No traffic, no complaints, no noise.
Traitors, troublemakers, and ambassadors all tucked snugly in their little beds. I love this time of night.
There is no night in deep space and time's a meaningless concept when you stop to think about it.
Commander, the jumpgate's on-line.
I read six ships.
They're Earthforce. Uh-hm.
I'm receiving a code ten, ultraviolet docking request.
Inform Captain Sheridan immediately and alert the dockers guild.
There's always something.
Captain John Sheridan, commander of Babylon 5.
Welcome aboard, sir.
General Richard Franklin, 356th infantry division.
Uh, I'm sorry for the delay in docking, sir.
No one told us you were coming.
This operation's classified. I'll brief you at 0900.
In the meantime, I'll need billets for myself and my people.
Just how many people are we talking, sir?
Twenty five thousand. Twenty five thousand?
I don't have nearly enough space--
Well, find it. We'll be here for several days.
And I don't intend for my troops to be sitting aboard transports at all time.
Uh, we have a doctor, Stephen Franklin on station.
Any relation? He's my son.
I'll let him know you're here. That won't be necessary.
I'll attend to it, when I'm sure that my people are settled.
You may carry on, captain. Yes, sir.
Twenty five thousand.
(Sheridan) The Babylon Project was our last best hope for peace.
A self-contained world five miles long located in neutral territory.
A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens.
A shining beacon in space all alone in the night.
It was the dawn of the Third Age of mankind.
The year of the great war came upon us all.
This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations.
The year is 2259.
The name of the place is Babylon 5.
Keep it movin', space grunts!
And bite the chatter.
This ain't no church social.
Where the stroking H you going, Ellison?
You're with green squad. Step out.
Move up, keep it rollin'!
[automated message] 'Private, Nazim Ahmed.'
'Serial number 87953.'
'Private, Durman Elizabeth.'
'Serial number 56927.'
Yeah, that's me.
Fall in over there, someone will take you to your billet shortly.
We need more personnel up here, and I mean fast!
Commander, oh, commander.
What the hell is this?
Earthforce calls it a classified operation.
I call it a nightmare.
Briefing's at 0900, if we survive all this.
Leave it to the infantry to ruin's a guy's morning.
Complain later, right now I need you to seal this area off.
Nobody gets in except military personnel.
Okay, people move it, keep it orderly.
What's our status?
We've doubled, tripled, and quadrupled up.
And we're still 400 billets short.
Which is nothing compared to what this little surprise has done to our docking schedule.
Well, if you think we've got problems now just wait until those ground pounders start hitting the rec area.
Lay on more security.
Post the more colorful spots off-limits.
I don't want any incidents.
Well, it's already done, not that I think it's gonna do us very much good.
You know, if you ask me, I think someone in Earthdome has gone completely mental.
(Richard) That's an interesting opinion.
Sir, this is Commander Ivanova, my second.
Mr. Garibaldi, chief of security.
I had an Alfredo Garibaldi, under my command during the Dilgar invasion.
That was my dad.
So much for genetics.
Now, if you'll all take a seat.
Frank, if you will.
This is Akdor
'the third planet in the Shilassen Triumvirate.'
As you're no doubt aware, Akdor is currently engaged in a bloody civil war.
The Shilassen government has asked for aid.
And Earth has agreed to provide it.
There must be some mistake, general.
The Shilassen embassy asked me for aid a week ago.
Earthdome ordered me to turn them down.
And until the senate officially announces our involvement in the Akdor crisis those are still your orders.
What exactly is your mission?
Operation sudden death is a surgical strike on the rebel stronghold at Matok.
That's why Babylon 5's been chosen as our staging area.
'It's the closest earth alliance jumpgate'
'to the Shilassen sector.'
And the senate makes its announcement we'll jump immediately and end the war in one swift move.
With all due respect, general.
I spent time at Matok during the Kurani expedition.
It's more than just a fortress, it's a deathtrap.
And that's another reason for choosing this station.
I'm counting on you to help me finish planning the assault.
With your knowledge of the layout and our new weapons we can catch the rebel leaders completely by surprise.
Twenty five thousand gropos aren't exactly inconspicuous.
