B3: The Geometry of Shadows
Airdates: 16 November 1994 (US), 21 February 1995 (UK)
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Michael Laurence Vejar
Cast: Elric (Michael Ansara), Lord Refa (William Forward), Sergeant Lou Welch (David L. Crowley), Green Drazi 1 (Kim Strauss), Green Drazi 2 (Jonathan Chapman), Purple Drazi (Neil Bradley), Guard (Warren Tabata), Station One (Joshua Cox)
Plot: A Centauri nobleman, Lord Refa, arrives on Babylon 5 from Centauri Prime for talks with Londo. Refa represents a faction of Centauri who feel, like Londo, that the Centauri have lost their way in recent decades and are now sliding into the abyss instead of reaching out to reclaim the stars. Refa offers Londo an alliance between their noble houses and others who feel the same way. Londo knows that Refa merely wants to attach himself to whatever allies Londo has used to destroy the Narn base in Quadrant 37, but agrees anyway. After Refa leaves Londo sees a group of three humans arriving. He recognises them immediately as techno-mages, a society with members from different races who use technology to achieve the effects of magic. They very rarely appear. Londo recalls that the first Emperor of the Centauri Republic got approval for his actions from a techno-mage before founding the empire and decides to win the approval of the techno-mages in endorsing his new alliance. Elric, the leader of the techno-mages, is uninterested and when Londo tries to trick him into making it appear he is approving of Londo, becomes angry and inconveniences Londo by making Narn opera blast into his quarters.
Sheridan has important news for Ivanova: she is to receive a promotion to full Commander. Sheridan has decided to train her in diplomacy and assigns her to deal with a problem among the Drazi. Once every five years the Drazi divide into two randomly-chosen factions, green and purple, and fight one another. The faction which wins becomes the governing force of the Drazi Freehold for the next five years. It is an anarchic situation and impossible to resolve without the use of force. Ivanova, after getting her leg broken in a fight between several Drazi, becomes frustrated at how to resolve the situation. She confronts the green Drazi, but they imprison her and use her comlink to arrange a fake meeting with the purple Drazi in a cargo bay. When they turn up the green Drazi will blast the purples out into space, thus securing command of the Drazi population on Babylon 5.
Sheridan pays a call on Garibaldi, who has not yet returned to duty. Garibaldi is suffering from a crisis of confidence after he failed to notice his own second was a traitor and spy. He notices something odd when Ivanova remotely uplinks some orders to the security office instead of directly talking to acting security chief Welch. Garibaldi investigates, rescues Ivanova and together they confront the greens again. They tell them they have locked the purples in the cargo hold and will hold them there a week, until the time of fighting is over. That way the Drazi will cause no further trouble on the station. The green leader points out their mistake: the contest lasts for a Drazi year, not a week. Annoyed, Ivanova rips off the green leader’s sash and is informed this means she is now green leader (the change of law to ban aliens from the contest has been caught up in a committee on the Drazi homeworld and hasn’t gone through yet). Ivanova orders the entire green faction to switch sides to the purple and they comply, ending the crisis. His confidence restored, Garibaldi returns to duty.
Sheridan has a meeting with Elric after discovering there are more than 100 techno-mages on board Babylon 5. Elric says that they are passing beyond the Galactic Rim for a while. Something terrible is about to engulf the Galaxy and they will not let their knowledge or technology be used for evil. Sheridan allows them to depart. Before they go, Elric agrees to see Londo. He tells him that Londo himself is standing at the centre of the darkness that is coming. He sees a great hand reaching out of the stars and the sounds of billions of people calling Londo’s name: his victims. Elric departs, leaving Londo to consider his words.
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