Gideon and Lochley clash on Mars as a group of religious zealots threatens
a conference on the plague.
Production number: 111
Original air date: July 14, 1999
Written by Peter David
Directed by John Copeland
- Since the plague hit Earth, a number of doomsday cults
have appeared on Earth. One of the most extreme, Sacred Omega,
is willing to kill to prevent a cure from being found, since it
believes the plague is God's punishment for mankind's corruption.
- Trace Miller
was once studying to be a Foundationist priest. He witnessed
something horrible, which shattered his faith and caused him to
drop out of his training.
- Max grew up on Mars. He spent most of his childhood
studying, but occasionally was able to slip away and venture into
the seedier sections of town.
- Dureena said she gave a guy a chance once. What were
the circumstances, and what happened?
- Franklin is still on Earth, according to Lochley.
Assuming he still holds his post as head of the Earth's xenobiological
("The Ragged Edge")
he is presumably playing a key role in Earth-based research to find
- Max is an expert dancer.
- When Trace is interrogated after being attacked, a sign
on the wall can be seen; it reads "Phobos." That was the name of the
bar where Sheridan was captured in
"The Face of the Enemy."
On the other hand, it may be a common name for Martian bars, since
Phobos is one of Mars' moons.
- The streets mentioned in the episode are all named
after well-known pieces of Mars fiction. Bradbury Street is a
reference to Ray Bradbury, author of "The Martian Chronicles."
Burroughs Street refers to Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote a series
of stories about Mars featuring a character named John Carter, for
whom Carter Street is named. This isn't the first reference to
John Carter in the B5 universe; a John Carter is referred to as one
of the first Martian colonists in
"A Spider in the Web."
- Another Bradbury reference: Max was drinking "dandelion
wine" at the bar. "Dandelion Wine" is the name of a 1957 novel by
- Text of the conference banner:
EARTH ALLIANCE HEALTH ORGANIZATION
June 15, 2267
- The bomb timer stops on 18. In Hebrew, 18 is spelled
out as "chai," which means "life."
- Gideon can be seen to wear a ring in this
episode. What's it for?
It's his Earthforce Academy graduation ring.
- When Chambers is waiting to be met by Gideon,
it looks like there are people holding signs reading "Copeland"
and "Straczynski". True?
Yes on the first, no on the second.