news. With luck he is feeling better. All they have to do is prop him up two minutes. … I’ll call you back.

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