Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 21

Comes the Inquisitor

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Oct 26, 1995 on
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Kosh summons an Inquisitor to test Delenn's motives, and G'Kar tries to maintain his position as leader of Babylon 5's Narn population while organizing an underground resistance.

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  • Well that was ripping!


    Jack the Ripper - honestly didn't see that one coming! And very "Star Trek", I'm sure I remember him or someone else having a similar story there.

    Don't think I have a lot to say about it. But it's good to see Sheridan and Delenn show what good, selfless people they both are, a type of character who I hope prevails in the story of B5.
  • Comes the Inquisitor

    Comes the Inquisitor was a perfect and classic episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development for Delenn and Sheridan. Kosh, the Vorlon Ambassador, has put Delenn to the test to see if she is ready for her role in the battle to come. I thought this episode was interesting as we learned more about the interactions of the Vorlons with Humans. I thought this episode had a great story, and is a part of the Hero's quest pattern of story telling. I look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Thought provoking

    That has been episode I never got.. I mean, it was quite slow compared with last one and there was not much development. It little felt like something.. like calm before the storm to come.

    But if to take a closer look, it can be seen, that there is a quite a good message. Even if Sebastien is not very likable char, he has a point and the way he tortures Delenn, tries to figure out who she is.. giving her the change to think, consider and rethink.. I think that was well done and those thoughts he said, really had message.moreless
  • did the vorlons bring jack the ripper onto babylon 5.

    in the episode of comes the inquisitor the vorlon ambassador kosh must determine if the minbari ambassador delenn motives are genuine in allying with against the coming onslaught of the evil shadows. kosh summons a bizarre emissary name sebastian who claims to have lived in london england in 1888, sebastion subjests delenn to a series of degrading and torturous test of will power. ambassador delenn falters but when captain sherdian tries to save her and is all most killed in doing it. thats when she proves herself worthly. later captain sherdian discovers that sebastion nickname when he was on earth was jack the ripper.moreless
  • The Vorlon's message

    "Who are you?" the very question the Vorlons ask of others. To be one of the few chosen of the universe you ultimately must know yourself before you can become a chosen and that was why the Vorlons sent the inquisitor to test Delen. I loved this episode mainly because that is the question we must ultimately ask of ourselves.
Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander


Guest Star

Jack Kehler

Jack Kehler

Mr. Chase

Guest Star

Diane Adair

Diane Adair

Narn Mother

Guest Star

Ardwight Chamberlain

Ardwight Chamberlain


Recurring Role

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Tech #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sheridan confronts Sebastian with evidence Sebastian is responsible for the Jack the Ripper murders in London's East End. Sheridan's lips can be viewed vocalizing "West End." The error was due to the original script. It was later dubbed over as "East End."

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Kosh: You will submit to his authority.
      Delenn: How will I know who it is?
      Kosh: You will know... if you survive.

    • G'Kar: Mr. Chase...the money to buy these weapons comes from the life savings of those Narn who were able to escape the Centauri occupation. It is a limited resource, purchased with blood. If it should be squandered or stolen, be assured that while your body might one day be found, it could never be identified from what's left.

    • Sebastian: Nothing changes. Corruption, immorality, chaos.
      Sheridan: When were you last on Earth?
      Sebastian: Long ago. Long ago.

    • Sheridan: I want to know...
      Sebastian: The truth? You're not ready for the truth. The facts? If that is the only way to get to my work... yes, the Vorlons have been to Earth. The Vorlons have been everywhere. The Vorlons are. My name is Sebastian. I resided at 14B, Heresford Lane in London in the year of our Lord 1888. I was found by the Vorlons, taken, transported, and brought into their service. They told me everything about everything. And the scales fell from my eyes and were opened to a universe of majesty and terror that you can never imagine. They call upon me when I am needed and preserve me when I am not.

    • G'kar: Mr. Garibaldi, I have been on this station long enough to know that you don't ask leading questions unless you already know the answers. So, why don't we just pretend I've lied about it, you've caught me in your web of ineluctable logic, and cut to the point.

    • Garibaldi: Now you want to outfit an army, that's fine, you knock yourself out. But I don't want those weapons coming through this station. Otherwise this place is going to go straight to hell.
      G'Kar: We are already, as you so quaintly put it, going straight to hell. You cannot escape what's coming.
      Garibaldi: Well, maybe not. But there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start, huh?

