Babylon 5

Season 3 Episode 3

A Day in the Strife

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Nov 23, 1995 on
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The new Centauri appointed Narn government send a replacement for G'Kar while an alien probe threatens to destroy Babylon 5 unless is gets the answers for a series of complicated scientific questions.

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  • A Day in the Strife

    A Day in the Strife was a perfect and most likely under rated episode of Babylon 5. This episode was really great because it really showcased G'Kar's journey and "hero's quest" which add's complexity to the show. A few of the main characters are all on their own journey's in relation to the same circumstances. I enjoy watching the diverse points of view in this series. This episode had a lot of character driven scenes, suspense, a little action, and drama. I like how we get to see more of each individual character and I can't wait to watch more episodes!!!!!!!moreless
  • Building the ground..

    It felt little slow, in some point, and the main development did not seemed to be not in the big story or something.. but this episode did some ground setting. I mean, we got much closer idea of what Franklin is going trough and if Garibaldi sees a problem, then there is..

    I specially loved the story arc with G'Kar. His decision to leave and the way they made him stay. The words that narn said.. "Your sword is on your head and heart"... I really have started to love those storylines with narns more and more. They are getting so much depth, so much philosophy.. Love that.moreless
  • "i carried my sword in my hand you carry yours in your heart.

    ' i carried my sword in my hand you carry yours in your heart and mind' as the genocide of the narn race at the hands of the centauri continues, two emissaries from the narn homeworld arrive to repatriate g'kar. as the leader of the narn resistance g'kar has a harsh choice abandon the cause or stay and see the murder of all the families of any narn still on board babylon 5, meanwhile the command crew are confronted by a bizarre alien doomsday probe orbiting babylon 5 , it will detonate and obliterate the station in 2 hours unless they can answer a complex intelligence test. is the probe all its seems or os there a deeper purpose to its threat.moreless
Stephen Macht

Stephen Macht


Guest Star

Anne Betancourt

Anne Betancourt

Dr. Gonzales

Guest Star

LaRita Shelby

LaRita Shelby

Med Tech

Guest Star

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague


Recurring Role

Neil Bradley

Neil Bradley

Narn #1

Recurring Role

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson

Narn #2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Continuity: Sheridan order a Securebot to examine the probe. When the bot is shown, however, it is labeled "Maintbot 12."

    • Continuity: Near the end of the episode Sheridan asks how many security bots are near the probe. He is told that there is one. When the security bot is shown, however, there are clearly two identical-looking bots present.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Garibaldi: Look, I don't want to butt into your personal life –
      Franklin: A little late for that now, is it?
      Garibaldi: – but I've checked your logs, you pull shifts you don't have to.
      Franklin: You've been checking up on me, huh? Thought you were my friend.
      Garibaldi: Damn it, Steven, I am your friend, or we wouldn't be having this conversation if I weren't. I'm just concerned, I thought we could talk about it.
      Franklin: Alright, we've talked about it, okay? Stop trying to put your problems on me, just because you never met a bottle you didn't like.

    • Londo (asking Delenn to appoint Vir as Centauri Ambassador on Minbar): Well, over the last two years, to my considerable surprise, I have become very fond of Vir. Sometimes, it is as I see a younger version of myself, before... Well, he would be better off away from here. Away from what must be.

    • Vir: Was that necessary?
      Londo: They got out of their place once, I must make sure it doesn't happen again.
      Vir: Londo, we've beaten them. Their cities are in ashes, their military is wiped out, they've lost hundreds of thousands of lives, they have nothing left!
      Londo: There you are wrong, they still have their pride.

    • Sheridan: If that thing blows at least it will save me from one more annoying conversation.
      Ivanova: Always finding the good in every situation, eh Captain?
      Sheridan: Absolutely. If I didn't, I might end up like you.
      Ivanova: Hey, what's that supposed to mean? Did anybody else hear that? Did you hear that?
      (Sheridan leaves)
      Corwin: No, Commander.
      Ivanova: Good. I swear, if we live through this, somebody's going to find their automatic shower preferences reprogrammed for ice water...

