Babylon 5 is embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Narn and Centauri;
an ISN reporter covers the story and tours the station.
Kim Zimmer as Cynthia Torqueman.
Christopher Curry as Senator Quantrell.
P5 Rating: 8.43
Production number: 214
Original air date: May 3, 1995
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Mario DiLeo
- The Narn homeworld was invaded by the Centauri around 2110. The
occupation lasted for approximately 100 years.
- G'Kar joined the resistance after his father was executed by the
- 41% of Earth Alliance citizens feel that Babylon 5 isn't worth the
time and expense.
- The Centauri have been using the space around the station as a
transfer point for weapons for the war effort.
- Over 250,000 humans died during the Earth-Minbari War.
- Back on Earth, the Clark government has formed the Office of Public
Information and the Ministry for Public Morale -- both very Orwellian
- Senator Hidoshi, Sinclair's main Senate contact in season one, is no
longer in office.
- Sheridan received the EarthForce Silver Star for valor
during the Earth-Minbari war.
- How long have the Centauri been using Babylon 5's space to move
- Will the news report affect the public's perception of Babylon 5,
and if so, will the station become more popular or less?
- Delenn's emotions seem to come to the surface much more readily now
than they did before her change. (see
- The Earth-Minbari War wasn't very devestating at all in terms of
loss of life. 250,000 dead is tiny compared to, for example, the
tens of millions killed in World War II. Since most of the war
was probably fought in space, in ships with relatively small crews,
that's understandable -- in fact, that many dead probably means
that Earth's combat fleets were nearly eliminated in their
entirety -- but the war seems to have had an impact on
Earth far greater than warranted by human losses. Human pride may
ultimately have been the bigger casualty.
- The fact that the Narn cruiser destroyed a similarly-sized Centauri
ship in a one-on-one battle suggests that the two are fairly evenly
matched technologically. If the Centauri are indeed crushing the
Narn military, as denied by G'Kar, they must have far superior
numbers, or frequent help from the Shadows.
- One reason for keeping Babylon 5 around was conspicuously absent
from Senator Quantrell's list: the planet below the station is one
of the most strategically valuable places in the known galaxy,
considering what lies beneath its surface (cf.
"A Voice in the Wilderness.")
Given that the planet's contents were entrusted to the Babylon 5
Advisory Council, it's in everyone's best interest to keep the
station up and running.
Earth would probably prefer to keep the planet a secret to keep people
from trying to take it (and Babylon 5), so it makes
some sense that Quantrell didn't mention it; but given the battle
that took place over control of the planet, it must be a poorly-kept
secret at best.