A Race Through Dark Places (1995)
With Earth Central reporting a 15% drop in station revenue over the past 2 months.
Why the drop?
We've had a lot of Earthforce military transports come through lately, forcing us to route some of our commercial traffic elsewhere.
They say it's only temporary. We should be back on track soon.
Good, good. Anything else?
Just one last item..
...which also affects the station budget.
'Since we've been running at a deficit for a while and..'
I thought you would have heard about it by now.
Uh-uh. Heard about what?
The space on Babylon 5 is at a premium.
The larger the living quarters the more Earth can charge for rent.
They've decided that our quarters are larger than necessary.
They want us to relocate to smaller quarters or start paying rent.
Rent? Yes, sir.
Thirty credits a week, starting immediately.
A-and this us would be--
You and me, yes. Everyone else is pretty much to code.
Oh, yeah, well, you can tell Earth Central they can take a flying--
It's only 30 credits a week, sir. It's not that much.
I don't care if it's one credit a week.
I don't care if it's one credit a month!
It's the principle of the thing.
Some of the smaller quarters are actually quite nice.
Ivanova, I am not moving and I am not paying the rent.
And neither are you. Sir?
Look, we can't let them divide us on this. It is wrong.
I mean, we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week busting our butts for Earth and now they wanna charge us for an extra five square feet?
Seven feet. Well..
I-I'll go live in down below before I'll pay 'em a penny and you can tell those bean-counters that they can go to hell.
And that's for both of us. Yes, sir.
And it was starting out to be such a nice, quiet, little day.
This is unnecessary, you know?
If you just give us the information we need we could stop this.
We don't blame you.
You fell under the influence of outsiders.
They used you and then abandoned you.
'You mean nothing to them.'
'You were raised by the corps'
'clothed by the corps.'
We are your father and your mother.
Don't force us to do this.
We know there's an underground railroad helping unregistered telepaths.
We know you gave them access to our files.
Who was your contact? Who's running the operation?
I don't know.
We...never use names.
'But you know where they're going, don't you?'
There has to be a central clearing house for the underground railroad.
Where is it?
♪ Mary had a little lamb ♪
♪ Little lamb ♪
♪ F-fleece was white as snow ♪
♪ Everywhere that Mary went ♪
♪ The lamb was sure to ♪♪
He's dead. It doesn't matter.
I caught it..
...just before he died.
Betrayed by his final thoughts.
(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.
(Franklin) 'Are you sure you know what you're doing?'
These paper-pushers back home probably figure that since I'm new here I'll go along with this whole rent idea just to make everybody happy.
Yeah, well, that's how it starts. Believe me.
They nibble a little bit here, a little bit there.
Next thing you know, you're not even in charge of your own command anymore.
No taxation without representation.
Give me liberty or give me death.
A bunch of butt-scratching hand-wringing, penny-pinching let's-stick-it to-the-new-guy pinheads!
'All of 'em.'
Thirty credits a week.
I say, let 'em cut back on those expense-account lunches then come talk to me, right?
Right, right. Yeah.
You're doomed, you know?
Well, if you need a place to stay I've got a spare cot at my place.
You've got a spare cot? Yeah.
I don't even have a spare cot.
How the hell do you rate a spare cot?
Well, I requisitioned it for medical purposes.
[scoffs] Damn. Always knew I should have been a doctor.
Well, captain, there you are.
I was looking for you.
May I speak with you for a moment...privately?
Of course, um..
Why don't you go ahead and I'll catch up?
Of course. Ambassador.
So what can I do for you?
I was wondering if you could help me..
Uh, this is difficult.
If you could help me better understand what it is to be human.
Though I now look more like you I'm not one of you.
And if I am to be a bridge of understanding between humans and Minbari it would help if I knew more about your people.
I see, um.. So what would you suggest?
In all my time here I have rarely sat and just talked with you or with any other human.
And I think that I would like to.
Uh...talk about what?
Except business and negotiations and whose trade agreement is being most unfair to the others.
I'll set it up and get back to you.
This evening okay? Perfect.
Until then, captain. Ambassador.
One day, they're shooting at you the next day they're taking you out to dinner.
Huh, what a universe!
(female #1 on radio) 'Babylon 5 control.'
'A Psi Corps representative'
'requests an immediate appointment'
'with full command staff.'
(male #1) 'Roger that.'
For some time now, we have been aware of an underground railroad smuggling unregistered telepaths away from Earth to the outer colonies where the corps can't reach them.
Well, so far I don't see a problem.
The problem, Commander Ivanova is that unregistered telepaths are a security risk.
