Babylon 5 S4E4 Script

Falling Toward Apotheosis (1996)

We're preempting your normal BabCom service to bring you another update in the continuing crisis.

Two more deep-range planetary colonies have been eliminated by Vorlon forces.

'This footage was taken as the Vorlon fleet'

'closed in on Ventari 3.'

'The ship eclipsing the local star is presumed'

'to be their main weapon, a planet killer.'

Below is a list of nearby colonies and League Worlds which are accepting refugees from Ventari 3.

We will continue to update this list as the situation changes.

If you are from the Ventari system, you are asked not to return until authorized.

The local jump gate has been destroyed and hyper space traffic is creating a hazard at the jump intersection.

Contact your ambassadors for information on family members who may have escaped before the colony was destroyed.

We're taking in refugees and escaping ships as fast as we can but our resources are almost maxed out.

We will repeat this bulletin every 20 standard minutes until we receive new information.

Once again, please remain calm.

Right now, our greatest enemy is fear.

[indistinct chatter]

(female #1) 'Please, I need to get through.'

No, I have to get to my husband.

I have to tell him something because..

[screams]

Can somebody help me, please?

Can..

[intense music]

You okay? Yeah, I think so.

My God, that was him, wasn't it?

Yeah, that was him.

They, they say he came back from the dead.

Is it true? Did he?

Lady, I don't know what's true around here anymore.

Come on, I'll help you through.

You heard? I heard.

They need to believe. Not in me.

You can't save them all. I can try.

You'll fail. We'll see.

..remain calm. Once again, please remain calm.

Right now, our greatest enemy is fear.

[intense 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 a year of joy.

(Mollari) It was a new age.

(Stephen) It was the end of history.

(Ivanova) It was the year everything changed.

(Garibaldi) The year is 2261, the place..

(Sheridan) Babylon 5.

[theme music]


[music continues]

[instrumental music]


(Garibaldi) 'Yeah, come in.'

Hey, chief. How you feeling? Fine.

Ready to get back to work as soon as they decide to get off their butts and give the word.

Yeah, that's what I came to talk to you about.

Just got a call from Ivanova, and she said, uh..

That's a securecam record.

Thought the doc told you to take it easy for a while?

Well, I gotta do something or I'm gonna go stir-crazy.

You, um, keeping an eye on the captain?

No, on him.

'The guy worries me, everywhere the captain goes'

'he's there, right at his heals watching.'

How do we know he's not pulling something?

Come on. The captain vouched for him.

Said he saved his life.

I thought he died on Z'Ha'Dum.

Yeah, well, after that part.

Look, I don't pretend to understand it.

I'm just glad he came back in one piece.

You sure you're okay, chief? Yes, Zack, I'm fine. Okay?

Why, huh, why does everybody keep asking me the same question every five minutes?

We're just concerned, that's all.

You've been through a lot and you say you still don't remember what happened after you disappeared.

What do you mean, I say I still don't remember?

I don't remember.

You saying I'm lying about it? No, chief.

I'm not saying that and nobody's questioning your word.

Then how come nobody's grilling the captain, huh?

He breezes in here, says he's back from the dead feeling much better, thank you very much and everybody buys it. "Boy, howdy, that's great.

Yes, sir. Good to have you back."

Meanwhile, I get the third degree and "Are you okay, chief?" every time I sneeze.

Does this make any sense to you?

You finished? For now.

Good, because I got a message from Ivanova.

Doc wants to take one more look at you.

After that, you can come back to work.

Good. About time.

Anything else? No, that's it.

Uh, Zack? Yeah?

Uh, before I left the captain and I were on pretty good terms.

We got to where we could talk to each other.

Since we both got back he hasn't said two words to me.

It's like he's avoiding me. Why?

Well, assuming you're not overreacting..

...I don't know.

But I'm sure he's got his reasons.

[intense music]

[sighs]

Majesty?

You sent for me?

I was just looking at the sky.

Tell me, what do you see, Mollari?

The stars, Majesty. Nothing more.

Then you're not looking hard enough.

Vorlons are out there, Londo.

They've gone mad.

Attacking any world, any base, any colony where my associates have influence.

Is this true, Majesty? I've heard nothing.

Yes. Well, we kept the information to ourselves.

No reason for anyone else to know.

After the last war, my associates hid many of their ships on distant worlds.

The Vorlons wanna make sure that doesn't happen again.

There are over a hundred of those ships here.

I assume they will be leaving now.

I'm afraid not. The Vorlons--

Will never attack Centauri Prime.

