Babylon 5 S3E11 Script

Ceremonies of Light and Dark (1996)

[intense music]

(John) 'Are those the last of the Night Watch?'

Well, it's the last batch we could find.

Garibaldi's still trying to track down the rest.

The others are civilians heading for Earth, Mars in colonies and Proxima in Orion.

Oh, what happened to you? Uh.

I fractured my elbow and wrist when we went hand-to-hand when the marines tried to board us.

I figured I could get by with just the bandages.

But doc wants me in a cast just to be sure.

That's no big deal. How is it out there?

It's quiet. And they're all pretty stunned.

It's not every day that we secede from Earth.

Mostly they're unhappy about having all the com channels shut down.

We can't put StellarCom back online until we've added some insurance.

Now, the computer system that runs this place was installed by Earth Central.

They have all the access codes.

So once we open up all the com channels they can send a message out to override the system erase our passwords and lock us out. Cute.

I mean, they could shut down the defense grid, life support.

No problem, I've got the access codes locked away.

'It shouldn't be too much trouble' to go in and change the passwords.

So how much longer are you going to stay out of uniform?

Until this is over.

That could be a long time.

As long as we are on our own I can't justify wearing an Earth force uniform.

My hypocrisy only goes so far.

What about later?

Well, um. I'll wear it then.

But that's the last time.

Now, if you need me..

...I'll be out making the rounds.

Are you sure that's a good idea?

We have to reassure everyone that we are in control of the situation.

We can't do that hiding in our offices.

I still think you should have an armed escort.

That kind of defeats the purpose, Mr. Garibaldi.

I can take care of myself.

Captain Sheridan has asked me to convey his thanks for helping save this place.

The trial ahead of us will be long and difficult.

But our first step has been an honorable one.

When you return to your ships, tell your captains that history will remember them with reverence.

Delenn, fleet Captain Lenann has asked if he may come aboard for a tour of the station.

Of course. I'll meet him personally.

Lennier, you still haven't told me what you think of all this.

Opinion doesn't enter into it.

What is, is.

Prophecy said one day we would unite with the other half of our soul in a war with the ancient enemy.

This we have done.

Prophecy is a poor guide to the future.

You only understand it when the event's already upon you.

And not all of the prophecies are good ones.

There's darkness and fire still ahead of us.

There are no guarantees that any of us will survive it.

[indistinct chattering]

[intense music]

(Ivanova) The Babylon project was our last, best hope for peace.

It failed.

[dramatic music]

But in the year of the Shadow War it became something greater our last best hope for victory.

The year is 2260.

The place, Babylon 5.

[theme music]

[music continues]

[indistinct chatter]

[intense music]

I told you to wait.

I had a clear shot.

You had nothing.

You take him down, he's a martyr.

Five hundred men will stand up where he fell.

Now, we do this by the numbers.

Or not at all.

Don't worry.

Before this is over.

We'll have our pound of flesh.

Well, Marcus, welcome back.



Any news?

I think we are safe for a while.

Your government will think twice before engaging a Minbari fleet.

They're not my government.

Back on the colony, Earth was just a place that sent us books and vids and took 30% of our income.

Should have given them the boot years ago.

Now we can make a fresh start.

Yes. Which is why I decided to call for the Nafak'cha.

This may not be a good time.

The rebirth ceremony commemorates a great change that is coming, or a great change that is here.

We stand between both.

Why is this not an appropriate time?

Your people need to heal.

All of us here need to heal.

The ceremony will help.

I just think everyone's going to be busy with ceremonies of their own for a while.

(John) In breaking away from Earth we have begun a difficult and uncertain journey.

And none of us can see its end.

But our cause remains a just one.

That truth honors and sanctifies our fallen comrades

'who have made the ultimate sacrifice.'

'So that we might carry on the work'

'that is ahead of us.'

We are gathered here today.. honor their memory and their names.














From the stars we came.

To the stars we return.

From now until the end of time.

We therefore commit these bodies to the deep.

[instrumental music]

[indistinct chatter]


Will you have a drink, Lord Refa?

