Garibaldi arrives on Mars and meets William Edgars. Lyta helps Franklin
in an attempt to make contact with the frozen telepaths.
Denise Gentile as Lise.
Mark Schneider as Wade.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as William Edgars.
P5 Rating: 8.62
Production number: 416
Original air week: June 2, 1997
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by John LaFia
- Sheridan's forces have liberated the colony at Beta
Durani, as well as a midrange military outpost.
- Lyta is able to awaken the implanted telepaths
("Ship of Tears.")
After observing the effect of her mental contact with them, Franklin
has devised an artificial equivalent and feels he's well on his way
to reviving them.
- Garibaldi is still in love with Lise.
- Edgars runs the fourth-largest corporation
on Earth. His company is involved in chemical and biological
weapons manufacturing as well as pharmaceutical production.
- Edgars says President Clark has become increasingly paranoid
since taking office. Learning of the Shadows' interest in Psi Corps,
Clark developed an interest as well. As his paranoia increased, he
started giving the Corps more and more power, since telepaths were able
to tell him absolutely whether the people around him were loyal. The
Corps, of course, isn't eager to give up its newfound clout, and
Edgars and others fear that if Sheridan takes his battle to Earth,
Clark may panic and give the Corps unprecedented control over society,
a development that wouldn't be easy to reverse. He therefore wants
Sheridan's campaign stopped for Earth's own good.
- Clark's forces still haven't located Sheridan's father.
- According to Edgars, the real power in Earthdome has never
been in the hands of the politicians; the mega-corporations have
always called the shots. They let Clark declare martial law, but
didn't foresee the Psi Corps connection until it was too late.
- What does Sheridan plan to do with the telepaths?
- Will Psi Corps come looking for the murdered telepath?
- Lise tried to warn Garibaldi off. Why? How much does
she know about what her husband is planning? How far will she go to
- Garibaldi said Mars had tried to kill him before. One
of those occasions was his trek across the surface with Sinclair
and issues 4-8 of the
What were the other two?
The incident that killed Frank Kemmer
has been suggested, but Garibaldi said that took place on Europa,
- He also said he'd sworn never to come back to Mars. But
"A Voice in the Wilderness part 2,"
he told Lise he had some leave coming up and was thinking of taking it
on Mars. Maybe he only considered that after he realized Lise was in
danger during the uprising.
"Moments of Transition,"
Bester claimed in his log entry that Garibaldi was inching closer to
where Bester needed him to be. It's plausible that Bester has been
priming Garibaldi to join up with Edgars. The Corps seems to be
aware of the telepathic virus (the assassins in
"Conflicts of Interest"
were likely Corps operatives) and is thus probably aware that Edgars
has some interest in it. Given the presence of the virus, they
wouldn't be able to use a telepath as an undercover agent. Setting
up a non-telepath to be their spy and/or saboteur in Edgars'
organization would be the Corps' only recourse, and they'd have to
do it with subconscious programming since Edgars isn't above using
telepaths to test potential employees' loyalties.
Garibaldi was a logical choice because the Corps knew of his connection
to Lise; in
"A Voice in the Wilderness,"
Garibaldi asked Talia to look into Lise's condition by going through
Corps channels. It wouldn't be much of a leap for the Corps to assume
that Lise would therefore recommend Garibaldi to her husband, making
Garibaldi the best possible candidate for the job of unwitting spy.
- Edgars appeared to accept Garibaldi's answer that he
didn't remember what happened to him while he was missing
("Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?")
Given how paranoid Edgars is in other respects, will that really be
the end of the matter? Does Edgars know more than Garibaldi does
about what happened? Perhaps Edgars' seeming trust of Garibaldi is
really an application of the old adage, "Keep your friends close, but
keep your enemies closer."
- During his questioning, Garibaldi told Edgars, "Everyone
"And the Sky Full of Stars,"
Sinclair said the same thing to Garibaldi, and elaborated: "The innocent
lie because they don't want to be blamed for something they didn't do,
and the guilty lie because they don't have any other choice."
- Garibaldi stood in front of a mirror during his
questioning, staring at his own reflection. But the mirror was
warped, distorting his image. Garibaldi studied the image as he spoke;
perhaps he viewed it a metaphor. Garibaldi also studied his reflection
"Conflicts of Interest."
