History Recap / BabylonFiveS04E08TheIllusionOfTruth

19th Mar '17 2:17:01 AM Tallens
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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Garibaldi's client is looking for a large statue of a Drazi deity. Garibaldi gets suspicious because Drazi art isn't worth very much, but a statue like this is large enough to use as a hiding place.
20th Feb '17 2:56:05 AM Meppe
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* PropagandaMachine: This is what ISN has become.

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* PropagandaMachine: This ISN is reporting what ISN has become.Clark needs to be true rather than what is true.
19th Dec '16 2:19:32 PM Specialist290
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* AFateWorseThanDeath: Sheridan would rather face the Vorlons and Shadows than reporters.

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* AFateWorseThanDeath: AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe. ISN uses manipulative editing techniques to paint Sheridan would rather face the Vorlons and Shadows than reporters.as a mentally unstable rogue who is being exploited by sinister alien interests.



* CulturePolice: The Clark Regime uses such things as the Committee on Anti-Earth Activities to keep the pop culture in check.

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* CulturePolice: The Clark Regime uses such things as the Committee on Anti-Earth Activities to keep the pop culture in check.check. One of its victims "voluntarily" confesses to using the media as a channel for propaganda -- [[{{Hypocrite}} which, of course, is totally not what ISN is doing at all]].


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* AFateWorseThanDeath: Sheridan would rather face the Vorlons and Shadows than reporters.
23rd Jun '16 5:50:39 AM Pren
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** The episode has actually been used in college journalism courses to demonstrate how effective this can be.

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** The episode has actually been used in college journalism courses to demonstrate how effective this can be.be, which JMS has said is one of the things he's proudest of about the show.
16th Mar '16 1:08:05 PM Conhale
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* NothingIsScarier: In-Universe, Dr. Indiri mentions extreme cases of Minbari War Syndrome led to self mutilation and cases which are "are too extreme for your audience to hear", leaving the broadcast audience to project their worst fears in speculation.
6th Mar '16 11:49:45 AM Tallens
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Right before recording of the interview begins, Delenn can be seen shooing a makeup person away.
6th Mar '16 11:48:07 AM Tallens
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Randall decides to start over from the beginning. He didn't think Sheridan would let him onboard. Sheridan reminds him that President Clark instituted the embargo, not Babylon 5. And everyone is welcome here. Just not with the cameras. Sheridan also does not want Clark's propaganda machine on board and Randall agrees, claiming that he a few others stayed on to try and get bits of the truth out when Clark's people weren't looking. He can't promise that the story he does will be objective or fair, but he does promise to get parts of the truth out there. [[MortonsFork Besides, he's already there, and if they send him home with nothing, ISN will be perfectly happy to just make it up]]. Sheridan reluctantly agrees.

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Randall decides to start over from the beginning. He didn't think Sheridan would let him onboard. Sheridan reminds him that President Clark instituted the embargo, not Babylon 5. And everyone is welcome here. Just not with the cameras. Sheridan also does not want calls ISN Clark's propaganda machine on board personal PropagandaMachine and Randall agrees, claiming that he a few others stayed on to try and get bits of the truth out when Clark's people weren't looking. He can't promise that the story he does will be objective or fair, but he does promise to get parts of the truth out there. [[MortonsFork Besides, he's already there, and if they send him home with nothing, ISN will be perfectly happy to just make it up]]. Sheridan reluctantly agrees.



In a transport tube, Randall is asking Lennier about the ships outside. Lennier explains that they were damaged in the war and stopped here to make repairs. The tube opens on Downbelow and Lennier explains that this is where the poor and homeless usually wind up. They are aften taken advantage of by less scrupulous individuals, but Sheridan stops it when he can, and has programs to try and give them honest work. As they look around, Franklin rushes by with someone on a gurney. HE can't stop, but agrees to talk to Randall later. While they stop, Franklin gets a message about the cryo units.

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In a transport tube, Randall is asking Lennier about the ships outside. Lennier explains that they were damaged in the war and stopped here to make repairs. The tube opens on Downbelow and Lennier explains that this is where the poor and homeless usually wind up. They are aften taken advantage of by less scrupulous individuals, but Sheridan stops it when he can, and has programs to try and give them honest work. As they look around, Franklin rushes by with someone a patient on a gurney. HE He can't stop, but agrees to talk to Randall later. While they stop, During the pause, Franklin gets a message about the cryo units.
5th Mar '16 5:13:37 PM Tallens
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-->'''Randall'': But the first rule of journalism is you go where the story is. Still, nothing could have prepared us for what we found.