The corps helps to ensure their safety and privacy of normals.
'We believe the underground railroad'
'is operating through Babylon 5.'
It must be closed down.
We'd appreciate your cooperation, captain.
I'd like to talk to my people for a moment.
Well, you've been pretty quiet.
Is he right, or isn't he?
...yeah, I suppose.
And we're obliged to uphold the laws of Earth Alliance.
That doesn't mean we have to like it.
And if there is some kind of illegitimate travel going through here, it's a threat to station security and we have to know about it.
Oh, come on, Garibaldi, you can't tell me you agree with this. You wanna help them?
Want, agree. That has nothing to do with it.
The law is the law.
That's damn ironic, isn't it?
That the corps got started because we were afraid of telepaths?
Now they're victims of our own fears?
And we took away every right they had and shoved them into a big, black box called Psi Corps.
Now look at 'em.
Black uniforms, jackboots, giving orders.
Some days they scare the hell out of me.
Yeah. If you ask me, we created our own monster.
And maybe we deserve it.
Alright, give him whatever help he needs but keep an eye on him.
By the way, captain..
...I suggest you check the files on Mr. Bester.
We had a few problems with him last year involving a rogue telepath named Ironheart.
You might wanna find out a little bit more about who you're dealing with.
(Bester) 'I think they'll do as we ask.'
You seem awfully confident. I am.
Did you scan them?
Ms. Winters, you know the rules against scanning normals without their permission.
Mm-hmm. So are you scanning me?
Not if it was just a surface scan.
(Bester) 'I'd only do that if I suspected' you were doing something inappropriate.
Are you? No. Of course not.
Well, then you have nothing to worry about.
(male #2) Murderer, murderer.
(Talia) 'What's wrong?'
You didn't hear that? What?
Open up. Drop the walls. Listen.
I'm sorry. It's all background noise.
I was right.
He's here, alright. I saw him.
Did he sense you?
I, I don't, I don't know. Maybe.
'Look, we-we knew this was gonna happen sooner or later.'
So what we have to do now is warn the runner and get the hell out of here.
Uh, I know.
I-I know Bester will try to stop us.
So we don't have any choice.
We have to kill him.
I apologize for being late, captain.
I decided that as part of learning more about humans I would try to dress like one tonight.
Huh. I hope it does not offend you.
No, no, not at all.
I mean, it's very attractive.
Something I can do for you?
It appears my choice was successful.
The woman who sold me this told me that I would definitely turn heads?
[chuckles] Yeah, well, if they turned much further you'd be sued for whiplash.
Um, what would you like to start with?
Start with? Mm-hmm.
I don't know, um..
Uh, this is all so new to me.
Um.. What would you recommend?
Well. Let's see what we have, hm?
(Ivanova) 'Hey, Michael! Over here!'
Look, can I talk to you for a second?
What, is this official business?
Yeah. Hey, everybody!
Garibaldi's here on official business.
(female #2) 'Oh, well, then..'
Next round's on Mr. Garibaldi!
Come on, you know the rules.
No official business inside Earhart's or you buy everybody drinks.
I-I know, I know, but I was kind of hoping to talk to you on the QT.
Oops. Yeah, oops.
So what can I do for you?
I need a contact inside the underground railroad.
Great! Good hunting to you.
So what have I got to do with it?
Come on, Ivanova, this is me. Yes, it is.
And you're so cute when you're worried about investigating someone close to you.
This time you're dead wrong.
Look, Michael, there's no love lost between me and the Psi Corps, but I've got nothing to do with this.
[laughs] You look like you just swallowed a bug.
An operation like this couldn't work without support from someone inside the station.
I figured it was you. Nuts.
'Well, have a good time figuring it out.'
Me? I'm gonna go back to my quarters and get some sleep.
That's the other thing I wanted to talk to you about.
(Sheridan) After we cleaned up the debris, I told him
"Mack, if you ever bring that cat
"within 15 feet of me again I will have you both up on charges."
We do not have cats on Minbari. We have gogs.
I think such creatures are an attempt by the universe to make sure that we never take ourselves too seriously.
You know what's funny?
When I think of Minbari I don't generally think of them laughing.
Is that part of the change you've gone through or..
We believe that no race can be truly intelligent without laughter.
In temple, we spend one whole year just learning how to appreciate humor.
This must seem very strange to you.
No other race we've encountered has anything similar.
Oh, then you're in for a big shock.
Back on Earth we have the laughing Buddha.
And then there's the school of Zen mysticism that teaches enlightenment through laughter.
