As a group of propaganda specialists visits the Excalibur to try to improve
its image, the crew comes across a derelict alien ship.
John Vickery as Mr. Welles.
Production number: 113
Original air date: July 28, 1999
DVD release date: December 7, 2004
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Stephen Furst
- Mr. Welles
("The Fall of Night")
is still working as a propagandist for the Earth government.
- Somewhere in the galaxy there exists a race of aliens who
are able to pass their consciousness from one body to another by
touch, effectively possessing the new host. They reproduce by
subdividing as they spread, the old host retaining part of the
alien presence and passing it on to the new. Rather than send
their physical bodies out on risky space journeys to colonize
other worlds, they sent out a series of probes, each imbued with
a piece of the alien consciousness. As the probes are discovered,
the aliens take over the worlds in question.
- Where is the mind-altering aliens' original homeworld?
- How many other probes are drifting through space waiting
to be discovered?
- Where did the derelict spacecraft come from?
- Though it turned out to be correct, Max's line of thought
about the alien writing missed an obvious possibility. He noted that
the writing on the ship and the aliens' spoken language seemed to bear
no relation to one another. The explanation could have been as simple
as the ship being manufactured by one group of aliens and crewed by
another; the crew might have bought or stolen the ship from someone
- As the alien was being forced out the airlock, it tried
to say to Gideon, "I know what you're looking for. I know where you
can find it!" Was it referring to a cure for the Drakh plague? If
so, did it in fact know of a cure, or was it just trying to tell
whatever lie was necessary to save its life?
- Director Stephen Furst played Vir in the original series.
- The costume changes in this episode are a result of a
quirk in the series' production: after five episodes were
filmed with the "new" costumes and set designs introduced in this
episode, TNT increased the show's budget. This episode and the
ones before it in the airing sequence were filmed after the budget
increase. Had the series continued beyond 13 episodes, the 14th
episode would have featured an "accident" in the laundry room that
forced the crew back to their more expensive uniforms.
- It's obvious that the episodes filmed 6th through
13th were intended to air before the first 5 that were filmed. Why
on Earth would you do that?
Let me ask you a real simple question:
What makes you think it was my decision?
TNT wanted the "new-look" episodes aired first. They wanted to push
the first 5 back as far as possible. I initially figured we'd do 5-6
of the "new look" ones first, the minimum possible, then the first 5,
then the new-look (black uniform) ones to the end.
TNT *mandated* that the black-uniform ones would go first. It was not
my choice. I have NO control over broadcast.
Not only did they want to hold them back, they were debating if they'd
even allow us to FINISH post on the first 5. It was a struggle to let
them finish 'em, and they were the last ones to go through post.
Before you fire, it's always a good idea to know what the target is
- "As Gideon was preparing Greenberg's body for Airlock'nLoad,
the alien within was pleading:"Don't do this! I know what you're looking
for!" Was this a reference to the Plague/Cure?"
Yep. But since the body couldn't talk aloud, it couldn't
communicate this effectively.