[[caption-width-right:350:Prisoners of Nightwatch.]]
!Ceremonies of Light and Dark

->''No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch, no more hostages, no more lies. Not on my station, not on my watch. No more! No more.''
-->-'''Captain Sheridan'''

In the aftermath of the separation from Earth, the command staff have a number of problems, first and foremost rooting out Nightwatch. Their communications are also down to prevent Earth from trying to remotely take control of the station.

As Sheridan begins his rounds, a sniper gets him in his sights. Before he can take the shot, someone else stops him, reasoning that if Sheridan is killed [[DontCreateAMartyr he becomes a martyr]], but promises to get their pound of flesh later.

Delenn thanks the Minbari commanders for their help, and decides that the time has come for a ceremony called the Nafak'cha, or rebirth ceremony. Marcus isn't sure anyone will want to come as they have things to do of their own, such as Sheridan overseeing the funerals of those who were killed defending the station. As Ivanova reads the names, the caskets float out of the docking bay toward the local star.

Londo and Refa meet up to discuss the war effort. Londo wants them to pull back their forces and for Refa to cut his ties to Mr. Morden. Refa is unwilling, until Londo mentions he poisoned Refa's drink. The first part settles into he blood until he has an agent introduce the second part, at which point, Refa will be quite dead. Refa asks why and Londo tells him it's to guarantee Refa's cooperation...[[InevitableMutualBetrayal and because sooner or later Refa would do the same to Londo]].

-->'''Londo''': As we are returning to the old ways, Refa, and poison was always the instrument of choice int he old republic, being something of a sentimentalist, I got here ''first''.

Londo demands Refa encourage the emperor to call off the attacks on worthless worlds, and bolster the defenses of Centauri Prime, and have nothing more to do with Morden. He ends with a toast to Lord Refa's health.

Sheridan, Ivanova and Garibaldi are in the process of restarting the computer and replacing all the command codes, when Delenn comes in wanting to talk to Sheridan. She tells him of the ceremony, and that they all need the be "reborn" into their new lives, puttign their old selves behind them.

The two from earlier, Boggs and Sniper, are meeting with the rest of the Nightwatch. They've just gotten orders from home. Their priority is the Minbari, driving them off will enable Earth forces to come in and retake the station. To do this, they're targeting Delenn.

Delenn finds Marcus in a shady den and tries to convince him to take part in the ceremony, but he's stragely reluctant.

Garibaldi restarts the computer, but when it comes back up and starts taling in a sarcastic, obnoxious tone. Garibaldi remembers that they once tried to install an aritifical intelligence, but they shut it down right away. Now they seem to have reactivated it.

Delenn and Lennier meet with Londo and G'Kar to invite them to the rebirth ceremony, but neither are inclinced to come. Londo is not interested in the aspects of the ceremony (telling someone a great secret and giving up something of great value), and G'Kar is too busy helping the Narns get adjusted to their new roles. Marcus thinks they should just give it up, nut Delenn is determined. Lennier then reminds her that one of the captains is coming aboard and she asks Marcus to come with her to the docking bay.

As they wait Delenn talks to Marcus, and he admits that he can't give anything up because he doesn't have anything left. His brother had joined the Rangers and tried to warn him of the Shadows, but he wouldn't listen. When the shadows came he lost his entire life, then went off to find the Rangers and finish what his brther had started. Delenn tell him that his pain is what he must give up, the guilt at [[SurvivorsGuilt being alive]].

As the ship docks, Marcus goes off the let Security know, and Delnn goes to meet the captain, Lennan. As she does, Nightwatch ambushes them.

Garibaldi is listening to Sparky, the A.I., complaining when Ivanova calls with word of the kidnapping. Delenn and Lennan, along with one of his aides, are being held somewhere in an abandoned area as their captors make contact with Sheridan. They demand the Minbari ships leave within six hours or they'll kill the hostages. To prove their point they kill Lennan's aid. Marcus storms off.

Back in the downbelow bar, Marcus approaches a group of lowlifes and deals himself into their game. He asks what they know and they want to know why they should.

-->'''Marcus''':[[BadassBoast Because in five minutes I'll be the only one at this table still standing. Five minutes after that I'll be the only one in the room still standing]].

Delenn and Lennan talk in Minbari, but Sniper understands them and thwarts their attempts to get loose.

Back in the bar, [[NotHyperbole Marcus finishes off the last of the patrons]], a bit annoyed that now he has to wait for one to wake up again, when Lennier comes up behind him. He's come to see that the ceremony takes place, which boggles Marcus. Lennier tells him that yes, he does want to take the station apart looking for her and decides now's as good a time as any to tell his secret. "I love her." He explains that it is not a romantic love, but a pure, perfect love. He knows Delenn is intended for another and [[BlatantLies that he's accepted it]].

Just then, one of the patrons begins to stir and Marcus is able to get some information.

In Sheridan's office, analysis of the video has come up with a sound that Garibaldi knows from Gray Sector. It;s a start but they need more specifics. Marcus comes in with what they need to determine where they are. With that Sheridan comes up with a plan. They're going to [[ISurrenderSuckers surrender]].

As the deadline approaches, Boggs gets a signal from his [[TheMole mole]] that the Minbari have pulled out. Before they can celebrate the room rocks and alarms begin blaring. People begin running from a leak in the fusion reactor. Boggs decides to take the hostages and run. As they leave they are ambushed by security and a friefight breaks out. Boggs is killed but Sniper tries to throw a knife at Sheridan and Delenn runs in the way, taking the blade in her back. [[BerserkButton Enraged]], Sheridan chases Sniper down and [[CurbStompBattle beats him to the ground]].

