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Exogenesis and Messages from Earth

Yep you are seeing correctly, today for your pleasure I will cover two episodes.

Marcus convinces Franklin to go undercover with him when some of his contacts start acting strangely. Sheridan has Ivanova feel out David Corwin on joining their little conspiracy of light.

This is a nice small episode. Some nice character development for Marcus. Yeah, he knows how to be annoying to get what he wants. Basically, several of his contacts have gone missing. And when Marcus finds them, they don’t act like themselves and have little interest in their previous work with him. Garibaldi brushes Marcus off, but does suggest getting help from Dr. Franklin. Dr. Franklin meanwhile is investigating a mysterious death. Marcus snags Franklin while the good doctor is waiting for results regarding a foreign mass that was wrapped around the decease’s spinal column. They get captured by a group that has been infected by the aliens However, in the end they discover that these aliens are actually living memory. They chose those that would not be missed and with little to live for. The person Marcus was most concerned for, his friend Duncan, has the alien separate from him to prove the truth of his works.

Meanwhile, Corwin is made a full Lieutenant. Sheridan asks Ivanova to check him out for bringing into their group. Corwin thinks it is a date when he gets invited over to her place. He agonizes about bringing a gift and gets talked into buying fake roses, but Corwin can’t bring himself to admit they are from him and tells Ivanova that he just found them outside her door. Ivanova decides that Corwin is too by the book to join their group. She then figures that Marcus was the one who gave her the flowers and she gives him the roses.

Marcus checks on his friend, Duncan.

David Corwin, now Lieutenant who unfortunately doesn’t get out much.

Marcus and Franklin being held by those infected by the aliens.

Don’t tell, but Ivanova is a sucker for roses. Unless she thinks they’ve been sent by Marcus.

A woman on the run tells what happened five years ago on Mars and warns of danger on Ganymede. Sheridan and Delenn go to stop it only to encounter trouble from Earth in its most unwelcome form.

Marcus has to fight is way through down below with a woman in tow, Dr. Kirkish. The woman gets knocked out, but Marcus deals with the thugs. When she comes to, Marcus brings her to meet the command staff and the Minbari. She was on Mars working for Interplanetary Explorations on a dig that partially dug out a Shadow ship before another came for it. Everyone else on the team has been disappeared or died. Garibaldi found out about her and asked Marcus to bring her since this collaborates what he saw there with Sinclair. Dr. Kirkish then tells the worst news – Earth is digging a Shadow ship now on Ganymede. Sheridan decides to go stop them, leaving behind uniform and anything that would identify him. They get there in the White Star just as those on Ganymede send someone to merge with the Shadow ship – those ships use living beings as their CPU. The ship awakens and it is insane. The White Star fires at it, causing negligible damage, but angering the ship. It follows the White Star down into Jupiter’s atmosphere. The White Star is able to escape having less mass, but the Shadow ship is crushed. Just as the White Star is about to escape, an Earth Force ship appears, and not just any ship but Sheridan’s old command, the Agamemnon. Sheridan has the White Star get as close to the edge of Jupiter’s atmosphere as possible, and they make the first atmospheric jump ever recorded.

Meanwhile, back on station, Ivanova is frustrated that Sheridan went without taking her and blames Marcus. He manages to cheer her up. Too bad the next crisis arrives. Meanwhile, G’Kar starts writing his memoirs while incarcerated. And members of Nightwatch and Garibaldi’s crew are getting suspicious about the Captain. And getting ready to make arrests of those who are disloyal. This makes Zach even more uncomfortable than he already is.

Well, Sheridan’s group make it back in one piece when they get the news that the bomb has dropped. President Clark has declared Martial Law.

Marcus fighting of thugs. They don’t have a chance.

G’Kar’s new hobby – writing. Little does he know this work will become a bestseller.

Dr. Kirkish, an archaeologist who knows too much.

What Dr. Kirkish saw on Mars.

Sheridan, Lennier, and Delenn ready to take the White Star out to fight the Shadows. Notice the lack of uniform on Sheridan’s part.

Zach is more and more troubled by Nightwatch.

Marcus cheers Ivanova up. I sense a budding relationship:)

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Babylon 5: Dust to Dust

Bester comes to Babylon 5 to hunt a Dust dealer. Vir makes a visit back from Minbar. G’Kar attacks Londo.

This episode starts out with Sheridan getting after a member of Nightwatch for harassing a citizen who is selling anti-Clark items. Vir returns from Minbar. Londo seems happy enough to see him, and Vir has been enjoying his time on Minbar more than he thought he would. The Centauri are now fighting the Drazi, and peace talks between the two sides don’t get very far. Vir is rather distressed when Londo wants to completely revise his report to make it more politically acceptable.

Meanwhile, Sheridan has another visitor to deal with: Mr. Bester. Ivanova wants to “accidentally” kill the Psi Cop, and she almost does but Sheridan stops her. In order to make sure Bester can’t learn their secrets, they surround themselves with Minbari telepaths and tell Bester it is the telepaths or have a shot that will inhibit his telepathic abilities for the duration of his stay. Bester chooses the shot.

