Lennier uncovers hard evidence about the source of the cargo ship attacks.
Lise arrives to see Garibaldi. Lyta attempts to strike a deal on behalf of
the rogue telepaths.
Denise Gentile as Lise.
Richard Ynigues as Montoya.
P5 Rating: 8.74
Production number: 516
Original air date: June 3, 1998
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Janet Greek
- Lennier has observed firsthand an attack on civilian
Brakiri ships by a Centauri attack force. He has brought a recording
of the attack back to Sheridan and Delenn, who have called a closed
meeting of all the Alliance worlds except the Centauri.
- The Centauri royal court has learned that Sheridan and
other Alliance representatives believe the Centauri responsible for
the attacks on Alliance ships. They've asked Londo to do whatever he
can to keep the Centauri from being blamed, and have suggested to him
that the real culprits are Narns making use of ships and weapons left
behind when the occupation of Narn ended.
- Lyta has made a deal with G'Kar: in exchange for a few
deep-space-capable ships and a considerable sum of money, she will
give the Narn access to the genetic codes of hundreds of rogue
telepaths, enough to allow the Narn to isolate the genetic basis of
telepathy and start to engineer it back into their race. She intends
to send telepathic scouting parties into deep space in search of a
world suitable for habitation by a telepath colony.
- Garibaldi has started having nightmares about failing to
be around to help the Alliance when he's needed. In one dream, he
saw a vision of Lyta, who said she'd decided to stop hiding what the
Vorlons did to her and was testing the limits of her powers.
- Lise has discovered Garibaldi's drinking, though for the
moment he seems to have convinced her that he has it under control.
He doesn't, though: despite promising to her that he wouldn't drink
while she was visiting, he hasn't been able to resist the urge.
- What was happening in Garibaldi's dream?
Was Lyta really involved at all?
- What unpleasant secrets has Lise discovered about her
- Did Lise take Garibaldi's advice and flee the station?
- Was Lise fooled by Garibaldi's attempt to convince her he
could stop drinking?
- Is Lennier's solo mission what Morden was referring to
as "betraying the Anla'shok" in
"Day of the Dead?"
He did indirectly disobey the chain of command by disregarding
Sheridan's order to return to Babylon 5, but on the other hand he was
arguably still well within the bounds of loyalty since he was acting
on behalf of the head of the Rangers.
- Delenn strongly implied that Sheridan had considered
sending Lennier to the Centauri border, but had decided against
it. Is that the case, or was she just assuming that he would do so if
presented with the choice? If he did consciously decide not to send
Lennier at some point, why didn't Delenn attempt to argue the case with
- Delenn apparently thinks the situation with the Centauri
is going to end badly. Londo was obviously surprised when she
hugged him, a departure from her normal reserve. What did she think
was going to happen to Londo such that this was her last chance to
- Does Garibaldi actually intend to return to Mars? That
doesn't square with accepting the job of director of covert
intelligence for the Alliance. Though it's possible he could perform
many of his job duties from an office on Mars, he'd be far away from
one of the most convenient sources of intelligence information:
- Garibaldi's dream was ambiguous. It may have been
completely metaphorical, his own mind warning him about his alcoholism.
His vision of Lyta may have been a manifestation of his distrust of
telepaths and his knowledge that they're still affecting his mind.
On the other hand, much of it could be literal. Kosh had the ability
to visit people in dreams
("All Alone in the Night,"
"Interludes and Examinations")
so the Vorlons might have given Lyta the same power. Glimpses of
possible futures have been seen, e.g. Ladira's vision of the
destruction of Babylon 5
("Signs and Portents")
or Londo's dream of the arrival of the Shadows on Centauri Prime and
his eventual coronation and death
("The Coming of Shadows.")
If such visions are an extension of telepathic power, it's possible
that contact with Lyta was allowing Garibaldi to incorporate elements
of precognition into his dream.
Depending on how much of Garibaldi's dream was based in reality, it
raises some questions: What was happening in the Zocalo? Why were
Lyta's eyes glowing white, instead of going black as they generally
do while she's exercising her enhanced powers? (They glow white
when she's possessed by a Vorlon, e.g. in
"Into the Fire,"
but are otherwise black even when she's doing something
Vorlon-related, e.g. remembering her time on the Vorlon homeworld in
"Secrets of the Soul.")
