Babylon 5

Born to the Purple

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 2/9/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Londo's career is in jeopardy when a beautiful slave seduces him and steals a sensitive computer file. Garibaldi investigates an unauthorized use of a restricted communications channel.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lawrence G. DiTillio

  • Bruce Seth Green

  • Mary Woronov

    Ko D'Ath

  • Fabiana Udenio

    Adira Tyree

  • Clive Revill


  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Hard luck G'Kar

    By CloudaneUK, Jan 26, 2013

  • Born to the Purple

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 30, 2010

  • G'Kar saving Londo's career and the reputation of Centauri prime.. What a day...

    By Parricida, May 19, 2008

  • More character development for Londo

    By nazthedeep, Oct 04, 2007

  • what do you want you moon faced assasin of joy.

    By seaqueastdsv, Aug 20, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Londo: It’s the perfect opportunity to get your feet moist, as the Earthers say.

    • Londo: We Centauri live our lives for appearances, position, status, title. These are the things by which we define ourselves. But when I look beneath the mask I am forced to wear, I see only emptiness. And then I think of you, and then I say to Hell with appearances.

    • Ko'dath: Ambassador G’Kar! I am Ko’Dath; the new head of your staff. G’Kar: Yes. I wasn’t expecting you for several yea...uh, days.

    • Londo: (to Vir) What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?

    • Londo: Gentlemen, of all things in life, are females not the finest? G'Kar: On that, Mollari, we can at least agree.

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    Notes (2)

    • Working title: "Amaranth"

    • In this episode, Mary Woronov is credited in the opening titles instead of Julie Caitlin Brown (a.k.a. "JCB"). Woronov was originally meant to be part of the regular cast, but was replaced because she could not handle the heavy prosthetics the Narn role required.

    Trivia (3)

    • Centauri law permits individuals to own Centauri slaves. Owners are legally responsible for the actions of their slaves. This appears to be a slave system of economics rather than of caste. According to Trakis, powerlessness and slavery is the fate of all Centauri who don't play the game of blackmail and backstabbing.

    • Trivia: Londo's access code for the Purple Files is, not surprisingly, "Wine - Women - Song"

    • Continuity: When she drugs Londo's drink, Adira leans forward and kisses one cheek. But then the camera cuts to a reverse shot, and she's kissing the opposite cheek.

    Allusions (1)

    • Londo: We Centauri live our lives for appearances: position, status, title. These are the things by which we define ourselves. But when I look beneath the mask I am forced to wear, I see only emptiness.
      This quote from Londo about the Centauri way of life is reminiscent of a quote by Captain Ahab in Herman Melville's Moby Dick: "All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event ”in the living act, the undoubted deed ”there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?"

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