Yes, thank you.

I'm sure it was a tiring journey.

Yes, it was.

Now, what was so important that you felt you had to drag me out here instead of coming to Centauri Prime?

Well, I have been going there quite a bit lately.

I think it is good for you to come to me from time to time.


Now, I have been studying these reports from the front lines.

You will note the plural form, lines.

Is there anyone along our border with whom we are not currently at war?

We need the room to expand.

Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts.

Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on 12 fronts.

We can handle it.

Our resources are greater than you think.

Oh. Mm.

You mean your recent alliance with Mr. Morden, yes?

I don't know what you're talking about.

[clicking tongue]


We asked Lord Refa to secure the planet for us.

I have gotten into the habit of recording important meetings.

One never knows when an inconvenient truth will fall between the cracks and vanish.

Mr. Morden and his associates worry me.

After the Narns were defeated I took steps to put some distance between us.


I have the feeling that he and his associates are carving a great, dark hole in the middle of the universe.

And when they go down.

Anyone nearby will go with them.

That will not happen.

You don't appreciate their strength.

Oh, I appreciate their strength, alright.

And that is why this unfocused aggression worries me.

By drawing our forces into a dozen smaller wars you have effectively weakened our main line of defense.

Should they turn an eye to Centauri Prime.

They will not do that. No, they will not.

Because you are going to take steps to prevent it.

And you will start by breaking off your relationship with Mr. Morden.


Oh, Londo.

You are a fool.

You walked away from the greatest power I have ever seen.

And now you expect me to do the same?

They are the key to my eventual rise to the throne.

Why would I abandon them?

Because I have asked you.

And because your loyalty to our people should be greater than your ambition.

And because I have poisoned your drink.


And it is a very interesting poison.

It comes in two parts.

Both are harmless on their own.

But when combined, quite lethal.

The first settles into the bloodstream and the intestinal walls.

It stays there for years.

Silent, dormant, waiting.

When the other half of the poison enters the body the two meet, have a little party in your cardiovascular system and suddenly you are quite dead.

Your drink contained the first half of the poison.


Why did you do this?

To guarantee your cooperation.

And because, sooner or later, you would do it to me.

Yes, we're returning to the old ways, Refa.

And poison was always the instrument of choice in the old republic.

Being something of a sentimentalist I got here first.

What do you want me to do?

You have encouraged that fool Cartagia to attack worlds that have no value to us.

You will now encourage him otherwise.

You will bolster our lines of defense around Centauri Prime.

And you will have nothing more to do with Mr. Morden.

'If you do not comply..' of my agents in the Royal Palace will introduce you to the second half of the poison.

To your health, Lord Refa.


Okay, I've accessed the command codes.

We're all set. Go ahead.

This is Captain John J. Sheridan.

'Serial number XO7Y39-Alpha.'

Security code, Obsidian.

This is commander Susan Ivanova.

Serial number Z48M27-Epsilon.

Security code, Griffin.

(Garibaldi) 'This is chief warrant officer Michael Garibaldi.'

Serial number V17L98.

Security code, Peek-a-boo.

[automated] 'Authorizations confirmed.'


Alright, list all command level passwords.

Replace all entries with new passwords, then restart system.

Captain, if this is not a good time..

No, no, no, it's fine.

Uh, they can take care of the rest.

[clearing throat]


Would you have guessed it?


Uh, a rebirth ceremony?

Yes, I demonstrated a small part of it two years ago in an exchange of religious ritual.

Now I think we could benefit from all of it.

Who are you inviting?

You, Ivanova Mr. Garibaldi, Dr. Franklin several in what's left of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds.

G'Kar, Ambassador Mollari.


With everything that's been going on he's the last person I'd invite to something like this.

Which is why he was the first one I decided must be invited.

We have gone through so much pain, John.

If we do not put it behind us if we are not born into new possibilities it will surely destroy us.

(Boggs) 'What about people who just got in carrying orders' from the Night Watch office back home?

We want everyone on the watch who's managed to go undetected to keep a low profile, except for us.

