Season: 5

Original Airdate: October 28, 1998

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Douglas E. Wise

Guest Stars
Damian London As Regent Milo Virini
Robin Sachs As Na’Tok
Simon Billig As Ranger
Wayne Alexander As Drakh

Synopsis: The damaged White Star conveying Delenn and Lennier continues to drift in hyperspace. On Centauri Prime, Londo saves G’Kar’s life by pulling him out of his cell beneath the Centauri palace as the Narn and Drazi fleet fiercely bombard the capital city. Londo then meets with the Centauri Regent and learns that the Drakh, former servants of the Shadows, have been controlling the Regent and were behind the attacks on Alliance ships. The Regent reveals and explains his Keeper to Londo, then the thing separates itself from the Regent, killing him. Londo meets with G’Kar to say he can no longer serve as Londo’s bodyguard now that he will be Emperor. G’Kar says that although his people will never be able to forgive the Centauri for what they’ve done, he forgives Londo. Londo then goes to face the Drakh and receive his Keeper. As Sheridan moves his White Stars to confront the Centauri fleet, Londo orders his ships to withdraw. He contacts Sheridan and tells him that the Regent acted alone in ordering the attacks against Alliance ships. Sheridan then meets with Londo on the planet to discuss Delenn’s situation. Londo, obviously under the control of the Keeper, tells Sheridan that he will only assist as a favor, and that the Centauri will no longer have anything to do with the Alliance. Sheridan angrily reacts, announcing that the Centauri will pay reparations to the Alliance worlds that were attacked. In hyperspace, the crippled White Star is found by a Centauri fleet. As the Centauri weapons charge, Lennier tells Delenn that he loves her. Abruptly, the weapons stop and the ship is caught in a tractor beam and pulled onto a Centauri ship and returned to Centauri Prime. Vir arrives on his home planet and visits Londo in his quarters, discussing the severity of the reparations. Delenn is reunited with Sheridan, G’Kar, and Vir in the Palace while Londo addresses his people as Emperor. He publicly blames Sheridan and the Alliance for their future hardship due to the reparations, and announces that they will withdraw from the Alliance and rebuild with no help from any outside worlds. Afterwards, Londo announces that he is appointing Vir as Ambassador to Babylon 5 as his first official act. Back on Babylon 5, Sheridan meets with Delenn, Garibaldi, Lyta, and Franklin to discuss the Shadow pods recovered from the Centauri ships. They speculate about other leftover Shadow technology, and Garibaldi wonders if there might be technology the Alliance could use left over on the Vorlon homeworld. Lyta cryptically replies that no one will be allowed back there until they’re ready, in a million years.

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Notable Quotes

G’kar: I would be dead, if not for you. You risked your life to save mine.
Londo: Yes, you would have done the same.
G’kar: Yes, but I am a better person.

Londo: How am I supposed to live in the royal suite and look out at all of that.
Vir: You could always board up the windows.

G’kar: Mollari, understand, that I can never forgive your people, for what they did to my world. My people can never forgive your people, but I can forgive you.

Lennier: Delenn.
Delenn: Yes.
Lennier: I love you.
Delenn: I know.

Sheridan: The giants have left the playground, but they left their guns behind.

Londo: Isn’t strange, G’kar? When we first met, I had no power and all the choices, I could ever want. Now I have all the power I could ever want and no choices at all. No choice at all.

Drakh: You are now what we need you to be – a beaten resentful people who will have to rebuild, who will have to rely on our good graces, who can be used and guided as we wish to guide you. Perfect ground for us to do our work. Quietly, quietly.

Regent: I have to go now, Londo.
Londo: No. Don’t go.
Regent: I have been many things in my life, Mollari. I have been silly. I have been quiet, when I should have spoken. I have been foolish and I have wasted far to much time. But I am still Centauri and I am not afraid.

Regent: What are we but, …
Drakh: A shadow of shadow. An echo of what was.

Lyta: The Vorlon homeworld is off limits, until we are ready. Until we have earned the right to go there, a million years from now. Don’t ask, I don’t know where that came from anymore than you do. I just know it.

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