Small colonies, deep-range planets, sure.

But to destroy a world as big as this? No.

They don't have the will. Perhaps.

But we cannot take the chance that you might be wrong.

The ships must leave, Majesty.

(Morden) The ships stay.

As our liaison here, you will arrange for a blockade of ships around Centauri Prime.

The Vorlons don't want lots of civilian casualties.

If they see that you're ready to oppose them they'll just keep on going.

Majesty. Do as he says, Mollari.

We must be courteous to our guests.

Thank you. Now, if you'll excuse me, Majesty.

Goodnight, Londo.

Majesty, this is intolerable.

To send our people out to defend their ships?

You get so exercised at times like this, Mollari.

I wish I had a picture of your face right now.

This is serious. Of course it is.

And I have no intention of sending our ships out there.

You don't? Of course not.

Walk with me.

Majesty, you don't know how relieved I am to hear you say that, I was hoping you would see this situation for what it is.

Yes. Yes, I've come to the same conclusion you have.

It was all so obvious once I set my mind to it which is why I've decided I like you, Mollari.

You think the same way I do.

Thank you, Majesty, but now--

In fact, I've decided to show you something I've shown only a few people before.

Yes.

This way.

This way.

Sit, Mollari, sit.

I call them my Shadow Cabinet.

I think you can appreciate the irony.

'They certainly can't.'

Sit. Mollari, sit.

'We were discussing this situation' earlier this evening and this one had the most..

No, no.

This one.

Minister Dugarri.

You remember him, don't you? Always coughing.

Most distressing, but we finally cured it.

Had the most wonderful idea.

We won't be sending any of our ships out to fight the Vorlons.

Not one.

Then you will tell Mr. Morden's associates to leave?

Of course not.

I promised them they could stay in exchange for elevating me to Godhood.

No, they will remain on the Island of Celini.

But when the Vorlons come if they are destroying whole planets to get at these Shadows--

Yes.

You understand exactly.

Snicks?

You and I, Mollari.

'We will turn Centauri Prime'

'into an inauguration pyre' to commemorate my ascension into Godhood.

The fire of our world will light my way.

'Yes. You see it, don't you?'

If I become a God how will our world survive without me?

I cannot just abandon it. That would be cruel.

And any who followed me would obviously be inferior.

Best to put them out of their misery.

I will take it all with me in spirit.

Don't send the ships.

Let it burn, Mollari.

Let it all end in fire.

[instrumental music]

(Stephen) Cough.

Take a deep breath.

And exhale.

Quack like a duck.

Sorry. A little med-school humor.

So how's it look? Can I get back to work?

Well, so far, everything seems to be fine.

There's one more thing I wanna check, though.

Oh, now, come on, man. I really hate that.

Don't worry. It's not that.

Alright, this is gonna get a little hot.

It's gonna sting a bit, but I, uh, have to get underneath the epidermis.

Yeah, well, like I said. This is almost through here.

What's this for? Well..

Your fighter disappeared while we were surrounded by Shadow vessels.

Now if you were taken by one of them and they wanted to program you for using their ship there'd be considerable scarring back there.

Is that what you think happened?

No, no, not necessarily.

But the captain asked me to check all possibilities.

You're clean.

So, what do you think happened?

I've been thinking about it a lot.

My guess is that when they pulled out I got caught in the backwash before they jumped to hyperspace.

That would explain how my ship ended up

12 light years from here.

After that...I don't know.

Well, with any luck, uh it should come back to you eventually, huh?

Yeah.

In the meantime, as far as I can tell you're ready to go back to work.

[intense music]

Yeah.

Uh, thanks, doc.

Gotta go.

It's good to have you back.

Any results yet on my tests?

This is a Command and Control update.

The safe haven for refugees on Tizino Prime is no longer responding.

We believe they may have fallen to the Vorlon advance but we can't be sure for another I guess, 10, 12, hours.

Before they attack, the Vorlons blanket all frequencies so no reports can get out.

There have been some changes in the list of refugee stations.

We'll have that information for you shortly.

We've lost three of them.

All the governments in Sector 57 have declared a state of interplanetary emergency.

[instrumental music]

'Reports coming in from survivors indicate' mass destruction on a planetary scale.

We continue to need medical ships, transports anything that can fly.

We're in special need of atmosphere-capable shuttles to evacuate survivors from the ground.

We'll rebroadcast this message in 20 standard minutes.

[sighs] You heard?

Yes, the shuttles-- No, not the shuttles.

Her voice. She's afraid.

I've known Ivanova almost ten years, on and off I've...never heard her afraid before.

