Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 11

Lines of Communication

Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 01, 1997 on
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Delenn investigates attacks on ships of races allied with the Minbari, and encounters the Drakh for the first time. On Mars, Franklin rallies the resistance leaders to Sheridan's cause.

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  • Gathering intelligence

    You won't find much of that on ISN ;)

    One thing I found odd, surely Earth have records of the personnel aboard B5 and so would recognise our super secrit "lost lamb" and thus figure out who the message is for, instantly?

    Neat idea with turning the war room into a sort of truth room, and Delenn's comment about the human tendency to redecorate every few days rings true (it sure does at work!)

    You can tell this was before 2001, as I don't think you'd see so much sympathising with terrorists coming from US TV shows nowadays (which is pretty much what these Mars people are, from what I understand).

    Scary to see the vengeful Delenn in action again - I wonder if that'll have repercussions later.

    Nice comments on diversity being humanity's strength. That can be very true. It can also be very self-destructive at times, but we just need to learn to use it as a strength more often.

    So begins the next excuse to separate the two lovers for.. oh, usually about half an episode :Pmoreless
  • Lines of Communication

    Lines of Communication was a perfect episode in this season of Babylon 5 because it had more of what I as a viewer want, aliens and space battles while also developing the story lines and characters. I thought this episode did a perfect job of doing this and blending every thing together. This episode introduces us to an unknown race who had been attacking small worlds on the far outskirts of Minbari space, and they are really cool looking and I want to know more! I wonder if it is extra-dimensional or some thing, by the way it walked and seemed to vibrate. Meanwhile Dr. Franklin and Marcus continue their mission on Mars and send a message to Sheridan. I thought this was a fun and enjoyable episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • The new masters..

    So.. after the episode with Captain Jack on Mars, it was just a question of time Drakhs would come into focus again and this time.. quite alarming way.

    Even thought the episode concentrated strongly on Delenn.. that was not bad as the storyline was.. quite surprising. First of all the signs about troubles on minbar. They should have thought about that early and by the way things went this time, I say it is probably little bit late to save the problems.

    And the drakhs.. the way that minbari did not think they would hurt us.. and how Delenn and Lennier got who they really are and the ending.. the way they just gave themselves away with a word + some great space battle scenes.moreless
  • Oh yeah, Drakh don't look creepy at all.

    More stuff on Mars, and some of the Shadow allies show up. Not that they were hard to spot. I mean, seriously, I've yet to see anything that creepy and skeletal looking turn out to be one of the good guys. Some good stuff between Sheridan and Ivanova, and Marcus and Franklin work pretty well together. I think I remember reading that Jason Carter and Richard Biggs were pretty good friends in real life. But that Mars Resistance chick is pretty hardcore. And good on the doc for getting some. Plus, ISN was really starting to piss me off, so I'm glad they're starting up their own news broadcasting system. It was nice to see that Delenn can kick ass when required. Not liking Garibaldi's new friends though.moreless
  • the new race drakh are trying to take off where the shadow left.

    the evil shadows have fled the rim but there dark servants are still around causeing trouble. they also have a contention with centauri prime. there is no a new races out there they call them selfs the drakh. ambassador delenn must now deal with them when she is put face to face with them. delenn is tasked with eradicating them after they staged a series of attacks on unprotected alien ships. but a race armed with shadow technology is a tough race to beat in a combat. meanwhile on mars franklin and marcus continue to fight against the earth forces and persuade the resistance to stop civilian bombings.moreless
Paolo Seganti

Paolo Seganti


Guest Star

G.W. Stevens

G.W. Stevens


Guest Star

Carolyn Barkin

Carolyn Barkin

ISN Reporter

Guest Star

Marjorie Monaghan

Marjorie Monaghan

Number One

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Delenn: Lennier, have you ever seen the warrior caste training flights?
      Lennier: Yes.
      Delenn: Have you ever seen them skin dancing?
      Lennier: I have.
      Delenn: Can you do the same thing?
      Lennier: Not without approximately... five years of additional training.
      Delenn: That would be no, then.
      Lennier: But I can program the parameters into the ship's artificial intelligence matrix.
      Delenn: And what do you do then?
      Lennier: Touch that button, and pray very, very fast.

    • Philllipe: And what if I said I sprout wings and fly to New York, eh?
      Franklin: In your case, I'd say you were crazy. But if Sheridan said it, I'd tell him to stop off on the West Side and pick me up some bagels.

    • Lenier: The Drakh mother ship is heading for the jump gate.
      Delenn: How fast?
      Lenier: Fast.
      Delenn: Be faster.

    • Delenn: Fighting a war is easy. Destroying is easy. Building a new world out of what's left of the old, that is what's hard. But that is your strength. So much is falling apart out there. You must help to put it back together.

    • Delenn: Before the war Dukhat wanted to know more about your people, so I began studying your history. I came to the conclusion that of all the races we had encountered humans were the most dangerous. Because humans form communities, and from that diversity comes a strength no single race can withstand. That is your strength and it is that which makes you dangerous.

    • Forell: The Drakh want peaceful relations. They want only a place to have for their own, because...
      Lennier: ...because they have just lost their home.
      Forell: Yes. There was an evacuation. Some kind of natural disaster, they said.

    • Marcus: Touch passion when it comes your way, Stephen. It's rare enough as it is. Don't walk away when it calls you by name.

    • Forell: Dukhat says: 'When there is good news we always ask if it's true, because it is so difficult to believe. But when there is bad news we rarely inquire because it's so easy to believe.'

    • Sheridan: You have a face people trust.
      Ivanova: I'd rather have a face people fear.
      Sheridan: That too, but..

    • Sheridan: Look, if they want to play games, well fine. We can play games too, only we can play them better, because we have the truth on our side. You can't kill the truth. .. Actually, you can kill the truth, but it always comes back to haunt you later.

    • ISN Reporter: Our job, as always, is simply to state the facts and let the truth attend to itself.

    • Sheridan: Can't you send out Lennier? It might be dangerous.
      Delenn: John! It pleases me that you care for what I have become. But never forget who I was, what I am, and what I can do.

    • Forell: With the Grey Council no more, the three castes are mainly concerned with protecting their own interests.

    • (After Sheridan enters Ivanova's room, tries to get her to come with him)
      Ivanova: Wait a minute, what do you mean you didn't notice? I mean what am I, chopped flarn? I mean okay, granted I don't have any interest in you, you don't have any interest in me, but if you're going to come barging in here in the middle of the night, the least you could say is 'Nice outfit, Ivanova" and then go on a tear.
      Sheridan: Yeah. Uh... Nice outfit Ivanova.
      Ivanova: (walks away, disgruntled) You are such a...

    • Ship Captain: Engines hit... life support no longer functioning ... dark enemy.
      Delenn: This is Delenn of the Minbari, we are enroute. How many ships are attacking you?
      Ship Captain: Too many! Too many!

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