Babylon 5 S1E22 Script

Chrysalis (1994)

[instrumental music]

These unprovoked attacks must stop!

The attacks will stop when the Centauri government stops sending hostile ships across the border into Narn space.

(Londo) 'Quadrant 37 is neutral territory!'

The treaty makes that perfectly clear.

The Narn government no longer recognize the treaty since it was imposed upon our people by force.

There! You see? I told you.

They can't be trusted to abide by their own agreements.

An agreement signed under duress is no agreement at all, is it, ambassador?

Gentlemen, please, this is getting us nowhere.

Ambassador G'Kar, your people have operated the military base on the border of Centauri space for nearly five years without incident.

Why this sudden provocation?

Our patrols are necessary for non-planetary security.

Keep this up, G'Kar and soon you won't have a planet to protect.

I'll return when this council is ready to discuss things in a civilized fashion.


[instrumental music]

[indistinct chatter]


Alert Medbay.


Petrov! Petrov, what happened?

You gotta stop 'em.

They're gonna kill him.

They're gonna kill..

Gonna kill who?



(male narrator) It was the dawn of the Third Age of mankind ten years after the Earth-Minbari War.

The Babylon Project was a dream given form.

Its goal, to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully.

It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs and wanderers.

Humans and aliens, wrapped in two million five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal all alone in the night.

It can be a dangerous place.

But it's our last, best hope for peace.

This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations.

The year is 2258.

The name of the place is Babylon 5.

[theme music]

'I picked him up about six months ago on petty theft.'

Not a bad guy, just somebody who got in over his head with the wrong people.

I helped him out and he wanted to repay the favor.

Since then he's been working for me as an informant in Downbelow.

Was he working on anything when he was attacked?

No, I hadn't heard from him in almost two weeks.


I'm sorry, by the time he got here he lost so much blood there was nothing we could do.

He's dead.


He was just starting to get it together.

Straighten out his life, and now he..

It must've been something really big to make him come all this way hurting like that.

Last thing he said was, "They're going to kill him."

Kill who? I don't know.

But I'm gonna find out.

(woman on TV) 'After which the president and his escort left the Mars colony'

'on a goodwill tour of the outer planet colonies.'

'Sources close to the president have hinted'

'that he'll give a major policy speech New Year's Day'

'from the jump point on Io.'

'The speech is likely to concern human/alien relations' over the remainder of his five year term.

We'll continue to bring you more live updates on the five planet goodwill tour

'here on the Interstellar Network News.'


You got any plans for new year's Eve yet?

Well, assuming I'm not still up to my ears in this Narn situation, no, no plans.

Good. Because I made a few arrangements.

Such as?

Well, let it be a surprise, okay?

Sure. Guess that makes two of us with surprises.


I was thinking the other day, uh

12, almost 15 years that's a long time to know someone.

I mean, sure, we got together

'split up, gotten together again..'

Yes, it's been quite a pony ride.

But even through the worst of it the fights, the years apart I never stopped thinking about you.

Never stopped loving you.

'I didn't know why sometimes, I tried my best not to care' but it never went away.

And this time I think we finally got it right.

So now with the new year coming I've been going over it in my head and..

Look, do you wanna get married or don't you?


Well, good.

How's April by you? July is better.


You want coffee? No.

[instrumental music]

Vir, how many Gods are there in our Pantheon?

I've lost count since the last emperor was elevated to Godhood.

Uh, 48. No, no, 49.

Fifty, if you count Zoog, but, you know, I never thought--

Alright, let's say 50. Fifty.

Now, out of that 50, how many Gods do you think I must've offended to have ended up with G'Kar's teeth buried so deeply in my throat that I can barely breathe?

All of them?

Sounds right.

And now I-I have to go back to the council and explain to them that in the interest of peace the Centauri government will agree to give Quadrant 37 to the Narn's.

[sighs] I think I'll stick my head in the station's fusion reactor.

It would be quicker and I suspect after a while I might even come to enjoy it.

Ambassador, why don't you-- But this!

Th-th-this is like being nibbled to death by, uh..

What are those earth creatures called?

Feathers, long bill, webbed feet, go quack?

Cats. Cats.

Like being nibbled to death by cats.


Yes? 'Ambassador Mollari, please.'

I'm sorry, he's very busy. Perhaps I can take a message?

Wait, Vir, let me see.

'Yes, I thought it was you.'

I trust the Eye is still safe.

