Hunter, Prey (1995)
Can I help you? Yeah.
I'm looking for the captain and Ivanova.
They went to Bay 13. Uh, I can link in if you want.
No-no-no, that's okay. I need to talk to them in person. Thanks.
Bay 13? Nobody goes into Bay 13.
That's what the commander tried to tell them.
Oh, it's beautiful!
I've never seen anything like it.
There's no sign of instrumentation no visible way in or out.
It's absolutely seamless. Amazing.
What kind of propulsion system does it have?
In the two years since Ambassador Kosh arrived in this...thing..
...we've run a few surface scans as much as we thought we could get away with.
We could barely even get through the skin.
And it's just been sitting here this whole time?
He's taken it out once or twice but just to the Vorlon Homeworld and then back again.
...late at night..
...I just come here and watch it.
If you look carefully..
'...you can actually see the patterns on the skin..'
I can't even imagine the kind of science that's behind something like this.
Why, they must be at least a a thousand years ahead of us.
I'd give a year's pay to see what's inside this thing.
Back away slowly.
You can see why we've had to quarantine this whole area.
The last maintenance crew we had in here..
...wouldn't come back.
They kept having dreams about this thing.
They said it talked to them in their sleep.
He's been here for two years and we don't know anything more about him..
...his people, or even this ship.
Well, it's time that changed.
I think I'm gonna make it my personal project.
Captain. I need to talk to you.
What's up? You too, commander?
No, not here.
I don't want this on the links and I sure as hell don't wanna talk in front of this thing.
Come on. Let's go.
We just got a coded message from Earthforce Intelligence ultraviolet priority.
They posted a system-wide fugitive alert for Dr. Everett Jacobs.
He's on the President's personal staff.
Past tense. They say, he's on the run carrying a fake ID and enough stolen information to tear the whole Earth Alliance to pieces unless we stop him.
He's coming here?
They think he's already here.
And they want him, alive if possible dead, if necessary.
They authorized extreme sanction against a civilian?
My God! What does this guy know?
(Michael) 'They didn't say.'
They're sending somebody here to coordinate the search.
All I know is this, armed or otherwise if he gives any resistance our orders are shoot to kill.
(male narrator) 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 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."
(John) 'So tell me, Agent Cranston' what does Earth's special intelligence want with Dr. Jacobs?
I assumed you had been briefed.
Well, I know he is, or was the President's personal physician.
I didn't know that gave him access to classified material.
Apparently, he misused his clearance to dip into highly secret information..
...new technology we're developing uh, certain black projects covert missions.
Enough to send the entire government into chaos
'and to ruin our agreements'
'with half the nonaligned worlds.'
We cannot allow him to off-load the information he's carrying.
What's he doing here?
Probably meeting his buyer or arranging travel outside Earth-controlled space.
This is our last chance to catch him before he's out of our jurisdiction.
...we'll put security at your disposal
'to coordinate the search.'
Excellent, I'll have my men plug into your intellinets immediately.
We'll go level by level until we flush him out.
Commander, I want all outgoing ships checked out before they leave.
Slow down jump clearances as much as you can.
Tell them we're having mechanical problems.
That they'll believe. Yeah.
Now, if you'll show Agent Cranston and his people to their quarters I'll get Mr. Garibaldi moving on the search.
Captain, thank you. We appreciate your cooperation.
Well, he knows all the right things to say.
Nothing sounded really bogus as to raise any red flags but he's not telling us everything.
No, his type never does.
But he is worried, that's for sure.
Which inclines me to wanna go along with this until, and unless, we hear otherwise.
But if he is right..
...we can't let Dr. Jacobs get off this station.
Oh, don't worry.
If he's here, we'll find him.
And I think I know where to start asking some questions.
It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
'Then you do know him?' Know him?
Michael, you ever consider climbing out of the barracks sometime and looking around at the world, huh?
Yeah, I will. When people stop shooting at me.
Look, Dr. Jacobs is a decent human being.
He's a humanitarian.
I studied under him for two years at Harvard.