How do you expect to keep this little party a secret?
As far as anyone's concerned, we're relief troops for Io.
Even my own soldiers don't know any differently.
And by the time the truth comes out be in striking position.
How long before the announcement is made?
Oh, a few days.
Long enough for us in place.
(Richard) 'New weapons systems'
'for your defense grid'
'the very latest from Earthforce R and D.'
When they're online Babylon 5 will have enough firepower to take on a warship.
Are you sure this is wise?
Babylon 5 is supposed to be devoted to peace.
If we begin arming heavily--
The galaxy's changing, captain and Babylon 5 must change with it.
With the Narn and the Centauri at war the other alien worlds are bound to become more aggressive and Earth must keep pace.
And if all doesn't go well at Matok my people may need a fallback position.
My techs will begin installing the new grid as soon as possible.
Commander Ivanova will handle your end.
'I'll meet you here at 1100 to discuss the battle plan.'
And outside of you three..
...no one is to be told of this.
This is not good. Tell me about it.
What the hell is Earth Central up to?
Something I hope we never hear again.
The rattling of sabers.
There we were facing a whole squad of bonies, I couldn't..
Hey, buddy, how's it hanging?
I couldn't believe-- Who are you?
Well, they call me large and this half-pint rock here is Yang.
What are you doing in my quarters?
This is where they assigned us.
Yeah, looks like we're going to be bunkies for a while.
Here, have a nipper, huh!
Look, I don't know what lame brain came up with this idea but there's no way you two are staying here.
You got some kind of problem, airboy?
Yeah, I got a problem.
Just give me a minute to find a ladder and we'll hash it out face-to-face.
He's alright, you alright, baby.
Come on, let's sit down, that's great.
Here...have a stogie.
...old Buffer opens up with the maser and frags their pointman.
Oh, man, all hell breaks lose.
(Stephen) 'So, how are mom and the girls?'
Well, Juanita is due for a promotion.
Kathy's working on her third doctorate.
[chuckles] Good for them.
And Marie and Celia?
Oh, about the same.
If you called your mother more often of course, you'd know that.
Do I pass?
Ah, I made sure you could always spit-shine a billet.
Here you go. Oh, I'm on duty, Stephen.
No, no, no, this is fruit juice.
The Markab call it Orcha.
You'll like it, go ahead.
No, I like orange juice.
So, they got you back in the saddle again, huh?
Ah, I wouldn't call it so much of a saddle it's more like a coffee and cake run.
Dodging massive explosions is inimical to the health at your age.
Mom won't have to worry.
Your mother worries if I eat a hamburger.
You know what they say about old soldiers, don't you?
They still kick butt with the best of 'em.
Whatever happened to just fading away?
Well, that's not an option at present.
So, and how are you, Stephen?
Babylon 5 is always bringing me something new.
Well, I suppose that's good.
It's more than good.
This station is a zenobiologist's dream.
You know, there are over 20 different species of aliens living on Babylon 5 and more passing through every day.
I could get you posted to BethesdaDome.
I mean, with the Narn and the Centauri at war they need people with your kind of knowledge and experience. here.
I spend time in that type of research during the last war remember, I didn't like it.
Like has nothing to do with it.
You have a duty to the force.
What duty, what, what?
Coming up with new and better ways to wipe out life?
I'm a doctor. My duty is to heal. humans.
Stephen, I know you're fascinated by these alien creatures but they're a threat to humanity.
And they always will be.
Help your own kind.
Life is life.
Whether it's wrapped in skin, scales, or feathers.
Now, if you respected these beings instead of constantly trying to murder them you'd appreciate that.
I've got to get back to my duties.
I'll, uh.. Good to see you again.
I'll give your love to your mother and your sisters.
Dr. Franklin. Yes.
We're short of space, I'm afraid we're gonna have to billet these people in the infirmary.
This is a medical facility, not a damn barracks.
Sergeant, would you please take your people through there I'll be with you in a minute.
You heard the commander, star-butts.
Get it in gear!
Move it, you mutant maggots!
Earthforce has no right to come in here and disrupt my operation.
I have sick people in those beds.