Yes, with your help. What is it?

You have a problem, ambassador.

I believe I can help. But I think we should meet.

In the park, say, an hour?

I'll be there. One more thing.

I never caught your name. Morden.

See you in an hour.

[dramatic music]

Who was that?

Someone who did me a great favor.

More than that you don't need to know.

You can go, Vir.

Did you see Ambassador Kosh? I did.

Did you relay my question precisely?

Word for word?

I did.

His reaction? Just one word.

He said yes.

Wait for me.

[indistinct chatter]

I'm looking for anybody who might've known Stephen Petrov?

He used to live around here, so..

How about you? Any of you guys know Petrov?

Come on, the guy is dead, don't you wanna get whoever did it?

Life's cheap down here, friend.

Funny how the only time you seem to care is when one of your weasels gets it.

(male #1) 'In here.'

You got something for me?

I knew Petrov. He was okay.

Yeah, he was. And now he's dead.

A lot of us we take whatever work we can get around the station.

So when the guys come down they say

"We need two or five or seven of you."

We go, and it's not easy work.

And sometimes it's not what you would think is nice but it beats scrounging.

Last week, one of the guys hired us to load cargo for transport.

What kind of cargo?

We don't ask. If it was legit, they would use somebody else.

'After we finished, Petrov stayed on.'

Seemed kinda funny at the time.

'Cause I could tell the guy was trouble.

You got a name?


That's all I know.

He hangs out down in the casino.

Thanks. Oh, one thing.

The last time I saw Petrov was..

...just before he went looking for you.

Whatever he saw, whatever he knew scared him half to death.

[intense music]

Ambassador. Mr. Morden.

You never gave me a chance to thank you after you rescued the Eye from those triple-damn raiders.

Unnecessary. I'm here to be of service, ambassador.

My associates believe that you're a person of great potential.

Trapped in a position where your skills are unseen and unappreciated.

They'd like to change that.

Yes, I've heard this before.

And I have stopped listening.

There's comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be.

Then you accept it, or you kill yourself..

...or you stop looking into mirrors.

No, nothing can be changed.

Then nothing's lost by trying.

'You have a problem, Ambassador Mollari.'

Quadrant 37. We can fix it for you, if you let us.

A heavily guarded Narn military outpost and you and your associates are going to fix it? For me?

[Londo laughing]

You have a very peculiar sense of humor.

Yes, I do.

Tell your government that you will personally take care of Quadrant 37.

They'll think I'm drunk or insane.


And you don't want credit for this grand endeavor?

No. We're simply here to help.

Good day, ambassador.

Mr. Morden, if I may ask.

What is the price for this help?

'No price, ambassador.'

But at some point in the future if we deliver on our promises, we may come to you and ask you for a favor. That's all.

[steam hissing]

[instrumental music]

I have come, as I said I would.

[breathes deeply]

Kosh, I have great doubts.

I must know if it's true.

I must see with my own eyes.


Thank you.

Now I will keep the promise.


You will not see me again as I am now.

(male #2) 'Alright! A winner!'

[indistinct chatter]

Mr. Devereaux?

Security Chief Garibaldi. I'd like to ask you a few questions.

Look, I'm busy right now. Maybe later.

I understand you hired a lurker recently name of Stephen Petrov.

I hire a lot of people.

Names, faces, I don't keep track.

Fine, then you'll come down to security and we'll show you a picture. Maybe that'll jog your memory.

I don't have time for this. Make time.

Alright. Fine, fine.

Big mistake, hotshot.

You shouldn't poke around in things you don't understand.

This is too big for you.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm shakin' in my boots.

Now, move it.

Uh, ambassador, we just had a message from Centauri Prime.

They wanna know if you've relayed their decision to the advisory council.

No. No, I haven't.

And I'm not going to.

Ah, that should go over well.

Send a reply to Homeworld.

Tell them..

Tell them that I will personally take care of the problem in Quadrant 37.

Alright, I'll.. What?

Is there something wrong with your hearing?

No, it's just for a moment I thought I had entered an alternate universe or something.

Ambassador, are you sure you're feeling alright?

Vir, I am quite sober.

Send the message.

[intense music]


(computer) 'Opening communication channel to Centauri Prime.'

'Please stand by.'



'Commander, it's late.'

I know, I just thought I'd try once more to settle the Quadrant 37 situation.

I'm afraid the ambassador is resting.

