Babylon 5 S4E19 Script

Between the Darkness and the Light (1997)

It's great to have you back, captain.

Thanks. It's good to be back.

You know, I was starting to think I'd never get out of that place.

Well, I wasn't worried. I knew they couldn't hold you.

Well, that makes one of us.

So you never told me how you got back here after you escaped.

What's to tell?

I sent word to the Mars Resistance arranged for a pickup.

'Who did you work through?'

My contact? Yes, your contact.

Uh, it's, uh..

We-we don't use names.

Codes, then?



(Stephen) It must be difficult having a conversation.

How you doing, Number One? Have a good sleep, Number Two?

It's a necessary evil, uh, but you should know that.

You were there.

You know..

...I can't believe that they really think that this whole campaign against Earth was our idea.

Why shouldn't they?

You weren't really to blame.

It was the alien governments who influenced you.


That's, that's not what happened.

Well, as you can see even though we've distorted his sense of reality he still remains uncooperative despite the drugs.

I'm going to increase the dosage by 10% and see if that makes a difference.

What about his father? What about him?

If we bring him in and threaten to put a bullet in his head it might encourage him to cooperate.

No, it doesn't work.

If he doesn't turn and we kill his father it only strengthens his resolve.

'If we threaten to kill his father and we don't'

'it only weakens our position.'

Besides, we don't want cooperation.

We want conversion.

'We want repentance.'

(male #1) 'The information on the Resistance' we can pick up later.

We have to stay focused on the goal just to make him admit that his campaign against Earth was the result of alien influence.

And to ask forgiveness.

'If we're gonna put an end to this war' we've got to break the resistance in his heart.

And the most efficient way to do that is to break him.

To break his mind, his spirit and his body.

It's only a matter of time, effort and patience.


He's almost there. This should help.

More coffee? It'll make you feel better.

Love to.

[instrumental music]

It's about time.

I was starting to get nervous.

I was worried you didn't get through.

It took me a while to make contact.

The Resistance didn't stay alive this long by being sloppy.

Alright. So what'd they say?

I had to do some pretty fancy talking.

They heard about what you did to Sheridan.

Did you tell them it wasn't my fault?

I told them. And?

They didn't believe me.




[theme music]

(Lennier) It was the year of fire.

(Zack) The year of destruction.

(G'Kar) The year we took back what was ours.

(Lyta) It was the year of rebirth.

(Vir) The year of great sadness.

(Marcus) The year of pain.

(Delenn) And the year of joy.

(Londo) It was a new age.

(Stephen) It was the end of history.

(Ivanova) It was the year everything changed.

(Garibaldi) The year is 2261.

(Sheridan) The place, Babylon 5.

[theme music]

[indistinct chatter]


Go on. It's your right. It was your guy he set up.

I can't. 'Stephen?'


I wanna hear his side of the story.

What side? He set Sheridan up.

We have 30 witnesses. Now he wants to set us up too.

I still wanna hear his side of the story.

Thanks. No, don't thank me.

Why did you do it?

It was Bester.

It was him all along. He..

He altered me when I was missing.

He messed with my mind.

He made me turn against everybody I knew because he was trying to find out who was behind a conspiracy against the Psi-Corps.

Yeah, and a dog ate your homework.

Get this over with. We've got work to do, remember?

Look, I-I-I--

Sheridan promised he'd free Mars when this was over.

By turning him over, this creep screwed us as much as he did you.

So if you don't wanna do it, let us.

You got any proof?

Anything to back up this story of yours?

Anything? Yeah.

I got a receipt from the Psi-Corps certifying that my brain's been dry cleaned, pressed and starched.

Come on, Stephen. This is Bester we're talking about here.

Do you think he's gonna leave any evidence?

Damn it, it's true.

Alright, look, I got a pretty good idea where they're holding Sheridan.

I think we can get him out, but we gotta get to him before they ship him Earthside.

You tried that line with Sheridan and we saw where that ended.

We're not falling for it a second time.

Once they get him off Mars, we'll never get him out.

Now come on.

Stephen, we've worked together for four years.

That's gotta count for something.

Yeah, I thought so.

But right now, I don't know anymore.

You can't do this to me.

You can't let Bester screw up my entire life and not give me a chance to fix it.

I-I can't go out this way.

Ly-Lyta, Lyta, you can scan me.

You-you can tell them what I'm saying is the truth.

I'm afraid they don't like or trust telepaths around here.

My word's not gonna count for much.

I agree, but I sure would like to know.

Wait a minute.

So you're saying that if this story of his is true she can verify it, so we'll know it wasn't really his fault.