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-->'''Randall'': -->'''Randall''': But the first rule of journalism is you go where the story is. Still, nothing could have prepared us for what we found.
5th Mar '16 5:10:26 PM Tallens
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-->'''Sheridan'''

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-->'''Sheridan'''
-->--'''Sheridan'''
5th Mar '16 5:09:54 PM Tallens
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->''We did the best we could. Anything we said we kept down to short, declarative sentences, making it harder for them to quote us out of context. We didn't have a big crisis while they were here. What can they do to us?''
-->'''Sheridan'''

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That may be about to change as Zack comes to break up a tussle between security and some people who just arrived. There's something in the crates that they don't want seen and won't say what it is. The leader tries to bar his way, but Zack just shoots the lock on the crate. Something starts to come out, a small hovercam. The man says he's a reporter and that's his camera. Zack can only give an uncomfortable smile.

Franklin finds Sheridan in a corridor. There's been some trouble with the cryo units, and Franklin is going to be moving the frozen telepaths to a temporary holding until it's repaired. Sheridan doesn't like keeping them this way, but as long as those implants are there it's too dangerous to do anything else with them. He then gets a call about the reporter, and goes off to meet the guy, even though he'd rather have the Shadows back.

In a small room, the man introduces himself as Dan Randall of ISN, and complains about Ivanova's warm welcome from earlier. She apparently threatened to grab him by the collar and throw him out an airlock.

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That may be about to change as Zack comes to break up a tussle between security and some people who just arrived. There's something in the crates that they don't want seen and won't say what it is. The leader tries to bar his way, but Zack just [[ShootOutTheLock shoots the lock on the crate.crate]]. Something starts to come out, a small hovercam. The man says he's a reporter and that's his camera. Zack can only give an uncomfortable smile.

Franklin finds Sheridan in a corridor. There's been some trouble with the cryo units, and Franklin is going to be moving the frozen telepaths to a temporary holding until it's repaired. Sheridan doesn't like keeping them this way, but as long as those implants are there it's too dangerous to do anything else with them. He then gets a call about the reporter, and goes off to meet the guy, [[AFateWorseThanDeath even though he'd rather have the Shadows back.and Vorlons back]].

In a small room, the man introduces himself as Dan Randall of ISN, and complains about Ivanova's warm welcome from earlier. She apparently threatened to grab him by the collar and [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw him out an airlock.
airlock]].



Randall decides to start over from the beginning. He didn't think Sheridan would let him onboard. Sheridan reminds him that President Clark instituted the embargo, not Babylon 5. And everyone is welcome here. Just not with the cameras. Sheridan also does not want Clark's propaganda machine on board and Randall agrees, claiming that he a few others stayed on to try and get bits of the truth out when Clark's people weren't looking. He can't promise that the story he does will be objective or fair, but he does promise to get parts of the truth out there. Besides, he's already there, and if they send him home with nothing, ISN will be perfectly happy to just make it up. Sheridan reluctantly agrees.

Garibaldi is finishing up with a client when Lennier comes up to see how he's doing. Garibaldi explains that he's taking the chance to make his own life, asks about Delenn, and quickly changes the subject when Sheridan comes up. Sheridan himself arrives shortly after, Randall in tow. He asks Lennier to show the reporter around, since Minbari do not lie, he'll be certain that he's being given an honest rundown. Lennier is uncertain, but agrees and leads Randall off. Sheridan and Garibaldi share an uncomfortable glance, before the captain leaves. Looking at a picture of his client's merchandise, garibaldi has another flash.

He sits restrained to a chair while a disembodied voice repeats over and over, "You work for no one but us."

In a transport tube, Randall is asking Lennier about the ships outside. Lennier explains that they were damaged in the war and stopped here to make repairs. The tube opens on Downbelow and Lennier explains that this is where the poor and homeless usually wind up. They are aften taken advantage of by less scrupulous individuals, but Sheridan stops it when he can, and has programs to try and give them honest work. As they look around, Franklin rushes by with someone on a gurney. HE can't stop, but agrees to talk to Randall later. While they stop, Franklin gets a message about the cryo units. *snapshot*

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Randall decides to start over from the beginning. He didn't think Sheridan would let him onboard. Sheridan reminds him that President Clark instituted the embargo, not Babylon 5. And everyone is welcome here. Just not with the cameras. Sheridan also does not want Clark's propaganda machine on board and Randall agrees, claiming that he a few others stayed on to try and get bits of the truth out when Clark's people weren't looking. He can't promise that the story he does will be objective or fair, but he does promise to get parts of the truth out there. [[MortonsFork Besides, he's already there, and if they send him home with nothing, ISN will be perfectly happy to just make it up.up]]. Sheridan reluctantly agrees.

