Season 1 Episode 6

Ruling From the Tomb

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 14, 1999 on TNT
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Episode Summary

The Excalibur goes to Mars for a conference about the plague.

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    Alex Mendoza

    Alex Mendoza

    Trace Miller

    Guest Star

    Juanita Jennings

    Juanita Jennings

    Lieutenant Carr

    Guest Star

    John Novak

    John Novak

    Doctor Alain Lebecque

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Gideon: Married? You're telling me some guy actually managed to land you... got you to lower your defenses enough to commit and then he let you get away? Huh. God, he must be the biggest loser in the Galaxy.
        Lochley: Oh. Major loser. They don't come any bigger.
        Gideon: Loser have a name?
        Lochley: John Sheridan.

      • Lochley: Do you believe that there is a supreme being?
        Gideon: Aside from John Sheridan?
        Lochley: Yes, aside from the wisest, bravest, sexiest man in the galaxy. Apart from him?

      • Lochley: You know what you are?
        Gideon: Ruggedly handsome.
        Lochley: A control freak.
        Gideon: Can't I be both?

      • Gideon: Read my mind.
        Matheson: Sir. I would never!
        Gideon: Sorry. Sorry. It's a figure of speech. I didn't mean it literally.

      • Dureena: You know, on my world, it was considered a great evil to even presume to speak on behalf of the Universe!
        Eilerson: Well, they're a lot smarter than we are. What's that old saying? Anyway. Christ came to tell us to love one another and the last twenty-two hundred years, we've spent killing each other on how he said it. "When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy."?
        Dureena: (to Trace) I'm starting to agree with him and that's more than I can bear! Would you care to dance?
        Trace: Love to.

      • [Dureena recovers Eilerson's wallet]
        Eilerson: If you didn't care, you wouldn't have helped...
        Dureena: No, I helped, because he was a sloppy thief, and I hate to see a sloppy thief win. It reflects badly on the rest of us.

      • Trace: I'm starting to feel like some kind of yo-yo.
        Dureena: Some kind of what?
        Eilerson: Yo-yo. Slang for fool or idiot.
        Trace: I meant the toy!
        Eilerson: Oh, and there is that, too.

      • Eilerson: History is rarely cut and dry when it comes to religion. One man's lunatic is another's saint or holy martyr. In the words of T.S. Elliot, saint and martyr rule from the tomb.

      • Lochley: Earthforce asked for an officer to oversee it. The good doctor, put me at the top of the short list. Now right now, my main goal is to find a cure for this so I can go Earthside and thank Steven, in person, with a large brick.

      • Gideon: You are the most double-talking, suspicious, second-guessing individual I have ever seen since the last time I looked in a mirror.
        Lochley: (laughing) Well I guess that's why we make a good team.

      • Gideon: All these precautions are nice but ...
        Lochley: "Nice"? Captain Gideon, "security" happens to be my middle name.
        Gideon: Yeah that's all well and good but just in case your last name is "breach" it won't hurt for me to double check.
        Lochley: Double check?!

      • (During dinner, talking about Sheridan)
        Gideon: Were you ever under him? (Lochley chokes on her drink) You okay?
        Lockley: Fine, fine. Thank you. Under him?
        Gideon: On Babylon 5, you served under him.
        Lockley: Oh, yes, yes. I was... under him for a while...

      • Dureena: Gods, I am drowing in testosterone.
        Eilerson: Well luckily for you, you're equipped with flotation devices.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Peter David who wrote this episode also wrote B5 episodes "Soul Mates" and "There All the Honor Lies" and several B5 books including "The Long Night of Centauri Prime: Book I of Legions of Fire", "Armies of Light and Dark: Book II of Legions of Fire", "Out of the Darkness: Legions of Fire Book III", "In the Beginning", and "Thirdspace". He also has a couple of acting and producing credits.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • 18: The bomb is stopped at a count of 18. In Hebrew, the number 18 is the equivalent of the word for life (Chai) and is regarded as very lucky.

      • There are numerous references to past sci-fi depictions of Mars. Bradbury Street named after the writer of The Martian Chronicles; Burroughs Street named after the writer of Princess of Mars; Carter Street named after the primary character of Princess of Mars. Max also drinks Dandelion Wine in the bar, a reference to another Ray Bradbury novel.

      • The title of this episode comes from T.S. Elliot:

        "Saints and martyrs rule from the tomb."