Babylon 5

Season 3 Episode 6

Dust to Dust

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Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 08, 1996 on
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Bester comes to the station to track down a dealer of Dust, an illegal drug that gives normal people temporary telepathic powers. G'Kar is also interested in the drug. He sees it as a potential weapon against the Centauri, but first he has to test it...

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  • Deep...

    9.0
    I'm liking Kosh more and more as he reveals himself a bit - he seems very wise and kind, and for someone who talks in riddles he sure does talk a lot of sense.



    Powerful stuff between the three (well, technically two) ambassadors here.
  • Dust to Dust

    10
    Dust to Dust was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of character development, intrigue, drama, and a little action. It was interesting that Bester submitted to having his telepathic powers repressed. I also thought the whole concept of "Dust" was interesting. I enjoyed watching the scenes with G'Kar as he communicated with Jaquaon aka Kosh. I found this aspect of the show ver compelling and interesting. I look forward to finding out more about every aspect of what is happening. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Dust...

    8.0
    This is weird episode. I do not know but I never liked it. Some thought it is one of the most intriguing one in third season but I always happened to think of it as one of the bottom episodes of the season. It's not bad, don't get me wrong (and we have much worse episodes.. Like "Grey 17..") and it has it's own beauty.. some stunning storylines.. but some quite bad. I am little tired of Bester and I never liked when he was around.. so, maybe it came there.. and the whole dust thing.. it was.. I do not know.. not catching for me.



    On the other hand, it had the stunning storyline between G'Kar and Londo (and Kosh). And the impact it has on the whole story.. it is stunning. So.. you never get good without bad...moreless
  • g'kar and londo and kosh.

    10
    dust to dust is a another great episode which features another two of my favourite casts, bester and garibaldi theses two are great together.they ended up having to work together to stop a shipment of dust from being sold on babylon 5. doctor franklin gives bester a injuction of sleepers so he cant scan the crew.there is also g'kar who has taken a dose of dust so he gos to londo quaters and scans his mind to find out his secerts.as he gos deeper into londos mind it becomes more intence.we then see kosh standing behind g'kar and g'kar breaking into tears.has kosh stop him from doing something or is he trying to show him the big picture.moreless
  • One of the gems of the third B5 season. In an episode that focuses primarily on the mysterious and illegal drug, "Dust", and links to telepathy, this episode also teams Bester with Garibaldi, and provides 2 of my favorite exchanges between the two.moreless

    9.0
    Bester, the PsiCop everyone loves to hate is back in his first 3rd season appearance in this episode; Walter Koenig as Bester does some of the most nuanced performances of his career, becoming one of those tiny little men who cast a big shadow over everyone. Ostensibly, he's come onto the station to locate one of the largest distributors of the illegal, and highly addictive drug, "Dust". Bester's involved because this drug allows users to activate their own latent telepathic genes, and permits them access to reading the minds of others, temporarily. And when a natural telepath is read by a Duster, s/he may never recover. Naturally, PsiCorp is concerned about shutting down such an avenue of potential destruction of its resources. But, this is Bester, always a double-edged sword, always showing one hand and hiding the other. What's his real agenda?



    However, because of the ongoing, furtive activities of Team Sheridan that certainly could be interpreted as "anti-Earth", the command officers are concerned that Bester will be able to read their minds, and thus discover what they've been up to. They devise a plan that protects them from Bester, while still allowing him to perform his investigation on the station. Bester is then teamed with Garibaldi to search out the Dust dealer.



    They should have just asked G'Kar. 'Cause he's obviously got better intel. He's found the dealer and scored some of the drug as well for his personal use. Feeling at a great disadvantage due to the complete lack of Narn telepaths, G'Kar wants to explore the possibility of reactivating any latent genes in the Narn; he uses himself as the guinea pig. It turns out to be a harsh and deadly, but ultimately transformative, trip. G'Kar learns much more than he ever wanted to about his enemy, Londo Mollari, and maybe a little something about his own God. He also beats the living snot out of Londo! I really *needed* that to happen for a long, long, time. Unfortunately, he messes up Vir pretty badly as well. Eh, Collateral Damage. G'Kar does learn that there are consequences to his actions (for the Narn, there seems to be *nothing but* consequences...) and pays the price for his walk on the wild side.



    We get to see the ever-elusive Kosh in this episode, as well. He appears *just* when you expect him to. Or, maybe that's just me.



    I really liked this episode: it's not one of those that shout at you or even keep you on the edge of your seat; but like part of a great symphony, this is one of the little allegretto passages that adds density to the whole, making it that much more dynamic and pleasing. Well done.



    As for team GariBester, these are the two exchanges that they share while tracking down the bad guys:



    (Numero uno) Garibaldi: I thought the sleepers keep you from scanning anyone.