Garibaldi is finishing up with a client when Lennier comes up to see how he's doing. Garibaldi explains that he's taking the chance to make his own life, asks about Delenn, and quickly changes the subject when Sheridan comes up. Sheridan himself arrives shortly after, Randall in tow. He asks Lennier to show the reporter around, since Minbari do not lie, he'll be certain that he's being given an honest rundown. Lennier is uncertain, but agrees and leads Randall off. Sheridan and Garibaldi share an uncomfortable glance, before the captain leaves. Looking at a picture of his client's merchandise, garibaldi Garibaldi has another flash.

He ''He sits restrained to a chair while a disembodied voice repeats over and over, "You work for no one but us."

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In a transport tube, Randall is asking Lennier about the ships outside. Lennier explains that they were damaged in the war and stopped here to make repairs. The tube opens on Downbelow and Lennier explains that this is where the poor and homeless usually wind up. They are aften taken advantage of by less scrupulous individuals, but Sheridan stops it when he can, and has programs to try and give them honest work. As they look around, Franklin rushes by with someone on a gurney. HE can't stop, but agrees to talk to Randall later. While they stop, Franklin gets a message about the cryo units. *snapshot*\n
-->*'''snapshot'''*



* snapshot*

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* snapshot*
*'''snapshot'''*



* snapshot*

Later, Randall finds Garibaldi, and asks to talk. Garibaldi was here right from the start, and has a unique perspective on Babylon 5, and Randall wants to get his view before he leaves. He offers a few minutes to talk about anythign he wants to. Garibaldi looks contemplative.

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* snapshot*

*'''snapshot'''*

Later, Randall finds Garibaldi, and asks to talk. Garibaldi was here right from the start, and has a unique perspective on Babylon 5, and Randall wants to get his view before he leaves. He offers a few minutes to talk about anythign anything he wants to. Garibaldi looks contemplative.



* Earthforce has retaken 75% of Mars Colony, and Clark has declared a full two extra hours before cerfew to celebrate.
* The new senate's Committee on Anit-Earth Activities heard testimony from various prominent individuals, reportedly confirming Clarks claim that alien influences have infiltrated nearly every level of Earth society.
* A tri-vid producer "confesses" to assisting alien gevernments in undermining EarthGov with messages hidden in his works, and names several others as his accomplices.

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* Earthforce has retaken 75% of Mars Colony, and Clark has declared a full two extra hours before cerfew curfew to celebrate.
* The new senate's Committee on Anit-Earth Anti-Earth Activities heard testimony from various prominent individuals, reportedly confirming Clarks claim that alien influences have infiltrated nearly every level of Earth society.
* A tri-vid producer "confesses" "[[FalseConfession confesses]]" to assisting alien gevernments governments in undermining EarthGov [=EarthGov=] with messages hidden in his works, and names several others as his accomplices.



Finally the main show starts. Randall introduces himself and explains how he was sent to babylon 5, how he had to convince his superiors, who thought it was a bad idea.

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Finally the main show starts. Randall introduces himself and explains how he was sent to babylon Babylon 5, how he had to convince his superiors, who thought it was a bad idea.



He begins with shots of the exterior, focusing on a ''White Star'' being repaired, before switching to footage of Downbelow. He claims that this is where most of the humans on the station live, in squalid, filthy conditions while the good quarters are kept for Sheridan, his command staff and a few priviledged aliens. He portrays the Minbari as being the overlords of this place now, and that any who dissent are carted away by Dr. Franklin. Next, we see Londo and Sheridan, Randall's narration explaining that alien governments are calling the shots here, and that Sheridan appears to be their servant.

To explain why Randall turns to Dr. William Indiri, the psychological dean of Harvard University, to talk about something called "Minbari War Syndrome". Indiri explains that many verterans of the Earth-Minbari War have a kind of inferiority conplex regarding aliens. The Minbari had an overwhelming technological advantage, and that would cause some disturbed individuals to begin seeing them as inheritantly superior. Randall asks if this could cause someone to completely turn against their own world, and Indiri says, "It is theoretically possible, yes." He remarks on the first contact with the Centauri, which caused many to question long-cherished beliefs, and even become violent in some cases.

-->'''Randall''': The second ruls journalism is no one does anythign without a reason. They may not admit it, even to themselves, but the reason is there. To understand what's been happening on Babylon 5 since their break from Earth, you first have to understand why.

