Babylon 5

Mind War

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 3/2/94
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  • Episode Description
  • A rogue telepath with exceptional powers takes refuge on Babylon 5, and two PSI Cops arrive to capture him. Catherine Sakai heads to Sigma 957 to survey it for Quantium-40, ignoring G'Kar's grave warnings.

  • Cast & Crew
  • J. Michael Straczynski

  • Bruce Seth Green

  • Suzanne Sternlicht

  • William Allen Young

    Jason Ironheart

  • Felicity Waterman


  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Boy are Psi Corps creepy

    By CloudaneUK, Jan 26, 2013

  • The best episode so far!

    By mr_m704, Oct 01, 2005

  • Mind War

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 31, 2010

  • Telepaths - one of the greatest magic and mystery on that universe.

    By Parricida, May 27, 2008

  • The best episode of season one so far...

    By nazthedeep, Oct 08, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Ironheart: You can not harm me. You can not harm one, who has dreamed a dream like mine.

    • Bester: Be seeing you, commander.

    • Sakai: (After G'Kar had sent ship to save her) Just one question. Why? G'Kar: Why not? Sakai: It's not an answer. G'Kar: Oh, yes it is. It's simply not an answer you like or the answer you expect. There's a difference.

    • Kelsey: (after Ivanova disparages the Psi-cops) You're not helping the situation.
      Ivanova: Lady, you are the situation.

    • Bester: Mr. Ironheart is no longer what you or I would consider entirely human. Sinclair: Then what is he? Bester: We don't know.

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    Notes (2)

    • The name "Universal Terraform" was created by Babylon 5 fans on GEnie.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air 10th in the series, but Warner Brothers was so happy with the episode they asked that it be bumped up earlier in the airing sequence.

    Trivia (4)

    • The ship that disabled Catherine Sakai's ship and sent it into a decaying orbit appears later in Season 4 and is identified as belonging to one of races known as "The First Ones".

    • Goof: When Talia tries to move the penny with her mind, the penny is first shown heads down, then heads up as it begins to move.

    • Continuity: After Jason arrives in his quarters he pours himself a glass of water. But when the mindquake hits shortly thereafter, the glass falls over and there is no water in it.

    • Revealing Mistake: In the original airing, during the pre-title sequence, a binary star can be seen through Jason's ship. This was fixed in subsequent US reairings but still exists in the international releases.

    Allusions (5)

    • Psi Cops: The term "PsiCops" is a deliberate allusion and in-joke by Straczynski to CSICOP, The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. This real-world organization publishes the Skeptical Inquirier and investigates reported incidents of the paranormal ... including telepathy.

    • Ivanova: "Who watches the watchmen?" Ivanonva alludes to Juvenal, the Roman satirist and poet who wrote Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? which related to husbands watching their wives to keep them from having affairs. The phrase has seen much popular use, primarily in the DC comic maxi-series Watchmen.

    • Alfred Bester: Straczynski named Bester after science fiction author Alfred Bester, who wrote a variety of books about telepathy. One of them, The Demolished Man, featured a Guild of telepaths, a nicer version of Psi-Corps. In the Psi-Corp novel trilogy, it is specifically established that Bester's mentor gave him the name in honor of the science fiction writer.

    • Bester's salute, an "okay" circle of thumb and forefinger held before the eye and his utterance of the words "Be seeing you", is in addition to being an homage to the TV series The Prisoner, (J.M. Straczynski's favorite show), the salute is also the "sign of the fish." Early Christians used this as a secret greeting and identification sign to identify their fellow members.

    • Jason Ironheart: You can not harm one who has dreamed a dream like mine. This is a Ojibwe (Native American) prayer of protection against one's enemies.

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