Babylon 5: Point of No Return & Severed Dreams

Today for your pleasure, I have two episode summaries.

Point of No Return

President Clark declares martial law, and Night Watch prepares to take over the station. Londo recieves an important visitor.

Let’s start with Londo’s story. Vir is back again from Minbar, and Londo is telling him what to put in his report, and is in general making a nucience of himself. However, Londo is distracted by news that an important visitor is coming: Lady Morella, the third wife of the late Emperor Turhan, and a renouned profetess. Londo is worried about the future and wants her to see for him, which she eventually agrees to do. Londo has three chances left for redemption, he has already lost two. He save the eye (or is it I?) that does not see. He must not kill the one who is already dead. And in the end he must surrender himself to his greatest fear, knowing it will kill him and knowing that will be his last chance. The Lady Morella also says that becoming Emperor is not something Londo can escape from. And Vir will be Emperor as well. One will become Emperor when the other is dead. This puts Londo on edge until Vir leaves again for Minbar. Unfortunately, the Lady Morella’s visit is marred by problems among the humans, and Vir even gets injured protecting her when a fight breaks out.

Sheridan meanwhile, is getting no help from Earth. General Hague is being hunted down along with others being suspected of being disloyal. Many of the Senators are locked in their parlametary building. Sheridan is ordered to institute martial law on Babylon 5 – something he finds abhorrent. Even worse, only those in Nightwatch are allowed to still be in security. Garibaldi is furious with this and storms in and tries and fails to talk sense into that half of his people. Zach is quite uncomfortable about events, especially when Garibaldi comments that Zach may be glad of these events since this places him in charge (nomally at least – we know who would really be in charge under such an arrangement) of Security. Four of the ships with General Hague are destroyed, meaning a coup is unlikely. But looking over his last transmission with a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sheridan realizes something – the orders about martial law and only Nightwatch in security came from the Ministry of Peace . . . which is not in the chain of command. G’Kar, who has been released earlier, promises help. Sheridan corners Zach. The next we see, Zach is telling the Nightwatch leader that Sheridan is shipping in Narns to take the place of Nightwatch. This gives the leader the reason he needs to act against Sheridan. Too bad for him it is a trap using Zach. And Sheridan really is going to use local Narn to replace the members of security who were members of Nightwatch. In return, G’Kar wants in on Sheridan’s conspiracy of light. Sheridan says he has to talk with the others first.

A head Nightwatch guy, and Zack is getting more and more uncomfortable.

Lady Morella, Centauri prophetess.

The Command Staff, ready to confront Nightwatch.

G’Kar, ready to be of service with his fellow Narns.

Londo and Vir, both future Emperors. Lady Morella has sure given them a lot to think about.

Severed Dreams

Sheridan faces off against the Earth Alliance, while Delenn faces a different type of battle with the Grey Counsel

Major Ryan on General Hague’s flag ship manages to escape and sets course for Babylon 5. We see the cost of this conflict, since Ryan knew the captain of the other ship he had to destroy to escape. When he arrives on Babylon 5, Sheridan explains in a moving speach about why he is welcoming this “renagade” ship. Unfortunately, Ryan has bad news: General Hague was killed during the fight that ended in their escape. More bad news follows. Mars breaks away from Earth because of the martial law order. Clark sends troops to Mars and they attack civilian locations. Proxima 3 and Io also break away in protest. ISN is shut down. Then Captain Hiroshi arrives with the last bit of bad news: Clark is sending troops to take over Babylon 5 and detain the command staff. This was before Ryan arrived there. Sheridan and his people decide to fight. Sheridan has a touching conversation with his father, with his father reminding him of the first lesson he taught him and encouraging his son do do what is right.

Meanwhile, a Ranger has come to Babylon 5 with a message for Delenn. The Shadows are now making themselves known to the Unallighned Worlds, offering support against Centauri agression. The Grey Counsel’s response is to ignore this. This is something Delenn cannot ignore, and she goes to see the Grey Counsel, whether they will see her or no. Her speach is full of passion, and she breaks the Grey Counsel, and calls on the Worker and Religious castes to follow her to act, even if the Warrior caste will not.

Sheridan declares Babylon 5 independent until President Clark is removed. Major Ryan and Captain Hiroshi are ready with Babylon 5 when the attack fleet arrives. Ivanova goes out with the star furies and ends up having to bail out. Captain Hiroshi’s ship is hit hard, and as a last act she has it ram into one of the enemy ships. Babylon 5 and Ryan’s ship take out the other large ships. Garibaldi and hsi men, meanwhile, go after landing parties. The Narns in particular are a little too eager. Just as it seems the coast is clear and right as our heroes have little left to give, another attack fleet comes. Then more ships arrive – the White Star and several Minbari cruisers. Delenn quickly manages to chase the enemy Earth ships away – she has one of the best lines ever for this part. We then see the price of victory.

Major Ryan suggests that Babylon 5 take on the fighters left from Hiroshi’s ship. Then he leaves to try and give Clark two targets to hit. Ivanova has sevral bumps and bruises, but otherwise is alright. Garibaldi is less lucky, having a broken leg. Unfortunately, you know Garibaldi is right when he says sabotage will be a problem for a while. Sheridan is very happy to great Delenn. He turns a handshake into a kiss on the hand^^; And people on Babylon 5 start cheering them.

Major Ryan arrives with bad news – General Hague is dead.

ISN being shut down.

Captain Hiroshi arrives with even more bad news – Clark has sent his forces to take over Babylon 5.

Sheridan realizing he has run out of room to manuver.

Delenn confronts the Grey Counsel.

Papa Sheridan, giving some last words of advice to his son before battle.

Garibaldi and his people getting ready to repel boarders.


1 comment so far

  1. Rosie on

    I wish I could say something about “Severed Dreams”. But since this is one of my all time favorite episodes in television history, I cannot say anything else without getting emotional.

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