Babylon 5: Knives
August 4, 2018 8:27 AM - Season 2, Episode 17 - Subscribe

Londo meets with an old friend, who has danger on his heels... Sheridan goes to the heretofore unmentioned Spooky Sector (Grey Sector) and begins hallucinating... Or does he? "Insanity is part of the times. You must learn to embrace the madness. Let it fire you."

-Londo's old dueling club friend, Urza, comes to B5... but it turns out he's on the wrong side of Lord Refa, Londo's ally, and is about to be declared an enemy of the Republic. He begs for Londo's help, but Londo is in bed with Refa, and this leads to a rift between Urza and Londo, and Urza challenges Londo to a duel.
-Urza and Londo duel to the death, and Londo prevails. Except... Urza was always the better dueler. He threw the match to trigger a rarely-used provision in Centauri society: the family of a man killed in a duel is absorbed into the family of the victor. This prevents the edict against Urza from dooming his family.
-Meanwhile, Sheridan goes to Spooky Town and gets infected by an alien who gives him semi-prophetic hallucinations: of a dead Markab attacking him ("I know a Markab doctor", says Franklin), of a predator known as a grylor, of the Icarus (Anna Sheridan's poorly-named ship) exploding, of Babylon 4 and his parents...
-Finally, Sheridan figures it out. There's an energy-based lifeform who had infected the Markab, who then infected Sheridan. The lifeform showed those images to Sheridan to try to get him to help it get home. Sheridan commandeers a Starfury and goes to a location signaled by the hallucinations, and the being is released. Garibaldi, who followed Sheridan, shrugs and tows him home.
posted by flibbertigibbet (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is a bad episode made worse by airing out-of-order, so a lot of the setup for other episodes is squandered.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:36 PM on August 4, 2018

“I want to sleep. If I can.”

I think this episode is mostly weird for mashing together a good episode (Londo facing the consequences of his political choices) with the weird alien plot with Sheridan better suited to Star Trek: TNG.
posted by corb at 9:57 PM on March 22, 2019 [1 favorite]

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