Babylon 5: Shadow Dancing

It’s the battle we’ve all been waiting for as Sheridan goes head-to-head with the Shadows. Meanwhile, Franklin must finally come to grips with himself.

Delenn works at getting the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to contribute ships to a fleet that will attack the Shadows. Sheridan knows the Shadows have been drive the younger races to one spot, then demoralize them by flattening them there, but he needs someone on location to alert the rest of the fleet. Ivanova and Marcus are sent out in the White Star. Gotta love Minbari beds, by the way, though I don’t think Ivanova would agree^^; And nice going Marcus, saying something romantic in Minbari then translating it as something much more mundane^^; There is a smaller Shadow ship, similar to the White Star in size, that arrives in the area Ivanova and Marcus are watching. The good news is the White Star hasn’t been detected yet. The bad news, the moon they were behind soon moves and they are found out. The White Star does manage to destroy the ship, but not before being damaged by an attempted ram by the other ship. Engines, normal and jump, are off line. That, of course, is when the Shadow fleet arrives. The White Star decides to signal their fleet. Soon, the Shadow fleet spots them. That is when the Alliance fleet jumps in. Engines are back on line, and the battle is engaged with Sheridan and Delenn directing things from a Minbari cruiser. They manage to force the Shadow fleet to retreat, but with heavy losses.

Meanwhile, Franklin is still on Walkabout. He spots some guy getting hurt by some thugs and in trying to help he gets knifed in the stomach. The thugs retreat and the guy he was trying to help refuses to do anything since he’s a criminal and would be arrested. Franklin can’t get out of where he is. This is the point when he finally finds himself again and has a conversation with himself. His alter ego isn’t too pleased Franklin saying he runs away from everything. In spite of this, Franklin decides he wants to live and do better and somehow manages to find the strength to climb out. He is soon found and taken to Med-bay.

While the wounded are tended too and things cleaned up, Sheridan and company have to wonder what the Shadows will do next. His dream from Kosh in  All Alone in the Night starts to make sense, but what does it really mean? A single Shadow vessel moves through hyperspace. Meanwhile, Franklin has a new perspective and appreciation on life and is already helping out as much as his still injured and weakened body will allow. Sheridan of course gives him his job back. Then Sheridan leaves to spend a night asleep while Delenn watches for his true face. That is when Babylon 5 gets an unexpected visitor – Anna Sheridan, the captain’s wife who is supposed to be dead.

Between Franklin and the war, Garibaldi has lots to worry about.

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Ivanova and Marcus don’t like the number of Shadow ships they see.

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Franklin fights to live.

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Sheridan and Delenn contemplate the price of battle.

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Look who just showed up? Meet Anna Sheridan.

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