He's rather fatigued from his heavy schedule.

Perhaps if you came back.

I believe the ambassador can see you now.

Ah, Sinclair, what a joy to see you again.

What can I do for you?

You can start by giving the Centauri some room to maneuver.

Ah, back to that again, are we?

As far as I'm concerned this is a dead issue.

We have to keep pushing forward.

'G'Kar, you once told me that before the Centauri came'

Narn was an agrarian world, a peaceful world.

In order to be free, you had to learn to fight.

No one questions that. But you've overcompensated.

You're like abused children who've grown big enough to do the same thing to someone else.

As if that'll somehow balance the scales. It won't.

If you let your anger cloud your judgment it'll destroy you.

We know what we're doing.

Anything else, commander?

Just that I've had this feeling lately.

That we're standing at a crossroads.

And I don't like where we're going.

But there's still time to choose another path.

'You can be part of that process, G'Kar.'

'Choose wisely.'

Not just for the Centauri, but for the good of your own people as well.

We all do what we have to.

It's late. Please go now.

[door hissing]

So, what's the occasion?

Who says there has to be an occasion to invite you to join us for dinner?

I didn't get to be head of security because of my good looks.

So? What's up?

We need you to do a job for us.

No problem, give me the guy's name and I'll lean on him.

Not that kind of job.

I think the official title is best man.

Best.. You two?

And I'll need a maid of honor. I don't really know anyone here.

So, if you wouldn't mind. I'd be honored.


This is great. After all this time.

I'm glad things are working out for ya.

It's funny, I was thinking the other day about all the things we've gone through.

'Good times and bad and..'

Look, you know me, I'm not very good at this but I just wanted you to know I've always been proud to be your friend, Jeff.

And I'm honored to be your best man.

'Hell, I'm honored to be best at anything.'


Never fails. Garibaldi. What?

(male #3) 'Chief, the prisoner you brought in'

'Edgar Devereaux, he's missing.'

Missing? What the hell do you mean he's missing?

(male #3) 'I don't know, sir, he's just gone'

'along with the two men who were with him.'

Alright, on my way.

I knew there was more to this Devereaux guy than meets the eye.

I checked the weapon I took off him.

Every PPG has a serial number stamped on the inner coil.

The coils are Morbidium alloy, harder than diamond so the number can't be removed.

But his PPG didn't have a number.

You're saying he found a way to remove it?

(Garibaldi) 'I'm saying it was never there.'

Only special agents in EarthForce Security get unnumbered PPGs.

But this guy's name wasn't on file.

And now he's gone.

I don't like this, Jeff. I don't like this a lot.

[instrumental music]

(male #4) 'Perimeter guard to base. Nothing to report.'

Sector is clear. 'Acknowledged.'

Report to.. Base? Repeat.


[intense music]





Any more ships due in for a while?


(woman on TV) ' which time the vice president'

'disembarked EarthForce One.'

'He is currently undergoing medical tests'

'while the president continues en route to Jupiter.'

Reports indicate that the vice president is suffering from a viral infection and hopes to catch up with the tour as it returns from Io.


I thought I left you watching the store?

You know how this place gets on New Year's Eve.

Ah, it's quiet up there.

Figured I'd see if I could help. What've we got?

Devereaux hired Petrov to load crates for transport.

One shipment never made it out due to engine problems.

Thought I'd see what was so important.

What's the manifest say?

Uh, medical supplies, bandages, that sort of thing.

Wouldn't it be better to try and find Devereaux?

We'll find him, meanwhile with any luck this'll tell us what scared Petrov like that.

Medical supplies? I don't think so.

Look like some kind of transmitters.

That's weird. They're set to broadcast static.

They're powerful enough to flood whatever channel they're using.

Blank it out, sort of a poor man's jamming device.

What's that?

Some kind of triangulation system.

Helps determine optimum placement for the transmitters.

Location is set for grid 0-0-1 by 5 by 9.

That would put it just off the transfer point on Io.

What's the frequency on that transmitter?

Uh.. Can't make it out.

Here, let me see that.


That's the gold channel frequency for EarthForce One.

Why would someone want to jam the president's..

Oh, my God.

Garibaldi to Sinclair. 'Sinclair here.'

Commander, we've got a problem. Ultraviolet priority!

Meet me in the briefing room in 20 minutes.

'What is it?' Not over the link.

I'll tell you when I see you.

Guard those boxes with your life.