As for why Bester has come, he is chasing down a Dust dealer. Mr. Garibaldi works with the Psi Cop on the case, though he isn’t happy about it. Garibaldi hauls in a guy who if he isn’t involved in illegal smuggling, knows who is. From him, they get the name of Lindstrom. Lindstrom indeed has a deal with G’Kar for a large shipment as Dust to be used as a weapon against the Centauri. It will be finalized after G’Kar has tested a sample of the substance. There is a risk since it was originally manufactured for humans. G’Kar takes the Dust and goes after Londo. Vir is knocked out and Londo is abducted by G’Kar. G’Kar then digs through Londo’s mind. He finds out that originally, Londo was seen as a joke, as was his job. And he also finds out about Londo’s dealings with Mr. Morden. Then G’Kar has a vision of his father and then of G’Quan? Both pushing for peace since the Narn will destroy themselves as well as the Centauri if they keep fighting. They also remind G’Kar that there is a greater concern: the Shadows, and that some must be sacrificed if all are to be saved. This is a turning point for G’Kar’s thinking.

Meanwhile, Garibaldi and Bester conduct a successful sting and capture the Dust suppliers. Both are happy about this, and Garibaldi is even happier to get rid of Bester, though Bester is impressed enough with Garibaldi to want to work with him again. Another Psi Cop meets Bester as he is leaving, too late to catch anything from the command staff. It seems Dust was originally created to try and make Normals into Telepaths, but clearly it didn’t work as intended.

G’Kar is sentenced to sixty days in the brig, not that he really tries to defend his actions. Garibaldi brings the book of G’Quan, thinking G’Kar might like to read it while incarcerated, but the Narn declines. And he gets busy writing.

Aloha Minbar! I think Vir is adjusting well to life there.

He’s back – everyone’s favorite Psi Cop is on board to pester our heroes.

Lindstrom will sell to anyone for the right price.

A Narn in G’Kar’s dream urges the former ambassador to peace and sacrifice. G’Quan?

G’Kar is a changed Narn.

The holy Narn figure of G’Lan.

And Kosh is a busy boy.

Our Centauri are the worse for wear. Luckily for them, it is nothing lasting.

Babylon 5: Voices of Authority

Sheridan gets an unwelcome visitor in the form of a political officer. Ivanova works with Draal to find first ones. Important evidence is uncovered.

Sheridan and Delenn have made a decision. They need more help against the Shadows and the First Ones fought the Shadows. Although it is risky, they have decided to go find First Ones. Draal shows up, willing to help in this search. Sheridan agrees to go down to Epsilon 3 later.

Unfortunately, before he can leave, Sheridan finds out he has a new Political Officer – Julie Musante. He isn’t very happy about this. Not only does he disagree with her stance on things – redefining everything so there are no problems to him doesn’t help solve problems – but she seems very bent on frankly seducing him. The bedroom scene is rather funny with Sheridan finding various ways to say no, and Ivanova’s hologram showing up makes it even funnier.

So Ivanova gets saddled with going to look for First Ones. She amuses Draal, which is probably just as well. She finds signs of First ones at Sigma 957, which we saw back in Mind War. She also senses that they will return there soon. Then she almost gets pulled in by the Shadows. Then she sees the destruction of Earth Force One, and Clark planning the assassination. At least part of this is due to Ivanova’s telepathic abilities. She gets Draal to copy Clark’s conversation. (And it may be my imagination, but the person he is talking to sounds suspiciously like Mr. Morden, who seems to have been a busy guy around that time.)

Ivanova tells Sheridan that they have to move or they may miss the First Ones returning to Sigma 957. Sheridan can’t move with the Political Officer breathing down his neck, so he has Ivanova go out on the White Star. Meanwhile, Ivanova passed on the recording she got of Clark to Garibaldi, who will send it on to General Hague. Somewhat to Ivanova’s dismay, she dMarcus as her translator. I don’t think she knows exactly what to think of the ranger, since he has a very easy going personality. It doesn’t help that Ivanova doesn’t like waiting. So, after waiting forever, First Ones do show up. Ivanova asks for help in the war against the Shadows. After being forced to wait more, the reply is no. That isn’t good enough, so Ivanova goads the First Ones into helping by praising the virtues of the Vorlon, who apparently the don’t like very much.

Meanwhile, Zach has been assigned to assist Julie Musante. He is somewhat charmed by her, but also troubled by all the restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly and new powers of investigation the Night Watch are being granted. Garibaldi doesn’t like where Zach is going, and they have something of a falling out.

News about the possibility that President Clark had President Santiago is now out, causing a fair amount of commotion, though the command staff are hopeful this may be a turning point in the right direction with the truth out there. Due to this, Julia Musante is recalled home, and I don’t think anyone is really sad to see her go.

Finally, Zach isn’t the only one noticing odd things going on. G’Kar has as well, and first confronts Delenn and then Garibaldi about this. Neither can tell G’Kar anything, though Garibaldi does assure G’Kar that if he knew of anything that would help him or his people, he would tell him. So G’Kar decides maybe he can help them. The question is how. He comes up with the idea of loaning his copy of the Book of G’Quan to Garibalid . . . in the middle of the night. Garibaldi isn’t very enthusiastic.

Zach’s collar is making him uncomfortable. A sign that he doesn’t like being kept out by Garibaldi or that he doesn’t like where Night Watch is taking him?

Draal pays a visit.

Julie Musante, Sheridan’s new political officer – very persistent and persuasive. She will do whatever it takes to try and win over the Captain.

Ivanova gets ready to go First One hunting with Draal’s help.

Marcus seems to excel at getting on Ivanova’s nerves.

The walker at Sigma 957 – one of the First Ones. We met them way back in Mind War.

The way this First One communicates with lesser beings.

G’Kar loaning Garibaldi the book of G’Quan. Does anyone have a Narn-English dictionary?