We've been authorized to proceed.

For now, Sheridan is not the primary target.

Damn Minbari.

We nearly had Sheridan till those war cruisers showed up.

Can't do anything until they're gone.


So that's our target.

Ambassador Delenn is walking a tightrope back home.

She got those ships here through sheer force of personality.

They think that she's the second coming or something.

You take that away and their support will fade.

The Minbari warships will vanish.

Our forces can come in and finish the job.

Minbari are funny about their leaders.

We kill Delenn, they might take it kind of personal.

(Boggs) 'Don't worry. We've got that angle covered.'

'We'll make it look like it was Sheridan's fault.'

'That way he loses on both sides.'

During the war..

...I once took seven days to kill a Minbari.

First you tie off the fingers one at a time.

Then you slice off the fingers.

And the feet.

The hands.

The arms.

The legs.

You should have seen it.

Don't worry. We will.

♪ Toe bone's connected to the foot bone ♪

♪ Foot bone's connected to the ankle bone ♪

♪ The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone ♪

♪ The leg bone's connected to the hip bone ♪

♪ Now hear the word of the Lord ♪♪

[indistinct chatter]

[men laughing]

I thought you might be here.

Of course.

This is where my contacts come see me.

Doesn't look like much, but this place is a gold mine for information. Mine, theirs.

'Some kind of syndicate, I think.'

But we've come to an agreement.

I don't bother them, they don't bother me.

So, what can I do for you?

I thought you would be preparing for the ceremony.

Yeah, well, I thought I'd opt out, actually.

There's so much to do.

You've been nervous about this ever since I mentioned it.

What are you afraid of?

Nothing. Well, spiders.

Marcus, the rebirth ceremony was part of your training on Minbari.

I missed it. Overslept.

It lasts all day.

Oh, that's right. I was ill.

'Wanted to go. Couldn't.'

Same as now.

Love to, can't really. Next time.

Ah, someone I've been waiting for.

We'll talk about this again, Marcus.

If you'll excuse me.

There, finished inputting the command codes.

Now we just reset the computer system and once it comes back online it should be operating under the new passwords.

Computer, initiate complete shutdown.

Restart in ten seconds.

[automated] 'Confirmed.'

God, I hate this part.

I'm always afraid I've broken something.

They'll be fine. I've done this before.

Ah, I told you.



[automated] 'Hey, what are you looking at?'

Run diagnostics.

'What, you got a broken arm or something?'

'I got a station to run here.'


'Fine. I'll do a diagnostics.'

'So maybe level 42 doesn't get its quota of oxygen for today'

'because I'm distracted. But if it makes you happy..'

Stop. Garibaldi..

I just remember they tried to install artificial intelligence subroutine when the station went operational.

They shut it down right away because it didn't work right.

Must've come back online when the system rebooted.

Great, how do we shut her down?

[automated] 'I heard that.'

'Are you two easily offended or what?'

Could you tell me a little more about what is involved in this rebirth ceremony?

Reflection, meditation upon what has gone before.

What is now, and what is to come. for a moment, I was thinking women, drinking, and debauchery.

'I forgot I was speaking to Minbari.'

This buy you is a good time, is it?

What else?

You must tell someone a secret that you have never told anyone else before.

And you must give away something that is of great value to you.

Oh, sounds positively festive.

It is time for us to come together to restore that which has been torn apart.

And to heal the wounds we have suffered.

With everything that has been going on.

I'm surprised you invited me.

In a matter of confessions, meditation and the closing of past wounds, ambassador you were at the top of my list.

I am already attending to my past, my present and what remains of my future.

'I do not require your assistance'

'or your approval.'

Enjoy your ceremony, Delenn.

I intend to have other plans.

Since we've begun working with station security we have greater obligations.

We need to prove our value to Sheridan.

So that we can retain our position when the crisis ends.

I'll try and stop by for the closing ceremonies.

What matters is everything leading up to that point.

Leaving behind the old, preparing to be reborn.

I've already been born once and quite sufficiently, I think..

