Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 3

The Paragon of Animals

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 04, 1998 on
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A small world plagued by raiders begs the alliance for help. Garibaldi tries forming an intelligence unit of telepaths.

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  • The Paragon of Animals

    The Paragon of Animals was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode as Garibaldi trys to create a covert group of telepaths, Lyta is intrigued by the group of telepaths living in down below, and Sheridan discovers that the Drazi are engaging in hostile activity on their borders. I thought this episode had a lot of great character driven scenes, intriguing stories, and some action. I always like seeing space scenes and ships. This episode did illistrate Sheridan's point of why a the alliance should have a standard declaration of principles, which was authored by G'Kar. I thought the episode had a great ending and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!moreless
  • garibaldi tries to build a covert intellegents unit.

    in this episode michael garibaldi who was once head of security of babylon 5 now works for the president sheridian. he is trying to build a co-vert intellengs and wants some of the telepaths from down below to help. so he goes and talks to bryon who tells him no. we wont help you. so michael goes to see lyta and asks her for her heip. she know's they told him no. and she explains to him about her day and then brings up mr bester. she tells him about what he used to do before joining the ci- cops. she tells michael that she will talk to the others for him.moreless
Tony Abatemarco

Tony Abatemarco


Guest Star

Daniel Bryan Cartmell

Daniel Bryan Cartmell


Guest Star

Bart Johnson

Bart Johnson


Guest Star

Kim Strauss

Kim Strauss

Drazi Ambassador

Recurring Role

Robin Atkin Downes

Robin Atkin Downes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Effects glitch: When Lyta is in the dying ranger's mind and he's walking to the "door", his shadow is seen on the equipment and the doorframe to the left of him. When the camera cuts to Lyta and then back to him, the shadow is gone.

    • Revealing: The "dead" ranger can be seen breathing while Lyta and Dr. Franklin are speaking.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sheridan/G'Kar: The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice.
      The language is not Narn or Human or Centauri or Gaim or Minbari.

      It speaks in the language of hope. It speaks in the language of trust.
      It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion.
      It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul.
      But always it is the same voice.

      It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us.
      And the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born.
      It is the small, still voice that says we are One.

      No matter the blood, no matter the skin,
      No matter the world, no matter the star,
      We are One.
      No matter the pain, no matter the darkness,
      No matter the loss, no matter the fear.
      We are One.

      Here, gathered together in common cause
      We agree to recognize this singular truth and this singular rule:
      That we must be kind to one another.

      Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us,
      And each voice lost diminishes us.
      We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation,
      The fire that will light the way to a better future.

      We are One.

    • Sheridan: We've got to watch this, Delenn. We've got to watch this very closely. Because we are standing on the proverbial slippery slope, and if we're not careful, there's a big fall out there that's just waiting to happen.

    • Lyta: The rumor around Psi Corps is that's what happened to Mr. Bester. Did you know that? They say he was always volunteering for deathbed scans. I guess he wanted to know what was on the other side. They say he was there inside someone's mind when they died, and ... he went too deep. Saw more than anyone should ever see. And when the door closed ... the rest of him ... maybe the best of him ... never came back.

    • Delenn: Send all of them. Or at least as many as we can afford. Dukhat once told me: "If you can create sufficient fear in your enemies, you may not have to fight them. Always remember that terror is also a form of communication."
      Sheridan: Oh, he taught you well.

    • Garibaldi: Afternoon. My name's Michael Garibaldi--
      Byron: Yes, it is. And the answer is no.
      Garibaldi: Wait a second. You didn't hear what I had to say.
      Byron: Yes, I did. I heard your proposition, I heard what you thought I would probably say in response, and I heard the counter-arguments you planned to use. I know you're having some discomfort with those shoes and that lunch is not sitting well with you just now.

    • Londo: You've misspelled this. There's no 'Y' in liberties.
      G'Kar: Oh, go away. Repress someone else.
      Londo: As you wish.

    • Garibaldi: I'm not big on telepaths myself. I'm not big on guns either. But if everyone else has them, I want to make sure I get my hands on the biggest one I can.

    • Sheridan: G'Kar is taking it as a personal rejection since he wrote the damn thing.
      Garibaldi: Oh, writers. They are a sensitive bunch.

    • G'Kar: I would remind the Drazi ambassador that the Centauri Republic has already signed the declaration. And if the Centauri can sign it, anybody can sign it.
      Londo: That's right. ... Wait a minute.

  • NOTES (0)


    • The Paragon Of Animals
      The title of this episode and Byron's words to Lyta, are taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet:

      "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form, in moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!"