Franklin and Marcus arrive on Mars to begin their undercover mission.
Sheridan confronts Garibaldi about his behavior.
Mark Schneider as Wade.
Donovan Scott as Captain Jack.
Clayton Landey as Number Two.
Marjorie Monaghan as Number One.
P5 Rating: 7.73
Production number: 410
Original air week: April 21, 1997
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Jesus Trevino
- Mars has been subjected to a news blackout and an embargo
for at least as long as Babylon 5 has, likely as far back as their
refusal to submit to martial law in
People on Mars have heard little more than vague rumors about the
Shadow War. They also appear to know nothing about the Rangers.
- Someone has begun planting Keepers
("War Without End, Part Two")
on members of the Earth resistance movement with the apparent intent of
wiping it out.
- A Keeper can be partially removed, but portions remain
embedded in the victim, and the rest of the organism grows back,
sometimes within hours.
- Garibaldi has pledged to support a group that claims to
feel the Army of Light has become a cult of personality centered
on Sheridan, and that this will ultimately damage the cause.
Garibaldi feels the same way, he says, and that's why he said what
he did during the ISN interview.
- Ivanova has begun setting up amnesty deals with smugglers
to keep the station supplied with food and spare parts.
- Who planted the Keeper on Captain Jack?
- How did they know about his involvement with the
- Who are the people Garibaldi promised to help?
- What was the large ship being escorted toward Mars by
a group of Starfuries?
- "Woo hoo?"
- Marcus' comment about hating parasites is probably a
in which his friend Duncan was taken over by an alien parasite.
- Minbari have 52 rituals related to relationships.
Sheridan and Delenn have now completed the first three. One is the
female watching the male for three nights, and the third (according to
Delenn, who called it the Third Movement of Love and Mutual
Understanding) is the mutual exploration of pleasure centers.
- Garibaldi's hair loss is due to something a smuggler brought
aboard the station.
- The Pope is a woman in 2261, according to Garibaldi.
During his second confrontation with Sheridan, he said, "He's not
the Pope. He doesn't look anything like her."
- The subcommander and head of the resistance cell called
themselves "Number Two" and "Number One," a nod to the cult classic
"The Prisoner." Another reference to "Number One" can be found in
"Signs and Portents."
- The name "Captain Jack" is a nod to the Billy Joel song
of the same name.
- A slight glitch: When Captain Jack ripped open the
insta-heat pack, Franklin said, "That's beef and potatoes." But his
lips don't match those words; apparently the original line was
- Marcus and Franklin were playing "I Spy" when they
discovered a spy.
- Is B5 about the Shadow War?
Not just that, but events back on Earth, Mars and elsewhere that
are either not touched by the shadow war, or barely touched by it. (In
one upcoming episode, where a couple of our characters have gone to
Mars, they find that very few on Mars know anything even *happened*.)
- Not everyone back home even knows
there *was* a war. Which our characters will find rather annoying....
- About the Pope
Yeah, you heard the "her" line. Got a fair amount of flack for
that one, btw.
And it's Woo Hoo.
If Yahoo wants a reference they should call me....
- From some extremist Catholics...and also got some flack from
Born Again Rightists over my comments in TV Guide about being an
- I don't think Earthforce cares about sexual orientation; the
reason we just set it out there without comment is that, having come
through the realization of other non-human races...a little thing like
sexual orientation, nobody even cares about anymore. It ain't an
- Why didn't Ivanova ask Lyta to oversee her
negotiations with the smugglers?
Because telepaths only function in very limited ways due to
privacy laws. You couldn't just use them broad-based as lie detectors
in the way you suggest, because it first requires getting the
*permission* of those involved, and you can be reasonably sure that
smugglers aren't going to want people poking around in their heads;
second, there was a large group there, and a midrange teep can usually
handle only one or at most two people with any degree of accuracy; it
goes down dramatically after that.
I specifically set up rules for telepaths to avoid letting them
become the deus ex machina, the easy solution to any problem.