And a lot of us looked up to him as a role model.
When I was having trouble with xenobiogenics he was the only one who took the time out to help me.
I might not even be here if it hadn't been for him.
He's the best there is.
Stephen, the last time you vouched for a doctor friend of yours we had three dead bodies, half the station was trashed an Ikarran war machine was burning through decks and shooting at everything.
You don't want my advice, don't ask for it but I'm telling you, there's been some mistake.
The Dr. Jacobs that I knew would never sell out Earth.
Maybe he's not the same Dr. Jacobs you knew anymore.
You, uh, looking for anything in particular?
Uh, no, no.
Just, uh, just looking.
Uh, excuse me. I..
I hear that you're the man to talk to about special orders.
Well, uh, it depends how special.
I need an identicard.
[chuckles] You got expensive needs.
...whatever it is, I'll pay for it.
But, uh-uh, you-you just said that--
No, I didn't, I didn't say anything.
All I did was ask you a couple of questions that's all.
If-if it's the money, I have--
No. You want it too much.
That means you're either working for security or..
No, no, no.
...you're on the run from some really bad people.
Either way, I'm out of it.
Oh, no, please.
Please, you've got..
Uh, afternoon, Ambassador Kosh.
Just thought I'd make sure you knew about the conference tomorrow to discuss the Narn refugee problem.
I found myself near Bay 13 earlier.
Got a look at your ship.
It's an amazing piece of work.
It made me realize just how much we still don't know about you your culture, your people.
And I was thinking maybe we should spend some time together soon..
...build some bridges.
Work toward a greater understanding of one another.
Why? You tell me.
You're the one who popped in my dream when I was in that alien ship a few weeks ago.
It felt like..
...I don't know, like you called to me.
I sought understanding.
I listened to the song.
Your thoughts became the song.
Has this ever happened before?
(Derek) We'll operate in rotating shifts.
Ten hours on, ten hours off.
Have your squads check every level down the air ducts..
...and as we clear each sector we'll place guards behind us so that we'll sure that he's not doubling back.
With all due respect, sir what you're suggesting could take weeks or months.
This place is five miles long.
He could be hiding anywhere.
These will help cut the odds down a little.
All high-ranking Earthdome personnel are injected with a coded identification crystal..
...as a precaution against kidnapping.
Now it emits a very low-level signal strictly short-range.
I've stationed guards with scanners at all the docking bays.
He's locked in.
All we need to do
'is close the noose.'
Any problems yet? No, sir.
These guys are about as subtle as a brick through a glass window, but they know their stuff.
I hate to be on the wrong side with this bunch against me.
Yeah, well, we'll keep on top of them.
[chuckles] Just once I'd like to make it through a crisis with a minimum of grief.
Ah, there's something I remembered I have to do.
Keep me posted on what Cranston and his people are up to.
I'll check in with you later.
The general sent me.
I have a message.
You're in great danger, captain.
We know what you've been told.
But Dr. Jacobs is not a traitor.
Then why is half the intelligence community out looking for him?
Earth special intelligence is one of the few branches under President Clark's direct control.
Jacobs represents a threat and he's using whatever resources he has to stop it..
What's the situation?
Before President Santiago was killed aboard Earthforce One Clark got off the ship claiming he had some kind of virus.
Twenty-four hours later Earthforce One is destroyed in an...accident and Clark...assumes the presidency.
Hm, a pretty damn convenient illness.
As Clark's personal physician Jacobs knew it wasn't true.
If he would ever testify to that effect it would help prove that Clark knew what was going to happen.
But they couldn't allow that.
If they killed him right away it would look suspicious.
So they kept an eye on him..
...until they figured it was safe for the good doctor to have an accident.
We heard about it..
...and we helped him escape.
[chuckles] It's not much of an escape.
He's trapped here.
This wasn't according to plan.
'He was supposed to rendezvous' with his contact on Io.
That meeting didn't go off. They were closing in on him.
So he jumped the first transport he could find.
And came here.
So now you're improvising. Terrific!
'Cranston and his boys from ESI' have my entire security force out looking for Jacobs.