    Bester: That's right.

    Garibaldi: So, how did you know he was lying?

    Bester: Well, the odds were good that he was lying about something. Liars are always afraid that somebody is going to see through them. So, I just provided him with a vehicle for his paranoia. Your captain's opinions notwithstanding, the badge and a uniform do have certain.. advantages.

    Garibaldi: Like intimidation?

    Bester: Absolutely. Just like.. *your* badge and... *your* uniform.



    (Numero dos)

    Bester: If I had my talent working, I could've warned you when he was coming.

    Garibaldi: And if I had a baseball bat, we could hang you from the ceiling and play piñata. I still think I should've gone straight to G'Kar.

    Bester: We have no evidence that he made the sale yet. Why annoy the Narn without cause if we are wrong? Shut off the problem at the source and the rest attends to itself. …A piñata, huh? So, you think of me as something bright and cheerful, full of toys and candy for young children. Thank you! That makes me feel.. much better about our relationship.moreless
Julian Neil

Julian Neil

Lindstrom

Guest Star

Jim Norton (I)

Jim Norton (I)

Narn Image

Guest Star

Harry Hutchinson

Harry Hutchinson

Security Guard #1

Guest Star

Kim Strauss

Kim Strauss

Vizak

Recurring Role

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Bester

Recurring Role

Ardwight Chamberlain

Ardwight Chamberlain

Kosh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Morgenstern, the Dust dealer's alias, is German for "Morningstar", which is one of the most common nicknames for Lucifer. An interesting information if considered in conjunction to the effect Dust has on the human brain. It opens up the neural pathways for telepathy, providing the user with the ability to look into another person's brain. Thus giving him a taste of a forbidden knowledge, just like Lucifer gave the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge to Eve.

    • The Dust vendor has two aliases, Lindstrom and Morgenstern. These names are also the surnames of two characters from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    • Judy Levitt, the actress who plays the PSI Cop in the next to last scene, is the real-life wife of actor Walter Koenig, who plays PSI Cop Alfred Bester.

    • In his first scene with the command staff, Bester starts to say that Talia Winters was "dissected," on her return to Earth. Whether he was telling the truth or merely trying to provoke strong emotion in the staff is not clear.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Vir: (showing Londo his report on Minbar) So, what did you think? I really want your opinion before I send my report back.
      Londo: Do you really think the Minbari can be trusted?
      Vir: Yes! Why?
      Londo: (laughs) Ah, Vir! I have only seen political naiveté this complete once before, in a speech before the Centaurum, by Lord Jano. When he was finished, we recommended that he be sterilized, in the best interest of evolution. And then we remembered that he was married, to Lady Hano, so really, there was no need.

    • Londo: What happened to the Narn homeworld, you would not want the same to happen to your own. Ask G'Kar...

    • Londo (negotiating territory with the Drazi): We want a buffer zone. We told you that when this all started. If you had listened then we could have avoided considerable bloodshed.
      Lennier: Ambassador Mollari, what would you consider a reasonable buffer zone?
      Londo: The seven colony worlds in that particular quadrant.
      Vizak: You asked for only two when this began!
      Londo: Yes, and if you had been willing to give us two at that time, we would've agreed to it. But since then we have spent a great deal of time and money to secure that area. We now require more!

    • Sheridan (to Bester): Mr Bester, so good to see you again. I'd like to introduce you to my associates. These are Minbari telepaths. Nothing like a level playing field to ruin a Psi Cop's day, am I right, Mr Bester?

    • Vir: It's a Minbari ceremonial coat of welcome. They gave it to me when I arrived to take over the diplomatic mission. I've had the sleeves shortened. Do you like it?
      Londo: Yes, it's very nice. Wear it when you're there, not here! You're a Centauri, remember?

    • Sheridan: This isn't disloyalty, or an attack on the office of the President. There is a difference between the position and the person who's occupying it at the moment. (to the store owner) Sir, go on back to your shop and if this happens again, you call me.
      Store owner: Thank you, Captain.
      Sheridan: (to the Nightwatch guard) Aren't you late for a Bund meeting or something?

    • Bester: I am here to save your butts. Next time show a little gratitude.
      Franklin: (hinting on their last conversation about wounding Bester) On the other hand, maybe wounding him isn't such a bad idea after all.

    • Bester: We learned some interesting things about Ms. Winters in the course of her debriefing and dissect... (pause) ...that is, examination.

    • Kosh: (as G'Lan) You have the opportunity here, and now to choose to become something greater and nobler and more different than you have been before. The Universe does not offer such chances often, G'Kar.
      G'Kar: Why now? Why not earlier? All this time where have you been?
      Kosh: (as G'Lan) I have always been here.

    • Ivanova: Everyone clear the command deck now! I have to run a maintenance routine. It will take about ten minutes. Get some tea or something.