Well, this is the first time I've seen you alone since I got back.

Everything has been so busy. There has hardly been time.

I thought I'd lost you.

I thought it was my fault.

I knew Anna might be alive. I said nothing, you went away.

The only thing that might be as terrible as losing you would be if you came back and could not forgive me

'and I lost you again.'

You did what you thought was right.

That's no excuse.

I'm sorry, John.

I fell at Z'Ha'Dum, Delenn.

I saw my own death and accepted it.

I looked up and saw Anna. Wha-what was left of Anna.

At that moment..

...I said goodbye.

The goodbye I could never say before.

I let it all go.

I only held on to one thing.

The image of your sweet face.

If I never came back..

...that was enough.

But you gave me a reason to come back.

Could I love that much and not forgive?

[instrumental music]

We're up to our ears in ships, and not just warships.

Every refugee transport for ten light years in any direction is coming here.

I know. Med lab's jammed.

We got wounded backed up into the hallways and more coming in on every shuttle.

In a few days, the wounded are gonna be the least of your concerns.

(Ivanova) 'How so?'

It's the only place where somebody's races can find their own kind.

So they're all gonna come here.

Especially since somebody decided Sheridan is a Second Coming or some damn thing.

Well, they think he can do something.

Have you seen the same reports I have?

There's not a damn thing we can do to stop that fleet from doing anything it wants to.

When they decide it's our turn, that's it.

Meanwhile, you're gonna be swamped.

This place can handle a quarter-million people.

We're already past that.

'What're you gonna do when ten, twenty thousand people'

'at a time start showing up at our front door and wanting in?'

What happens when it turns ugly when they start fighting each other for the right to get in here?

You think you got a security problem now?

Wait another 24 hours. This'll seem like a picnic.

What about Epsilon 3? 'What about it?'

(Stephen) 'We have a whole planet underneath us' that's never been touched by the Shadows.

So, in theory, the Vorlons should leave it alone.

We can start shuttling people down there right now.

I could set up a portable Med lab.

There's gotta be supplies down there.

Since we've never seen anyone bringin' in food or equipment.

I agree!

Do it.

Well, where's your new best pal?

Busy.

We don't have a lot of time, so I'll get right to the point.

Michael, we have a security problem.

The new Vorlon ambassador.

As long as he's here, watching and reporting back we can't do what's necessary to stop these attacks.

Which is?

I can't tell you.

So you're saying you can't trust me?

[sighs] No, that is not what I am saying.

We don't know how telepathic the Vorlons are.

We know they can project thoughts but how well they can read is an open question.

Now, if I tell you and he can pick up on your thoughts..

...then we've had it.

That's why I've kept you out of the strategy sessions.

Okay, what do you want me to do?

I want the Vorlon gone.

Fine. I'll just, uh, go up to him and ask him to leave.

That'll work. Michael.

It's alright. That's exactly what I want you to do.

Look, he's got to know by now that we're planning to move against him, so let's give him what he expects.

Then we can do what we have to do.

Which is the part you can't tell me about.

[exhales sharply] Do you want me to take a full tactical team?

No, just a few people you can trust.

That's not enough. He'll wipe the floor with us.

I know.

Swell.

Okay, uh..

Look, if you want me to fall on my sword for you that's what I'm here for.

I'll let you know what happens assuming he doesn't frag me just for kicks.

Is it my imagination or is Mr. Garibaldi crankier than usual?

Yeah, well, he's been through a lot lately.

He just needs a little time to settle in, that's all.

[insturmental music]

We're ready.

Has Lorien explained everything to you?

I don't know if I can do this, but I will try.

(Lorien) 'Remember, Sheridan.'

The Shadows were able to kill Kosh because they're alike, both First Ones.

For you, this will be much more difficult.

You've never seen a Vorlon enraged.

They're more powerful than you can imagine.

Uh, captain, what exactly are we talking about here?

Millions of people's lives are at stake here, Stephen.

If the ambassador stays, billions more will die.

So we're going to take out the Vorlon..

...any way we can.

[intense music]


This is Babylon 5 Command and Control.

We have another update on the Vorlon attack fleet.

The Dura 7 outpost has fallen.

I repeat, Dura 7 has fallen.

All medical ships in the area are being asked to help with the evacuation.

[intense music]

Ambassador.

Ambassador, this is Security. We need to talk to you.

I got a message from the captain.

Because of your government's recent attacks on the League of Non-Aligned Worlds we're asking you to leave at once.

Alright.

That request just became an order.