If I pull them back now Cranston will know I've been tipped off.
And it'll expose everything that we've started to build here.
I don't have any easy answers, captain.
But it has to be done.
His testimony alone isn't enough to bring up charges..
...but it's a start.
We need to accumulate as much evidence as we can so when we go public with this..
...we'll hit the target.
Because in this game, captain..
...you only get one shot.
Find Jacobs before they do.
Have him dictate a sworn statement and get him off this station, alive.
Fine. No problem. You want mayo on that?
[sighs] I know, I know.
I...I just don't like the odds, that's all.
If we'd heard about this sooner we could have handled it quietly.
But now the whole station's involved and we'll have to circumvent our own people.
If the other side gets their hands on Jacobs they'll disappear him.
They'll do the same to anyone he talks to so whatever you're going to do..
...I suggest you do it quickly.
[beeps] Sheridan to Garibaldi.
Meet me in my quarters in ten minutes.
You're gonna love this.
So you'll notice a routine scan of the eye shows the usual number of rods and cones with the addition of small parameter cells just before the optic bundle designed for seeing into the ultraviolet frequencies.
If you should have to operate on this area..
If you should have to operate on this area I recommend..
Excuse me one moment.
Set up the scanners to move into the optic cavity so we can proceed.
Yes. -' Hi, doc.'
Just wanted to say happy birthday. That's all.
What are you talking about? It's not my birthday.
Catch you later.
What the hell is..
Do you mind?
Computer, play back last message frame by frame.
Look for any abnormalities.
[automated response] 'Stand by.'
...I'm nearly out of stims.
I have to keep moving.
If I fall asleep, they'll get me and, uh, if they get me I, uh..
I-I don't know if this will get to you, Mary, but..
I'm just desperately tired.
I don't know who to turn to, uh whom I can trust.
(male #1) 'Get your hands off me.'
Ah! Hey! What the hell do you think you're doing, man?
Hey, hold on, hold on. You got something?
I don't know.
It's gone now.
You think we should report it, just in case?
Yeah. Let's go. Come on.
Well, maybe now you'll admit that you were wrong about Jacobs.
I didn't say I believe him. Yeah.
But you didn't say you believed me, either.
I don't believe anybody.
What a wonderful world you live in.
Yeah, well, the rent is cheap, the pay is decent and I get to make my own hours.
Now, are you gonna help me or spend the next two days analyzing my lifestyle?
Alright, alright, go ahead, go ahead.
And my people reported a blip on their scanners about an hour ago in Brown Two.
Maybe it's Jacobs. Maybe not.
Either way, it's a good place to start.
Now, we can't bring my people on this because the captain doesn't wanna place them in jeopardy and neither do I.
So we're gonna have to go in after him ourselves..
Which means you have to go up against your own security force?
And it won't be easy. I trained them myself.
They're pretty damn good, but I do have one advantage that they don't. I've got you and you know Jacobs.
And if anybody can help me find him, it's you.
Won't you be recognized? Are you kidding?
First, I don't get into Downbelow a lot.
And second, when I do, they don't see me they see the badge.
And third, I have an excellent disguise.
Why is my life suddenly passing in front of my eyes?
You don't belong here.
Your clothes say money.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Now, please. Just get out of my way.
What is it?
You're buying or selling..
...or running away?
Somebody chasing you?
Now why would that be?
Unless maybe you got something somebody wants.
I don't want any trouble.
I'll pay you whatever you want.
Yeah, you will.
Why don't you just listen to what I say?
There's nothing of value in there.
(Jacobs on recorder) 'Mary, I don't know'
'if you'll ever get this, uh'
'but I wanted to make sure..'
I could pick up a few credits for this one.
A fake pocket?
You've been holding out on me.
'What's on it?'
There's nothing there that would interest you.
Everything interests me.
Looks like a real antique not one of those knockoffs.
"Office of the President of the Earth Alliance."
It was a gift.
I knew you didn't belong down here.
Keep him here.
'Don't hurt him unless you have to.'