Is that it? That's it, yes.

I have an obligation to him, the same as you do to your people.

Now what if it was one of yours? What would you do then, huh?

I mean, after all that's happened, wouldn't you want to give him a chance to prove himself?

No. No.

(Lyta) No!


I mean it.

You're making a very big mistake.

Yeah, well, it won't be the first time, that's for sure.

Stephen. Shut up.

This damn well better be worth it because if this story of yours turns out to be bogus I'm gonna kill you twice. Now you got that?

I got it.

Can you still do it?

Alright. Give me the rifle.

Go ahead.

Now he's gonna get his chance.


I can sense you believe it's true.

The core memory is closed.

You've got blocks all over the place. I can't get in.

It's all a jumble. Then push.

Michael, if I do a deep scan, it could damage you.

And if you don't, they're gonna kill me.

Now a headache I can get over.

I'm not sure I'm gonna get over being dead any time soon.

[instrumental music]

Those are level 12 blocks.

Only a Psi Cop can put them in or break them.

You can do it.

Come on, Lyta.

I know you got it in you.


[instrumental music]

Michael, are you okay?

Yeah. Yeah.

I just realized I need a lot more fiber in my diet.

It's true.

What he told us, it's all, all true.

Like that means a damn.

How the hell do we know what you saw?

Why the hell should I believe anything you have to..

What do you know about hell, hmm?

Would you like me to show it to you?

Mine and his.

[dramatic music]

It's true.


It's true.

I saw it. How did--

The truth speaks for itself.

I'm just a messenger.

Let him go.

[instrumental music]

(Ivanova) This is Commander Susan Ivanova of the White Star fleet.

To the Damocles and the Orion you will surrender your vessels and stand trial before a war crimes tribunal on charges of murder.

Failure to surrender will be met with instant and lethal response.

They're turning towards us.

Their targeting system is online.

Let them take the first shot.


First tactical squadron, go.

Second tactical squadron, follow us in.


Weapons systems and engines destroyed.

They're issuing an evacuation order.

Life support?

Estimate they can last..

...another hour, maybe two.

Good. It's enough time to get to the life pods.

Cleanup detail, help with the evacuation of the Damocles and the Orion.

Pick up any survivors as they come out and deliver them to the proper authorities on Beta 9.

Susan, isn't this slowing us down?

Once we take care of Clark--

His accomplices will go to ground and we'll never find them.

Look, we have to make them understand that if they target innocent people they can't run, they can't hide.

I mean, President Clark is issuing the orders but they're pulling the trigger.

Besides every time we engage the other side we get one or two defectors to join up.

When we get to Earth, we're gonna need every ship we've got.

Any word from Delenn yet?

She'll join us at the rendezvous point as soon as she can get away.


Put us on course for the next target.

(Garibaldi) Well, I can't be positive but I'm pretty sure the captain's being held in a staging area here on Solis Planna.

Based on what?

I still got some contacts from the old days.

Besides, ISN has been having a field day making me into the hero of the hour since I turned him in.

And since the local police know that I set him up they're not too worried about me knowing where he is.

Okay, well, what's the plan?

I don't have one.

I mean, once we get inside, I think I can get him out.

It's getting inside that's the problem.

It's possible.

We've cracked some of their access tunnels.

The ones they use to bring in water, take out waste.

They've also got an independent air supply in case there's an attack on the dome and air pressure's compromised.

How fast can you put together a team?

That's the problem, we're stretched thin these days and not all my people know that area real well.

The ones who do are on patrol.

They won't be back for another two days.

Two days?

But, well, the captain has been in custody for almost a week.

What if he can't hold out that long?

Then he'll be dead or broken.

Which is why I can only afford to give you a skeleton crew.

Just enough to get you inside. After that, you're on your own.

But you can't-- Yes, I can.

We're up to our eyes in troops around here, Stephen and I'm not risking any more on this than I have to.

If you have a problem with that, you can go somewhere else but that's my final offer.

[intense music]

[intense music]


Thank Valen, I found you before you left.

Ambassador Mollari has convened a meeting of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds and it's already started.

What? Why wasn't I informed?

I don't know, but knowing the ambassador I'm already depressed by the options.

The situation has become intolerable.

We must take swift, firm and decisive action.

The Centauri will lead the way as we have always done.

'Toward that end, we will mobilize' every ship at our disposal.

Now I must call for a vote.

A vote on what?

Delenn, you shouldn't be here.

The League cannot vote without the presence of a representative of Earth or Minbar.

Well, in that case, since you are here we can vote.

