Babylon 5: And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place

Sheridan tries to unravel the Shadow’s strategy while visitors of a religious nature come to the station. Londo plots to get G’Kar to return to Narn.

Four religious representatives visit Babylon 5. The one who seems to be their unofficial leader, Reverend Will Dexter, seems to be an old acquaintance of Brother Theo’s – the two bicker like old friends. Sheridan’s been spending a lot of time in the War Room lately trying to figure out what the Shadows are up to, but he’s getting worn down. After a discussion of strategy and words at the same time Delenn gets Sheridan to promise to have dinner with these religious representatives, playing the trump card of Minbari honor^^; At the dinner we find these clerics are part of the resistance back on Earth and came to Babylon 5 to deliver accurate information about what is really going on back home. Later, Sheridan is spending a long night trying to get stuff done and has a heart to heart with Reverand Dexter, who convinces it’s okay for him to unburden and share the load occasionally. Sheridan does that with Delenn which makes him feel better, though no new ideas are immediately present. However, the conversation leads him to study the seemingly random Shadow attacks in a new way. The Shadows haven’t hit the area around Babylon 5 yet because people are fleeing there. When they do attack, the result on moral will be exponentially bad. However, Sheridan makes an injudicious remark about how it’s what he would do in the Shadow’s position and Delenn decides he needs a break. Desperately. Where better to have a break than at the services Reverend Dextor has arranged, complete with gospel singing? Later, Delenn takes Sheridan out to show him a surprise – a fleet of White Star ships. The forces of Light are now as ready as they will ever be to fight the Shadows. And we get Sheridan and Delenn’s first kiss:) Well, Delenn’s first kiss with Sheridan at least. Sheridan already had his first kiss with Delenn back in War Without End^^;

But this episode is owned by Londo and G’Kar. Londo wants to deal with G’Kar and he wants to do it now. He tells Vir to tell G’Kar that Na’Toth, whom we haven’t heard from since the fall of Narn, is being held prisoner under the building that used to house the Kah’ri. Since it is full of catacombs and G’Kar is the only member of the Kah’ri free, he is the only one who can supposedly save her. Vir doesn’t want to and at first refuses, but Londo blackmails Vir, threatening to let out the truth regarding Vir’s activities on Mimbar. So Vir does and Londo says. Meanwhile, Lord Refa and and a high ranking official from Centauri Prime arrive. Londo and Refa both snipe at the other to this minister when the other isn’t there. The fact is, the competition between their two houses is starting to tear the government apart. The Emperor doesn’t care how it ends, just that it ends. Londo says he will prove his worth to the Emperor above that of Refa or his house. Vir is incensed that Londo would use G’Kar like this. Some how Refa learns that Vir knows Londo’s plans and he kidnaps Vir. Vir doesn’t respond to bribery so Refa has a telepath take Londo’s plans from Vir’s mind. Eventually Vir is rescued by Londo and Vir is worried. G’Kar gets Garibaldi to have the Rangers sneak him onto Narn. Once there, he and others head through the catacombs under the government buildings but are surrounded by Refa’s people. However, G’Kar then shows  message from Londo. Londo wants Refa bad for the murder of his love Adira, among other things. He could kill Refa back on Babylon 5 or Centauri Prime but Londo wants to ruin Refa. To get G’Kar’s cooperation, he gave documents to the Narn detailing Refa’s involvement in some of the worst crimes against Narns, including authorizing the use of weapons of mass destruction. To ensure G’Kar’s cooperation, Londo has already freed a large number of Narn who are political prisoners. More will be freed when Refa is dead. Incriminating evidence is left to be found on Refa, and to put it shortly the Narn make quick work of him. With Refa dead and disgraced and his house ruined, the competition between the two houses is over. If you thought Vir was upset about betraying G’Kar, that is nothing to what Vir feels when he finds out how Londo used him.

Of special note is the juxtaposition of the gospel singing and Refa trying to get away from the Narn, with the gospel song playing throughout. It really is wrong to laugh, but the contrast is so . . . striking . . . I couldn’t help it.

Meet Reverend Will Dexter of the Baptist persuasion and Brother Theo’s “nemesis”.

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Poor Vir has something to tell G’Kar that he doesn’t want to say.

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Vir just can’t get a break this episode. First betraying G’Kar, now having his mind rummaged through.

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Lord Refa laughed too soon. Never go up against both Londo and G’Kar – you’ll lose.

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Delenn’s present to Sheridan: a fleet of White Star ships, and just in time.

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