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Babylon 5: Ship of Tears

Bester comes to Babyon 5 with an offer. G’Kar is formally introduced into the army of light.

ISN comes back on. At first the command staff is optimistic, but when ISN is clearly telling Clark’s lies, their hopes are dashed. Meanwhile, Sheridan is busy getting checked out on a new moddle starfurry (one of Hoshi’s remaning crew?) that is atmosphere capable when he gets a distress call. It is Mr. Bester. He wants to talk. Sheridan eventually agrees, and sends Ivanova in. She can’t stop a telepathic scan, but she can sense one. He will assume Bester is worth listening to if he doesn’t scan her. After mentioning her mother and thus angering her, Bester then tells Ivanova there is a new power controling Clark and it is alien in nature. This conflicts with Bester’s plans. This new enemy is the Shadows. And he knows where a ship will be that has supplies for them.  And Bester has to go along since they will never find the ship without him. Hyperspace enhances telepathic ability. Sheridan eventually agrees to this. He takes the White Star out (with Bester drooling the whole time). They find the ship and take out the Shaddow fighters arround it. They capture the ship when a Shaddow vessel shows up. It then leaves.

Back on the station, Franklin takes the pilot, who committed suicide, to perform an autopsy. Garibaldi’s people burn through to the cargo hold and find tons of people in cryogenic suspension. They also all have the Psi Corps symbol on the outside of their containers. Weapons supplies indeed. Sheridan is not happy. Franklin is examining one, when she wakes up. He sedates her and brings a bracelet. It is one worn by those telepaths who are being rehabilitated. But when Bester sees the bracelet, he recognizes the number and insists on going to Medlab. Which is just as well, since by then, the patient has woken up again and connected to all the machinery in Medlab 1. Bester recognizes her as Carolyn and she begs him to help her, but keeps firing at them. Garibaldi eventually realizes the Psi Corps symbol is the trigger. Franklin manages to get close enough to sedate her, but not before she shows Bester what happened to her.

Sheridan, understandably, wants answers. Bester says Carolyn is a rogue telepath who was captured who he fell in love with. She is even carrying her child. He did all he could to help her. But he couldn’t get her released. As for what happened since, she with the other telepaths were captured to be used as the CPU of the Shadow ships. Franklin doesn’t know if they can help these telepaths. Bester says if they can, he will do anything.

Meanwhile, G’Kar has had enough. He wants into the army of light, and he wants it now. Sheridn really can’t deny him after all he did, and Delenn agrees so she tells G’Kar everything, including the fact that her people knew about the Shadows and said nothing. G’Kar agrees it was the only choice they could make, but still isn’t quite ready to forgive. He is, however, ready to be formally introduced into the army of light and the new war room.

Garibaldi has been busy reading the Book of G’Quan. He fnds passages that lead him to believe the last Narn telepaths drove the Shadows from Narn a thousand years ago, and everything that happened with Bester this time seems to confirm it. After all, if telepaths can block Shadow ships, the best response is to put telepaths in the ships. Sheridan is happy to hear he has a weapon. And it is none too soon, since the Shadows are now openly attacking Brakiri space.

Bester just wants to talk, promise.

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Ship of tears indeed.

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Delenn tells G’Kar the truth.

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Carolyn in the machine.

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Your enemy is now my enemy.

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Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon

A traveler arrives on the station claiming he is King Arthur and Dr. Franklin is determined to prove him wrong.

The main story focuses on the arrival of a man calling himself King Arthur. Security isn’t happy that he carries a sword, but Marcus takes him in hand. Dr. Franklin is intrigued by the idea of Arthur returning, but is rather skeptical at the same time. Arthur has no identification, but Earth Force personnel have their DNA recorded, so Franklin decides to check that. In the mean time, Arthur has escaped from Medlab. He runs into an elderly widow. Her only possession she still had from her husband was a picture of him, which was stolen by some thugs in downbelow. Arthur goes after the villain. When Arthur is outnumbered, G’Kar joins in the fight and enjoys himself imensely. Because of his intervention, Arthur knights G’Kar as the first member of his new round table. Marcus eventually finds them, and convinces Arthur to come back with him to Medlab.

It turns out it is probably a good thing he did. Arthur has been having disturbing dreams. Not surprising actually. Franklin finds out that Arthur is really David McIntyre, who fired the first shot on the Prometheus that started the Earth-Minbari War. Subconciously, he has been trying to atone ever since, finally thinking he is Arthur and trying to find someone to give back Excalabur back to. When Franklin tells Marcus this, Marcus thinks they should never tell David the truth. Franklin disagrees. Unfortunately, when Franklin confronts David, David ends up going into a mental shock. Franklin and Marcus eventually come up with the idea of getting Delenn to take back Excalabur. Once this is done, David is healed mentally and emotionally, and decides to go to Narn to help the Narn resistance. Franklin sees him off, though Marcus doesn’t since he hates goodbyes. Marcus playfully starts comparing everyone on Babylon 5 to someone in Arthurean legend. Kosh is Merlin. Sheridan is Arthur. Delenn is the Lady of the Lake. Ivanova is Persavil. Franklin is Bedevere. And Morden is Mordred. But as Marcus asks, who is Morgana La Fey? That is telling.

Meanwhile, Sheridan and Ivanova are busy trying to get Babylon 5 up and running again. They present a plan to the League of Non-Alligned Worlds. Enough accept the plan to make it viable.

Garibaldi faces his greatest foe yet: the Earth Alliance post office. The mail guy won’t give Garibaldi is package unless Garibaldi pays a fee that is three times what it was before the station broke away from Earth. Not even trying to break in works. So Garibaldi ends up paying the new price for his package . . . and charges the mail guy an amount equal to the extra amount for rent.

Meet Arthur, king of the Britons.

Dr. Franklin is intreagued but sceptical of Arthur’s claims.

The knighting of Sir G’Kar, first of the knights of the new round table.

Franklin finds the truth about Arthur.

Markus doesn’t want Arthur to know the truth.