- The telepath indicated that Garibaldi was telling the truth
when he claimed not to remember what happened during his absence. Yet
Garibaldi has had flashes of memory, so that answer wasn't entirely
honest. Was the telepath lying herself, perhaps to protect the
interests of the Corps, or did Garibaldi simply believe he was telling
the truth, in that he can't recall more than brief cryptic flashes?
- The people in Edgars' laboratory are presumably telepaths.
If that's true, their condition is probably related to the telepathic
disease Garibaldi learned about in
"Conflicts of Interest,"
and the drug Edgars' people were withholding was most likely derived
from the substance Garibaldi helped smuggle through the station.
It's worth noting, however, that the placement of the sores on the
patient's face were very similar to the insertion points of the
Shadow implants in the telepaths on the station. Perhaps Edgars
managed to get his hands on some implanted telepaths and is performing
his own experiments on them.
- It's also possible the substance Garibaldi saw wasn't a
cure for the virus, though that was implied by Edgars here in that there
was clearly some drug that can be given to ease whatever illness his
test subjects were suffering from. If instead Edgars is developing
the virus itself with the intent of releasing it and wiping out all
human telepaths, spreading rumors before its release about a
genetic flaw inherent in telepaths might help deflect suspicion later.
Or, to take it further, Edgars may be producing both the virus and
the cure, with the intent of infecting Earth's telepaths then using
availability of the cure -- which apparently requires continuous
usage -- to gain control over the Corps himself.
- Franklin said Sheridan hadn't changed since returning from
Z'ha'dum, "except for..." He stopped himself before completing that
sentence. Was this just a reference to Lorien's life-restoration
energies, which Franklin noted in
"Falling Toward Apotheosis?"
Or does he know about something else?
- Assuming Sheridan asked Franklin to bring the newly
awakened telepaths with him to Mars, it's likely he's anticipating
some kind of conflict with the Psi Corps when he moves to liberate it.
Given Franklin's reaction, it's unlikely Sheridan proposed anything as
innocuous as using the telepaths to help shield members of the Mars
resistance from detection.
It's also not clear where the frozen telepaths' loyalties will lie
even if Franklin manages to extract their implants and give them back
control of their own minds. They're all fugitive telepaths ("blips,"
as Bester called them in
"Ship of Tears")
so presumably have no love for the Corps, but that doesn't necessarily
mean they'll be willing to act on Sheridan's behalf.
Of course, that assumes Sheridan wants Franklin to give them back
mastery of their own thoughts; perhaps his order was instead for
Franklin to find a way to use the implants to take control of the
- Given the frozen telepaths' effect on computer systems,
one possible use would be to smuggle them onto Mars and wake them up
near some of Earth Force's communication network; they'd presumably
throw it into disarray and allow Sheridan's forces to move in on a
- Lyta's expanded powers were in evidence again. The psi
rating of the telepath in Medlab was never mentioned, but Lyta was
telepathically strong enough to force him to stop in his tracks
as he tried to kill himself. If she can do that to a fellow telepath,
who presumably would have instinctively tried to block her, can she
do the same -- or worse -- to a normal human?
- The awakened telepath didn't react reflexively to Lyta's
Psi Corps badge the way Carolyn did in
"Ship of Tears."
Why not? He wasn't merged with any machinery as Carolyn was, so he
couldn't have thrown lightning bolts. But he didn't appear
to react at all. Perhaps the Shadows' anti-Corps conditioning wasn't
- Lyta's indignant response to Zack's request was likely
brought on by his previous request that he scan Garibaldi
("Moments of Transition.")
That request may have led her to automatically assume the worst when
Zack asked for her services.
- Edgars and Clark may believe that Clark is using the
Psi Corps, but it's just as plausible that by now, they're using him.
The Corps could feed misinformation to Clark in order to bolster its
own standing, and since, as Edgars said, Clark is trusting the Corps
to ferret out liars and turncoats, he'd be unable to tell that they
were leading him on.
- It's a very different feel...leisurely, in a way, but no
less tense. A good addition to the mix.
- One thing on the line Wade speaks...the actor consistently
got the line wrong. It read, "Everything is illusion, Mr. Garibaldi;
constructs of light, language, metaphor," rather than concepts.
There is a subtle but distinct difference.
- Garibaldi's said he doesn't trust telepaths ever
since the pilot movie. It's a question of degrees at this point.
- What book was Edgars reading when Garibaldi walked
- Were the scars on the sick telepaths from the removal
No, just standard lesions.
Remember, a man as smart and rich as Edgars can surely afford
private lesions for his "kids."