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* WeNeedADistraction: The sole purpose of Marcus's airstrike on the airfield Mars-side, paired with a commando raid by the Mars Resistance, is to distract Lefcourt's fleet and pull them out of position against Sheridan's [[TrojanHorse relatively]] conventional naval attack.


* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jump out of hyperspace just a few hundred meters above a planet's surface? They'll never see it coming.

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jump out of hyperspace just a few hundred meters above a planet's surface? They'll never see it coming. Because it's absolutely insane.

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* RealityEnsues: The combined Human and Minbari fleet makes quick work of the defense grid, but takes heavy casualties in the process, as they are a massive fleet attacking a system whose sole purpose is to fight off massive fleets.


As Clark sits in his office, he punches a command into a control panel, and the planetary defense grip opens fire, unleashing a [[MacrossMissileMassacre storm of missiles]]. Sheridan orders a screening action to intercept the missiles, keeping a line open for any response.

As his office door is about to be breached, Clark takes a PPG and shoots himself in the head. Crosby's group comes in to find his body. Then the senator finds something on the president's desk and asks to speak to Sheridan. She tells him Clark left a message, "[[TakingYouWithMe SCORCHED EARTH]]". Before he died, he programmed the defense grip to fire on Earth and they can't be over-ridden. Sheridan orders all ships into action. Objective: take out the satellites before they [[SaltTheEarth burn the planet]]. Every ship and fighter in the fleet opens fire, eliminating most of the defense platforms, but the ''Agamemnon'' takes a missile right through the forward batteries just as one of them prepares to fire on the Eastern Seaboard. With no forward weapons, and no one else close enough to help, Sheridan orders a ramming attack. The ''Agamemnon'' begins moving toward it, building momentum, racing it to destruction. Seconds before impact, the ''Apollo'' jumps in and unloads on the rogue satellite, which explodes right before the ''Agamemnon'' hits. With the last one destroyed, and Clark gone, the battle is over.

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As Clark sits in his office, he punches a command into a control panel, and the planetary defense grip grid opens fire, unleashing a [[MacrossMissileMassacre storm of missiles]]. Sheridan orders a screening action to intercept the missiles, keeping a line open for any response.

As his office door is about to be breached, Clark takes a PPG and shoots himself in the head. Crosby's group comes in to find his body. Then the senator finds something on the president's desk and asks to speak to Sheridan. She tells him Clark left a message, "[[TakingYouWithMe SCORCHED EARTH]]". Before he died, he programmed the defense grip grid to fire on Earth and they can't be over-ridden. Sheridan orders all ships into action. Objective: take out the satellites before they [[SaltTheEarth burn the planet]]. Every ship and fighter in the fleet opens fire, eliminating most of the defense platforms, but the ''Agamemnon'' takes a missile right through the forward batteries just as one of them prepares to fire on the Eastern Seaboard. With no forward weapons, and no one else close enough to help, Sheridan orders a ramming attack. The ''Agamemnon'' begins moving toward it, building momentum, racing it to destruction. Seconds before impact, the ''Apollo'' jumps in and unloads on the rogue satellite, which explodes right before the ''Agamemnon'' hits. With the last one destroyed, and Clark gone, the battle is over.

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* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Marcus to Ivanova, as he uses the alien healing device to transfer his life energy to heal her.


* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Sheridan and Franklin use the Shadow-modified telepaths to sabotage Lefcourt's ships. Preventing them from joining the battle will save thousands, but nobody is happy about it.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Sheridan and Franklin use 30 of the Shadow-modified telepaths to sabotage Lefcourt's ships. Preventing ships, knowing those telepaths will certainly be killed in the process. Disabling those ships instead of having to destroy them from joining the in battle will save thousands, thousands more lives, but nobody is happy about it.



* OutsideContextProblem: Why did General Lefcourt not anticipate Shadow-modified telepaths as a possible threat? Because in all likelihood he never even knew the Shadows existed, let alone their "weapons components".

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* OutsideContextProblem: Why did General Lefcourt not anticipate Shadow-modified telepaths as a possible threat? Because in all likelihood he never even knew the Shadows existed, let alone of their "weapons components".



* SurpassedTheTeacher: Lefcourt taught Sheridan everything he knows. Sheridan neutralizes more than half his fleet without firing a shot.

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* SurpassedTheTeacher: Lefcourt taught Sheridan everything he knows. Sheridan neutralizes more than half his the majority of Lefcourt's fleet without firing a shot.


* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: The problems of hyperspace are such that a large-scale battle in hyperspace will end in disaster for both sides.

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* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: The problems of hyperspace are such that a large-scale battle in hyperspace will end in disaster for both sides.sides, and thus, neither Sheridan nor Lefcourt are willing to risk it.

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* FakeShemp: Gary [=McGurk=] unfortunately wasn't available, so Clark's downfall comes with just a few shots of another bald actor seen from behind and never speaking.

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* EquivalentExchange: The [[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E21TheQualityOfMercy alien healing device]] makes another appearance. Marcus uses it to save Ivanova's life at the cost of his own.


** General Robert Lefcourt is given an introductory scene that establishes him as a [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman man of honor]] who [[MyCountryRightOrWrong realizes he is working for a monster but is unwilling to turn on Earth for it]]. Shortly after, his ship is disabled intact. Naturally, he turns up at the episode's climax to save the day once President Clark is dead.

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** General Robert Lefcourt is given an introductory scene that establishes him as a [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman [[OfficerAndAGentleman man of honor]] who [[MyCountryRightOrWrong realizes he is working for a monster but is unwilling to turn on Earth for it]]. Shortly after, his ship is disabled intact. Naturally, he turns up at the episode's climax to save the day once President Clark is dead.


