Sinclair fights two turf battles at once as alien invaders claim the planet
the station orbits, and an Earthforce captain disagrees with him about how
to deal with the situation.
Ron Canada as Capt. Ellis Pierce.
Louis Turenne as Draal.
Curt Lowens as Varn.
Denise Gentile as Lise Hampton.
Aki Aleong as Senator Hidoshi.
P5 Rating: 8.49
Production number: 121
Original air date: August 3, 1994
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Janet Greek
In his youth, Londo led the Centauri raid on a planet called Frallis 12.
Five hundred years earlier, the last of Varn's race died, entrusting him
with a legacy, the guarding and caretaking of Epsilon 3. Some time prior
to that, a violent, cruel faction of the race was cast aside by the rest,
and since Varn took over Epsilon 3, they have been searching for it.
Some Earth citizens feel they're heavily subsidizing the Mars colony, and
that may in fact be true.
The Centauri contributed a substantial amount of money to the construction
of Babylon 5.
What is the intended use of Epsilon 3?
What needs to happen before it will be deemed ready for consumption by the
rest of the galaxy?
Was Takarn's ship the only one of its kind, or are more outcasts from Varn's
race still out there, searching (or heading) for Epsilon 3?
Are there any other planets like Epsilon 3 waiting to be discovered?
The station potentially has a powerful new ally in Draal. It remains to be
seen if he will prove willing to come to the station's defense in the future,
but the threat of retaliation by Epsilon 3 might be enough to keep any
would-be attackers at bay.
Garibaldi's tentative hopes of one day getting back together with Lisa have
now been dashed. This might make him that much more likely to hit the
bottle again. (cf.
Assuming Earth is successful in putting down the revolt on Mars, a continued
presence will likely be necessary to keep things from flaring up again.
This is bound to have political consequences back on Earth, and possibly
on Babylon 5, as Earth has a harder time claiming the moral high ground
if it's occupying one of its own members with soldiers.
Londo's sense of adventure, now reawakened, might lead him to go even further
in his quest for the "good old days." Between this and his possession of
the Eye (cf.
"Signs and Portents")
he may be a much more influential figure than he appears.
Delenn's assessment of Sinclair jibes with the hints in
that she considers him a "true seeker," someone whose life is devoted to
The heavy cruiser EAS Hyperion was named after the Babylon 5 Internet archive
(and home of the Lurker's Guide) originally located at Hyperion.COM.
Ivanova seems to enjoy saying "Boom!" (cf.
When Capt. Pierce is going to launch fighters to land on the planet and
Sinclair threathens to destroy them, Pierce argues for a moment and then
backs down. When he turns briefly to the screen and a computer graphic is
displayed showing him calling down the ships, one of the ships in the top
left corner of the screen has the flight number THX-1138, the name of one of
George Lucas' first films.
More SF references can be found in the list of words being downloaded from
the station's language files by the aliens. For instance, "ORAC" is a
computer from the British series Blake's 7, and "Skynet" is
from The Terminator.
The phrase "I am not a number, I am a free man" (from the title sequence of
The Prisoner) can also be seen on several consecutive frames.