All in favor?


There you are.

It is done, Delenn.

What is done?

Sheridan has been captured by his own people.

We know that he is being interrogated.

Perhaps, even tortured.

During the Shadow War Sheridan risked his life and the lives of every human on this station to help save our worlds.

Would the Gaim have done that for the Pak'ma'ra?

Would the Drazi have done that for, for the Narn?


That sacrifice must be rewarded.

Since the war, we have begun working together as never before.

In the past, we had nothing in common.

But now the humans have become the glue that holds us together.

If Sheridan's forces are defeated then Earth will turn in upon itself.

They will become isolated or they'll turn against the rest of us.

Politically, it is very wise.

Morally, it is even wiser.

Politics and morality on the same side?

That doesn't happen every day, Delenn.

If someone doesn't begin making sense here I'm going to become most annoyed.

The League worlds have agreed to provide warships to Ivanova's fleet.

We will do whatever it takes to help free Sheridan.

It is right that humans lead the battle.

'It is their world, after all' but we can support them.

Fight beside them as they fought beside us.

But why the secret ballot?

Why were we not informed about this meeting?

To protect you.

Some might accuse you of, of organizing military support.

Not because it is the right thing to do but because of your relationship with Sheridan.

Others might say the council approved it for the very same reason.

We wanted to send a message that the council speaks as one for the right reasons not out of any personal agenda.

Sheridan is not alone and you are not alone.

The League stands with you.

We all stand with you.

[instrumental music]

Alright, whoa.

Are you sure you know where you're going?

Any time you wanna head back, just say the word.

I'll go with you.


Every inch of the ground above our heads is covered by Earth military forces.

They find you in this sector they don't even pretend to question you.

It's shoot on sight all the way.

Why can't we ever go anyplace nice?


What was that? Marsquake.

(female #1) 'We've been getting them in this area'

'for the last couple of years.'

Earth gov's been expanding their underground facilities.

Blasting to open up more usable areas.

Half the tunnels around here have collapsed in the last couple of months.

I'll go ahead, check out the tunnel make sure it's clear.

You wait here.

This is gonna take forever. Do you know that?

Yeah, I know, but it's the only way that we're gonna be able to get inside the perimeter.

I just hope the captain's still alive by the time we get to him.

They've been working him over for more than a week.

I wouldn't worry about that.

They're not gonna kill him.

They need him alive as long as possible.


Alright, who gulped? Somebody gulped.

Look, we have got a long way to go.

We're supposed to sip, not gulp.

I didn't gulp. No?

I sipped. You, I believe.

Well, now why do you believe her and not me?

Because when you lie, it's all over your face.

She's a much better liar than you are.

Thank you. Wait a minute--

Look, the next time, it's your turn to carry the canteen, I'm gonna gulp.

You are so petty. Do you know that?

What do you mean I'm a, I'm a good liar?

Survival of the fittest. Oh, here she comes.

The way's clear. Let's go. Okay.

But I-I don't like what I'm hearing here.

I'm not a great liar. I'm a, I'm a terrible liar.

You know, I don't know who's been saying these things but I want you to know when we get back I am gonna sue somebody.

I don't know who and I don't know how but, by God, I am gonna sue somebody.

(Garibaldi) 'Would you come on already?'


[instrumental music]

Hold this.

Hold on.

This is as far as I can take you.

This tunnel runs under the main staging area.

From here on out, you're on your own.

Now wait a minute-- I can't risk it.

Not even for Sheridan.

They've got patrols that sweep the area every couple of hours.

And try not to fire any PPGs.

The heat sensors will pick up any weapons fired.

I'll wait for you back at the first big tunnel.

[music continues]

I thought you might wanna hear this.

He was in one of the life pods picked up by the Agamemnon.

You were aboard the Damocles?

Duty Officer David Eisensen.

I want you to know that a lot of us opposed the captain's order to attack Beta 9.

Tell that to the men, women and children that you killed.

It wasn't my fault.

The extent of your guilt will be determined by the war crimes tribunal.

It has nothing to do with me. What if I had information?

Would that make a difference with the tribunal?

Depends what kind of information.

President Clark knows you're heading to Mars next.

'He knows you're gonna rendezvous with the rest'

'of your ships in Sector 300 and go in from there.'


Not everyone who defects to your side really defects.

'Some of them are playing both sides against the middle.'

They're gonna lay a trap for this fleet of yours.

I know some of the details enough to think that you should be very worried.


'The ships being sent to ambush you' aren't Earthforce regulars.

These are advanced model destroyers.

Part of an elite force Clark has put together.