I'm gonna find out what's on here.
Maybe somebody will pay good money to get it back.
...maybe somebody will pay good money for him.
And we've made complete scans of levels one through fifteen starting with Blue Sector moving across to this part of Brown Sector.
He has to be in this area, the area you call Downbelow.
Unless you've missed something.
'Your security forces are very efficient.'
The sooner we get him out of here and into a nice comfortable interrogation room the happier I'll be about the whole thing.
Yep. You're right.
He's got to be in Downbelow.
Well, sir, you don't know that for sure.
Commander, where else could he be?
I mean, come on next thing you'll be saying he's Downtown.
I didn't see anything called "Downtown."
Well, it's sort of the unofficial name for this area right in here.
It's between the hull and the water reclamation system..
It's the pretty much the most unpleasant part of the station
'not counting the methane bathrooms.'
It's, uh, full of heavy machinery lead walls, and pipe all over the place.
That is just the kind of thing he'd use to block the scanners.
You think so?
[beeps] Cranston here.
'Take the search team out of Downbelow for now.'
Check levels 50 and 51 between the Blue and Grey Sectors and post guards at all the entrances and exits to Downbelow.
(male #2 on speaker) 'Confirmed.'
Good thinking, Sheridan.
I'll keep you informed on what we find.
Seemed like a good name.
Those levels have been sealed, welded shut since the station went online three years ago.
Do you know how many pressure doors they're gonna have to burn through in order to check the whole area?
Forty seven. Not counting the two big ones on either side of--
The waste recycling plant. Yeah.
Mr. Cranston and his associates are gonna be quite ripe by the time they return from Downtown.
Yeah, with luck, it'll buy Garibaldi five or six hours.
Let's just hope that's enough.
Sheridan. What is it? 'Captain..'
(male #3 on speaker) 'One of the ambassadors'
'is asking to see you.'
Can it wait until morning?
'I don't know, sir. It's Ambassador Kosh.'
Captain, the two years since I've been here Kosh has never asked to speak to anybody.
Uh, tell him I'll be there as soon as I can.
He thinks he may have seen someone matching Jacobs' description couple of hours ago, but he's not sure.
You? Not much.
My people have already been over this section so they're skittish, they don't wanna answer too many questions.
It's funny how all the guards disappeared so fast.
Captain? Huh, probably.
I don't know how, but if anybody could figure some way to distract Cranston's bloodhounds, it's him.
Come on. Let's sit. Ah.
I thought we were supposed to be looking for Jacobs.
We have been walking for six hours.
My feet hurt.
It's probably midnight or one, topside.
Every cop knows you gotta keep your strength up on a stakeout.
So I strongly suggest you eat something.
Now, you're a doctor. You should know better.
So, you and, uh, Jacobs..
...go back a ways, huh?
Yeah. Before the big war.
Best teacher on campus.
Used to spend all day between classes talking about all the things he'd seen.
Quite a time.
Earth had beaten the Dilgar and we've been setting up outposts all over the place.
Looking to the future with that reckless enthusiasm you have when you're 22 when your whole life's ahead of you.
Oh, yeah. Yeah, I remember.
Back then it was like some long summer night.
Crazy, innocent optimistic as hell, but..
...I don't know..
...somewhere along the line we...lost something somewhere.
I think we lost interest in the future when all the things we were told were coming finally got here.
It wasn't what we thought it was gonna be.
It's like when you keep bugging your folks for that one special toy for Christmas and when you finally get it's..
...not as great as the vids made it look.
Just doesn't run right.
And you're so disappointed, you shove it in the closet and you never take it out again.
Maybe somebody should have labeled the future
"Some assembly required."
Finest workmanship. It's a real antique.
I'm talking 19th, 20th century.
It's something.. Hey, what are you doing?
This is Jacobs'. I recognize it.
Where did you get this?
I bought it. What's it to you?
Hey, you wanna buy it, you make an offer.
No, no, no, who sold it to you?
Some guy. I don't know. What'd he look like?
What am I, a camera?