According to the records, there are only three patients in the infirmary.
None of them too ill to be moved.
Is that your medical opinion, commander?
Exactly as stated in the medical log.
'What's the matter with you, Stephen?'
I've never seen you like this before.
It's my father.
The general? the general.
Hero of the Canal Wars and liberator of the African block the scourge of Janos Seven.
His record is impressive. Yes, yes, yes, as a soldier.
But as a father..
...he always brings out this anger in me I can't control.
No matter how I try, I always seem to want to hurt him.
You know the funny thing is, I do love him, I just can't talk to him.
My father brought out much the same feelings in me.
I mean, there are so many things that I wanted to say to him--
Yeah, I feel the same way.. Ivanova.
(male #1 on speaker) 'They want you on the dome, commander.'
On my way.
I, I'm sorry.
We're up to our butts in jarheads.
Look, I should be free by 1800.
You wanna meet me at the eclipse?
We really do need that infirmary space.
I will do what I can.
In over the years, I never stopped trying.
But with my father, it's always the force first everything else, a distant second.
When we were kids, my sisters and I we weren't treated like members of the family.
We were treated like soldiers.
And he used to say..
"...you should be intelligent enough to let someone else tell you what to do."
He sounds like a bit of a tyrant.
Making him the perfect material for a general.
If you did something wrong..
...or if you questioned his orders we were afraid he'd boot you out of the platoon and never let you back in.
Of course, that's when he was there.
And when he wasn't?
There was the waiting.
We'd see newsvids from the Front.
Wonder whether he was alive or dead.
After a while I, I couldn't bear the pain so I left.
Lost myself out in the stars.
He wasn't happy about it and didn't talk to me for years.
When I joined Earthforce during the war he finally came around, for a while.
I don't know.
We don't talk much.
Even when we do, we only end up hurting each other.
Maybe it's better I just let it go on.
Talk to him, Stephen.
Tell him what you feel, no matter how hard it is.
I didn't and I lost the chance.
Don't make the same mistake.
Wait a minute, w-what are you saying?
These troops are bound for Io, aren't they?
I have to go back on duty.
No, no. W-w-wait a minute now.
Mr. Garibaldi, there seems to be an unusual number of Earthforce soldiers about this evening.
They're relief troops for our colony on Io came in this morning. They'll be gone in a few days.
Good, I would not want to think that Babylon 5 was becoming an armed camp.
The way things are going lately we need to have some place devoted to peace.
I take it there's been no progress in arranging peace talks.
Londo and G'kar refuse to even speak to each other.
It is as if they desired this conflict.
Well, a few hundred years of bad blood will do that.
We are all slaves to our histories.
If there is to be a..
...bright future we must learn to break those chains.
The only thing you can count on the Narn and Centauri to do is break each other's heads.
I fear you're right.
Still, we must continue trying.
For what it's worth, I hope you succeed.
If you'll excuse me, the natives are restless.
Is there something you want?
What are you?
I am a Minbari, now please let me pass.
Minbari don't have hair.
This is human hair. Let go!
I have done nothing to you.
Your people killed my people on the line bony.
Now you parade around trying to look human.
What you need is a good lesson.
Back off, Kliest. Get out of my way.
This Minbari freak is an insult to all of us and I intend to do something about it.
In case you haven't heard the war's over.
Get out of here, go on, he's drunk.
I'm not finished with her yet.
Yes, you are! Fight, fight, fight!
See to it personally.
What the strokin' H is goin' on here?
Who started this dust-up?
No one, sergeant major. No one?
Are you telling me this just happened for no cause at all?
Yes, sergeant major.
Well, in that case..
...you four mutants can just follow me to the brig.
Sarge, sarge. Hold on a minute, will you?
The chief has asked me to overlook this little ruckus.
And as this is his jurisdiction, I've agreed.
But let me catch one of you stepping out of line again and you'll curse your own mothers
'for ever bringing your stroking butts' into the light of day. Is that clear?
Yes, sergeant major. Yes, sergeant major.
Now, you get the hell out of here.
And clean yourselves up.
Move on out of here! Clear it.
Name's Garibaldi, Michael.
