Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
As the station adjusts to the arrival of a new command officer and prepares for Sheridan's inauguration, a group of telepaths arrives looking for sanctuary. Robin Atkin Downes as Byron.
P5 Rating: 7.45 Production number: 502 Original air date: January 21, 1998 Written by J. Michael Straczynski Directed by Janet Greek
If he did receive inside help, there's some indication (not very conclusive) that it might have been Lochley. The assassin served with her in the past. Her evasive answer to Garibaldi implied that she opposed Sheridan in the civil war. She argued for the inauguration to proceed on schedule. She would have had the authority to launch the assassin's Starfury, and she wasn't present at the ceremony.
On the other hand, the assassin may have been the computer expert Garibaldi supposed, and may have launched the Starfury the same way he sent untraceable messages to Sheridan. His task would have been made easier, perhaps, by the fact that it appeared the pilot he knocked unconscious was getting dressed for a launch -- a Starfury launching on schedule would presumably raise no alerts in C&C.
Garibaldi's ship, incidentally, was his own personal Starfury, as evidenced by the Daffy Duck emblem on the right side, between the wings -- Garibaldi has been a Daffy fan from day one (the cartoon he shared with Delenn in "Midnight on the Firing Line.")
To see how this works, imagine B5 as a planet and the Starfury as a satellite that wants to attain a circular orbit. To do so, it has to get the desired distance away from the surface of the planet (not very far, in this case, but with no atmosphere to create drag that's fine) and move in the direction of its orbit at a high enough speed that it's always inching away from the surface at the same rate that gravity is pulling it down. Once that speed is reached, no further adjustments are required; momentum will pull it away from the planet and gravity will pull it toward the planet and the two will cancel each other out.
In the case of the Starfury and B5, there's no appreciable gravity from the station. So the Starfury would have to apply the same force gravity would have supplied, thrusting toward the axis of the station at the same rate that it was drifting away. Since the pilot's head was facing the station (implying, incidentally, that the ship had a slight spin) that would mean continuously firing the bottom thrusters.
Once the correct orbital speed is in place, any acceleration in the direction of the orbit would cause the Starfury to move past the window. In an atmosphere, of course, the side thrusters would have to fire just to maintain that speed, thanks to drag slowing the Starfury down otherwise. But there's no appreciable atmosphere outside B5, so that wouldn't have been a factor here.
As for the back of the station...y'know, those damn taggers are everywhere, aren't they?
(That ain't much of a spoiler since it happens in the first few minutes of the show.)
"Isn't the Psi Corps still formally a branch of EarthGov? If so, then wasn't Captain Lochley duty-bound to report Byron's people to the Psi Cops as soon as she found out that they were rogues?"
You'll find that question answered soon enough.
It's a vastly different character from Ivanova also, not meant to fit in the same place, do the same things, or be the same person. They're both strong characters, but different in their approach. Ivanova tended to be a shouter, and on the impatient side...Lochley is a thinker, and more inclined to the blade than the ball-bat. But both are equally lethal.
Lochley, I think, also has the maturity of character you need to rise to the rank of captain in the military, and the voice of moral authority, which both Sinclair and Sheridan had, in comparable positions.
No, that was me.
Line of sight.
Not my fault if you're not paying attention.
Wouldn't Garibaldi believe the telepath war had been averted since
Edgars was killed?
No, Edgars wasn't trying to *start* a war, he was trying to solve it BEFORE it started. He knew it was coming, is coming, and was trying to give normals an edge. That edge is now gone. Again, you're misinterpreting or misremembering what's been established and saying it's an error on our part.
If B5 is a free port, why did Byron need to ask permission? Isn't
the station open to anyone?
Individually, yes...but again, pay attention, we're talking about a COLONY, which means you've got several hundred people living in one area, under one authority (Byron), with an unknown or unspecified agenda, whose presence might bring problems from the Psi Corps and elsewhere. So yeah, they're going to need somebody's permission.
Why did Sheridan break his promise to Lochley?
He didn't break his promise...he moved this into a political decision, which is his purview. He said specifically, "If it's a political problem, or involves the Alliance, it's my turf." This is a strategic decision on behalf of the Alliance.
How can Byron project images? We haven't seen that before. It
took an entire mob of telepaths in
"A Race Through Dark Places"
to fool Bester.
Well, now you've got a contradiction. Either we have seen this before, or we haven't seen it before. You say where did it come from, then cite an example of where it's been seen before. And if you'll go back and rewatch that episode, you'll see that teeps can act collectively and be very strong.
[...] No...again, you're distorting the situation. The task wasn't just to send an image into his [Bester's] head, it was to CONVINCE HIM that this image had really happened, and it took a lot of them to do this to a Psi Cop. That's why it took so many of them; he's a strong target. It ain't the same as doing it to a normal. You're not thinking through what you're saying.
Why don't Byron and his people just turn invisible and live on
the station without anyone knowing they're there?
Maybe because they are (or are trying to be) the good guys? Maybe because they don't actually vanish, or turn off sound, they can individually manipulate somebody by pressing on receptors and distorting things like their time sense...but they're going to show up on cameras, and on sensors, and unless they want to constantly try and control every single person on the station in large groups as they pass by, they're going to be discovered, and booted off the station. So they may as well do the right thing and ask. Just because someone *can* steal doesn't mean they *should* steal.
Besides, where are they going to live? Quarters have to be assigned, and they're always short on space. Food has to be paid for. On and on. Your contention doesn't make sense...they're not gods.
That means you went for the okeydoke...and thus didn't see the last bit coming. That was the intent.
This is a no-brainer...which is why I didn't specify it in dialogue (also it would've killed the drama of the moment).