What you gonna be is a smear on the deck if you don't answer my friend's question.
I don't want any trouble here.
I just buy merchandise. I don't ask where it comes from.
Station rat like you always knows who he's doing business with.
Now I want a name and you're gonna give it to me.
I-I don't give out names, you know.
It's, uh, it's bad for business.
Yeah, well, so is having your eyeballs spooned out and served on toast.
Now make up your mind and make it up fast because it is getting awfully close to my breakfast time.
Sir, there's someone on the line who says he's seen Jacobs.
Put him on.
I understand you have something for me, mister..
Who I am doesn't matter.
But I heard a few things and I think got the guy you're looking for.
Where is he? Safe.
He'll stay that way, too..
...but I want a finder's fee.
Ten thousand credits on delivery.
I think I can arrange that.
I'll call you when I'm ready to make the exchange.
You wanted to see me?
You wanted to see me.
Well, I guess everybody does.
To see what you really are in-inside that encounter suit.
They are not ready.
They would not understand.
Am I ready?
You do not even understand yourself.
Could you help me to understand you?
Can you help me to understand you?
Well, I can try.
Is that what you want?
An exchange of information?
I tell you something about me and you-you tell me something about you?
You do not understand.
Damn it, what do you want?
What do you want from me?
You know ever since I got here I've had the feeling that..
...that you've been watching me.
The record shows you hardly ever went to council meetings until I showed up.
When I was captured..
...it was you..
...who reached out and touched my mind.
And now you call me here.
Just to throw me out?
Are we just toys to you?
Huh? What do you want?
Never ask that question.
At least I got a response out of you.
So what'll it be, ambassador?
I will teach you.
Until you are ready.
To fight legends.
[knocks on door]
Inside. Nice and slow.
And keep your hands where I can see 'em.
Come on, doc. Hurry up, will you?
You alright? Let me see it. Yeah, I'm fine.
I'm fine, I'm fine. Now, come on.
Come on, we gotta get out of here.
Come on. Up. Stephen?
No, no, no names until we're topside, alright?
We've been sent to find you. You're safe now. You're safe.
Uh, no. I mean, that doesn't matter.
I mean, it's, it's that other man.
It's that Max!
'He's got a data crystal.'
It's-it's crucial evidence.
Copies of all the examinations I made of the President.
Okay, doc. Change of plans. You gotta get him out of here.
Oh, no, no, I'm gonna wait for you, alright?
You're the only one that knows the back way out of here around those scanners, we can't afford to lose you, come on!
You won't. Come on we don't have time to argue about this.
There's an old storage locker one level up.
You wait there..
...I'll get the crystal.
Give me the data crystal.
[chuckles] I don't know what you're talking about.
...I don't have time for this.
It's because I've had a really...bad day.
And I'm in a really bad mood.
[laughs] ...I'm damn cranky.
So why don't you give me the fraggin' data crystal before I start to get surly.
Which is something that you really..
I've checked the station logs.
I noticed that twice before you used the internal scanners to pinpoint a radiation source inside Babylon 5.
And it took lot of rewiring to make it work.
Yes, but it is doable.
I'd like to know why you didn't mention this possibility when we first came aboard?
Ah, captain, we've run into a little crisis with Dr. Franklin.
'He needs to see you as soon as possible.'
If you will excuse me, Mr. Cranston.
This will only take a moment.
Very well. Perhaps you can answer my question.
I want to know why I was not told about the internal scanners before..
...and how long will it take to interface it with our system now that I do know?
A, you didn't ask.
B, we don't know the systems are compatible.
C, assuming they are, 2.3 hours And D, at an early age someone should have told you you can attract a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar, sir.
Well, there it is.
It contains the records of my examinations of then Vice President Clark..
...before and after he supposedly contracted a viral infection.
I've already given Mr. Garibaldi the code to unlock the data.
And they show no indication that he was suffering from any kind of medical problems?
Which helps us prove that he deliberately didn't want to be on Earthforce One just one day before it exploded.
Alright, we'll also need to get a statement from you..
Ow! Do you mind?