Mitchell acknowledges the order, then asks why he was bumped out of command for this op. Lefcourt assures him he's done nothing wrong. The general is there because he believes that the [[MyCountryRightOrWrong military is not to take up arms against the government under any circumstances]]. Also, he was Sheridan's mentor, and taught him everything he knows. He takes a moment to lament that it's come to this. He then orders his fleet into position, authorizing them to fire on any Earth Force ship known to have sided with Sheridan.

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Mitchell acknowledges the order, then asks why he was bumped out of command for this op. Lefcourt assures him he's done nothing wrong. The general is there because he believes that the [[MyCountryRightOrWrong military is not to take up arms against the government under any circumstances]]. Also, he was Sheridan's mentor, and taught him everything he knows. He takes a moment to lament that it's come to this. He then orders his fleet into position, authorizing them to fire on any Earth Force [=EarthForce=] ship known to have sided with Sheridan.



*AntiVillain: General Lefcourt is not a fascist or a speciesist like previous Clark loyalists, but believes that the military should not rise against the government, no matter how justified they feel to do it.



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: General Lefcourt does not agree with Clark's actions or policies, but he also feels that the military should ''never'' rise against the government, as that would destroy any legitimacy a democracy could hope to have. Once Clark is dead, Lefcourt quickly moves to help Sheridan destroy the last of the Global Orbital Defense satellites.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: General Lefcourt does not agree with Clark's actions or policies, but he also feels that the military should ''never'' rise against the government, as that would destroy any legitimacy a democracy the armed forces could hope to have. Once Clark is dead, Lefcourt quickly moves to help Sheridan destroy the last of the Global Orbital Defense satellites.



* TakingYouWithMe: Clark programs the planetary defense grid to fire on Earth, then shoots himself in the head.

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* TakingYouWithMe: Clark programs the planetary defense grid to fire on Earth, Earth itself, then shoots himself in the head.


Before they can get into that, Grumpy's signal comes in. Marcus orders Lennier to relay the data to Sheridan and orders them into action. The plan is...[[CrazyEnoughToWork crazy]], [[AirstrikeImpossible jumping out of hyperspace]] ''[[AirstrikeImpossible inside]]'' an [[AirstrikeImpossible atmosphere right on top of the deck]]. They just need super-accurate coordinates, which Garibaldi provided, assuming he didn't get longitude and latitude mixed up.

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Before they can get into that, Grumpy's signal comes in. Marcus orders Lennier to relay the data to Sheridan and orders them into action. The plan is...[[CrazyEnoughToWork crazy]], [[AirstrikeImpossible jumping out of hyperspace]] ''[[AirstrikeImpossible inside]]'' an [[AirstrikeImpossible an atmosphere right on top of the deck]]. They just need super-accurate coordinates, which Garibaldi provided, assuming he didn't get longitude and latitude mixed up.


Before they can get into that, Grumpy's signal comes in. Marcus orders Lennier to relay the data to Sheridan and orders them into action. The plan is...[[CrazyEnoughToWork crazy]], [[AirstrikeImpossible jumping out of hyperspace ''inside'' an atmosphere right on top of the deck]]. They just need super-accurate coordinates, which Garibaldi provided, assuming he didn't get longitude and latitude mixed up.

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Before they can get into that, Grumpy's signal comes in. Marcus orders Lennier to relay the data to Sheridan and orders them into action. The plan is...[[CrazyEnoughToWork crazy]], [[AirstrikeImpossible jumping out of hyperspace ''inside'' hyperspace]] ''[[AirstrikeImpossible inside]]'' an [[AirstrikeImpossible atmosphere right on top of the deck]]. They just need super-accurate coordinates, which Garibaldi provided, assuming he didn't get longitude and latitude mixed up.


* MyCountryRightOrWrong: General Lefcourt does not agree with Clark's actions or policies, but he also feels that the military should ''never'' rise against the government, as that would destroy any legitimacy a democracy could hope to have. [[spoiler: Once Clark is dead, Lefcourt quickly moves to help Sheridan destroy the last of the Global Orbital Defense satellites.]]

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: General Lefcourt does not agree with Clark's actions or policies, but he also feels that the military should ''never'' rise against the government, as that would destroy any legitimacy a democracy could hope to have. [[spoiler: Once Clark is dead, Lefcourt quickly moves to help Sheridan destroy the last of the Global Orbital Defense satellites.]]


* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jump out is hyperspace just a few hundred meters above a planet's surface? They'll never see it coming.

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jump out is of hyperspace just a few hundred meters above a planet's surface? They'll never see it coming.



** "Agamemnon" leads an assault at a nigh impregnable fortress with the help of "Apollo" and also a sort of Trojan horse in the form of the Shadow-modified Telepaths...
* DrivenToSuicide: Clark knows the jig is up when Sheridan's fleet outflanks the last remaining Loyalist fleet and arrives in orbit over Earth.

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** "Agamemnon" leads an assault at a nigh impregnable fortress with the help of "Apollo" and also a sort of Trojan horse in the form of the Shadow-modified Telepaths...
Telepaths.
* DrivenToSuicide: Clark knows the jig is up when Sheridan's fleet outflanks the last remaining Loyalist fleet and arrives in orbit over Earth.Earth, so he puts a gun to his head rather than be taken alive.
* {{Foil}}: General Lefcourt serves as one to Sheridan here, being the commander of the Earth-loyal fleet, a patriot in his own right, which leads him to a different action than Sheridan, and the one who taught Sheridan tactics and strategy.


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* OutsideContextProblem: Why did General Lefcourt not anticipate Shadow-modified telepaths as a possible threat? Because in all likelihood he never even knew the Shadows existed, let alone their "weapons components".


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* SurpassedTheTeacher: Lefcourt taught Sheridan everything he knows. Sheridan neutralizes more than half his fleet without firing a shot.

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