You'll come with us. We'll escort you to your ship.

No.

[zapping]

Fire!

[zapping]

[crackling]

[grunting] Out! Out! Everybody out!

Go, go, go! Get out of here!

Everybody out! Go!

Move!

[coughing]

You okay? Never better.

Man, we couldn't even touch him.

I know, well, if they wanted him to think we weren't a threat that ought to do it, huh?

I just hope the captain knows what he's doing.

Alright, come on.

[coughing]

[automated message] 'Incoming message for you, captain.'

'It's Ambassador Mollari.'

Londo?

Probably calling collect. Did he say what he wants?

[automated message] 'Negative.'

Alright, put him through.

Good day, captain.

Ambassador, what can I do for you?

I need a favor. Some information.

There is a rumor that the Vorlons have gone mad attacking every colony, every planet involved with the Shadows?

It's no rumor.

We've been tracking their attacks for the past two days.

Then could you tell me how far they are from Centauri Prime?

Don't your people have that information?

Yes, but it is not exactly being widely distributed.

And so I ask you how long until they reach here?

The way they've been going now..

...I'd say seven days, eight tops.

Seven days.

And can I assume that you are already in the process of doing something about this?

Yes, but we won't have anything put into place before they get here.

Now, we have an idea.

But there's no guarantee we can pull it off.

No, of course not. There never is.

Well, thank you, captain.

I owe you a favor.

Good luck to you. To all of us.

I heard what happened. I came to warn you.

Sheridan and the others are gonna move against you.

It is done.

They are irrelevant.

I know, I know they can't harm you but I was thinking it can't hurt to have all the information you can about what's going on.

To protect yourself and the cause.

How? I told you.

I wasn't here when Ambassador Kosh died.

I didn't have any of his essence with me.

I thought he was gone.

But for a while, I've suspected that someone else here had a piece of him.

I think I know who it is.

But I can't draw Kosh out of him. He won't let me.

A human? Yes.

Imprisons one of us? Yes.

Intolerable.

If there is still a piece of him there you can draw it out of him.

Use what it knows and take it back to Vorlon when this is all over.

I cared about Kosh.

I'd like to know he finally made it home.

Show me.

But the guards.

They will not threaten us again.

Show me.

[instrumental music]


[music continues]

It's this way.

We have to hurry.

I think he might leave soon.

Your thoughts are troubled.

I'm worried about Kosh, that's all.

After everything we've been through I'd hate to lose the last of him now, and..

What are you hiding?

Nothing.

Open your thoughts to me.

We don't have time for this. Open!

[whirring]

[intense music]

Lyta, run!

Now!

[crackling]

Come on!

Second Team!

[zapping]

[intense music]

[crackling]

[shrieking]

[shrieking]

[shrieking]

[zapping]

[shrieking]

Ow!

[indistinct shouting]

We need more current down here. Give me everything you got!

I'm re-routing the power coils.

What the hell is that? Control, this is Bay 13.

The Vorlon ship is breaking free.

It's like it's alive! Get your people out of there!

Clear the Vorlon ship to leave before it tears the place apart.

[shrieking]

[intense music]

Delenn!

John?

[whizzing]

John!

Now!

[intense music]

[shreiking]

(Delenn) 'It's Kosh.'

Kosh was inside him?

Yes, the last of Kosh.

And some of him and some of me.

[music continues]

[explosion]

Is everyone okay?

Captain, is everything alright? Captain?

John! No, wait.

His life force must be replenished.

Is this how you brought him back from Z'Ha'Dum?

I give of myself to replenish him.

For a little while.

How long?

Long enough.

[groaning]

[instrumental music]


I'm not used to being summoned on such short notice.

I hope you have good reason for this intrusion.

I do, I was thinking about Your Majesty's coming Godhood which is possibly the single greatest event in the history of the Centauri Republic.

A great thing.

Well, as I say, I was thinking about all of this and wishing that others could know you as our people know you.

If only they could see your greatness as we do.

Why should we care what other people think?

Well, after the Vorlons have eliminated Centauri Prime which we will be most happy to fall.

You were correct about that, Majesty.

Who will be left to sing your praises?

Who will know you for who you are?

A God is a God, yes but if no one knows his name visits his temples, sings his songs..

Once we are gone, who will remember the living God Cartagia?

I find these thoughts of yours most disturbing.

As I did, Majesty.

And what do you propose?

That you leave Centauri Prime before the Vorlons arrive?

That you might better remember me at a distance?

No, no, of course not.

[laughing]

Y-your Majesty's humor, as always, is quite exceptional.

