And Now For a Word
In the process of putting this report together, it didn't take us long to learn the most important rule of survival aboard Babylon 5: expect the unexpected.
We start from a report from an ISN news desk, as us the viewers are treated to the journalist's experience of the controversial Babylon 5.The first few minutes witness an armed Narn cruiser destroy a Centauri transport, and the first view is focused on Dr. Franklin trying to help the survivors of the strike, and Captain Sheridan offers "no comment." While Londo is quick to point out how hostile the Narn are being in neutral territory, G'Kar says he will receive a statement from his government shortly.The next three interviews are from the chief dock worker (about how every loading and unloading task seems to be always on a priority list), one of the bridge officers (and how rewarding the experience is), and Captain Sheridan himself (about his service in Earthforce, and the chances of how long the station would last).We then go to Dr. Franklin in the med bay, and he reveals why he hates jokes about people being spaced, one of his friends was spaced, suffocating after fiddling with switches on walls.G'Kar comes up with a statement about the Centauri transport shot down: he claims said transport was a weapons transport that would be inbound for the front lines in the Narn-Centauri conflict, and how awful it is to have the station be a supply post in neutral territory.We come to a statement from an Earth senator about how beneficial keeping the station may be, and Sheridan comes back with a retort: The Earth Alliance hasn't recovered from the Earth-Minbari War. At the bridge deck, the news reporter comes to Commander Ivanova, who is investigating the recent attack, and she gives her life story to the reporter. Chief Garibaldi is next, and admits he'd rather have a quiet life on Babylon 5. Ivanova calls him up to the deck.After the human staff are consulted, the reporter gets a shot of the mysterious Vorlon Ambassador Kosh, but not able to talk. Delenn is next. She talks about her homeworld, how she had changed overall after the Season 1 finale, and stops when the Earth-Minbari War gets mentioned.Ivanova's investigation is finished, calling for all available ambassadors to come to a hearing. G'Kar's suspicions become verified, and Sheridan is royally upset at Londo, at how Babylon 5 is in neutral territory, and not to be used as a staging area/munitions depot, and anything that causes that to change would put all the residents in a dangerous situation. Londo is quick to retaliate, but Sheridan and Delenn shoot him down, then G'Kar calls Londo on his crap. Just before the debate gets seriously heated, a dogfight happens outside. Delta Squadron is deployed, and Sheridan, after some deliberation, calls for a neutralization order (disable first, destroy as a last resort). Sheridan calls for any combatants to be thrown in the brig, then nearly does so with Londo and G'Kar, but calls for a "neater" action since the cameraman's on his left.We now hear G'Kar's life story about the Narn-Centauri War, and said his father was hung by a tree after spilling the equivalent of hot coffee on a Centauri. He was able to run away and score his first kill. Next is Londo's story about the war, and said the Narn had started to resort to violence at first.Back at the bridge, a Centauri Battle Cruiser comes next to the station, and Londo calls the bridge. He says any other of the suspected Centauri transports must be returned back to Centauri space, and any other ship will be interdicted or shot down.We cut to a Psi Corps commercial. Next is the same Earth senator from earlier about how Babylon 5's involvement comes at a price.Back at the bridge, Sheridan calls the Centauri cruiser, saying if they make any hostile attack, the station has its weapons loaded to bear.One transport makes it through, and just as Sheridan opens a channel, a Narn cruiser jumps in and assaults the Centauri cruiser. After the Centauri cruiser gets shot up, the Narn cruiser attempts to jump out, but their drives malfunction and the ship explodes.Back to Chief Garibaldi about if Babylon 5 is worth the cost: Yes. Londo agrees, and learning lessons is one of the things that keep Babylon 5 alive. G'Kar presents his doubts, Delenn says yes, saying it's a "great gift, but a terrible responsibility." Dr. Franklin says yes (because of medical intervention), the chief dock worker says yes (for the sake of pension), and so does Captain Sheridan, however, he says it's not for any of the reasons above, but for the sake of creating peace and working out interracial problems. He says Babylon 5 is more or less about making a better future...
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