Babylon 5

Season 3 Episode 11

Ceremonies of Light and Dark

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Apr 11, 1996 on
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Delenn prepares for a Ceremony of Rebirth, the station's computer goes through an interesting change, Londo "encourages" Refa to stop associating with the Shadows, and the remains of the Nightwatch on Babylon 5 plan to strike at Sheridan through Delenn.

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  • Character heavy

    And for that, I love it. We learn more about Marcus and see how he is a classic case of a "cheerful" yet world-weary disposition hiding great pain underneath; Lenier's "not romantic, but more noble" love for Delenn (a love that I have come to understand myself, so this means a lot to me); Sheridan's heart-warming confession of his more traditional love (which I feel has developed very naturally, although it's odd in that it does feel a little like it started with Sinclair); Ivanova facing that she loved who she thought Talia was (and thank you, nice natural no-fuss universal love being shown here, as it should be); the Doc admitting to his problem. Whilst rather a love theme seemed to be going on (not a bad thing), most/all characters seemed to get some nice development here.

    I love character focused stories, and it continues on so well with the overall story too. I can't just keep throwing 10s around, so I'll call it a 9.5.moreless
  • Ceremonies of Light and Dark

    Ceremonies of Light and Dark was a really superb episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of complex character situations and secrets revealed! I thought this episode had a good mix of story lines moving the season forward. I thought Londo was a genious in his move to control Refa. I thought it was probable some night watch would still be left aboard Babylon 5, and this episode wraps up their story pretty well. I was amazed at the characters revelations at the end, participating in their own part of the ceremony Delenn had started. I look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Rebirth and secrets..

    I loved the episode. I loved how they managed to put so much of the chars into it. It was not only Marcus and Lennier who bough managed to surface things they both have hidden but also the others in the re-birth ceremony. Franklin admitting that he has a problem.. little lookback to Talia.. I mean, the whole show just has such a stunning background, world.. I am not sure.. every piece comes together.. all the logic etc.

    I most say, the best part for me in this episode was Marcus and Lennier, on their own way. I loved how far was Marcus ready to go to find something about Delenn whereabouts. The scene at the bar.. fighting, the humor there.. Stunning.

    And ofcourse, in Lennier's case.. his confession. I was not expecting that and the way he explained it. Amazing writing.moreless
  • Poor Ivanova

    Another great episode. Delenn gets captured by the NightWatch and the whole Ceremony of Rebirth thing. Marcus had some cool stuff, got to see a side of Lennier that was new, and the romance between Sheridan and Delenn is ramping up. And the secrets they all tell Delenn at the end, Ivanova's just wrecked me: "I think I loved Talia". :*(** *mimble*. Because it's one thing to watch a show and see hints and signs and subtext, and have only that to go on, and it's quite another to see hints and signs and subtext, have it cut short tragically with no hope of resolution, and then later get confirmation that you weren't just imagining it, that it was canon. Gah! Damn you JMS!moreless
  • delenn holds a rebirth cermony.

    this is a great episode just because of the different things that are happening on babylon 5. garibaldi and susan and sherdian and steven are farewelling deceased officers after there fight with earth. also the captain and susan join garibaldi in the security station so the can access the new computer which has its own personality. which is driving garibaldi nuts so he shoots it while in the lift. meanwhile delenn wants to hold a rebirth cermony in which she gets hurt. when a member of nightwatch who are still on the station puts a knift into her back. while in med lab the 4 officers them delenn there secerts. in which she response by giving them a new unform. no a bad episode.moreless
Don Stroud

Don Stroud


Guest Star

Paul Perri

Paul Perri


Guest Star

Vincent Bilancio

Vincent Bilancio

Maintenance Man

Guest Star

Kim Strauss

Kim Strauss


Recurring Role

William Forward

William Forward

Lord Refa

Recurring Role

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Lt. Corwin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Mollari shows Refa the recording of Mr. Morden mentioning speaking to Refa about securing Zagro 7, Morden is standing. Yet in "Matters Of Honor" when Morden actually spoke, he was sitting.

    • The new uniforms that will be seen during the rest of the series are introduced in this episode as a gift from Delenn to the command staff of Babylon 5.

  • QUOTES (36)

    • Sheridan: Hello Delenn. Now, I was thinking, you couldn't come to the ceremony, the ceremony should come to you. I've given up something that really mattered to me, the uniform and everything that goes with it. I've never told anyone before now. When you were hurt, when you were in my arms, I was ready to kill that guy with my bare hands. I realized I have never told you how much I cared about you, how much you mean to me. I think it's time you knew that. I can no longer imagine my world ... without you in it. I don't ... know exactly when or how it happened, ... but I'm glad it did.

    • Sniper: Always bet on stupidity.