It would appear that we have much more in common than we imagined.
Who'd have thought?
Oh. Ah, Ms. Winters. Good.
I know it's late. I hope I'm not disturbing you.
I've been thinking about our last experience together.
That Jason Ironheart situation and, and now this.
I've been more than a little rude to you and I'd like to make up for it.
As our representative on Babylon 5 it occurs to me that we should know each other a little better.
Perhaps you'd join me for breakfast tomorrow morning.
I'll be there.
Goodnight, Ms. Winters.
(Bester) His name is Jason Ironheart.
(Talia) We were lovers.
Do you know what it's like when telepaths make love, commander?
There is no more Jason.
I am something else.
I am becoming..
(Talia) He came to say goodbye, commander.
He came to say goodbye.
(Jason) I give you a gift.
[echoing] The only gift I have to give.
He's been in my mind twice today.
Why isn't he seeing this?
Was that the other part of the gift?
They've been sealed. What?
'Direct orders from Earth Central.'
Your quarters and mine have been sealed until we either move to smaller quarters or begin paying rent on the bigger ones.
Garibaldi let me know a little while ago.
If they think that they're gonna pressure me like this they're wrong.
You got something we can jimmy this thing with?
I already tried it on my door, set off the sprinklers scrambled the lock codes on both sides of the hall and scared the hell out of security.
I was just on my way to rent a room when I saw you.
No! No way in hell.
That's just as bad as paying them for using our own quarters.
Millions for defense, but not one penny for tribute.
[laughing] Alright, then, what do you suggest?
They can't scan us if they don't catch us.
We just have to make sure we don't get caught.
That's what Jenson thought.
And just before he died, he cracked.
We can't afford it. Do it again.
♪ Mary had a little lamb ♪
♪ Her fleece was white as snow ♪
♪ And everywhere that Mary went ♪
♪ The lamb was sure to go ♪
♪ Mary had a little lamb ♪
♪ Her fleece was white as snow ♪
♪ And everywhere that Mary went ♪
♪ The lamb was sure to go ♪♪
[Sheridan clears throat]
Couldn't be better. Good.
Got to take a hard line with these people, Susan.
Can't show a moment's weakness.
[chuckles] I heard a good one today.
How many Minbari does it take to screw in a light bulb?
I don't know, sir.
How many Minbari does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None, they always surrender right before they finish the job and they never tell you why.
Who's there? Kosh.
Kosh who? Gesundheit.
'I thought that was a good one.'
Were you like this when you were married?
The woman was a saint.
Well, at least I'm an intelligent life form according to the Minbari.
I think I like that.
I think I like that a lot.
(Bester) 'So...obviously things back home have been a little tense' ever since the president died.
Yes. That was quite a blow here, too.
Do they ever talk about what happened..
...the captain, the others?
According to the news, it was an accident.
And so it was.
Still, if you could keep an eye on things for us, we..
Almost ready. In position.
In position. Okay. I got a sure shot.
(male #3) He's made it, made it, made it.
They must be getting desperate to try something like this.
They know we're on to them.
Why else would they try to kill me?
Is this a multiple choice question?
What about Talia?
As far as I know, she got out.
You mean, you haven't heard from her since the attack?
No, but I'm sure she's fine.
It's me they were after.
Unless they took her in order to get to you.
Has that thought ever occurred to you now that you've managed to save your own skin?
(Bester) 'It won't do them any good.'
She doesn't know anything that could hurt me or the corps.
Doesn't get it, does he?
Hey, wake up! To hell with what she does or doesn't knows!
She could be dead right now! Garibaldi!
You should have told us she was missing as soon as you called in.
If you're this worried, Mr. Garibaldi I suggest you double your efforts to find these people.
You've got two bodies to start with.
Make the best of them.
(female #3) It's too risky.
It's too risky. She's with the Psi Corps.
(male #4) Have to kill her before she identifies us.
(male #5) No, we need to know what she knows.
(female #4) Wait.
We don't wanna hurt you.
We will if we have to, but we don't want to.
You're-you're only hurting yourselves.
The corps is here to protect you.
I don't believe that and neither do you.
That's not true.
It will be very soon.
You're almost there.
What do you want from me?
We want you..
(Franklin) Just heard from the people running the underground railroad.
They've got Talia. No, no, no, she's okay.
They haven't hurt her and they don't intend to.
They want to arrange a meeting between you and the head of the operation. Just you, nobody else.
And if anyone else shows, the meeting's off.
And if I don't come, what happens to Talia?
Well, this isn't a hostage situation, captain.
The situation is spinning out of control.
