Byron's telepaths present the Interstellar Alliance with an ultimatum.
Londo and his bodyguard visit Centauri Prime.
Robin Atkin Downes as Byron.
Damian London as Regent.
Ian Ogilvy as Lord Jano.
P5 Rating: 8.54
Production number: 509
Original air date: March 18, 1998
DVD release date: April 13, 2004
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by David Eagle
- Someone is secretly using Centauri war cruisers to stage
random attacks on the cargo vessels of all the Alliance worlds. The
Alliance is aware of the attacks, but doesn't yet know of the Centauri
- The Centauri Regent continues to be controlled by his
He has started drinking heavily, something he never did in the past,
and, like Captain Jack
occasionally lets slip that something is wrong, even getting as far
as asking a palace guard to kill him.
- The Keeper, in turn, appears to be under the control of
as-yet-unidentified aliens lurking in the shadows on Centauri Prime.
The aliens, according to the Regent, believe they have a lot in
common with Londo, and in fact have already thwarted one attempt to
assassinate Londo. They appear to be telekinetic (though whether by
psi or technological means is unclear.)
- Byron has attempted to blackmail the Alliance into giving
his people a homeworld by using his people to scan the minds of all
the ambassadors, allegedly gathering a stockpile of sensitive
information. His threat to make all the information public has
backfired and erupted into violence at least once. Now the Alliance,
including Sheridan, is clamoring for Byron's arrest, and most of his
people (including Lyta) have sealed themselves into a small section of
Brown Sector in an attempt to hold out as long as they can and give
cooler heads time to prevail. A militant faction of telepaths has left
the group and promises to take a more active approach, sabotaging
station operations if necessary until the Alliance capitulates.
- Is the Regent dead?
- Who were the aliens? (See
- The title is probably a reference to a line by Gerard
Erasmus: "In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
The one-eyed Keeper on the Regent seems the most likely king in
this case -- certainly it appears to be in control. G'Kar is
another possibility, of course.
- Continuity glitch: Byron and Lyta spoke as if their
("Secrets of the Soul")
had occurred the night before. But that would mean Rebo and Zooty's
arrival, and the Day of the Dead, took no time at all. The
discrepancy, of course, is simply due to
"The Day of the Dead"
being moved from its original intended air date.