    • Sheridan: What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen someone who's been reborn before? The crisis, for now, is over. Tell the ships ... we are open for business.

    • Lennier: I know that Delenn is fated for another, and I have accepted that, in my heart. But I have vowed to stay at her side through all things for as long as I live.

    • Delenn: Among Minbari, one individual leads, but we move as one. We are at our best when we move together, and we are at our worst when we move together. When our leader was killed by your people, we went mad together. We stayed mad for a very long time, a madness that almost consumed your world, until finally, before it was too late, we woke up together. But you, you are alone, you have no one to awaken you from your madness. For this, and nothing else, I feel pity for you.

    • Lennier: Well, it was a good idea while it lasted.
      Delenn: It still is a good idea. We will hold the ceremony. If some choose not to attend, the loss is theirs.

    • G'Kar: I'll try and stop by for the closing ceremonies.
      Lennier: What matters is everything leading up to that point. Leaving behind the old, preparing to be reborn.
      G'Kar: I have already been born once, and quite sufficiently, I think.

    • Delenn: It is time for us to come together, to restore that which has been torn apart, and to heal the wounds we have suffered.
      Londo: With everything that has been going on, I'm surprised you invited me.
      Delenn: In the matter of confessions, meditation and the closing of past wounds, Ambassador, you were at the top of my list.
      Londo: I'm already attending to my past, my present and what remains of my future. I do not require your assistance. Or your approval. Enjoy your ceremony, Delenn. I intend to have other plans.

    • Londo: Ah, for a moment I was thinking women, drinking and debauchery. I forgot I was speaking to a Minbari. This, by you, is a good time, is it? What else?
      Lennier: You must tell someone a secret that you have never told anyone else before. And you must give away something that is of great value to you.
      Londo: Ah, how positively festive!

    • Londo: Could you tell me a little more about what is involved in this rebirth ceremony?
      Delenn: Reflection, meditation upon what has gone before, what is now, and what is to come.

    • Delenn: You've been nervous about this ever since I mentioned it. What are you afraid of?
      Marcus: Nothing. Well, spiders.
      Delenn: Marcus, the rebirth ceremony was part of your training on Minbar.
      Marcus: I missed it, overslept.
      Delenn: It lasts all day.
      Marcus: Oh, that's right, I was ill. Wanted to go, ... couldn't. Same as now. Love to, can't really, next time. Ah, someone I have been waiting for.

    • Sniper: Toe bone's connected to the foot bone, foot bone's connected to the anklebone, the ankle bone's connected to the leg bone, leg bone's connected to the hipbone, now hear the word of the Lord.

    • Delenn: We have gone through so much pain, John. If we do not put it behind us, if we are not sworn into new possibilities, it will surely destroy us.

    • Londo: Your drink contained the first half of the poison.
      Lord Refa: Why? Why did you do this?
      Londo: To guarantee your cooperation. And because, sooner or later you would do it to me. Yes, we are returning to the old ways, Refa. And poison was always the instrument of choice in the old Republic. Being something of a sentimentalist, I got here first.
      Lord Refa: What do you want me to do?
      Londo: You have encouraged that fool Cartagia to attack worlds that have no value to us. You will now encourage him otherwise. You will bolster our lines of defense around Centauri Prime. And you have nothing more to do with Mr. Morden. If you do not comply, one of my agents in the royal palace will introduce you to the second half of the poison. To your health, Lord Refa.

    • Londo: Mr. Morden and his associates worry me. After the Narns were defeated, I took steps to put some distance between us. Refa, I have the feeling that he and his associates are carving a great, dark hole in the middle of the universe. And when they go down, anyone nearby will go with them.
      Lord Refa: That will not happen. You don't appreciate their strength.
      Londo: I appreciate their strength all right. And that is why this unfocused aggression worries me. By drawing our forces into dozen smaller wars you have effectively weakened our main line of defense, should they turn an eye to Centauri Prime.
      Lord Refa: They will not do that.
      Londo: No, they will not, because you are going to take steps to prevent it. And you start by breaking off your relationship with Mr. Morden.

    • Londo: I have gotten into the habit of recording important meetings. One never knows when an inconvenient truth would fall between the cracks and vanish.

    • Lennier: My love, Delenn, is not quite what you may think. It is not romantic love as you consider it. It something higher and nobler, a pure perfect love if you will.

    • Londo: (about poisoning Lord Refa) It comes in two parts. Both are harmless, on their own, but when combined they are quite lethal. The first settles into the blood stream, and the intestinal walls. It stays there for years, silent, dormant, waiting. When the other half of the poison enters the body, the two meet, have a party in your cardiovascular system and suddenly... you are quite dead.

    • Sheridan: From the stars we came and to stars we return, from now until the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep.