Uh, I'm sorry, but I'm simply too busy.

Uh, good day to you, Delenn, Mr. Lennier.

Well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

It still is a good idea.

We will hold the ceremony.

If some choose not to attend, the loss is theirs.

Delenn, you asked me to remind you about the ship.

Oh, yes. Of course.

A captain from one of our warships has asked for a tour of the station.

'It seems fair to let them see what they have saved.'

I will meet him at the docking bay.

Good, I will go with you.

Marcus will accompany me.

It will give us a chance to talk.


[instrumental music]

I wish you would trust me enough to talk to me, Marcus.

Why are you so reluctant to take part in the rebirth ceremony?

You asked me to give something up, Delenn.

I don't have anything left.

It's all gone.

My brother was the last of our family and he died because of my stupidity.

He warned me of the Shadows. I didn't listen.

And when they came, I lost him, our home.

The colony where we'd grown up.

A woman I was quite fond of.

I escaped with only the clothes on my back went off in search of these rangers that he'd been going on about..

...because he believed in them and in you.

Everything I was, everything I had all of it died that night.

I don't have anything left to give.

Then that is exactly what you must give up.

Yes, you have lost much.

Endured much, sacrificed greatly.

But you cling to the memory of your sacrifices of all the things you have lost, or left behind.

They drag behind you like chains of your own making.

'They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus.'

'The power of grief and loss' and regret.

Yes, you have let go of the people the places, the things.

But you have not let go of the pain.

You have not forgiven yourself.

For what?

Being alive.

[automated] 'Minbari flyer Lumini, now ready for debarkation in Bay 8.'

I'll better tell security we're bringing him through.

You know how they are about unannounced guests.

[instrumental music]




Come with us, or die.

[automated] 'You know, you're looking very stressed.'

'This is not a good.'

'Hey, how about something to eat?'

'Maybe a nice piece of brisket.'

'You'll suck an orange.'

'Would somebody please fix this thing'

'before I go out of my mind.'

Michael, I just heard.

Somebody grabbed Ambassador Delenn and one of the Minbari captains.

(Delenn) He's hurt.

You should attend to him, or allow me to do so.

If I were you, I'd be worried about my own health right now.

I have faced far worse than you.

[door opens]

Word's out.

Got that monitor line scrambled?


Alright, people, let's get ready.

(Marcus) It's my fault.

I should never have left her alone.

Even for a minute.

You couldn't have known.

It's happening again.

I don't listen, I turn my back for two minutes.

And somebody else pays the price.

Captain, we've got someone on hold.

It's about Delenn.

Put him through, and trace the call.

Boggs. Hello, chief.

Looking for me? Yeah.

You and your other Night Watch buddies.

And you just gave me one more good reason to find you.

Where's Delenn?

She's with us.

'Also got a Minbari captain. And one of his aides.'

'And don't bother tracking this call.'

We've scrambled the Babcom lines.

What do you want?

To put the station back under Earth control and to kick out the alien influence.

Now either get rid of those Minbari cruisers in the next six hours. Or I'll kill the hostages.

First the captain, then Delenn.

One last thing I'm monitoring all security channels and some of our people are still in with your people, chief.

'So don't do anything stupid.'

Or these two die instantly.

Just to show you I'm serious.


No. No!

Let him go.

[man screaming]

(Delenn) 'No.'


Bloody bastards. 'Marcus!'

Let him go!

He has sources of his own that don't involve security.

Maybe he can find something.

The trigger man. I know his face.

He's an old war buddy of Boggs.

A real psycho. Stone killer.

He used to work behind enemy lines during the Minbari War.

Get me everything you've got on his contacts.

I want this call analyzed.

If it can't be traced find me something else we can use.

[indistinct chatter]

Hello. Shall I deal myself in?

I thought we had an understanding.

We don't bother you, you don't bother us.

That was before a close friend of mine was abducted by some very bad people.

Being rather bad people yourselves it occurs to me that one of you might know where she is.

Well, we don't talk to security.

Why should we talk to you?

