Babylon 5–Revelations (1994)   6 comments

Above:  Small Shadow Vessels Fighting G’Kar and His Narn Forces


Revelations is the second episode of the second season.  The first few episodes of this season concern in part the process by which Captain John Sheridan adjusts to commanding Babylon 5 and how the senior officers adjust to his presence.  The Sheridan of these first few episodes is mostly happy-g0-lucky, but that changes as the season unfolds.

The Sheridan story in Revelations concerns a visit by his sister, Elizabeth.  During their conversations we viewers learn that Sheridan is a widower.  His late wife, Anna, died aboard a science ship, the Icarus, in 2256. (This episode is set early in 2259.)  Sheridan had not said that he loved Anna immediately before she departed on the Icarus, and he blames himself for her death.  (VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION: The Icarus was headed for the planet Humans knew as Alpha Omega 3, on the galactic rim.  Other species know the planet as Z’ha’dum.)

Narn Ambassador G’Kar knows who the Shadows are and that they have awakened from their millennium-long slumber since the previous Shadow War.  He knows this because his favorite holy book, the Book of G’Quan, tells of that war, contains drawings of “Soldiers of Darkness,” and names the planet on which these Soldiers are based:  Z’ha’dum.  G’Kar returns to Babylon determined to prove whether the Shadows/Soldiers of Darkness have returned to Z’ha’dum.

Above:  Mr. Morden is Back.

Meanwhile, Mr. Morden, the smooth-talking, smirking Human agent of the Shadows, visits Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari.  The Shadows had done Londo a great favor at the end of Season One by destroying the Narn presence in Sector 37, space the Narn Regime and the Centauri Republic dispute.  The Narns cannot trace the attack back to Londo, and the Centauri government accepts without proof that Londo is responsible.  Londo is welcome, Mr. Morden says, and Morden’s “associates” ask just one favor:  to keep Morden informed if Londo hears about any activity on the galactic rim.  When Londo asks in the context of the discussion of the recent events in Sectgor 37, “Why don’t you just eliminate the entire Narn homeworld while you’re at it?” Morden replies ominously, “One thing at a time.”

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

G’Kar tells Captain Sinclair, Lt. Commander Ivanova, and Ambassador Londo Mollari in council session that he has traveled along the galactic rim.  There he has found evidence of an ancient, dark foe returning to worlds that have been dead for a thousand years.  In twelve hours, he says, a Narn ship will arrive at Z’ha’dum to investigate whether the Shadows have returned there, too.

G’Kar does not know, of course, that Londo is in league with the Shadows.  The predictable events follow.  Londo tells Morden, and the Shadows are waiting when the Narn ship arrives.  Then G’Kar knows that the Shadows have a plant on Babylon 5 and that the Shadows have returned to Z’ha’dum.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Later, speaking with his diplomatic aide, Na’Toth, G’Kar quotes from The Second Coming, the classic 1920 poem by William Butler Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!  Hardly are these words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight; somewhere in the sands of the desert

A shape with a lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?

Meanwhile, Security Chief Michael Garibaldi emerges from his coma and recovers from his gun shot wound, the one his deputy (pictured above) gave him.  (Captain Sheridan used the alien healing device from The Quality of Mercy, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Franklin.) Jack, the deputy, is part of the conspiracy responsible for the death of Earth Alliance President Luis Santiago.  Sheridan has Jack arrested.  Shortly thereafter President Clark calls for Captain Sheridan and orders him to send Jack and all evidence related to Jack’s case to Earth.  Clark says that he wants to supervise the investigation, for he feels that he owes that much to the late President Santiago.  Sheridan obeys orders.  But Lt. Commander Ivanova learns later that an unregistered ship with all the proper codes intercepted the vessel carrying Jack back to Earth and that Jack went aboard it.  And President Clark is not taking calls.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

There is one final revelation to discuss.  Minbari Ambassador Delenn emerges from her cocoon. After she finishes peeling, she looks like this:

The Minbari ambassador is now half-human.  This has great implications for the story arc and her character.

Stay tuned.



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Posted July 4, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 2

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