They're loyal to the new order.

They won't defect.

And they won't give up.

How many ships? I don't know.

A lot.

This isn't good. Definitely.

We could try going around them.

Well, that would save us, but what about the rest of the ships that are supposed to meet us there?

I mean, even if we try and change the rendezvous we can't get through to them in time.

You know, Clark wouldn't risk exposing his advanced destroyers like this unless he was pretty sure of them.

If they're a new design, he'll probably use them against the other Earth destroyers first.

Combined with the fact that the enemy almost certainly knows their weak spots, they'd be wiped out.

Which could be his intention.

If he gets rid of the rest of the Earth ships and weakens our forces, he could convince the folks back home that it's just aliens making trouble.

I won't let our forces get caught in an ambush, Marcus no matter what.

Can we handle them?

Hard to say without knowing their capabilities.

But we have a better chance than anybody else.

That's enough for me.

'You check in here?' 'That corner's been cleared.'

(male #2) 'Let's move ahead.'



Are you alright? You alright?

[groans] Oh, I don't think so.


I still think you should stay here.

Not a chance.

You lost a lot of blood and if there's any more fighting I can't guarantee that these sutures are gonna hold.

Well, then you're just gonna have to give me my money back.

You didn't pay me any money.

That's just my luck, isn't it?

Hey, you hid the bodies?


Alright, a couple more seconds, we'll be done.

Alright. Okay.

Yeah? All done.

Ah, good. Thank you.


Let's get going, huh?


(Captain James) Commander, I have to say I disagree with this.

(Ivanova) I thought you might. Nonetheless, I insist.

We know that Clark has set up an ambush for us in Sector 300.

The White Stars can get there faster than anything else we've got.

If our information is right and those are advanced destroyers waiting for us, we're the best suited to take care of them.

All the more reason for us to go with you.

I don't want to endanger the rest of the fleet.

Especially the other Earth destroyers.

Y-you're an important symbol.

Proof that it's not just us and a few other alien troublemakers.

Look, captain, until Delenn gets here Captain Sheridan left the White Star fleet under my authority.

I have to do what's right.

Alright. If there's no way to convince you.

There isn't. Just stay ready.

If we should fall, we need you to clean up what's left.

Will do. Good luck, commander.

We'll see you on the flip side.

Count on it.

[dramatic music]

Now that we're en route, I suggest you get some sleep.

You've been up for almost 20 hours straight.

Even at top speed, we won't be there for another five hours.

At least you could get in a catnap.

We're about to go into battle against an enemy force whose numbers and capabilities we don't know.

Could you sleep? No.

But you could rest.

Well, let me put it to you this way.

You can either get four hours and 59 minutes rest or four hours and 59 minutes of me bothering you about it.

Uh, you wouldn't. Rangers never bluff.


Alright, I'll take two and a half hours if you take two and a half hours.

Done. You go first.

Hey there. Yes, sir.

We need to see the prisoner. Which prison..

Hey, I know you. I saw you on ISN.

You're the one that turned in Sheridan.

The one and only. Yeah. Good work.

So what's up?

Well, we need to check on his condition.

Uh, this is Dr. Stephens and his assistant, Miss Alexander.

I didn't get anything about this.

They, uh, they want deniability.

Now like I said, we're here to check on his condition.

But what we're really supposed to do is give him a little walk around the block if you get my meaning.

Yeah, and if he falls down a few times--

Then we need a doc to make sure he doesn't fall too hard.

Got it.

From anybody but you, well..

Okay. Go on in, but you'll have to check with the cell guards.

'They have final authority over visitors.'

Thank you.

Good afternoon.

We understand you got Sheridan in there.

I'm the one who turned him in. Maybe you saw me on ISN.

I don't watch TV.

It's a cultural wasteland filled with inappropriate metaphors and an unrealistic portrayal of life created by the liberal media elite.

I couldn't agree more. Dr. Stephens?

Absolutely. 'Good.'

(Garibaldi) 'Now that we've established' some common ground we'd like to see the prisoner.

I'm gonna have to ask for your authorization.

Of course.

Then once we get the codes, we're in, right?

'Dr., uh, Stephens?'

Uh, yeah, I've, uh..

It's here somewhere.

[softly] Pain.


Did you get the code?

He thought it as soon as you said it.


Here. Here you go.


Captain, can you hear me? Captain.


'Why, I was gonna kick your butt' for something that I..

...I don't remember.

Drugged up pretty bad. No kidding.

Look, we need him ready to travel.

I'll do my best. Just do better, alright?


[intense music]

You'll never know.

