Recap: Babylon Five S 03 E 02 Convictions
Not many fishes left in the sea. Not many fishes, just Londo and me. Not many fishes left in the sea. Not many fishes, just Londo and me.
Garibaldi is in the customs area dealing with some Drazi pilgrims who have come to visit the place where Droshalla was seen, when Ivanova comes up with an issue with some strange call promising chaos in a few hours. The chaos occurs when an explosion suddenly goes off. An investigation is launched, and the focal point of the blast is located, which is nowhere near anything that could have done it accidentally. A bomb.Meanwhile, a group of monks come aboard, led by one named Brother Theo. He meets with Ivanova and assures her that they will not impose themselves on anyone, and they are all highly skilled in many fields, but they also believe.Back in the customs area, Lennier greets Delenn, with Londo nearby, when another bomb goes off. Lennier pulls Londo to safety, but gets caught in the explosion himself. It is now clear that the bombs, which have gone off in highly traversed areas, are targeting people. Sheridan orders the station on lockdown, keeping people out of sight and in small groups that are less likely to be targeted.Later, Londo goes down to Medlab to keep Lennier company for a while, since he feels indebted to the Minbari, talking and telling bad jokes.A small break comes when another bomb goes off, but someone got a look at it before it exploded, and it looked pretty amateurish. They still don't know why, and Sheridan thinks the bomber might just be lashing out at people. They also manage to find the source, and Sheridan orders a check on everything from there. Then Ivanova has the idea that if the bomber wants to cause chaos, he might be coming around to see the aftermath, and might be on the security footage. Garibaldi doesn't have the time or resources for a check like that, but Ivanova has an idea who might. She has Brother Theo's people go over the footage and see if they can find anything.
- Garibaldi: May I be the first to say that this is the nuttiest idea you've ever had?
Ivanova: (Beat) Thank you.
- Sheridan: Find that bomb, Michael.
Garibaldi: I will. Just don't do anything stupid.
Sheridan: Too late.
- Carlson: No... it didn't. It's not fair! It's not fair!
Sheridan: (knocks Carlson out) What can I say? Life's tough sometimes.
This episode contains examples of:
- Ass Shove: Where Sheridan hides his open commlink before talking to the bomber.
- Big "NO!": G'Kar when the station crew rescues him and Londo.
- Big "Shut Up!": And Londo gets the last word this episode.
- Bomb Disposal: Garibaldi's men find the final bomb and rig it to a jetpack to get it clear of the station Just in Time.
- Brick Joke: The joke Londo tells to the comatose Lennier is repeated by Dr. Franklin and finished by Lennier as he wakes up.
- Continuity Nod:
- The song G'Kar sings (used as the page quote, above) is a parody of the song he sang in The Parliament of Dreams.
- The Home Guard and Free Mars both get mentioned as suspects, being extremist groups the crew had to deal with in the first and second seasons respectively.
- The Drazi pilgrims in the beginning are there because of Droshalla.
- Contrived Coincidence: A completely random bombing spree manages to get Londo twice. The first instance was originally written with a random Centauri woman, but JMS decided Lennier saving a main character would have more impact.
- Dead Man Switch: While Sheridan confronts Carlson.
- Freudian Excuse: Carlson lists the misfortunes he's had in recent months, but Sheridan puts him down anyway.Sheridan: What can I say? Life's tough sometimes.
- Laughing Mad: G'Kar seems to stray into this for a while.
- Lightbulb Joke: The afore-mentioned joke from Londo, which references the Centauri's obsession with the golden days of glory.How many Centauri does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one. But in the old days of the Centauri Republic, hundreds of servants would change thousands of lightbulbs at our slightest whim!
- Locked in a Freezer: Londo and G'Kar get trapped in a transport tube by one of the bombs. Rather than help each other escape, G'Kar would rather watch Londo die.
- Mad Bomber: Carlson.
- Nothing Personal, it's just the times.
- Oh Crap!: When Sheridan is forced to sit down, causing his link to chirp audibly, both he and Carlson share one.Carlson: [beat] WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!?
- Pet the Dog: Londo's bedside vigil for Lennier.
- Taking You with Me: The final bomb—placed near the station's fusion reactor—is rigged to a Dead Man Switch in Carlson's hand.
- Villainous Breakdown: Carlson isn't very stable to begin with, but he becomes steadily less so while talking to Sheridan.
- Volleying Insults: The last scene of the episode.
- You're Insane!: Londo shouts this at G'Kar, who just retorts that that is why they'll win.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Lennier is unhappy with the idea of the Centauri giving him a medal for saving Londo's life. It's not that Lennier is upset by Londo's gratitude and approval, but rather the fact that he fears the consequences of saving Londo's life, given the harm that Londo has caused and will cause. That, and Centauri ceremonies can probably be rather wearing to non-Centauri.Lennier: I did what I did because I believe all life is sacred. But when the object of your actions does not share that belief... I fear I have saved the present by sacrificing the future.