    • Bester: I'm in pursuit of an individual who is a danger to your station, Earth and the Psi Corps.
      Ivanova: Well, that's two legitimate things to worry about.

    • Bester: You couldn't have gotten here two minutes earlier.
      Psi Cop: I tried to send to you, but I couldn't get through.
      Bester: Doesn't matter. We'll finish our business here later. You know, I said all along this whole dust idea wasn't going to work. We spent five years developing the stuff, tying it into latent genes, and it hasn't produced one telepath of acceptable strength among the normal population. Oh, well. At least we got it out of the hands of aliens and back among the humans where it belongs.

    • Narn: What is there left for Narn if all of creation falls around us? There's nothing. No hope, no dream, no future, no life. Unless we turn from the cycle of death toward something greater. If we are a dying people, then let us die with honor, by helping the others as no one else can.
      G'Kar: I don't understand.
      Narn: Because you have let them distract you. Blind you with hate. You cannot see the battle for what it is. We are fighting to save one another, we must realize we are not alone. We rise and fall together. And some of us must be sacrificed if all are to be saved. Because, if we fail in this, then none of us will be saved. And the Narn will be only a memory.

    • Narn: We are a dying people, G'Kar. So are the Centauri. Obsessed with each other's death until death is all we can see, and death is all we deserve.

    • G'Kar: Who are you?
      Father: I am ... who I have always been.

    • G'Kar: Who would believe it? The great and powerful Londo Mollari got his job because no one else was stupid enough to take it.

    • Bester: If I had my talent working, I could've warned you when he was coming.
      Garibaldi: And if I had a baseball bat, we could hang you from the ceiling and play piñata. I still think I should've gone straight to G'Kar.
      Bester: We have no evidence that he made the sale yet. Why annoy the Narn without cause if we are wrong? Shut off the problem at the source and the rest attends to itself. A piñata, huh? So, you think of me as something bright and cheerful full of toys and candy for young children. Thank you! That makes me feel.. much better about our relationship.

    • Vir: Londo, are you deliberately trying to drive me insane?
      Londo: The universe is already mad, anything else would be redundant.

    • Vir: Londo, the Minbari are very lovely people, interested in culture, and art ...
      Londo: Decadent, and soft. Probably out to impose their views on everyone else.
      Vir: But their cities are thousands of years old.
      Londo: The lack of new construction is a sure sign of a faltering economy. This could make them very aggressive.
      Vir: They are deeply spiritual people, Londo.
      Londo: That you can leave in. It always scares people.

    • Garibaldi: I thought the sleepers keep you from scanning anyone.
      Bester: That's right.
      Garibaldi: So, how did you know he was lying?
      Bester: Well, the odds were good that he was lying about something. Liars are always afraid that somebody is going to see through them. So, I just provided him with a vehicle for his paranoia. Your captain's opinions notwithstanding, the badge and a uniform do have certain.. advantages.
      Garibaldi: Like an intimidation?
      Bester: Absolutely. Just like ... your badge and ... your uniform.

    • Bester: My blood is the same color as yours. And what I do, I do to protect Earth, same as you. You don't like how I do it, that's your prerogative. But there are things going on out there that you know nothing about. Threats to the human race that no one never hears about, because we stopped them. There are dangers all around us. And whether you like us or not, we may be all that stands between you and the abyss.

    • Lindstrom: But as far as I know, there are no Narn telepaths. You may not even carry the gene.
      G'Kar: There are no Narn telepaths now. But once, long ago, there were.
      Lindstrom: Yeah. What happened to them?
      G'Kar: They and their families were exterminated. The telepath gene has never been strong enough in the survivors to breed a natural telepath.

    • Lennier: A darkness carried in the heart can not be cured by moving the body from one place to another.

    • Delenn: One is foolish, the other frightened.
      Vir: Telling which one is which, that's the hard part.

    • Bester: Far be it from me to try and talk you out of your paranoia, Captain. You choose not to trust me. Well, that's sad, and unfortunate. But unlike the rest of you, I have no intention of letting it get into the way of my work. Doctor. Trust, Captain. You should try it some time.

    • Ivanova: He's too strong. They're always too strong. Damn it, John. There's always too many of them and not enough of us. What am I supposed to do?
      Sheridan: Fight them without becoming them.

    • Franklin: I will not support murder. We can not kill him.
      Ivanova: Can we wound him? Just a little?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Dust has been mentioned before; for example, in the season two episode "Hunter, Prey," Max, the kidnapper, asks Dr. Jacobs if he's a dust smuggler.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bund: The shopkeeper asks the Nightwatch rep if he is late for a Bund meeting. This was a pro-Nazi organization that flourished in America (and other countries) in the 1930's. Most members were interred or deported after the US entered World War II.

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