Don't let anything happen to them.

'Will do.'

This is Blue Alpha. Stand by.

[dramatic music]

I told you not to poke around in things that are too big for you.

Yeah, well, that's a little late for that.

Now, up against the wall. I think not.


[intense music]

Sinclair to C&C. 'On line.'

I thought I'd check my quarters incase Garibaldi doubled back.

Still no sign of him. I don't like it.

(C&C) 'Agreed, he wouldn't call for an ultraviolet alert'

'and then vanish, unless..'

I know. Keep trying to raise him on the link.

Let me know as soon as you hear anything.

(C&C) 'Confirmed.'



Michael, where the hell..


I believe you recognize this.

[instrumental music]


You remember what happened at the Battle of the Line

'don't you?'

'You remember being taken aboard our ship.'

Only a little.

Fragments. Images.

I don't know what it all means.

I suspected as much.

We have a lot to discuss, commander.

By coming to you, I'm putting both our lives at risk.

But there are things you should know.

[sighs] This isn't a good..

We can't find Garibaldi.

I understand.

Come to my quarters and I'll tell you.. much as I can.

But don't wait too long, commander.

Certain things have been set in motion..

...and I do not have much time.

[intense music]



What is it, Na'Toth?

The outpost in Quadrant 37 is gone.

What do you mean, gone? You can't establish contact?

That's what we thought at first.

So Homeworld sent out a ship to investigate.

'The entire outpost has been destroyed' every building leveled.

Three heavy cruisers in near orbit, gone.

Fighters, gone. How?

The outpost records? 'Destroyed.'



Ten thousand of our best warriors, dead.

It's as if some great hand reached out of space and..

...just erased them.

It wasn't the humans.

The Centauri don't have the will.

The Vorlons don't care.

'The Minbari wouldn't do it.'

'The other worlds aren't powerful enough'

'for a strike like this.'

[instrumental music]

There's someone else out there, Na'Toth.


(all) Six, five, four three, two, one!

[cheering] Happy New Year!

I remember last year, it was great.



Are you sure there's no other way?

What must happen will happen.

Valen said this day would come.

Who are we to stand in the way of prophecy?

But what if you're wrong?

Then speak well of me when I'm gone.

[instrumental music]


If he comes, it must be soon.

'We have little time.'

Blood pressure 60 over 10, respiration 30, pulse 120.

Prep Isolab for surgery. Let's get those patches here.

Stop the bleeding. Stat! How bad is it?

It's bad. Extensive thermal tissue damage.

Massive damage to the kidney, the pancreas and the spleen.

You set? Alright, let's turn him.

One, two, three. Oh! Move.

Alright, hook him up. 'Will he make it?'

I'm not sure.

We can't operate until we stabilize him.



It's alright, Michael. I'm here. You'll be okay.

Got to.. Lie still.

No, they're going to..

...going to kill the president.. the transfer point on Io.

Warn.. Warn..

We're losing him! Stand by on morphozine!

Let's get those injectors ready. Let's go.

'Move, move, move!' 'Comin' through.'

(female #1) As EarthForce One moves into position silhouetted against the surface of Jupiter.

It's a sight guaranteed to impress voters.

Have you gotten through to EarthForce One yet?

Conventional channels are being jammed.

Started about five minutes ago.

What about the gold channels?

The same, they're jamming all military transmission around Jupiter.

Re-route to civilian channels. Re-routing.

Get Earth Central online.

All I'm getting is a recorded message from the Tachyon relay station from Proxima.

Are we still getting the ISN feed?

Yes, sir. Put it on-screen.

And keep working on the civilian channels.

If we can get through to ISN, maybe they can warn them.

There it is.

It is our understanding that the president was scheduled to begin his New Year's day speech ten minutes ago.

'So far there's been no word from EarthForce One'

'on the reason for the delay.'

'According to ISN sources in Earthdome'

'the speech is expected to contain..'

Just a minute.

We're picking up an emergency signal now.


[dramatic music]

(woman on TV) 'A-are we still on the air?'

'Station Io is dispatching hospital ships'

'but it doesn't seem possible..'

Shut it off.

...anyone could've survived that kind of..

Shut it off.

(Sinclair) 'Dr. Franklin thinks they can begin the operation'

'in about five hours.'

'Even under good conditions'

'the odds of survival are 50/50.'

Garibaldi mentioned a name. Devereaux.

Check all outgoing ships. Find him.

