Babylon 5: Crystalis

It is a time of changes on Babylon 5. Garibaldi uncovers a conspiracy and pays a heavy price for it. Sinclair has a proposal for Catherine Sakai. Londo accepts help from Morden, and the Narn pay for it. Delenn sets events in motion involving a crystalis.

Oh, this episode is chock full of goodness. To begin, the Narn and Centauri are arguing over territory again. Unfortunately, the Centauri are not in a military position to protest the Narn moving in war ships. So when Mr. Morden shows up again offering help, Londo accepts it and gets much more than he bargains for. All the Narn forces in quadrent 27 are wiped out in a moment by the Shadows. At this news, G’Kar believes someone else besides the major races is out there. He leaves Babylon 5 to go investigate. This is the first time we have seen the Narn at a real disadvantage. A nice change. And Londo is starting down a dark path.

Delenn is busy building her crystalis. With some encouragement from Kosh, she enters a cocoon. Before this, she agrees to tell Sinclair all about what happened during the Battle of the Line, but Sinclair arrives to late to hear what she has to say.

Sinclair and Catherine Sakai decide to finally get married. This is the sweetest part of this episode. All I can say is it’s about time.

One of Garibaldi’s informants from downbelow is murdered. His last words are that someone is going to be killed. As Geribaldi investigates, he finds jamming devices a shipment that was left behind on Babylon 5. And the target, the transfer point on Io where the President is. The President is going to be assassinated. Garibaldi is shot in the back by his first officer as he goes to inform Sinclair about it. By the time he is found and gives his message to Sinclair, it is too late. Babylon 5 is jammed and they can’t alert anyone. Later, no one believes it was anything other than an accident.

This is a great way to end the season. G’Kar is off on a quest to find out what is going on. The Earth President has been assassinated. Delenn is in a cocoon. Garibaldi is hovering between life and death. And everyone, including Sinclair, including us, is in shock.

Delenn finishes the crystalis as Lennier looks on.

The Shadows wipe out the Narn in quadrant 27.

Garibaldi is shot in the back. Watch your back, Mike!

The destruction of Earth Force One.

Delenn in the cocoon.

Morden confers with his associates.

Sinclair and Catherine know nothing is the same anymore.

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4 comments so far

  1. Rosie on

    This is one of my all time favorite B5 episodes. It sets everything else that follows into motion.

    “Sinclair and Catherine Sakai decide to finally get married.”

    If you want to know what happened to them, read the following – “To Dream in the City of Sorrows”. It was written by Straczynski’s wife, Kathryn M. Drennan.

  2. Doldrums on

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Doldrums.

  3. storiesbywilliams on

    Got any more B5 reviews? I tried doing one per season, and they were looooong!

    • Cindy on

      Hopefully I will be able to start doing B5 reviews again soon.


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