The Exercise of Vital PowersJaz2018-01-10T08:50:24-07:00
Original Airdate: June 2, 1997
Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski
Director(s): John Lafia
Denise Gentile As Lise Hampton-Edgars
Kenneth Cortland As Patient
Mark Schneider As Wade
Sandey Grinn As Patient #2
Shelley Robertson As Ms. Constance
Synopsis: Garibaldi is taken to the home of William Edgars on Mars, where he undergoes a telepathic scan to judge his trustworthiness. Edgars admits that the Earth mega-corps allowed Clark to take over the presidency, but now they think he has gone too far. Although Edgars agrees with Sheridan’s position on Clark, he is afraid Sheridan’s actions will make the President too paranoid. Garibaldi agrees to help Edgars turn the captain over to Clark. As Dr. Franklin continues to have problems awakening the frozen telepaths without sending them into a rage, Lyta inadvertently makes contact with one and is able to calm him. Franklin is then able to medically reproduce her influence. On Mars, Edgars is doing his own experiments with telepaths which presumably deal with the anti-telepath virus he’s discovered. Sheridan contacts Franklin and discloses some shocking information. Franklin then asks Lyta to accompany him to Mars with the frozen telepaths. Ivanova announces that two other colonies have been liberated from Earth.
Garibaldi: Mars. Three times before this place almost killed me and now I’ve finally finished the job. I can’t feel anything anymore. I don’t know what I care about anymore, except Lise. I screwed up both our lives pretty good. Now I get to make up for it. Assuming any of us can ever make up for anything we have done in the past. Maybe we can’t. Maybe we just have to live with it and get on with it and do what we have to, never what we want to. It has to be done I hope he can see that some day.
Garibaldi: Personal Log, Michael Garibaldi. It’s started. They are really doing it. This is what I was afraid would happen. But it has been coming for a long time, ever since Sheridan got back. Before he went to Z’ha’dum, he never would have gone up his own, our own government like this. I don’t know. Maybe he thinks he is Alexander the great. Maybe he thinks he is John the Baptist and maybe he wants to take over the whole operation for himself. That’s the part that worries me. That’s the part that made me come back here. Mars. I can’t be I am back on Mars. Three times before this place almost killed me. I swore I would never give it the change to finish the job. Humans got no business being here, no business at all.
Wade: Everything is illusion Mr. Garibaldi. Concepts of language, light, metaphor. Nothing is real.