They're, they're trapped.
They're trying to find a way out without anyone else getting hurt.
And you think I can trust them?
I can't tell you right now.
I guess you're just gonna have to trust me.
Alright. When and where?
And I guess that's how they found my brother before they found me.
They said he could either join the corps go into a relocation camp or take the sleepers so he wouldn't accidentally violate the privacy of normals.
'Well, he took the sleepers.'
'They shut off his talent, but it didn't stop him'
'from speaking out against the corps.'
He wrote to senate, to media got interviewed by ISN..
Until one day, when they came to give him his injection.
He closed his eyes and never woke up.
The corps doesn't murder its own.
'I was there.'
All you need to do is scan me to see for yourself.
I don't want to. You're afraid to.
The corps raised me. It gave me everything I have--
And took away everything you were born with.
Took away your freedom, made you wear that badge and those gloves every day of your life while you were out among normals.
Keeps you separate from them, from each other.
You're distorting everything. Am I?
Bester shot your friend, Ironheart.
But, hey, he was a rogue.
A runaway, just like us.
'But that's not the worst.'
You wanted to see me? Wanted to?
But I guess I have to, don't I?
...I know we've had our problems in the past.
But I'm not the enemy.
'We have the same concerns, you and I.'
'We wanna protect our own and protect Earth.'
Would it interest you to know that I am married, Mr. Garibaldi?
'That I have a five-year-old daughter?'
That on Sundays when I'm back home, we pack a picnic lunch and go out under the dome on Syria Planum and watch the stars come out?
Hardly the description of a monster.
Smooth. You're getting good at this. Keep working on it.
One of these days I might even be convinced that you're human.
Here's the information you asked for.
The two shooters were living in down below like I figured.
It's tough to track expenses down there and most of it's bartered.
But they were both living on the same level.
Probably wanted to stick close together for mutual protection..
...the others might be there as well.
That's what I figured. I'm putting a team together now.
We'll pick you up at your quarters in an hour and we'll go in together.
That's together, clear?
My, uh, talent woke up when I hit puberty.
The corps took me in, said I was a P-11 as high as you can go before they turn you into a Psi Cop.
After 2 years, they picked another P-11 and said I had to marry him.
They wanted to increase the odds of breeding a P-12 or higher.
One night I woke up..
Something soft over my face.
Felt hands lifting me out of bed.
The next morning they tried to tell me it was all just a dream.
Four weeks later, I discovered I was pregnant.
Oh, my God.
When she was born, they took her from me.
As soon as I could walk, I escaped from the hospital.
I never saw my baby again.
Maybe the corps served a function a long time ago.
Now it's something else.
I know it, you know it.
We can't let it go on this way.
So what do you expect me to do?
Snap my fingers and make it all go away?
You're asking me to take everything I believe and turn it upside down.
Why are you telling me this?
Because you're special.
How do you know?
Your friend, Ironheart..
...he was my friend, too.
They experimented on both of us, they..
They pushed me up here.
They made me a P-12, maybe even a P-13.
'...he went further than I did.'
He went further than anyone will ever go again.
When he escaped, I went with him.
Help set all this up.
I know he touched you.
I know he gave you something.
I know you can help us if you want to.
But I thought the message said for me to come alone.
Well, don't you think your presence might scare off the guy who's running this operation?
'No, not really' considering I am the guy running this operation.
I hope you have one hell of a good explanation for this, doctor.
I think he does, captain.
And I think you should listen to him.
I think you should listen to all of them.
Back on Earth, I heard things.
The kind of things you're not supposed to hear about.
...breeding telepaths against their will..
...so-called relocation camps for rogue telepaths that aren't much better than concentration camps.
It started when a few doctors began referring latent telepaths to each other.
Keeping them out of circulation.
Losing reports and changing medical history files.
But we couldn't just keep moving 'em around like checkers.
We had to get them away from Earth.
'They were filtered into Babylon 5 on business visas.'
Well, last year I set up a clinic down below so we could start processing runaways and changing records without anyone from Medlab knowing about it.
I trust my staff, but the Psi Corps has a knack for intimidation.
In principle I agree with what you're doing.
But there are laws.
And whether I like 'em or not, I'm a soldier.
I am honor-bound to obey the law!
And as a doctor, I'm honor-bound to help these people.
So what am I supposed to do now?
If I turn you in and right now, I'm more than a little tempted..
'...I embarrass the station, Earth Central..' and give the folks back home one more reason to shut us down.
And if I don't turn you in..
...I'm an accomplice.
No. There's a third option.
I remember you.