No, my place is at your side.

However, I was thinking about G'Kar.

The Narn? Why?

He'll be dead in a few days, I don't think he'll be remembering very much after that.

True.

And he deserves to die for his crimes against our people, and die he will.

But what if we conducted his trial and execution on his Home World instead of here?

The whole world would see Your Majesty's wisdom.

See with their own eyes, the brilliant center of the Centauri Republic.

'Can you imagine how it would move them?'

Once they see you sit in judgment over G'Kar your name will spread like wildfire among them.

And from there to a hundred planets beyond.

Then you can accept your imminent Godhood secure that your name will be spoken and remembered throughout the known galaxy.

I have occasionally considered a trip to Narn.

My advisers counseled against it for security reasons.

Majesty, can you harm a God?

It would be a great crime for one who will shortly walk among the stars who will hold entire worlds in the palm of his hand to be mistakenly perceived as being afraid of a few barbarians.

Hmm.

You have raised a good point, Mollari.

Once again, I am in your debt.

'I am told the Vorlons will arrive in seven days.'

This is just enough time.

Three days there, three days back one day for trial and execution.

Half a day. His guilt is obvious.

But we must allow them proper time to see me for what I am.

Of course, Majesty.

You are, as always, quite right.

And I will go with you to personally end the life of Citizen G'Kar.

[insturmental music]

That, that was a hell of a lot of ships.

And more on the way.

The captain wants the biggest fleet in history if we're gonna end this war.

The way things are shaping up out there it looks like he just might get it.

And then what?

And then what, what?

Well, if we lose, there is no "Then what" and if we win, what next? We're still renegades.

I don't think there's anybody left on this side of the Galactic Core we haven't already honked off.

We can't go home.

Sometimes I don't know which scares me more winning or losing.

God, I thought I was depressing.

John, Ivanova told me that you wanted to see me.

Yes, there's something..

...I didn't want to tell you at first but when I heard what you asked Lorien..

Well, you have a right to know.

To know what?

He was gravely wounded at Z'Ha'Dum.

He was dying.

He was dead.

'I did all I could to help him, but I cannot create life.'

'Only the universe can do that.'

I can extend, enhance.

There is no magic, nothing spiritual about it only the application of energies healing and rebuilding cells.

I had Franklin do a complete medscan.

He found things in my neurosystem.

Some kind of biochemical energy repairing and sustaining me.

'H-h-he's never seen anything like it.'

(Lorien) 'I did the best I could.'

I gave him back a portion of his life but only a portion.

How long?

In human terms, barring injury and illness, perhaps 20 years.

'But no more than that.'

Twenty years.

(Sheridan) I'll be in my early 60s by then.

It's a, it's a good run, Delenn.

You told me that humans live to be a hundred years old, even older.

You can't-- Twenty years.

No more.

And then, one day he will simply..

...stop.

Can we have a moment?

It's alright, Delenn.

I went into this with my eyes open.

I knew if I went to Z'Ha'Dum there'd be a price.

Seems there's always a price.

I'm okay with this.

But I'm not okay with this.

I told you I was afraid that I would get you back..

...only to lose you.

And that's what this is.

Twenty years.

It's a long time.

It's 20 more years than I would've had.

A-and at least..

At least I can spend most of them with you.

That's why I wanted to see you alone.

Here it is. Man, I thought I'd lost it.

I, uh..

I wanted you to have this.

I got it down in the Zocalo.

It's not what I had exactly in mind, but, uh..

It's temporary until I can get you a real engagement ring.

Uh, it-it's an Earth custom.

You see, you give someone you love..

...an engagement ring as kind of a down payment for another ring.

The kind that..

...you exchange when you get married.

I don't know when we'll be able to get around to that part of it.

We may not survive the next two weeks.

But I wanted you to have this and for you to know that whatever time I have left..

...I wanna spend it with you.

[instrumental music]

Oh, Majesty, there you are.

I have spoken to our people on Narn.

They are anxiously awaiting our arrival.

Good. Good.

I was just making sure nothing went wrong at this end.

Trouble with being infallible is you have to put up with everyone else making mistakes.

I was just thinking, I-I don't like the way he's looking at me.

I'm trying to decide what to do about it.

Would you care to make a suggestion?

Um..

Oh, uh, no, I'm sure whatever Your Majesty decides will be appropriate.

I should go and pack.

No, I don't care at all for the way he looks at me.

Pluck out his eye.

(male #1) 'Which one?'

I don't know. Doesn't matter.

That one.

[intense music]

[theme music]