Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Monday 7:00 PM Apr 20, 1994 on
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Episode Summary

Na'Toth attacks an alien woman that has just arrived on the station, claiming that she is the Dilgar war criminal Jha'dur - known as Deathwalker. Talia is hired by Kosh to oversee some rather strange negotiations.

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  • Sorry but to be brutally honest

    I didn't get it. It wandered. It probably assumed that we knew the full picture given that the story is pre-written, but I don't, and I didn't have much of a clue what was going on.

    Kosh is a weird one.
  • Deathwalker

    Deathwalker was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode because it had lots of character building, a little action, and plenty of drama. I thought the story of this episode was unique in it's time and it was certainly entertaining. This episode touches upon a sensitive subject and ends in a surprising way. I thought Talia's interactions with Kosh were interesting and some what spiritual. I enjoyed seeing more diversity in the aliens who inhabit Babylon 5. This episode is definitely one of my favorites of this season and I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Irony of everything

    Oh, I remember when years ago I saw this episode first time and I did not get it at all. And for years this episode was one of my least favorite ones on season one but after some time, I start to more and more understand this episode. And it is worth it.

    First, this is very unique episode on the point of Kosh. He is usually standing out on everything and this time he steps in so many ways - first Talia and those talks. Not even fully sure what was the point of that but it works. And then the Deathwalker... those thoughts in the end..

    And I most say the irony of the Deathwalker.. her char and motivation. The way Sinclair and Garibaldi in the end learn what is needed for that serum and how she will be sure that her ways will live forever. And the question this episode roses... Well done.moreless
  • Can notorious criminals redeem their past actions?

    This is another very good episode of Season One, which raises powerful questions about whether it is possible to atome for past evil.

    A notorious female warrior arrives on Babylon 5 and is promptly givem the smackdown by Na'Toth. It turns out that she is the notorious war criminal Ja'dhur, known as 'Deathwalker'. Just one problem - the Dilgar are a dead race, their home planet has been destroyed and Deathwalker should be an old woman by now...

    It seems that the crimes perpetrated were in the cause of medical research, and have produced an immortality serum - which Ja'dhur has used on herself. To complicate matters, Earth wants the serum and is willing to collaborate with her (as are the Narns). Sinclair is disgusted by the double standards here, and so are the League of Worlds, who demand a trial. In the end, the dilemma is solved by the Vorlons who suddenly comes through the Jump Gate and torch Ja'dhur and her discovery...

    This episode revolves around the complex moral issues of whether a 'greater good' can atone for past evil. The way that Earth, Narn, Minbari and the League of Nations repsond to this is subtly different, and plays out well in this episode.

    There's a small sub plot about Kosh extracting memories from Talia with the help of a VCR - a human / cyborg 'recorder'. Presumably this was meant to play out later but got abandoned when the actess playing Talia left the show.

    Really thought provoking episodemoreless
  • our ambassador kosh has been a busy boy today?.

    in this episode of babylon 5 a sinister alien appears on babylon 5 and is revealed to be deathwalker a cruel and sadistic war criminal responible for countless thousands of alien deaths, as the crowds clamour for her trial she uncovers an incredible secert she has the key to enternal life but only at a terrible price. meanwhile ambassador kosh hires tali winters for a job, pay attention to this episode when kosh hires tali after she is scan by the alien freind of kosh he gives a data crystal to kosh, what does this data crystal contain. evidence for the future.moreless
Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas


Guest Star

Aki Aleong

Aki Aleong

Senator Hidoshi

Guest Star

Robin Curtis

Robin Curtis

Ambassador Kalika

Guest Star

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson


Recurring Role

Marianne Robertson

Marianne Robertson

Tech #1

Recurring Role

Ardwight Chamberlain

Ardwight Chamberlain


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity: When the Minbari Shuttle carrying Deathwalker is leaving in the end, you can see Sinclair and the council looking at a screen showing that the jumpgate is opening in front of the shuttle. Then you see the shuttle from the outside but the jumpgate isn't open yet.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Talia: What is he? And what was on that data crystal he gave you?
      Kosh: Reflection. Surprise. Terror. For the future.

    • Lennier: (About Deathwalker being sheltered by the Windswords) That's when the Council first learned she was with them. Of course we could not reveal it then. And like all secrets long kept, we can not bear the shame of admitting it now.

    • Jha'dur: Delicious irony, don't you think? That those who cursed us will have to thank us for the rest of time.

    • Jha'Dur: You know the way of command. Yes, the Windswords are right to fear you.
      Sinclair: What do you know about Windswords?
      Jha'Dur: They've sheltered me for many years, in return for certain services. They speak of you often, Sinclair. They say you have a hole in your mind.

    • Garibaldi: (To Na'Toth after she attacked Deathwalker) Listen, sister. If she dies, you'll rot in a cage until your spots turn grey.

    • Talia: Ambassador Kosh. Is there something I can do for you?
      Kosh: I wish to engage your services.
      Talia: For what?
      Kosh: Business.
      Talia: What sort of business?
      Kosh: Important.
      Talia: Ambassador, I'd be happy to assist you, but there are certain details I must know before taking any commission. Not to mention getting clearances from the...
      Kosh: All arranged, as is payment. We will meet in red 3 at the hour of scampering.
      Talia: The hour of scampering?

    • Garibaldi: Hell of an irony, don't you think? We find a reason to keep Jha'dur alive and the Vorlons smoke her for the same reason.

    • Garibaldi: Ambassador Kosh has been a busy boy today.
      Sinclair: They say God works in mysterious ways.
      Garibaldi: Maybe so, but he's a con man compared to the Vorlon.

    • Jha'Dur: (speaking of immortality) You will fall upon one another like wolves. It will make what we did pale by comparison. The billions who live forever will be a monument to my work, and the billions who are murdered to buy that immortality will be the continuance of my work. Not like us? You will become us. That's my monument.

    • G'Kar: The Narn Regime is noted for its keen sense of justice.

    • Kosh: You seek meaning?
      Talia: Yes.
      Kosh: Then listen to the music, not the song.

    • Na'Toth: (about Jha'Dur) I smell my grandfather's blood on her hands. I tell you it is she!

    • Senator Hidoshi: All information on this matter is on a need to know basis. And you don't need to know. Have a pleasant day.

    • Kosh: A stroke of the brush does not guarantee art from the bristles.

    • Kosh: You are not ready for immortality.

    • Ivanova: Vakar Ashok, our gun arrays are now fixed on your ship and will fire the instant you come into range. You will find their power quite impressive.. for a few seconds.

    • Kosh: Understanding is a three-edged sword.

  • NOTES (2)

    • With regard to the Hour of Scampering, producer J. Michael Straczynski has said that "The Hour of Scampering is usually around tea-time, according to the Vorlon/Human Translation Dictionary." To the question of how do Vorlon scamper, he replied "The Vorlons do not scamper terribly well, but no one has yet told them this."

    • According to JMS, the role of Abbut was originally written for Gilbert Gottfried. However, he was unavailable, and the job went to Cosie Costa.