Franklin and Marcus try to convince the leaders of the resistance to go along
with Sheridan's plan to unseat Clark. Delenn investigates a series of attacks
on Minbari allies. Minbar begins to slide toward civil war.
Marjorie Monaghan as Number One.
Paolo Seganti as Phillipe.
G.W. Stevens as Forell.
P5 Rating: 8.30
Production number: 411
Original air week: April 28, 1997
DVD release date: January 6, 2004
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by John Flinn III
episodic soundtrack is available.
- At least one race, the Drakh, made its home on Z'ha'dum
during the Shadows' tenure there. They evacuated before Z'ha'dum's
destruction and are in search of a new home and revenge against the
people who defeated their masters.
- Marcus and Franklin have convinced the resistance movement
on Earth and Mars to follow Sheridan's lead, and to refrain from
future terrorist attacks aimed at destabilizing Earth's government.
- Ivanova is preparing for an additional job, as head of the
"Voice of the Resistance," an attempt to counter ISN by broadcasting
opposition views, as well as messages intended for the resistance
fighters themselves, to Mars and Earth.
- ISN, meanwhile, seems to be preparing Earth's citizenry
for an eventual assault on Babylon 5, building up public support for
such a move in advance.
- Sheridan was involved in the suppression of the food
riots on Mars after the Earth-Minbari War, for which he's resented
by some Mars residents.
- Are the Drakh the only survivors of Z'ha'dum? How many of
- Are the Drakh the ones responsible for planting Keepers on
the Centauri Regent
and Captain Jack
- Why did the Drakh emissary appear to shimmer? Do the
Drakh have access to the Shadows' invisibility technology?
- What does the warrior caste hope to gain by forcing the
other castes out of cities?
- Franklin has bought into Sheridan's cult of personality,
though it's not entirely clear why. His reaction to the skeptical
resistance leader is exactly the kind of thing Garibaldi complained
and may be counterproductive in that it makes Garibaldi's allegations
all the more credible.
- Phillipe bombed the Red Planet Hotel, which was where
Franklin and Marcus were staying. Was the appearance of the Earth
security forces there a coincidence, or were they after Franklin and
- Why does Sheridan think he has the power to promise Mars
independence after Clark is out of office? Does Sheridan plan to
assume the presidency himself? Or was that simply more improvisation
on Franklin's part? Presumably not; it's unlikely Sheridan gave him
the authority to make that kind of promise without consultation.
- How will Sheridan break through Earth's jamming of
outside broadcasts? Franklin was able to get a message back to
Babylon 5, but presumably it's a thornier problem to try to
broadcast programming to all of Earth. Perhaps he'll enlist the
help of Draal; Epsilon 3 likely has the power to cut through
whatever interference Earth can muster. Delenn is unlikely to be
able to provide any Minbari assistance, considering what's going
on on Minbar, though the White Star fleet might be useful mobile
- If Number One indeed treats all her former lovers like
she treated Phillipe, Franklin may be in for a rough ride.
- In the first scene with Franklin, Number One rubbed her
neck, similar to Captain Jack before his Keeper was discovered
Any significance, or just a stiff neck?
- The Drakh ships, especially the transport, looked more
Vorlon in design than Shadow. Have they looted the Vorlon homeworld
as well, or is it just a coincidence?
- The Drakh aren't the only race who worked for the Shadows,
though of course they might have been the only ones to escape with
technology from Z'ha'dum. Neither the surgeons and pilot in
"Ship of Tears"
nor the creature in
"The Long Dark"
were Drakh in appearance, though the latter arguably bore a
resemblance when it was shown briefly reflected in Mariah's tube.
- It's also possible the Drakh weren't allies of the Shadows
at all; the Vorlons may have similarly had minor races acting as
aides, and those aides would likely be just as upset as the Shadows'
about Sheridan and Delenn driving their masters away. Of course,
the statement that the Drakh had just lost their home would seem to
indicate that Delenn's supposition about their association with
the Shadows was correct; the Vorlon homeworld is probably still intact.
- The Drakh may have some kind of group mind. At the very
least, they have a different notion of personal identity than most
other races. They appear to regard the name "Drakh" as both a
collective name and a personal one, and their emissary interrupted
Forell before he could utter Delenn's name, dismissing it as
"unimportant." On the other hand, they're familiar enough with the
notion of individual names to recognize Delenn's once it was spoken.
- Delenn's reaction to the destruction of White Star 16,
while arguably justified, bore similarity to her reaction to the
death of Dukhat: ordering a relentless attack on those responsible.
Of course, this time she was in control of the situation and wasn't
enraged, but it's interesting in light of her earlier comment that
she wouldn't repeat the mistakes made during first contact with
- Delenn commented to Sheridan that she felt humans could
have been Minbar's most dangerous enemy due to their ability to form
communities of diverse elements. This echoes her comment in
"And Now For a Word,"
in which she said that the forming of communities was one of humanity's
- Marcus said he was from Arisia Colony. That's a reference
to the Lensman series by E. E. "Doc" Smith.
- Sheridan referred to the Drakh as "wild cards." And in
fact, "Drakh" is "card" pronounced backwards.
- One of the Minbari seen reacting in fear from the
Drakh emissary is Dennis Michael, a
CNN entertainment reporter and a big fan of the series.
He was also a Narn in
"Comes the Inquisitor."
- As the Drakh emissary entered the White Star's bridge,
the lights on the wall dimmed.
- The real reason the Drakh shimmered, according to
special effects technician Ken Busick, was that the costume didn't
look convincing enough. So to give the Drakh an otherworldly
appearance, the scene was digitally manipulated in postproduction.
- Why did Franklin send a video message?
So they could see him and know by seeing him that he arrived
safely; a text message could be sent by *anyone* who could've
- The issue of waste of bandwidth is not as big a deal to
an advanced technology (from today's standards); also, any really good
telepath could rip out those codes and keys in about 10 seconds.
Further, they would've had a password to use (as in "the board," which
he used) to verify that he was all right and not being forced to make
- In that scenario, there is no such thing as ANY kind of
secure communication, which puts us pretty much back where we started.
- About the Drakh ships
I indicated a flower-like design. With the lethalness
behind them, it seemed like a nice contrast.
- White Star 16 wasn't too tough.
Of course, you have no way of knowing how many previous hits it
took during the fight, and are assuming it only got two.
- Why did Delenn run?
As she states in the episode, they were at that time
*surrounded* and if they turned to fire, would get destroyed.
Firepower doesn't solve every problem; one good hand-held Lancet
missile can put down a full-sized cruiser if it hits right. They were
in the MIDDLE of the Drakh, just as they said, and that's NOT a
defensible position. They had to get away, outside that group, so they
could mount an offensive. This they did.