And I remember you.
That's why I started all this.
Listen to me.
You've nothing to be afraid of.
Come back with me.
'You won't be harmed.'
(Talia) Of course, they will.
You'll destroy them inch by inch as a lesson to the rest.
You wanna keep us frightened and isolated.
Not just from normals, but from each other.
That's the real reason we wear gloves, isn't it?
'To keep us apart?'
But what happens when the gloves come off?
Don't force me to..
It's not working.
Someone is fighting us.
I'd have preferred to take a few alive.
What better to set an example.
The main thing is, the leader is gone.
Cut off the head and the body dies with it.
You had me going for a moment there.
The corps is mother, the corps is father.
I know where my loyalties lie.
I'm going back up now.
Security will be here within 20 minutes.
I didn't want them asking these people any questions and I don't wanna answer any myself.
I suggest you take a different route back.
We'll, of course, deny all knowledge of this unfortunate incident.
(Sheridan) 'I don't suppose anyone would like to tell me' what just happened.
What did you see?
Bester came down the hallway he said something.
Talia came out, joined the others.
Then he stopped.
He stared for a moment.
Then he smiled and went back the way he came.
But that's not what he saw. Which was?
He saw what we wanted him to see.
An illusion? A telepathic projection.
I thought Psi Cops were too strong for that sort of thing.
Individually, yes, any one of us alone never could have done it.
But together, we were able to burrow past his defenses.
Now, as far as Bester's concerned the underground railroad is dead, along with its leader.
He won't press the issue because he doesn't wanna be linked to a bunch of dead bodies.
He'll go quietly.
And all I have to do is let him go.
And avoid seeing him before he goes.
If he suspects anything, he might scan you and you don't have the defenses to block him.
And no more underground railroad?
Babylon 5 has gotten too hot for it.
The others will pick up where I left off.
'My part's over.'
Well, if there's nothing illegal going on here anymore, and Mr. Bester drops his request..
...who am I to argue?
You get your people out of here and I don't wanna see any of them around here again.
Don't thank me yet. And get one thing straight.
Anything like this ever happens again I will personally turn you in and let them hang you out to dry.
So you don't think that what I did was right?
I didn't say that.
Well, what are you saying?
I'm not saying what I'm saying.
I'm not saying what I'm thinking.
As a matter of fact I'm not thinking what I'm thinking.
There's only one thing on my mind right now.
I need a drink. And a place to stay.
I just about managed to forget about that.
(Lurker) 'You know, you can't go back again.'
I can't leave the corps.
They'll come after me.
No, I mean in here.
You know too much.
If Bester scans you, he'll..
Can you keep him out?
I think so.
Jason's little gift.
He gave you more than you know.
What we did back there, shouldn't have worked.
Not with that Psi Cop.
You tipped the balance.
I felt it when we were joined.
You are more than you think you are.
Then what am I?
I'd like to note two things for the record.
Item one. I don't think this protest is gonna work.
And Earth Central never gives in when it comes to money.
But if you're determined to keep at it..
...I'm prepared to do the same.
You snore. No, I don't.
'Yes, you do.' No, I don't.
Captain, either you snore or last night we had a hell of a breach in the hull.
I get dibs on the couch. Unnecessary.
You can sleep in your own quarters tonight.
Security has probably unlocked them by now.
They gave in? 'Uh, no.'
You gave in?
I'm deducting 60 credits per week from the budget set aside to maintain combat readiness and applying it against the rent.
On what grounds?
On the grounds that I'm not ready to fight anybody until I've had a decent night's sleep in my own damn bed.
You got a problem with that? No, none whatsoever.
I rather like the idea of Earth Central paying rent to itself.
It has a certain symmetry.
Now, if you'll excuse me..
..I think I'll go to my quarters and collapse.
Wonderful idea. Dismissed, commander.
Well, I'd better get back.
There's always a mountain of paperwork waiting for me.
I hope you'll give some thought to what I asked the other day.
I was informed that Sheridan would be supportive of the corps.
I'm, I'm disappointed by his attitude.
You won't have a problem keeping an eye on him, will you?
No. No problem at all.
See you next time, Ms. Winters.
You're having far too much fun at my expense.
I bring gifts. Ms. Winters, it's late.
I just wanted to say that you were right and I was wrong about the corps.
I, um, I can't go into details but in light of recent events I think we need to re-evaluate our relationship.
Which is just a, a formal way of saying that I need someone to talk to.
And as strange as this sounds..
...you're the only one I can think of.
'Unless my, my being here offends you.'
No, you don't offend me.
But that does.