Babylon 5


Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 2/16/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Franklin gets a visit from old friend and mentor, xenoarcheologist Dr. Hendricks. He wants Franklin's help to analyze hi-tech organic artifacts he found on a dead world. But the artifacts seem to have a will of their own, and start to manipulate Hendricks' assistant.

  • Cast & Crew
  • J. Michael Straczynski

  • Richard Compton

  • Suzanne Sternlicht

  • David McCallum

    Dr. Vance Hendricks

  • Patricia Healy

    Mary Ann Cramer

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Exotic dancers and alien Nazis on Babylon 5: at least the worst of the series is over early.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Steel has been assigned (don't know where Sapphire got to)

    By CloudaneUK, Jan 26, 2013

  • Infection

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 31, 2010

  • It left me cold...

    By Parricida, May 20, 2008

  • More character development for Sinclair and Franklin

    By nazthedeep, Oct 05, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Ivanova: If you'll excuse me. If you need me, I'll be over there, getting drunk with the rest of the aliens.

    • Sinclair: You forgot the first rule of a fanatic. When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy.

    • Sinclair: (About the transformed scientist) I'm gonna try and make it mad. Garibaldi: Make it mad? Are you nuts? Commander!

    • Franklin: (To Sinclair) But people can be fooled. So to prevent them from being confused by any misleading instructions from the enemy, they hardwired the machine half of the weapons not to respond to anyone who wasn't pure Ikarran. There's one problem, Commander. How do you define a pure Ikarran, or a pure human? No one is pure. No one.

    • Dr. Hendricks: In the last five years, I've seen things off-world you can't even imagine. I've stood in the Abendi desert and watched all seven moons go into eclipse. I've walked in vaults that have been sealed longer than there's been a human race, breathing air that's five million years old. You call that a shortcut, if you will, but I've lived. By God, Stephen, I have lived.

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    Notes (1)

    • Although this was the fourth episode broadcast, it was the first written. Straczynski later admitted that he was not satisfied with the script, partially because of the difficulty of finding "the fingerprints" of the characters over a year after the pilot had been made.

    Trivia (1)

    • Plot Hole: When Drake is defeated, the controller is ripped from his chest, and the huge armor just ... disappears. If the controller is converted to energy or something similar, there should be a huge explosion, flash, boom, or another form of energy release.

    Allusions (3)

    • Ivanova: Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This alludes to George Santayana's statement in his book, The Life of Reason.

    • Sinclair: How sharper than a serpent's tooth.
      Sinclair quotes Shakespeare's King Lear.

    • Dr. Hendricks: There's a Martian war machine outside, and it wants to speak to you about the common cold. This is a reference to H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds. In that book and the several movie versions, Martians invade Earth but are eventually stopped by Earth-borne diseases.

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