He then plays recording of the encounter he had with Franklin in Downbelow, where he overheard the message about the cryo units. Randall then returns to the ship outside the station, clearly a warship, and part of a fleet Sheridan and Delenn are putting together (using station resources). Also, not long before their secession, the station was upgraded with new, state-of-the-art weapons, which were used against Earth ships during the break. Another piece of the puzzle, but how does it all fit together.

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He begins with shots of the exterior, focusing on a ''White Star'' being repaired, before switching to footage of Downbelow. He claims that this is where most of the humans on the station live, in squalid, filthy conditions while the good quarters are kept for Sheridan, his command staff and a few priviledged privileged aliens. He portrays the Minbari as being the overlords of this place now, and that any who dissent are carted away by Dr. Franklin. Next, we see Londo and Sheridan, Randall's narration explaining that alien governments are calling the shots here, and that Sheridan appears to be their servant.

To explain why Randall turns to Dr. William Indiri, the psychological dean of Harvard University, to talk about something called "Minbari War Syndrome". Indiri explains that many verterans veterans of the Earth-Minbari War have a kind of inferiority conplex complex regarding aliens. The Minbari had an overwhelming technological advantage, and that would cause some disturbed individuals to begin seeing them as inheritantly inheritance superior. Randall asks if this could cause someone to completely turn against their own world, and Indiri says, "It is theoretically possible, yes." He remarks on the first contact with the Centauri, which caused many to question long-cherished beliefs, and even become violent in some cases.

-->'''Randall''': The second ruls rule journalism is no one does anythign anything without a reason. They may not admit it, even to themselves, but the reason is there. To understand what's been happening on Babylon 5 since their break from Earth, you first have to understand why.

He then plays recording of the encounter he had with Franklin in Downbelow, where he overheard the message about the cryo units.

'''Break for commercial'''

Randall then returns to the ship ''White Star'' outside the station, clearly a warship, and part of a fleet Sheridan and Delenn are putting together (using station resources). Also, not long before their secession, the station was upgraded with new, state-of-the-art weapons, which were used against Earth ships during the break. Another piece of the puzzle, but how does it all fit together.



'''Delenn''': Of course. If they don;t understand, we will make them understand.\\
'''Sheridan''': Anything that gets in the way disappears. \\

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'''Delenn''': Of course. If they don;t don't understand, we will make them understand.\\
'''Sheridan''': [[ManipulativeEditing Anything that gets in the way disappears.disappears]]. \\



'''Sheridan''': There is no force in this galaxy that can stop what we have done here together. Nothing will be able to stop us.

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'''Sheridan''': [[TwistingTheWords There is no force in this galaxy that can stop what we have done here together. Nothing will be able to stop us.
us]].



He turns again to Dr. Indiri and asks his opinion about he saw. Indiri finds it troubling because there have been cases where those with Minbari War Syndrome have attempted to mutilate themselves to look or even become more alien. He theorizes that Sheridan is mentally disturbed, which might make it easier for aliens to influence him.

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He turns again to Dr. Indiri and asks his opinion about he saw. Indiri finds it troubling because there have been cases where those with Minbari War Syndrome have attempted to [[SelfHarm mutilate themselves to look or even become more alien.alien]]. He theorizes that Sheridan is mentally disturbed, which might make it easier for aliens to influence him.



Showing a picture of Delenn, he asks, "Is this the face of humanity's future? Sheridan's future?" Randall then says that ultimately it's not Sheridan's fault, he's just the victim of a weak mind that aliens were able to take advantage of, but offers his opinion that the situation on Babylon 5 is deteriorating rapidly.

As the program ends, Ivanova leaves while Sheridan stares out at the station's interior. Delenn goes and touches his arm, then walks out whils Sheridan cames and turns the monitor off.

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Showing a picture of Delenn, he asks, "Is this the face of humanity's future? Sheridan's future?" Randall then says that ultimately it's not Sheridan's fault, he's just the victim of a weak mind weakened by a combination of his experiences in the war, the stress of command and the loss of his family's home, which burned to the ground lot long ago, that aliens were able to take advantage of, but of. But Randall offers his opinion that the situation on Babylon 5 is deteriorating rapidly.

rapidly, and expresses hope that one day Sheridan may receive proper care and treatment and one day return to them as a healthy, productive citizen.

As the program ends, Ivanova leaves while Sheridan stares out at the station's interior. Delenn goes and touches his arm, then walks out whils while Sheridan cames comes and turns the monitor off. off.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sheridan mentioning the strangers snooping around Sheridan's family hints that something is about to
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