I want guards posted here around the clock plus 24 hour a day medical observation.

There's always the chance that whoever started this job will try to finish it.

I won't allow that to happen. Understood?


[intense music]


I was looking for the commander.

'He's in Medlab.' Mr. Garibaldi?

We won't know for a while yet.

I came to tell him that there seems little point to another council meeting to discuss Quadrant 37.

We imagine you've heard by now.

Yes, a little while ago.

Any clues yet as to who did it?

No. None.

My condolences on the death of your president.

This has been a black day for both of us Lieutenant Commander Ivanova.

'A black and terrible day.'

We will find whoever is responsible for the destruction of our base.

And we will retaliate.

Though our two races have had our troubles..

...I wish you luck in your own quest for justice.

May the guilty be found and punished.

Ambassador, you wanted to see me?

Yes. What have you done?

Only what you asked me to do.

You had a problem with Quadrant 37, we took care of it for you.

Yes, but you killed 10,000 Narns.

I didn't know you cared.

Ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million, what's the difference?

They're Narns, ambassador, your sworn enemy.

Yes, I know, but I didn't think..

I thought that you might find a way to protect our ships o-o-or cripple their forces, not..


'Ambassador, your name is being spoken' at the highest levels of the Centauri government.

They don't know how you did it, they don't care.

They credit you, with saving them from another embarrassment

'without creating a war in the process.'

They've noticed you, ambassador.

Which was the point of the exercise.

'I hear they have great plans for you.'

Yes, but 10,000 in cold blood?

Ambassador, you're a hero. Enjoy it.

I'll be around.

I understand your concern, but at the moment there's nothing to support your theory.

'Everything we've found points to' a malfunction in EarthForce One's fusion reactor.

It was an accident. Senator.

My chief of security was shot on the course of an investigation.

'He's lying in the isolab right now.'

And it's even money as to whether or not he ever walks out again.

The last thing he said was that they were going to kill the president.

Commander, I consider it very unlikely that your security chief would just stumble across something our best agents didn't know about.

You're not listening. I am listening, commander.

You're just not saying anything worth hearing.

I won't have you causing a panic by spreading unsubstantiated rumors.

'You are ordered to maintain silence'

'on this matter, commander.'

What's up?

I found those men the commander's been looking for.

Tried to take them in for questioning, they resisted.

'Lead guy took a shot at me. I returned fire. Self-defense.'

PPG's cold.

If he'd fired, it'd still be warm.

You have a point to make?


Everyone knows these things cool off pretty fast down here.

Get him into the freezer.

'Blood pressure, respiration?' It's weak, but holding.

This is as good as we're ever going to get it.

Let's proceed.

Following confirmation of the death of Earth Alliance President Luis Santiago Vice President Morgan Clark was sworn in as president.

'The ceremony took place aboard EarthForce Two'

'now en route back to Earth.'

I, Morgan William Clark, do hereby swear to uphold the laws of the Earth Alliance and to perform the role of president to the best of my abilities.

(woman on TV) 'In a later statement, President Clark had this to say'

'about the death of President Santiago.'

(Clark) 'It is important that we move on to create the world' that Luis Santiago would've wanted for his children, my children and for posterity yet to come.

We will begin by focusing more on the needs of our own people, to sustain them through this difficult time

'and to prepare them for the tasks ahead.'

And so it begins.

You have forgotten something?


[instrumental music]


You're too late.

[music continues]


'What is it?'

A chrysalis. She is changing.

Into what?

'I don't know.'

Ambassador G'Kar?

(computer) Voice recognition pattern Na'Toth recognized.

Message delivery start.

Na'Toth, by the time you get this message I will be gone.

I have certain suspicions about the attack on Quadrant 37.

I'm taking the first transport back to Homeworld.

You will not be able to contact me. I will contact you.

And, uh, one more thing.

Tell the commander..

...he was right.

We were at a crossroads, and there is no going back.

Expect me when you see me.

I just heard, is the commander..

I just relieved him. He'll be back on watch in four hours.

How is he?

They're still operating. It's taking longer than expected.

Well, if you don't mind, I would like to wait with you.

He is an annoying man but I would miss him if he..

[instrumental music]

Yes. I think he's ready.

He's perfect for our needs.



He suspects nothing.

When the time is right..

...Ambassador Mollari will do exactly as we wish.

Destiny is on our side.

[instrumental music]

Nothing's the same anymore.

[music continues]