Because if you don't then in five minutes I'll be the only person at this table still standing.


Five minutes after that I'll be the only person in this room still standing.


So, who's in? Yeah.

[intense music]

[speaking Minbari]

Then we should tighten them.

I picked up your language from some POWs I took during the war.

It came in real handy when I told them to start digging their own graves.

You do realize, of course, that neither of you are getting out of here alive.

Got any thoughts about that?


I feel sorry for you.


You feel sorry for me?

Now, that's comedy.

So, how do you figure you feel sorry for me?

Among Minbari one individual leads but we move as one.

We are at our best when we move together and we are at our worst when we move together.

When our leader was killed by your people

'we went mad together.'

'We stayed mad for a very long time' a madness that almost consumed your world

'til finally, before it was too late we woke up together.

But, you you are alone.

You have no one to awaken you from your madness.

For this, and nothing else I feel pity for you.

Screw it.



(Delenn) 'Lennan!'

[Lennan groaning]

Sniper! That's enough!

What are you, crazy?


Ask her.

'He's not dead.' 'Not yet.'

'Now, we need these two alive until this deal is finished.'

Once that's done, they're all yours. Not before.

You hear me?

I hear you.

I'm, I'm, I'm telling you, I don't know.

Then you know somebody who knows somebody who knows something.

Who? What?

Answer me!


Bugger. Now, I'll have to wait for someone to wake up.

I would advise against it.

I see they trained you well back home.

Yeah, well, they said I was carrying around a lot of repressed anger.

And? I'm not repressed anymore.

I failed once before to save someone I cared about.

I refuse to fail again. What are you doing here?

I came here to discuss the rebirth ceremony with you.

You will come, I assume.

Rebirth? Why are you worrying about that?

There's much more important--

It was the last thing she asked me to do and I will see that it is done.

And if you are saying you will not come then we have nothing more to discuss.

Forget about it. It's not important. Lennier!

Do not touch me in that fashion.

We may sometimes look like you, but we are not you.

Never forget that. Point taken.

Don't you think that I want to tear this station apart looking for her?

She is my mentor, my teacher, my..

As part of the rebirth ceremony I'm required to tell someone that which I have never told anyone before.

This is as good a time as any.

I love her.

You'll forgive me if I'm little surprised at your admission.

My love for Delenn is not quite what you might think.

It is not romantic love, as you consider it.

It is something higher and nobler.

A pure, perfect love, if you will.

I know that Delenn is fated for another and I've accepted that in my heart.

But I have vowed to stay at her side through all things for as long as I live.

That's a dangerous promise, Lennier.

Well, since I can never tell her I tell you as my part of the ritual.

Thank you.

[man groaning]

Excuse me.

Hello? God!

This is your wake-up call. Come on, give me a break.

Certainly. What would you like?

An arm? A leg?

We're fresh out of broken hearts we just had a run on those.

How about we start with your fingers and work up?

Um, hey, look, you know, may-maybe, um maybe I, I have some information um, a-a name.

You see, it's like I've always said you can get more with a kind word and a two by four than you can with just a kind word.

Please, continue.

Hello, chief. You been looking for me?

We still haven't been able to trace the call but we processed the signal to pick up some details about the room.

We got this background sound.

[low-pitched humming]

I know that sound.

It's the cooling system that feeds the fusion reactor.

All that stuff is in Grey Sector.

(John) 'Well, it's a start.'

That still leaves us a lot of ground to cover.

If we start poking around blindly, they'll get wind of it and kill the hostages.

We need an exact location.

Try Level 14. Why 14?

A kind stranger volunteered he delivered some components needed to make a call that can't be traced.

He said he'd heard one of the men talking to someone from security about getting the equipment to level 14.

He didn't hear which sector. Well, it's a shot. Susan.

Grey 14.

Environmental support storage areas, cooling plant.

Chief, you had a problem in 14-A?

No. Why?

The section's been sealed off by security under your orders.

Never happened. That's the place.

There's only one way in or out.

The walls are fortified.

'They could hold us off for a long time.'

