Babylon 5 - Season Two
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"The Coming of Shadows"
The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind...the year the Great War came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5. - Captain Sheridan
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It is in the Second Season that Babylon 5 begins to push forward. "The avalanche has begun; it is too late for the pebbles to vote"...Kosh.
||A critical episode; important to the 5 year storyline.|
||Character development / Important back-history.|
||A throw-away – could be missed, and never noticed.|
The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 is the source of the following episode description links.
Points of Departure +++
Second season premiere. As a new commander assumes control of the station, a renegade Minbari warship arrives, threatening trouble.
G'Kar brings news of a terrible new enemy. The arrival of Sheridan's sister opens up old wounds for the new commander. Dr. Franklin employs an unorthodox procedure to try to bring Garibaldi out of his coma. Delenn's mysterious change is completed. Questions are answered; more are raised.
The Geometry of Shadows ++
Ivanova is promoted and given a diplomatic assignment. Londo seeks affirmation from an unusual source. The Technomages were an interesting idea. Too bad it wasn't followed up.
A Distant Star +++
Disaster strikes an old friend of Captain Sheridan. Dr. Franklin offers nutritional advice to some reluctant patients. Not one of the better episodes, but a lot of important events take place here.
The Long Dark +
When a cryonic sleeper is awakened, a deadly, evil force is unleashed on the station. (Yawn!!)
A Spider in the Web +
Talia is caught in a treacherous web of intrigue after she witnesses a murder. Bureau 13 makes its only appearance in this episode, never to be seen again. A Throw-away.
Soul Mates ++
Londo summons his three wives to Babylon 5. A mysterious man from Talia's past reappears.
A Race Through Dark Places +++
Bester asks Talia to investigate an "underground railroad" of unregistered telepaths. You'll be seeing a lot more of Bester. Psi-Corps looks darker and darker.
The Coming of Shadows +++
When the Centauri emperor visits the station, Sheridan tries to keep G'Kar from going after him. Londo and Refa plot to expand their power. A mysterious man seeks out Garibaldi. This episode can't be missed! Don't read about it... watch it fresh.
Dr. Franklin's father arrives, leading 25,000 ground pounding soldiers on the station. The troops' arrival elicits fear from both humans and non-humans that the troops may be going on a secret mission that will involve the station becoming an armed camp. This episode is important, but I can't watch it more than once. The military clichés are overbearing.
All Alone in the Night +++
Sheridan is kidnapped and taken to an alien ship. The Grey Council decides Delenn's fate. General Hague makes an unofficial visit to the station.
Acts of Sacrifice ++
G'Kar asks Sheridan to intervene militarily on behalf of the Narns; Ivanova tries to institute an ambassadorship with a visiting alien.
Hunter, Prey +++
A fugitive with sensitive information about the Earth government flees to Babylon 5.
There All the Honor Lies ++
Sheridan is in hot water when he kills a Minbari warrior in self-defense.
And Now For a Word +++
Babylon 5 is embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Narn and Centauri; an ISN reporter covers the story and tours the station. A novel view of the station, through the eyes of the media. Effective.
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum +++
Sheridan discovers a connection between Morden and the death of his wife. The station is inundated by Narn refugees. A new Earth Alliance agency tries to recruit station personnel. Another can't-miss episode.
An old acquaintance requests Londo's help. Sheridan is plagued by visions nobody else can see.
Confessions and Lamentations ++
The outbreak of a fatal disease among the Markab population prompts a panic on the station; Dr. Franklin races against time to find a cure. This episode demonstrates why B5 is one step up the evolutionary ladder, as compared with Star Trek: More thought-provoking and courageous.
Divided Loyalties ++
Lyta Alexander, the station's first telepath, returns with a warning that one of Babylon 5's officers is an operative for a top-secret government organization. A long-held secret of another Babylon 5 officer is revealed.
The Long, Twilight Struggle +++
The Narn-Centauri War reaches a turning point. Sheridan is contacted by a powerful ally, who offers assistance. A powerful episode. Events are getting out of control.
Comes the Inquisitor +
G'Kar tries to rally the Narn on Babylon 5. Kosh tests Delenn's allegiance by summoning an ancient inquisitor. A "Filler" episode.
The Fall of Night +++
As the Centauri war escalates, a Narn warcruiser seeks help from Babylon 5. Earth takes a position in the war. Keffer makes a terrifying discovery. Kosh takes a drastic step to save a life. An absolute roller-coaster of an ending for the Second Season. Nothing will be the same.
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