Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 17


Aired Monday 7:00 PM Jul 13, 1994 on
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Episode Summary

Sinclair's decisions of the last year catch up with him, when an internal affairs investigator arrives to test the crew's loyalty to Earth Force with the help of a telepath. Lennier shows great interest in Garibaldi's attempt at assembling a 1990's motorcycle.

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  • Fascinating again!

    Another interesting glimpse into just how dark things are back home. They send out these guys who basically come off as Nazis and try to bully people into being mind probed. It would seem they also have execution squads. Hmmmm

    Some deep, poignant moments illustrating Ivanova's past and just how much she fears and despises Psi Corps, seemingly for good reason.

    It had me on the edge of my seat a few times, but I continue to be delighted by Sinclair's integrity and his ability to really stand up for himself and his crew and show bullies like that guy that he can't be pushed around. He's an amazing lead role, and a superb choice over all these high flyers for commanding the station. The Minbari seem to have good taste.

    Random observations, the Nazi-type guy has Picard's voice. This amuses me. Also as a Trek fan it's nice to see an early Combs. He doesn't have nearly as much presence here as he did as Weyoun (DS9) or Shran (Enterprise) but you can already tell how he was emerging as a great sci-fi actor. Though it was never made quite as obvious on Trek (I never noticed at all!) just how short he is. I feel like a bad person for thinking it and apologise for this to any readers who share a shorter stature, but he doesn't seem quite as menacing when his size is more obvious...

    Finally, despite all the "serious stuff" going on, it was charming to see Garibaldi building a present day motorcycle (to compare to Trek I feel more "in tune" with him than Tom Paris and his 1960s cars), and the involvement of Lenier was inspired (if a little predictable that he would actually be brilliant at it and perhaps too brilliant). It's good to give him a bit more of a personality, and to see the budding of an unexpected friendship. It's quite adorable!moreless
  • eyes arrive on b5 for an investagation. and garibaldi builds an motorbike.

    in eyes we see that a colonel from internal affairs arrives on the station with a psi corps telepath mr grey looking to do investagation into the crew activties and there loyalty. the colonel has his own personal vendetta against commandar sinclari as it is because of him and his friendship with the minbari was passed off the commandar of babylon 5 to sinclari. he demands that all the commandar staff be scan which angrys susan. mean while security cheif michael garbaldi is up to some thing of his own he is building a motorbike in his room. with the help of lenner they have it built and then take a ride around the station on it. its quite a amusing scene at the end.moreless
  • Eyes

    Eyes was a good episode of Babylon 5 and I enjoyed watching it because there was a lot of character development for Ivonava and Sinclair. I think the whole Psi Corps idea is great, and usually leads to some sort of entertaining drama. This episode had a good story which had some important parts, however this episode is not vital to the over all season. I really enjoyed watching Sinclair stand up for his crew and Ivonava freaking out over the mind scans. I thought the ending of this episode was good and I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!moreless
  • Bester's revenge

    Oh, it with TKO, I think, are the most weakest episode of this season. In overall, this episode just looks like a whole time arguing can we scan Sinclair or not.. and ofcourse Ivanova who refuses telepaths near.. so.. mostly humans around, trying to find a way to work out with each other and leading nowhere. I most say, quite pointless.

    The only good thing in this episode was Lennier and his enthusiasm in history. That was little interlude for the struggle of the command staff, showed us more about Lennier (as he has stayed quite off the foreground) and taught us more about Garibaldimoreless
  • Sinclair is gradually making more and more enemies

    This episode is a definite step up from the last two episodes that were just kinda there - with a good focus on Sinclair, Garibaldi and Ivanova and their actions in the series thus far.

    An Earthforce investigator called Ari Ben Zayn shows up with a telepath in tow. They're posing as military contractors, but that cover is soon blown and they begin an investigation into the loyalty of the B5 Command Staff. The story flows this way and that, through the refusal of Ivanova to submit and the suspicions of Garibaldi, until Ben Zayn assumes control of the Station. Eventually his lust for power more or less overpowers him and he is brought down by his telepath sidekick - although being knocked spark out by a single (not all that convincing) punch was a bit unrealistic.

    The secondary plot here was Lennier helping Garibaldi rebuild a vintage motorcycle. Yeah- really!! This was just a device to have something a bit less dark in this episode.

    Overall, a well-plotted and acted episode that I enjoyed second time through. The actor playing Ben Zayn had just he right blend of menace and arrogance, and it was another sold episode in the series.moreless
Gregory Paul Martin

Gregory Paul Martin

Colonel Ari Ben Zayn/Aaron Franks/Colonel Ari ben Zayn

Guest Star

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Harriman Gray

Guest Star

Marie Chambers

Marie Chambers

Sofie Ivanova

Guest Star

MaCaulay Bruton

MaCaulay Bruton


Recurring Role

Marianne Robertson

Marianne Robertson

Tech #1

Recurring Role

David L. Crowley

David L. Crowley

Lou Welch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Ivanova calls for Major Atumbe to take over when she leaves C&C. Atumbe was the off-shift commander, rarely mentioned but never seen. Straczynski occasionally considered introduced the character on-screen, but gave it up as he felt it felt forced to bring in yet another recurring character.

    • The original promo for "Eyes" shown at the end of "Grail" put together by the network was unrecognizable to show creater, J. Michael Straczynski. He said, "I have no idea what it has to do with the episode. Sometimes they "enhance" the story to make it promote-able... but I think this time they "enhanced" it right into a parallel dimension..."

    • According to J. Michael Straczynski, "Ben-Zayn" is to be understood as a Middle Eastern or Arabic name.

    • The motorcycle in the episode was a Kawasaki "Ninja." The choice was suggested by Jerry Doyle who is a motorcycle enthusiast. Kawasaki loaned the bike, but paid no promotional fee.

    • Macauley Bruton, who plays one of the masked men in Ivanova's dream, returns in the episodes "Mind War," "Chrysalis, " and "And the Sky Full of Stars" as Garibaldi's aide.


    • Lennier: Zabagabee
      When Lennier is chanting over the motorcyle, he mediates, and says "Zabagabee." This is the title of the Greatest Hits album for Bill Mumy's band, the Jenerators. He got in some trouble with Straczynski for mentioning the record, was told not to plug more albums.