Season 1, Episode 13:
Signs and Portents
- Morden: I've been out of circulation. Spent the last few years doing some exploration out on the rim.Security: Find anything interesting?Morden: (smiles) Yes.
The "day" dawns aboard the station, and Ivanova is awoken by an overly cheerful sounding computer wake-up call. In C&C she tells the commander she has trouble waking up when it's dark out.
- Sinclair: But in space it's always dark.Ivanova: (Beat) I know.
- "I want my people to reclaim their rightful place in the galaxy. I want to see the Centauri stretch forth their hand again and command the stars. I want a rebirth of glory, a renaissance of power. I want to stop running through my life like a man late for an appointment, afraid to, to look back or to look forward. I want us to be what we used to be. I want... I want it all back, the way that it was. Does that answer your question?"
This episode contains examples of:
- And Then What?: Morden rejects the Narn as instruments of chaos when G'Kar lacks the vision to know where his ambitions could take him after he's achieved the destruction of the Centauri.
- More specifically, G'Kar implies the Narn don't HAVE any ambitions beyond Revenge. They'd stop:G'Kar: As long as the safety of the homeworld is assured, I don't see that it matters.
- More specifically, G'Kar implies the Narn don't HAVE any ambitions beyond Revenge. They'd stop:
- Arc Words: Morden's most dangerous of questions.
- Armor-Piercing Question: What do you want?
- Bad Future: Ladira's vision. This is the first of several times this will crop up over the course of the series.
- Big Damn Heroes: Delta Wing shows up just in time to complete Sinclair's trap.
- Call Back: Sinclair recounts what he saw when the Knights forced him to relive the Battle of the Line.
- Cavalry Betrayal: The raiders are actually on Kiro's side, until he is aboard their ship, at which point they take him prisoner and announce their intention to ransom him and the Eye back to the Centauri.
- Continuity Nod: The last time we saw Delenn with a triangular mark on her forehead, she was standing with the Grey Council.
- Detect Evil: Minbari, at least members of the Grey Council, seem to be able to sense to presence of the Shadows.
- Devil in Plain Sight: None of the ambassadors (save Kosh) seem to notice the air of menace around Morden, though Delenn eventually realizes what he is after her Detect Evil ability senses the presence of the Shadows nearby.
- Dramatic Drop: When Ladira sees Kiro's death aboard the raider ship. Followed by Dramatic Shattering.
- Fainting Seer: Lady Ladira has an episode when she first comes aboard the station and foresees its destruction. Later, when she sees the ship Lord Kiro is on destroyed by the Shadows, she drops her mug.
- Kosh's confrontation with Morden, most particularly the fact that his encounter suit was actually damaged afterward.
- Earlier, Delenn has a strange reaction to Morden's presence, which causes her to whisper, "They're here."
- Kiro mentions that Ladira had predicted he would be killed by a shadow.
- Get Out: When she realizes what Morden is, Delenn promptly kicks him out of her quarters.
- MacGuffin: The Centauri Eye.
- Never My Fault: An excellent illustration of this attitude happens with Londo and G'Kar's heated discussion outside a transport tube. G'Kar blames a famine on his world's southern frontier on the Centauri occupation; Londo blames it on the Narn stripping their own world for resources to build their war machine. Likely Both Sides Have a Point, but the point of this argument is that they refuse to acknowledge their own culpability. The argument escalates, and they're so engrossed that they miss the transport tube. Naturally, they both shout the same thing at each other when they realize this:Now look what you've made me do!
- Outside-Context Villain: We get our first look at the Shadows, as a ship simply warps into space, turns the Raiders' base ship to mincemeat in seconds, and disappears as mysteriously as it came.
- Point Defenseless: Averted. Babylon 5's defense grid turns out to be quite effective, especially when working in concert with the Starfuries to herd enemy ships into the kill zones. Two of the Raiders are killed almost immediately once the guns start firing.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The human waiting for the elevator with G'Kar and Londo. While their argument continues to escalate, he quickly jumps into the newly-arrived elevator and closes the doors behind him.
- Shout-Out: Sinclair's question to Ladira after seeing the vision is the same one Scrooge asked the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come of his own future.
- The numbers used by the pirate operative on the station, "Six" and "One", are a shout-out to The Prisoner.
- Space Pirates: The Raiders.
- Starter Villain: The Raiders, who have been a recurring villain up until this point, are dismissed by the Shadows, and won't appear again on the show until the 5th season.
- Title Drop Chapter: "Signs and Portents" is title of the season, and this episode gives us our first taste of the main villains.
- Wham Episode: We see the Shadows for the first time, Morden's first appearance and a vision of the destruction of Babylon 5.
- You Are Number 6: The Raider aboard the station goes by the alias of Six, and communicates with a "One" who is presumably the leader of the group. This has been confirmed by Word of God as a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer.
- You Do Not Want To Know: When Londo says he'd like to know how the mercenary got the Eye back, the man simply says, "No, you wouldn't," then leaves.