Babylon 5–Conflicts of Interest (1997)   2 comments

Lise Hampton-Edgars

(FIFTY-SEVENTH IN A SERIES OF BLOG POSTS)

Outside forces are manipulating Michael Garibaldi, unbeknownst to himself and his former friends.  Yet Mr. Garibaldi is not bad.

Mr. Wade, Garibaldi’s Contact

Mr. Wade observes Garibaldi reunite a father and a daughter.  Then Wade watches as Security Chief Zack Allan confiscates Garibaldi’s identicard, communication, link, and sidearm.  Garibaldi objects only to surrendering the sidearm, and resents this perceived slight greatly.  Then Wade approaches Garibaldi with an offer.  His employer is sending someone to Babylon 5 to meet with a contact.  Can Garibaldi guarantee this emissary’s safety while getting around station security?  Garibaldi agrees.

Michael Garibaldi

The emissary is none other than Lise, Garibaldi’s former lover, whom he left to come to Babylon 5.  Lise is now married to William Edgars, head of Edgars Industries, part of the Earth Alliance military-industrial complex.  And Wade works for Edgars.

Garibaldi does as Wade asks, and keeps Lise safe.  Along the way, a few people die, a fact that does not impress Security Chief Zack Allan or Captain John Sheridan.  But William Edgars is impressed.  So Edgars calls Garibaldi and asks him to work for him directly.  Garibaldi agrees.

Do you have a sinking feeling about this?  You should.

Commander Ivanova and Zathras, one of the Brothers of Zathras

The other story in Conflicts of Interest concerns getting the Voice of the Resistance up and running.

Dr. Stephen Franklin, returned recently from Mars, visits Commander Ivanova in the former War Room.  Ivanova is unsure about where to find a sufficient power source for the broadcasts.  Franklin suggests Epsilon 3, the planet beneath them.  Immediately Ivanova sets out for Epsilon 3, where she meets another Zathras.  There are now nine of them, although there used to be ten.  The difference in the name for each is in the pronunciation, not the spelling.  Zathras II, after explaining all this, helps Ivanova find a power source.

The First Broadcast of the Voice of the Resistance

The episode ends with the beginning of the first broadcast of the Voice of the Resistance:

This is Commander Susan Ivanova of Babylon 5, and this is the first official broadcast of the new Voice of the Resistance. We’re sending this signal out to every ship that wants to hear the truth, to our fallen comrades and freedom fighters on Mars and Proxima III, and to Earth, which, despite what you may have heard, is still our home, and still the one dream that we’re as loyal to now as we ever have been. Over the last three years, ever since President Clark took over, after arranging the assassination of President Santiago, you have been hearing nothing but misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies. Now, we’re going to tell you the truth. And we’re going to keep telling it until they shut us down, or until President Clark steps down and returns Earth to the hands of its people. You can kill us. You can bomb our colonies, destroy our ships, murder innocent civilians. But you cannot kill the truth. And the truth is back in business.

Yes, it is, and the struggle continues.

And President Clark’s arsenal includes more weapons than cheerful, Barbie-like progandists at the new ISN.  Take that as a hint.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 8, 2010 COMMON ERA

All images are property of Warner Brothers, and I do not profit from said images.

Posted August 8, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Babylon 5 Season 4

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