    • Ta'Lon: To leave now that I have decided to stay with the others, would be rude (draws his sword) ... and uncomfortable.
      G'Kar: That is a G'Thok. Once unsheathed it cannot rest until it draws blood. Again you would raise weapons against your own kind? Have I taught you nothing?!
      Ta'Lon: I carry my sword in my hand. You carry yours in your heart and in your mind. As I see it, that gives you a two-to-one advantage in arms. Be fair, Citizen G'kar.

    • Narn Citizen: We cannot let you leave, G'Kar. You are valued and you are needed here.
      G'Kar: This is foolishness. I'm doing this for your own good.
      Narn Citizen: We cannot let you go, G'Kar. The only way out is through all of us.
      G'Kar: If I stay here, your families are in jeopardy. Is anything more important than their safety?
      Narn Citizen: Yes. Their freedom. It's better to die in the cause of freedom than to live in comfort as a slave.

    • Ivanova: Captain, are you all right?
      Sheridan: Nuts.
      Ivanova: What's wrong? I mean, we've survived.
      Sheridan: Right, which means that I have to go to that stupid transport association meeting. Oh, well. (Sheridan walks away)
      Ivanova: If I live through this job, without completely losing my mind, it'll be a miracle of biblical proportions.
      Corwin: Well, there goes my faith in the almighty.

    • Ivanova: 15 seconds. Captain, send or no send?
      Sheridan: No send.
      Ivanova: Oh boy.

    • Ivanova: I don't want to get killed because of a typo, it would be embarrassing.

    • Vir: Londo, if I leave, you'll be alone.
      Londo: Pah, I've always been alone.

    • Londo: I want to protect you.
      Vir: I don't want to be protected!
      Londo: Well, I'm afraid it's not your decision. It's already done. You've been promoted. You'll earn more money, receive more attention, women may even come to find you attractive .. in time.

    • Ivanova: Sort of like an inter-stellar gardener, plucking out all of the weeds so that the flowers can grow.
      Sheridan: Basically, yes.
      Ivanova: Well, let's just hope that high-IQ boys back home give us all the right answers to this test. Otherwise we're gonna get hit with a 500000-megaton weedwhacker.

    • Vir: So is that what it's about, pride? It's not enough that we have beaten them, we have to break them?
      Londo: Yes, I'm sorry, I thought you understood that. I don't want our people to go through this again in another hundred years. There's a way things are done, Vir, nothing personal.

    • Garibaldi: Hey, did I ever tell you I looked through the Captain's personnel file?
      Ivanova: You what?!
      Garibaldi: Shhh!
      Ivanova: Michael, that information is strictly off limits.
      Garibaldi: I did it when he first came aboard. I like to know who I'm dealing with. And who knew he turn out to be okay, huh? Right now, according to his file, Sheridan is a good tactical thinker. He can take an inferior defensive force and turn it into an offensive force capable of taking on a better-equipped enemy. Now, he did it with the Black Star, he did it during the Mars riots. Now, you ask me, he is the one chance we've got to make it through this thing alive.
      Ivanova: Maybe... Did you look through my files when I came onboard?
      Garibaldi: Commander, that information is strictly off limits.

    • Ivanova: With all due respect, that was grade A stupid. I mean, what if the guy would've gone for it? What if he would've just blown your brains allover the place, what if he – what's that?
      Sheridan: Energy-cap. I palmed it when I shoved the gun in his pocket.
      Ivanova: You are going to give me an ulcer.
      Sheridan: Okay, okay, next time I'll give him a live gun. You really do want that promotion, don't you?

    • Sheridan: You have the gun. All I've got is .. what I've got.
      Troublemaker: No way. I drop you and your guards will kill me.
      Sheridan: Maybe. Maybe not, hell, anything happens to me, everyone gets an instant promotion. You've got the gun, go ahead, go for it. I'll wait for you.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Winston Churchill

      Unknown Narn: It's better to die in the cause of freedom than to live in comfort as a slave.

      This is an allusion to the famous Churchill quote: "You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

    • Sheridan: ... a berserker...
      The probe is refered to as a beserker. This is reference to the "Berserker" novels by science fiction writer Fred Saberhagen. These novels feature powerful automated war machines that seek out and destroy biological sentients.