They find that the knife missed anything vital and she should make a full recovery. Unfortunately, the time to complete the ceremony is almost up. Sheridan decides they will have the ceremony in Medlab with her. Sheridan comes in, gives up the uniform and all it represents, and tells her that she has come to mean more to him than almost anything and he can't imagine his life without her, thus finally openly acknowledging a love story that's been brewing for the last season and a half. One by one, the others come in, lay their uniforms down and tells their secrets.

-->'''Garibaldi''': No one knows, but I'm afraid all the time of what I might do if I ever let go. \\
'''Ivanova''': I think I loved Talia.\\
'''Franklin''': I think I have a problem.

As they leave, Lennier tells them Delenn had something made for them. A short time later, they walk into C&C wearing brand new uniforms.

-->'''Sheridan''': The crisis, for now, is over. Tell the ships we're open for business.

!This episode contains examples of:

* AxCrazy: Sniper, just listen to his description of [[ColdBloodedTorture what he did to Minbari POWs]], and he's looking forward to showing his buddies in person.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Londo warns Refa that his loyalty to the Centauri should be greater than his ambition. In this case ambition
* {{Backstory}}: Marcus gives some of his to Delenn. It's elaborated upon in the canon novel ''To Dream in the City of Sorrows''.
* BadassBoast: Marcus casually states that if he doesn't get the answers he wants from the room full of thugs, he is going to be forced to beat all of them unconscious. The ''entire'' room then stands up in response. [[TakeOurWordForIt One discretionary scene cut later]], we see Marcus [[BadAss finishing off the last two people]] in the room, cuing what may be the single funniest line in the entire show:
-->'''Marcus''': ''Bugger!'' Now I have to wait for somebody to ''wake up!!''
* BerserkButton: Sheridan's is Delenn. He chases Sniper through the station, ending in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, after Sniper stabs her.
** Sniper himself earlier, while talking to Delenn about pity (see below).
* BilingualBackfire: Held hostage, Delenn and Lenann quietly start assessing the situation and planning an escape strategy in Minbari, only for one of the captors to interrupt them. He doesn't actually say anything in Minbari, but he makes it clear that he understood exactly what was being said.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Sniper descripes taking seven days to kill a Minbari, by tying off and slicing off each limb one at a time.
* ContinuityNod:
** Garibaldi's spoken authorization code for certain high-level computer functions is "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E16Eyes Peekaboo]]".
** Londo has gotten into the habit of [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E03TheGeometryOfShadows recording important conversations]].
** Delenn [[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E05TheParliamentOfDreams demonstrated]] part of the rebirth ceremony two years ago.
** Delenn tells Sniper she's faced far worse than him. She doesn't specify, but it's almost certain she's referring to [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E21ComesTheInquisitor Mr. Sebastian]].
* CurbstompBattle: Marcus vs. the bar patrons. [[BondOneLiner "Bugger! Now I have to wait for somebody to wake up."]]
** Also Sheridan vs. Sniper at the end.
* DontCreateAMartyr: Boggs warns Sniper against doing this.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Delenn telling Sniper she feels sorry for him because he is still trapped in the madness of the Earth-Minbari War sets him off, causing him to shoot Lenann and almost shoot Delenn, but [[VillainousRescue Boggs stops him before he can]].
* EmbarrassingPassword: Garibaldi uses the spoken security code "Peekaboo" for certain high-level computer functions. (By comparison, Sheridan and Ivanova use "Obsidian" and "Griffin", respectively.) His justification: "Hey, would ''you'' have guessed it?"
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Boggs has a highly visible facial scar, and is a bad guy. Interesting, the actor actually got the scar protecting a woman from getting raped, so for the actor it would be a subversion.
* HostageSituation: The main plot.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Variant. Sheridan makes Nightwatch think the Minbari have pulled out... then fakes a reactor leak to force them into the open.
* InevitableMutualBetrayal: Londo poisons Refa partially because eventually Refa would have done it.
* LoveConfession: This is the episode where Sheridan comes clean with his feelings for Delenn.
-->'''Sheridan''': ...I can no longer imagine my world without you in it. I don't know when or how it happened, but I'm glad it did.
** Two others come out, though one is towards a deceased character ([[spoiler:Ivanova confesses she thinks she loved Talia]]) and another not directly to the object of affection because it's not meant to be ([[spoiler:Lennier confesses he loves Delenn as his "tell a secret" rebirth ritual to Marcus]])
* MissingManFormation: During the memorial service.
* TheMole: Boggs still has people in Security, but Marcus manages to find out the identity of one of them.
* NeckLift: Lennier does this to ''Marcus''--a guy who'd just taken down an entire bar full of thugs.
* NotHyperbole: When Marcus says that in ten minutes, he'll be the last one in the room still standing, ''he means it''. [[UnderestimatingBadassery The thugs failed to realize this]].
* RageBreakingPoint: Marcus mentions in passing that his instructors warned him that he was repressing a great deal of anger. After beating a large room full of thugs senseless, he doesn't feel repressed anymore.
** Alternately, his Ranger training...either way...
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jerry Doyle's arm actually did get broken while filming the previous episode's fight scene. This happened ''after'' most of the dialogue in the script was finalized, and Sparky's "broken arm" line was in there ''before'' Doyle actually broke his arm.
** Straczyinski is no longer allowed to mention the body parts of crew members, after this and [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E03TheGeometryOfShadows the Ivanova incident]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The Night Watch leader's scar got a lot of complaints for looking fake. JMS responded that it's the real thing, as the actor got it protecting a woman from being raped.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Marcus still feel it from being the only survivor of the Shadow attack on his colony. Delenn urges him to lay it down.
* {{Taps}}: Heard during the memorial.