Oh, they call me Dodger.
I just wanted to thank you for what you did back there even though I can't quite figure why.
Ambassador Delenn told me what happened.
Who's Ambassador Delenn?
The woman you helped.
She's an ambassador?
Oh, leave it to Kleist to mess up big time.
Oh, you almost messed up yourself.
Well, it wouldn't be the first time.
(male #2 on speaker) 'Chief, we got a 288 in brown six.'
What a surprise. I'll handle it.
I gotta go, you stay out of trouble, okay?
'I'll see you around.'
(Sheridan) They've got the western approach covered by flanking fire.
And you're exposed.
What if we came in from the south here?
That whole area's mined, you'll need sappers.
With luck, you could break through before they bring their big guns to bear.
Even so, you're going to take heavy casualties.
The Shilassens assured us this could be done with minimal losses.
General, they lied.
If Matok could be taken so easily they'd have done it themselves.
Now, if you really want my advice call this whole thing off while there's still time.
They will listen to you.
It's a trade-off, captain.
We keep the Shilassens in power and they give us the right to establish a permanent presence in their sector.
A sector which is strategically close to the Narn and the Centauri.
Their war is going to tear this galaxy apart.
And it's just a matter of time before Earth must choose sides.
So for better or worse, my orders are to take Matok.
And I intend to do just that.
Franklin. 'Your son is here, sir.'
'He wishes to see you.' Send him in.
I can come back, sir.
Oh, no, this won't take long.
I'm very busy, Stephen. What do you want?
We've already talked and I do not wish to continue that conversation.
What I said I..
I didn't mean it.
I didn't raise you to say things you don't mean.
Now, if you'll excuse me I've got work to do.
It's always later with you, isn't it?
You are dismissed, doctor!
General, maybe you should-- Tell me something.
Captain, when you destroyed the black star did you feel like..
That's not an easy question to answer.
I suppose the Minbari consider me one.
But the Minbari are not your own flesh and blood.
There's only one truth about war.
Killing is part of a soldier's job.
We can't deny it.
We can only live with it and hope the reasons for doing it are justified.
If only my son could realize that.
General, your son is one of the finest doctors I have ever served with.
Why, he will bend or break every rule there is if there's a life to be saved or pain to be soothed.
And he's a holy terror when his principles are challenged.
Good, a man who won't stand up for his own principles is not really a man at all.
Yeah, my father used to say the same thing to me.
'Of course there were times when' my principles and his clashed.
Oh, we got mad, we, we argued, we fought.
And finally one day, we both realized that..
...neither of us could be anything other than what we were.
But we never stopped talking..
...or loving each other.
It's been a long day, captain.
We'll take this up again tomorrow.
Hey! Come on.
Whoa, what a circus.
You keeping a lid on? Yeah, for now.
There's been a few fights, a few dips, nothing major.
Oh, one of the dancers is missing from the Dark Star.
(Dodger) 'Hey, Garibaldi.'
Ah, how about showing a gropo around this pup tent, huh?
Uh, sorry, I'm on duty.
Oh, I can handle it for a while, chief.
Are you sure? Sure, no sweat.
Anything happens, I'll link in.
Have a good time. Thanks.
What would you like to see first?
Good restaurant. Okay.
Then your quarters.
Well, this is it.
It's neater than I expected.
Oh, oh, nice.
Listen, how about some caf?
Something hot would be nice. Okay.
Although caf wasn't exactly what I had in mind.
...I better check in with Lou, okay?
Okay, Garibaldi to Welch.
(Lou on speaker) 'Welch here.'
Hey, Lou, how's it going out there?
(Lou) Oh, everything's, uh, nice and quiet here chief, uh..
Well, looks like, uh, everyone's going to bed.
See, it's a trend. 'What was that, chief?'
Uh, nothing, stay in touch.
So much for duty, time for a little R and R.
Just a little.
Mm, wait, wait, wait.
Ah, one second, one second.
Maybe we ought to slow down here for just a minute, okay.
[chuckles] Did I miss something?
No, no, it's just, uh..
It's just, uh, look my..
My personal life's been a little strange lately.
