Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 18, 1995 on
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Episode Summary

Londo gets a visit from an old friend who seeks his help after being called a traitor by the Centarum. Sheridan starts hallucinating after being attacked by a dead alien.

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  • The path is set

    Interesting to see Londo sticking very firmly to what he believes is his destiny, however dark it may be.

    Other than that, an interesting little Trek episode. Tachyon particles and energy based aliens? Hello Trek, it's good to see you again. :)
  • Knives

    Knives was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode as Sheridan had to deal with Alien ghost creatures and Londo had to deal with difficult circumstances regarding an old friend from Centauri Prime. I thought this episode had some good character development for both these characters, especially Londo where he consciously acknowledges his wrong choices yet stays on the path to its end. I also thought it was interesting what Sheridan learned about the Alien creature that was inhabiting his mind. I thought this episode had a good ending and I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • Londo and his ghosts..

    I do not think this episode was something major - there always cannot be something important going on and after episode like last, that kind of little calmness is quite good. The storyline itself does not catch me too much in the beginning. I most say Urza is portrayed and played quite notably, so I can say great acting but it just does not work alone. The story catch up in the end, when we start to realize that Urza is going to sacrifice himself to his family and one interview Straczynski even said that the whole serie is about self sacrifice.. so.. we are not much far of it.. and after Londo has killed his friend, back on his place and thinking back of choices he has made and where that has taken him... first time he doubts.. but also, in this episode, he first time tells that there is great destiny for him what he has to fulfill.

    And what goes to Sheridan storyline - totally filler.moreless
  • are there ghosts on babylon 5

    this is a good episode of babylon 5 knives. the sword scene is quite good and i enjoyed the scene where captain sherdian and michael garibaldi are playing a game of base ball on the station. when londo old friend from centauri prime appears on the station asking for his help. their friend ship is tested when word reaches back to the homeworld. how far will londo go to help his old friend. londo dicovers that blood ties run far deeper than he dared to imagine. meanwhile captain sherdian takes a look at the babylon 5 triangle down below where there are strange things going on there.moreless
  • What I found to be the most interesting part of this episode is that Londo appears to know the path he walks is wrong, yet continues due to his belief in fate and destiny.moreless

    What I found to be the most interesting part of this episode is that Londo appears to know the path he walks is wrong, yet continues due to his belief in fate and destiny.

    At the end of the episode, Londo appears to be genuinely upset that Urza Jaddo's reputation was tarnished due to actions of Londo and his allies. At other points, he is afraid of his agreement with the Shadows. He seems to fear the path ahead.

    However, he refuses to quit walking it. He keeps going, out of a professed belief that he is following his destiny.

    This is an interesting complication to me. That you know what your doing is wrong, yet you continue to do it because you feel you must. This concept is rather alien to me.moreless
Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Urza Jaddo

Guest Star

Elisa Beth Garver

Elisa Beth Garver

Tech #2

Guest Star

William Dennis Hunt

William Dennis Hunt

Centauri Noble

Guest Star

William Forward

William Forward

Lord Refa

Recurring Role

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Tech #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity: In "Babylon Squared", it took many hours to travel from Babylon 5 to sector 14. In this episode, Sheridan and Garibaldi made the trip in a few minutes.

    • In this episode, Sheridan sees an image of his parents. The man playing his father is uncredited in the episode. In future episodes, Sheridan's father is played by Rance Howard. It's the second time that a family member of Sheridan's was played by more than one actor. His wife was played initially by Beth Toussaint in "Revelations" and later by Bruce Boxleitner's real wife, Melissa Gilbert.

    • When Londo delivers a killing stoke to Urza, there isn't a drop of blood on his Coutarai (sword) when he pulls it out of Urza's abdomen.

    • Nit Pick: Dr. Franklin tells Sheridan that dead bodies can build up deposit of gas that can cause them make noise or move. This must still be happening since the "dead" alien lying on the table is obviously breathing.

    • At the end of the sword duel with Urza, Mollari has the sword in his right hand. When he gets headbutted he falls down and the swords falls down left of him. When Urza goes for the death blow, Londo grabs the sword with his right hand, apparently from his right side.

    • At the beginning, Sheridan plays baseball. It would be difficult to play baseball in a space station that generates gravity by rotation, since the Coriolis effect would cause fly balls to drift in the direction opposite rotation.

    • In the final shot of the station, empty space can be seen through Babylon 5's docking bay.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Londo: Who are you?
      Urza Jaddo: Your doom, Paso Leati.

    • Sheridan: I've been attacked by aliens before, but never by dead ones.

    • Garibaldi: His name is...Shush-na-sh...something or other.
      Dr. Franklin: Chay-yosh-nay.
      Garibaldi: Gesundheit.

    • Londo: You know, Vir, you have what the Earthers call "a negative personality".
      Vir: No I don't.
      Londo: There. You see?

    • Garibaldi: I once saw a whole chorus line of purple wombats doing show tunes in my bathtub. Of course, I was pretty drunk at the time.

    • Garibadi: (While looking at a piece of art that had just been shot at by Sheridan while having an hallucination) I kind of like it.

    • Sheridan: Commander, everything in order?
      Ivanova: Remarkably so, and it's beginning to worry me.
      Sheridan: Do you always worry when things are going well?
      Ivanova: I don't have time to worry about them when they're not.

    • Sheridan: Great. Then I'm just plain nuts.
      Dr. Franklin: Well, anyone willing to command Babylon 5 has got to be slightly insane, but I don't think you're ready for the asylum just yet.

    • Vir: You know, on rare occasions, I am proud to be your attaché.
      Londo: Be careful, Vir. Such compliments will turn my head.

    • Garibaldi: Computer; lock on to Delta 1 and prepare to grapple.
      Computer: Unable to lock on. Signal unstable.
      Garibaldi: Damn it! Remind me to leave you home next time.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In "The Coming of Shadows," the Centauri Emperor and Prime Minister were never named. In this episode, they are referred to with the first names of the actors who played them.