    • G'Kar: I meant, why are you doing this?
      Garibaldi: Because you didn't lie to me.
      G'Kar: But you must have known that ahead of time.
      Garibaldi: Like you said, I never start a conversation unless I know where it's going. But I always leave a little room for someone to disappoint me. Thanks for not doing it.

    • Sebastian: What a sad thing you are. Unable to answer even such a simple question without falling back on reference and genealogies and what other people call you. Have you nothing of your own? Nothing to stand on that is not provided, defined, delineated, stamped, sanctioned, numbered, and approved by others? How can you be expected to fight for someone else when you haven't the fairest idea who you are? Do you know how many have stood before me as you stand now? Proud, defiant, full of their own bloated self-importance? Confident that they are chosen, special, favored of God. All of them have broken. And better for everyone that they did. Better to spare others the illusion of false hope. You have the audacity to presume that you are on a mission from God. Embarked upon a holy cause. I don't believe it. And by the time you leave here... neither will you. It is even possible that you may die here.
      Delenn: What purpose will be served by killing me?
      Sebastian: Oh, I would not kill you. You can remove the manacles at any time. But that would mean admitting your error. Admitting that you are not worthy enough or strong enough for the task ahead. And pride will prevent you from doing that. If you believe you are the chosen, then you must risk everything on the premise that the universe will not let you die. Unless you're wrong. And here, now, together... we will find out once and for all.

    • Sebastian: At a word from you, all the hosts of heaven would descend and carry you up away from harm, away from this place because you have a destiny.
      Delenn: We all have a destiny.
      Sebastian: Do we? How magnanimous of you.
      Delenn: Sometime we do not see it because we have been taught to believe we are not important.
      Sebastian: Taught by people like me? Perhaps. But are we destroyers of dreams or protectors of the public good?

    • Delenn: If I believe I'm here, now, for a reason...
      Sebastian: And if the world says otherwise?
      Delenn: Then the world is wrong!
      Sebastian: And Delenn is right?! But perhaps the world is right and Delenn is wrong! Have you ever considered that? Have you?!?
      Delenn: Yes. Sometimes.
      Sebastian: Then there may yet be hope for you.

    • Sebastian: Do you know what your problem is, Delenn? You are a piece of the machine that thinks it is the whole of the machine. The flute that believes itself the symphony. You have malfunctioned. Admit it and you'll feel better. Your only destiny is to be the nail that gets hammered down. Bang, bang, bang.

    • Sebastian: You're linked at the hip, just as bad as she is. But you're not just a dreamer. You're a soldier. How far are you prepared to go? How much are you prepared to risk? How many people are you prepared to sacrifice for victory? Are you willing to die friendless, alone, deserted by everyone? Because that's what may be required of you in the war that is to come.
      Sheridan: Go to hell.
      Sebastian: This is hell, captain. And you are its chief damned soul. What about the people you work with, the people you call friends? Are you willing to sacrifice them? What about your family? What about your God? Wha about truth? What about blood? What about right? What about wrong? What about your future? What about faith? What about sin? What about hell? What about death?

    • Sebastian: How do you know the chosen ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame. For one person... in the dark where no one will ever know or see. I have been in the service of the Vorlons for centuries, looking for you. Diogenes with his lamp, looking for an honest man willing to die for all the wrong reasons. At last my job is finished. Yours is just beginning. When the Darkness comes, know this: you are the right people. In the right place. At the right time.

    • Sebastian: The city was drowning in decay, chaos, immorality. A message needed to be sent, etched in blood for all the world to see. A warning. In the pursuit of my holy cause I did things... terrible thins, unspeakable things. The world condemned me, but it didn't matter because I believed I was right and the world was wrong. I believed I was the divine messenger. I believed I was...
      Sheridan: Chosen?
      Sebastian: I was found by the Vorlons. They showed me the terrible depth of my mistake. My crimes. My... presumption. I have done 400 years of penance in their service. A job for which they said I was ideally suited. Now perhaps... they will finally let me die.
      Sheridan: I think that might be wise.
      Sebastian: Good luck to you in your holy cause, Captain Sheridan. May your choices have better results than mine. Remembered not as a messenger, remembered not as a reformer, not as a prophet, not as a hero, not even as Sebastian. Remembered only as Jack.

  • NOTES (2)

    • John C. Flinn III was nominated for the 1996 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series" for this episode.

    • This marks the first of numerous appearances by Wayne Alexander (Sebastian). He would return in future seasons as a Narn, a Drazi, a Drakh and as Lorien. This was the only occasion on which he appeared as a human.