Uh, complicated is more like it.
Look, there was this woman on Mars, Lise.
We'd been a couple and, uh..
...I did something stupid and, uh, blew it.
Next thing I know she's married to somebody else and she's having a baby.
It hit, it hit me hard, I..
Then I met this other lady..
Well, the kind, uh..
...the kind a guy like me doesn't stand a chance with and, uh, on New Year's Eve, I got shot, I almost died because I wasn't watching my back.
I have this habit of messing up when it's important.
'Look, this isn't about relationships.'
It isn't about you, it isn't about now it's about things that happen that make you think.
I don't know, maybe, you and me, maybe we've got something.
Maybe it's me and somebody else.
All I know is, I don't wanna blow it again by moving too fast for once in my life I wanna think things through.
Does this make any sense at all?
Oh, yeah, yeah, I got the message.
Loud and clear.
You know, I didn't come here expecting to set up housekeeping.
I'm a ground pounder.
And, I-I'm cleaning latrines one day the next I might be up to my hips in blood hoping that I don't hear the round that takes me out, you got it.
'In between I like to try to see what I can get' to remind myself that I'm alive.
Right, it's not romance.
But it's all I got time for.
I'm so sorry, it's not enough for you.
Hey, hey, Dodger, Dodger.
Spare me your pity!
♪ Gropo boys are awfully hairy ♪
♪ The guns they pack are mighty scary ♪
♪ Sound off ♪
♪ One two ♪
♪ Sound off ♪
♪ Three four ♪
♪ Air Force marine corps ♪♪ Jarheads.
We're back on schedule in the docking bays though Ms. Connolly is not happy about the hours her workers had to put in.
See if we can get them some time off later, with pay.
How's the new defense grid coming?
It should be fully installed by tonight.
It's quite impressive.
Pulse canons, interceptors, mine launchers
'and a tracking system three times faster than our old one.'
'The general wasn't kidding when he said' we could take on a warship.
Let's just hope we don't have to test that.
Well, I didn't expect to see--
Sit down, Stephen.
Now, I'm sorry for dismissing you like I did yesterday, but I..
I was angry.
You know, that's the first time that you apologized to me--
I'm not finished!
I have every right to be angry.
Now, I know it's difficult being the son of a career officer and..
Well, perhaps if I had been there for you more often things would've been different but..
...that wasn't a luxury that I was afforded.
...you have no right to call me a murderer.
'My God, Stephen, I'm your father.'
And your superior officer.
Do you have so little respect for me?
It's not about respect.
Then what is it about?
Us. The way that we talk to each other.
Actually, the way that we talk to each other.
Nonsense. I always listen to what you have to say.
Yeah, you listen but you don't hear.
And it drives me crazy sometimes, especially when..
When I don't know if I'll ever see you alive again.
Every soldier lives with death, son.
'But I suppose sometimes' we forget that our loved ones must live with it, too.
But believe me I never tried to shut you out.
Maybe that's just the way it is between fathers and sons.
Or maybe just us.
Either way, I've always respected you.
You gave me strength..
...independence, and courage.
I know you may not like the way my life's has turned out I couldn't have done what I've done without you.
And I owe you for that.
Stephen, you don't-- not finished.
Over the years I've said a lot of things to you I shouldn't have.
But I never said the one thing I should have.
I love you, dad.
'I always have and I always will.'
And no matter how much we argue or we fight or we talk or we don't talk..
...nothing will ever change that.
So the whole jungle's on fire.
Lizzies are coming through the gap like roach bats out of hell.
Buffer tosses me a rand notcher.
And I hit the max button.
And the next thing you know..
I knew I shouldn't have eaten all that, yokdri.
Man, does he ever stop telling war stories?
Ah, he's been a gropo over 30 years.
Guess he doesn't have any other kind.
Who's this Buffer he keeps talking about?
Ah, it's his best friend.
They served together over 25 years.
Buffer bought it in the Mars rebellion.
What about you? Seen any action?
No, not yet.
I've only been in a couple months.
But I'm ready.
You...you know, scared?
You're always scared.
That's part of the job.
But you're gonna do okay.
That's right, the man's right.
