The telepath situation continues to deteriorate. The attacks on Alliance
ships continue. Londo and G'Kar find an old friend in a nearly forgotten place.
Robin Atkin Downes as
Originally titled "Cat and Mouse"
P5 Rating: 8.18
Production number: 510
Original air date: March 25, 1998
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Tony Dow
- Na'Toth was on Narn when the Centauri bombed it
("The Long, Twilight Struggle.")
She was captured by Centauri troops, along with other Narns, and brought
to Centauri Prime to serve as entertainment in the royal palace. When
she proved insufficiently entertaining, she was locked in a cell and
forgotten. Londo and G'Kar have returned her to the care of the Narn,
but G'Kar believes it'll be some time before she recovers from the
experience of being locked in a Centauri prison cell for two years.
- The militant faction of Byron's telepaths have obtained
weapons and have staged violent attacks on station personnel. They
believe they're doing what they're doing because it's the only way
to protect Byron; he is dismayed that they're killing in his name.
- At Lochley's request, Bester and a team of bloodhound
telepaths have come to the station to take the telepath colonists
- The attacks (presumably still by Centauri forces) on
Alliance ships continue. The attackers have attempted to up the ante
by planting evidence that points to various members of the Alliance
being responsible for the attacks, but Sheridan has so far managed
to keep the member races from attacking one another in revenge.
- Sheridan has positioned a fleet of White Stars near a
Drazi fleet at the border of Brakiri space. If the Drazi attack the
Brakiri in retaliation for the apparent Brakiri attacks on Drazi
ships, Sheridan says, the White Stars will retaliate against the
Drazi. This gambit is working so far, but both the Drazi and the
Brakiri are furious about what they see as an infringement on their
right to self-defense.
- According to reports received by Londo, Centauri weapons
manufacturing has risen 15 percent recently, something counter to
normal Centauri peacetime policy.
- The increased weapons production is presumably being used
at least in part to back the attacks on Alliance ships. But a
sustained increase of 15 percent in the manufacturing output of
a technologically advanced race like the Centauri would produce a
lot of weapons and supplies. Is someone stockpiling arms
for a larger conflict? Are other races' production facilities
being similarly coopted?
The Centauri may be easier to use for such purposes than many other
races because of their unquestioning acceptance of monarchy, as
Londo demonstrated; if the order to increase production looked like
it came from the Royal Court, most Centauri probably wouldn't
question it in public.
- Centauri don't like fresh spoo, but Narns do; Centauri
consider it an insult to be offered fresh spoo. That may have added
to Londo's indignity in the Zocalo in
"Midnight on the Firing Line,"
in which G'Kar offered him a plate of fresh spoo.
- Why the title change?
Cat and Mouse was a) a working
title which I kept out there to b) avoid possible spoiling of various
directions for as long as possible.
- I figured, a flock of geese, a herd of buffalo, a tragedy
of telepaths...actually, though, the credit for that must go to John
Copeland, who came up with it over lunch one day.
- Why was Na'Toth listed in the credits at the start
of the episode? It spoiled the surprise.
Screen Actors Guild rules specify where you can and can't put credits,
and those rules don't concern themselves with spoilers.
- SAG rules specify where credits go; it's sometimes a
bummer if you're trying to keep something secret, but there you go.
The Na'Toth thing was something I wanted to do, called Caitlin,
she was up for it, and I wrote the ep.