We can't stop them from killing the hostages if things go wrong.

How much time do we have left in the deadline?

Less than an hour, but if security's been compromised..

I could put together a team of people I can trust.

Make it a small team., the more people the more chance they'll hear about it.

Marcus, did your contact give a description of the security guard?

Yes. Very detailed, in fact.

Good, because I have an idea.

Which is?

We're going to surrender.

How much longer? Ten minutes.

They've got to know we're not bluffing.

They can't be that stupid, can they?

Always bet on stupidity.

Boggs, are you there? Right here.

Damn it, I told you not to call me on this channel.

The Minbari have pulled out.

(Boggs) 'What? Are you sure?'

See for yourself. Going to secure cam input.

'They jumped about five minutes ago.'

'They gave Sheridan his walking orders.'

'Any harm comes to Delenn, they'll hunt him down.'

So, he won't move against you so long as she's in custody.

Excellent! We're in business.

Send a narrow-beam transmission back home.

Tell them to send in the marines.

Our people will be here in less than an hour.

Once they get here..


They're coming in.

Oh, that doesn't sound right.

[alarm blaring]

[indistinct shouting]

Hey. What's going on?

Coolant line to Reactor Seven just blew.

There is a leak in the fusion reactor

'and it's venting this way. Let me go.'

Oh, no. Look at this.

[automated] 'Please remain calm.'

Everybody out! Take them with you.

We need them for insurance. Move!

[automated] 'Please proceed immediately to a designated..'


Security! Drop them! Freeze!



Cover me.


John! John, look out!


Oh, my God. Delenn!

Medics! Medics!

Let her go, John. We'll take care of her.

We'll take care of her. Go! You take care of her.

Go! He's mine!

[dramatic music]


No more. No more of you.

No more Night Watch. No more hostages. No more lies.

Not on my station! Not on my watch!

No more!


[breathing heavily]

No more.

Lennier, any news on Delenn?

Yes. The knife missed her vital organs and embedded itself in her rib.

Dr. Franklin says she will make a full recovery.

Oh, then we can go ahead with the rebirth ceremony she talked about.

I'm afraid that is impossible for now.

The ceremony must be held within a certain amount of time once preparations have begun and that time is almost past.

And Delenn is in no condition to conduct it now.

So where is Garibaldi? I figured he'd be here.

He's still working with the tech crews trying to get the computer systems back in shape.

They say they'll finally have the artificial personality purged by midnight.

[automated] 'Oh, not that my bruised feelings'

'would have any meaning for you'

'but why are you having these people'

'poke me all over the place?'

'I'm a perfectly reasonable artificial personality.'

'Nobody's ever complained before.'

'but I guess some people just aren't happy'

'unless they're messing it up for everyone else.'

'You know, you really should stand up straight'

'your mother and I have been worried about this for years'

'we've been trying to talk to you about it, but..'


[electricity crackling]

You should get some rest, Lennier.

You haven't slept since I was put here.

I will rest when it is time.

Hello, Delenn.

You know, I was thinking if you couldn't come to the rebirth ceremony the ceremony should come to you.

I've given up something that really mattered to me.

The uniform and everything that goes with it.

'What I've never told anyone before now..'

...when you were hurt..

...when you were in my arms..

I was ready to kill that guy with my bare hands.

And I realized I'd never told you.. much I care about you how much you mean to me.

'I think it's time you knew that.'

I can no longer imagine my world without you in it.

I don't know exactly when or how it happened.

But I'm glad it did.

[instrumental music]

No one knows, but, uh..

...I'm afraid all the time..

...of what I might do if I ever let go.

[music continues]

I think I loved Talia.

I, uh..

I think I have a problem.

[music continues]

(Lennier) 'Wait, please.'

Before you go, as part of the ceremony Delenn had something made for you.

I think she was expecting your actions.

The gifts are waiting for you in your quarters.

[instrumental music]

[music continues]

What's the matter, haven't you ever seen someone who's been reborn before?

The crisis, for now, is over.

Tell the ships..

...we're open for business.

[theme music]