What exactly was she doing to Garibaldi, and why did she choose him?
- The rough time the waiter at Fresh Air gave Garibaldi
may have been due to knowledge of Garibaldi's heavy drinking, since he
has had food from the restaurant delivered to his quarters while drunk
("Meditations on the Abyss.")
- G'Kar's test of Lyta wasn't as useful as he seems to
think: if she was scrupulous in the use of her powers, she'd
have little choice but to answer "no" to his request. But if she was
willing to go to any lengths to get what she wanted, she would almost
certainly have been scanning him and would have easily discovered why
he was really asking her to spy on the ambassadors. Armed with that
knowledge, she would also have said "no." So her answer doesn't
actually say much about how far she's willing to compromise her
principles on behalf of the rogues.
- Lyta's conversation with G'Kar took place in
The Narn interest in acquiring telepaths was also a factor in
- Garibaldi mentioned that Catherine Sakai disappeared
over a year ago. Her disappearance is covered in more detail in the
"To Dream In the City of Sorrows."
One possible chronological discrepancy is that according to the book,
Sakai disappeared before Sinclair returned to the station in
"War Without End,"
which would make it at least two years, not one. Of course, Garibaldi
may not have found out about her disappearance until some time after
"Meditations on the Abyss,"
a Minbari fighter with 15% of its oxygen remaining only had an hour's
worth of air, implying a six-hour air supply. But in this episode,
Montoya mentioned that fighters normally have over thirty hours of
air. It's possible that the oxygen supply isn't a reserve of oxygen
per se, but rather the capacity remaining in an air recycling
system, and that the system recycles more efficiently when it's at
- "OK, so is anyone going to try to pass *this* one off
as non-arc 'filler'?"
Exactly. See, that's where I get nuts about some of the other
comments. A number of folks said last week's was just filler...but last
week we saw the process by which Lennier was sent to White Star 27,
what he was looking for, and why...we were introduced to the captain,
the mission...and now this week it pays off. It seems like the
*result* is considered arc, and the set-up is considered "filler."
Similarly, Lyta's actions in this episode (and those that are
going to follow) are a direct result of the whole Byron thread, which
is going to spiral further in some interesting directions. Some said
the Byron stuff was just filler...but it was there to move Lyta into a
whole new direction that will have a substantial effect on the show and
her character (and at least one other).
It seems to me that repeatedly, people dismiss something new in
the mix as filler or non-arc...when in fact it's ABSOLUTE arc stuff
once you've seen the whole thing. (Except for those who only seem to
feel that results are arc, not setups, which is as nutty a view as I've
- Was Lyta flirting with G'Kar?
I wouldn't say she has any sexual interest in G'Kar...she had
her pleasure threshold expanded with Byron just recently, and as for
her parting comment, I think it came more under the category of "you
ain't getting it, but since you were still wondering..." A friendly
- How would a human and Narn mate, anyway?
Well, as G'Kar said in the pilot, there would have to be rather
substantial genetic manipulation and adjustment to allow for the
different DNA structures to mix.
After that, it would require the usual: dinner, flowers, and
being willing to sit through a chick-flick....
- Delenn didn't take any guff from Sheridan.
That's one of my favorite scenes from that episode...she basically yanks
his pants up over his head and ties them in a knot. Someone trained in
the religious caste can argue her way around just about anything and
Minbari religious caste make Jesuits look like intellectual softies by
- But she made a big assumption about why he didn't
want to send Lennier.
She's right because she's married to the guy and knows him inside and
out, including how he thinks and why he does things.
When you live with somebody like that, you can go out and buy a pair of
shoes, and in the morning, complain that they're too tight...and never
mention it again for the rest of the day...then in the evening you sigh,
as you're taking them off, and he or she says, "Don't worry, we can
always have them stretched."
- Wouldn't the Centauri have noticed air
The amount of oxygen taken would have been very minimal, given the size
of Lennier's ship (little more than coffin-sized), and the volume would
be replaced by the carbon dioxide from Lennier's ship. The hole would
have been self-sealed by the Minbari fighter, which was designed to do
this sort of thing in order to sneak past enemy lines.