You were his teacher. What did he get in first aid class?
Forget it. Never mind, alright? Forget I asked.
Look, if you want better treatment we could go to Medlab.
No, I'd have to answer too many questions.
Just try to keep both arms the same length, alright?
(John) 'We still got one other problem facing us, people.'
Cranston's figured out that they can patch their scanners through our system.
Nuts. Now, what does that mean?
(John) 'It means that as soon as they're online' they can just flip a switch and see where you are.
(Stephen) 'Is there any way we can get him off the station?'
Nah, not a chance, they've got every single docking bay covered.
Hm, not entirely correct, Mr. Garibaldi.
He's got a plan. I can tell.
He's got that look.
Internal scanners are now configured with yours.
Just double-checking the interface to be sure it's working properly.
Commander, Ambassador Kosh requesting permission to depart.
Tell him to wait. Begin scan.
[automated response] 'Scanning complete.'
'Subject not found.'
Are you sure the interface is working properly?
(Susan) 'Five by five. It's reaching every level at full strength.'
The only reason he wouldn't show up is if he isn't here.
(John) 'Mr. Cranston, I took you at your word'
'that Dr. Jacobs was here.'
If you've turned my entire station upside down for nothing--
Ambassador Kosh again requests permission--
Fine, fine, tell him he can go.
I don't understand it.
Our best information said that he was coming here.
And the man who tried to sell me the information--
Around here, if you offer to pay for something or someone you'll get ten people claiming to have it and they'll try to scam you out of the money.
Ambassador Kosh ready for jumpgate sequence.
Okay, tell him can-- Just a minute!
Now I was not informed about a launch.
The Vorlon ambassador's ship is in Bay 13.
No one goes there except him.
I want the ship scanned before it's allowed to jump.
Maybe you didn't hear me, that's an ambassadorial vessel.
He won't know. I want it scanned.
Now, that should not be a problem for you, captain if there's nothing to hide.
Computer, analyze ship.
'Are there any life forms present?'
[automated response] 'Confirmed.'
'One life form detected.'
Is it human?
[automated response] 'Negative.'
'Registering non-human life form.'
Maybe we can call it back..
...escort Ambassador Kosh off his own ship and search it even if it does mean violating Vorlon territory.
I mean, I'm up for it if you are.
I'm sure it'd cause a major diplomatic incident without cause.
It'd probably be all over the news with everyone wanting to know why we did it but still I'm, uh..
Let it go.
...now that it's been established that Dr. Jacobs is not and never has been on Babylon 5 I think we should do all we can to help out agent Cranston.
Backtrack from Jacobs' last known position determine which other ships he might have..
...might have boarded.
Give him their destinations, ETAs anything he wants.
...now that you've finished turning my station upside down with this wild goose chase of yours..
...I expect you'll be leaving us as soon as you have Ivanova's report.
You enjoyed that, didn't you?
Commander, how could you even suggest such a thing?
A foolish thought. Oh.
Well, I'll forgive it..
Oh, doctor. Good.
You've got everything, I assume.
Ready when you are.
So what do we do now?
He said wait until it recognizes us.
How does it know?
The same reason our scanners indicated one alien life form when Kosh wasn't around.
It's what we've suspected all along but could never prove.
The Vorlons use organic technology.
That's a living ship.
Now, this should bring him out of the artificial coma anytime now.
I hated to do it, but if the only way Kosh would allow a human inside his ship was in an unconscious state.
Dr. Jacobs, are you alright?
Oh, yes, yes. Fine.
You know what was strange?
While I was asleep, the, uh..
...the ship, it..
...it sang to me.
Do you have it?
...all of it.
It's not enough to go public with yet but it's a start.
We'll get Jacobs on to one of our ships as soon as possible.
Thank you again for your help.
You've just scored a major victory for the good guys.
You should be proud.
Until next time, captain.
There's always a next time, isn't there?
'You better pray it stays that way, captain.'
Because as long as there is a next time at least there's a chance we'll win..
...because in this war, captain..
...we need all the chances we can get.