    • Computer: Uh, not that my bruised feelings would have any meaning for you, but why are you having these people poke me all over the place? I'm a perfectly reasonable artificial personality. Nobody has ever complained before, but I guess some people just aren't happy unless they are messing it up for everyone else. You know you really should stand up straight. Your mother and I have been worried about this for years. We have been trying to talk with you about it, but... (Garibaldi shoots the speaker)

    • Computer: You know, you're looking very stressed. This is not good. Hey, how about something to eat, maybe a nice piece of brisket? You'll suck an orange.
      Garibaldi: Would somebody please fix this thing before I go out of my mind?

    • Garibaldi: Computer?
      Computer: Hey, what are you looking at?
      Garibaldi: Run diagnostics.
      Computer: What you got, a broken arm or something? I've got a station to run here.
      Ivanova: Computer!!
      Computer: Fine, I'll do a diagnostic. So maybe level 42 doesn't get its quota of oxygen for today...

    • Lennier: Do not touch me in that fashion. We may sometimes look like you, but we are not ... you! Never forget that.

    • Marcus: Because if you don't, then in five minutes I will be the only person at this table still standing. Five minutes after that, I will be the only person in this room still standing.

    • Marcus: You see. It's like I always say, you can get more with a kind word and a 2-by-4, then you can with just a kind word.

    • Londo: Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts.
      Lord Refa: We can handle it. Our resources are greater than you think.

    • Boggs: I told you to wait!
      Sniper: I had a clear shot.
      Boggs: You had nothing! You take him down, he's a martyr. Five hundred men will stand up where he fell. Now, we do this by the numbers, or not at all. Don't worry, before this is over, we'll have our pound of flesh.

    • Lennier: Opinion doesn't enter into it. What is, is. Prophecy said one day we would unite with the other half of our soul in a war with the ancient enemy. This we have done.
      Delenn: Prophecies are poor guide to the future. You only understand it when the events are already upon you. And ... not all of the prophecies are good ones. There's darkness and fire still ahead of us. There are no guarantees that any of us will survive it.

    • Sheridan: We have to reassure everyone that we are in control of the situation. We can't do that hiding in our offices.
      Garibaldi: I still think you should have an armed escort.
      Sheridan: Kind of defeats the purpose, Mr. Garibaldi. I can take care of myself.

    • Ivanova: So once we open up all the comm channels, they can send a message out to override the system, erase our passwords and lock us out. Cute. They can shut down the defense grid, life support ...
      Garibaldi: No problem. I have got the access codes locked away. Shouldn't be too much trouble to go and change the passwords.

    • Lord Refa: Oh, Londo, you are a fool. You walk away from the greatest power I have even seen, and now you expect me to do the same. They are the key to my eventual rise to the throne. Why would I abandon them?
      Londo: Because I have asked you, and because your loyalty to our people should be greater than your ambition. And because I have poisoned your drink.

    • (Marcus has knocked out everyone in a bar fight)
      Lennier: I see they trained you well back home.
      Marcus: Yeah. Well they said I was carrying around a lot of repressed anger.
      Lennier: And?
      Marcus: I'm not repressed anymore

    • (Marcus has knocked out everyone in a bar fight)
      Marcus: Bugger! Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!

    • Sheridan: This is Captain John J. Sheridan. Serial Number X07Y39 Alpha. Security Code - Obsidian.
      Ivanova: This is Commander Susan Ivanova. Serial Number Z48M27 Epsilon. Security Code - Griffin.
      Garibaldi: This is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Garibaldi. Serial Number V17L98. Security Code Peek-a-boo.
      Computer: Authorizations confirmed.
      Ivanova: Peek-a-boo?
      Garibaldi: Would you have guessed it?

    • Delenn: Yes, you have lost much, endured much, sacrificed greatly but you cling to the memory of your sacrifices of all the things you have lost or left behind. They drag behind you like chains of your own making. They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus. The power of grief, and loss, and regret. Yes, you can let go of the people, places and the things, but you have not let go of the pain. You have not forgiven yourself.
      Marcus: For what?
      Delenn: Being alive.

    • (after he's tackled one of the people who held Delenn hostage)
      Sheridan: No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch! No more hostages! No more lies! Not on my station! Not on my watch! No more!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The voice of the artificial intelligence that pops up when Garibaldi reboots the station's computer system, is that of Harlan Ellison (Conceptual artist and writer).

    • The song "Dem Bones" yet another homage to cult TV series The Prisoner. The song was sung in the finale of that series.

    • While Garibaldi had a broken leg at the end of "Severed Dreams." Actor Jerry Doyle broke his arm the last day of shooting that episode. So in this episode, the injured body part was changed to a broken arm.