Like old Buffer used to say..
"Any Gropo who ain't scared is either dead or stupid."
Don't worry about it, kid.
It's what keeps you going when you're in it, huh.
Here's to you, Buffer.
Here's to all of us.
Um, about last night, I, uh..
I-I'm sorry, I..
I was out of line.
It's just, sometimes..
I just want things too bad.
'I guess, you know?'
I just have a bad feeling about this tour, you know.
I mean, they say we're going to Io but..
...I don't believe it.
Good ol' firestorm would never lead a coffee and cake run.
What, you know something?
Garibaldi, for a security slug, you're a lousy liar.
Yeah, I just-- No, no, it's alright.
I don't want to know.
How about I buy you a drink?
I'll let you buy me a water.
You really know how to live it up, Garibaldi.
So, these Minbari fighters are coming right at us fifteen clicks a second.
The captain's telling us to hold our fire.
Now, I'm telling you, I'm sweating, all of a sudden--
What the hell are you doing, airboy?
Oh, hey, I'm sorry. Let me buy you another one.
I don't take drinks from airboys.
Hey, you look like you got an attitude problem.
Want to do something about it?
Back off. I can handle this.
...I said I was sorry.
If that's not good enough we can take this outside.
Why wait to go out?
There it is.
Garibaldi to security. Major 415, casino.
I'm getting too old for this crap.
(male #1) 'Ten-hut.'
(Richard) Alright, you ground-pounders!
If it's fighting you want then you're about to get your share.
Sergeant major, move these people out!
You heard the general.
The balloon's going up.
Get back to your quarters, grab your gear and be at launch point at 2200.
It's the best thing next to sex.
I'll see you.
Looks like you're gonna see your first firefight, kid.
I know this sounds nuts but I'm actually gonna miss you guys.
Take care of yourselves, okay!
Will do, airboy, will do.
(Plug) 'Move it!'
I'm sorry about this unfortunate display, captain.
If you prepare a list of the charges I'll see that those responsible are punished and reparations made.
I'll take the reparation but as far as punishment..
Frankly, I'd rather have this bunch with you than in the brig.
Besides, I don't think we have the room.
Good luck, sir.
I hope I was wrong about Matok.
Well, these are good men and women, brave people.
So one way or the other, we'll get the job done.
Captain, thanks for all of your help.
Frank, give us a moment.
Take care of yourself, dad.
You, too, Stephen.
And for whatever disagreements we may have you're your own man.
And for that I'm very proud.
And when I get back, I promise we'll talk.
But in the meantime, please call your mother and sisters occasionally, hmm.
Anybody seen Dodger? Have you seen Dodger?
Have you seen Dodger? Have you seen her?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!
You stay low and keep your ears open.
I expect you back.
And then, uh..
Well, we'll see what happens.
It's a date. Okay.
Would you care to join us?
Never know what you missed.
(woman on TV) 'Since last night's surprise announcement'
'that the senate's was officially'
'giving military aide to the planet Akdor.'
'We have learned that the first phase of this mission'
'dubbed Operation Sudden Death, is complete.'
We go now to a report taped earlier on Akdor.
This is Tonya Wallace reporting from Akdor.
Where the 356th infantry division is assaulting the rebel stronghold at Matok.
The fighting is reported to be very intense.
That was the scene four hours ago.
We now go live to Akdor.
I'm here with General Richard Franklin
'Commander of the 356th.'
General, can you tell us the results of the battle?
Our troops have gained control over the fortress at Matok.
Most of the leaders of the rebellion have either been killed or captured and we expect the complete surrender of all the rebel forces very shortly.
(Tonya on TV) 'Then you consider this a victory?'
Yes, but at a very high-- General!
I'm needed elsewhere.
We will be continuing live coverage throughout the day.
'For now, this is Tonya Wallace, ISN, signing off.'
The first casualty reports are in from Akdor.
You said you wanted to see them.
(woman on TV) 'President Clark is expected'
'to congratulate General Franklin'
'on this spectacular victory.'
'Meanwhile, preparations are underway'
'for yet more Earthforce divisions'
'to join the 356th on Akdor..'