You slept well.

'Last time you couldn't sleep at all in these things.'

Oh, I still hate them.

How long did I sleep? Four hours.

Four hours.

We're still 45 minutes from the target.

More than enough time to wake up.

You needed the rest.

That's the last time I'll ever trust you.

Also the first.


The last time that we were in this room you said something to me in Minbari.

I happen to have an eidetic memory.

It went, uh..

[speaking Minbari]

You told me it was just a greeting.


Well, in case you haven't noticed I've, uh, learned a little Minbari since then.

Thank you.

[speaking Minbari]

Hey, good news.

He's decided to give a full confession.

I figure we'll just take him on in--

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

'You're not taking him anywhere' without the proper authorization.

'How'd you get him out of there, anyway? You're not--'

Look, there's no problem, alright?

What's wrong with your back?

Nothing. Step away from the prisoner.


(Garibaldi) 'Alright, come on. Let's move.'


(Lyta) 'You alright, captain?'

I'm fine. Just fine.

(Ivanova) 'Where's the rendezvous point?'

Are you picking up any transmissions?

Negative. Shall we go in?

Anything on the scanners?

Nothing. Maybe the information was wrong.

No, we're not that lucky. Check the--

W-wait a minute. I'm getting something.

Is that what I think it is?

Confirmed. Scanners indicate that the destroyers are using a semi-organic hull design.

Shadow technology. Exactly.

We knew they'd got their hands on a Shadow vessel but who'd have thought they could've adapted the technology this quickly?

(Thompson on computer) 'This is Captain J. Thompson'

'of the advanced destroyer group to enemy vessels.'

'We have you surrounded.'

'You are ordered to surrender your vessels or be destroyed.'

'I say again, surrender or be destroyed.'

Put me on with him.

And give me firing control.

This is the White Star fleet.

Negative on surrender.

We will not stand down.

(Thompson) 'Who is this? Identify yourself.'

Who am I?

I am Susan Ivanova.


Daughter of Andrei and Sophie Ivanov.

I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is gonna kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart.

I am death incarnate.

And the last living thing that you are ever going to see.

God sent me.


[dramatic music]

They're launching fighters.

Tell the others to form up.

I need a flying wedge and cover from the fighters.

We're faster and more maneuverable than the destroyers. Let's take advantage of it.

Forming up.




[music continues]

Enemy ships closing in, trying to surround us.

Stand by for high velocity bank.

Break and come around on my mark.

Stand by...stand by.




Keep firing. 'Collision in 30 seconds.'

Keep firing! Susan.

If we let it get away, they'll bring back reinforcements.

Stay on course.



Navigational control damage! Working to repair.

How many left? Just one.

White Stars 4 and 9 are on it.



[electrical crackling]

[machines beeping]


[woman coughs]

[man groans]

[intense music]


[instrumental music]



Oh, I saw you standing.. many times, just like that.

I-I've told my personal physicians to look at you.

No. It-it can wait.

I wanna see her.

Are you sure you're-- I'm fine. I'm fine.

It wasn't that bad.

Well, look, I-I'll..

I'll talk about it when I'm ready.

It's just gonna take a while.


I'll take you to her.

[instrumental music]

I got the bed just how she likes it.

Nice and flat.

They didn't want to.

They thought it was bad luck.

Didn't know what else to do.

Can I.. If she will hear you.

She's been fading in and out since we brought her aboard.



How are you feeling?

Not so good, John.

'Not so good.'

We, we got them. Did they tell you?

They told me.

'There were..'

...more of them than us and they fought like hell.

But we got them.

Didn't we, Marcus?

We got them.

We cleared the way for you, John.

All the way to Mars.

No ambushes.


We should go.

Marcus will stay with her.



I'm here. What?

They won't..

...tell me..

...the truth.

You're my friend, John.

Tell me..

...the truth.

I'm not gonna make it, am I?

[mellow music]


'No, they say the damage is..'

I'm sorry, Susan.

It's okay.

Don't be.


You've carried so much guilt around in your life.

'Don't carry..'

'...any more for me.'

Or I'm gonna..

...come back and kick your ass.

How long?

Our doctors say..

...they can promise only a few days.

Maybe a week.

You see?

It's not so bad.


Do something for me?


What is it?

It's not what.


Captain on deck.

With the permission of Captain James..

...I'm assuming the command of the Agamemnon.

A friend..

...asked me to command the last battle from here.

[instrumental music]

Put us on course..

...for Mars.

(male #3) 'Aye aye, sir.'

'Set for Mars. Peak at M9915 Alpha.'

[theme music]