Season 1 Episode 1

War Zone

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 09, 1999 on TNT



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Galen: And so it begins.

    • Eilerson: That's the fun part about being an archaeologist, Sam. The present constantly getting in the way of exploring the past. But who knows? Maybe we'll find something of valuable we can send back to the corporation. Nothing like the occasional surprise to keep things interesting, eh, Sam?

    • Senator McQuate: You're a dangerous man when you want to be, captain, and right now we need a dangerous man.

    • Gideon: But just so we're clear, once we go, this is my command. I'll do whatever's necessary. If that means turning the entire galaxy upside down and shaking its pockets to see what falls out, that's what I'll do. I'm not subtle. I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a lot of people along the way. But I'll get the job done.

    • Trace: I've got plans for the weekend and being dead ain't part of 'em.

    • Dureena: Yes, I'm a thief, and a damned good one. You need to get inside something, you need to get out, tunnel under, go around, go through, I'm it. You're going to hit some pretty strange places, you're going to need a lock pick. There isn't a lock made that I can't get through.

    • Gideon: That's our ship.
      Dr. Chambers: That's a ship? It's huge.
      Gideon: A mile and a quarter long. The most advanced and fastest ship ever built by humans. It's beautiful.
      Dureena: It'll do.

    • Gideon: John, you know what causes most problems? Ambiguity. Not knowing which decision is the right one. You're the best first officer I've ever served with and I consider you a friend. So there was no ambiguity. And no problem.

    • Galen: Hello, Matthew. I just wanted you to know that I am here, and I'm watching, in case you should need help.
      Gideon: Who's this?
      Galen: Have you forgotten me so soon? Sad, but the way of the world, I suppose. Expect me when you see me.

    • Eilerson: The story of my life. I finally find a city like this, intact, deserted for ten thousand years. Probably contains hundreds of patents that I could exploit and I'm going to die. I can appreciate dramatic irony as much as the next person, but this is pushing it a bit!!

    • Eilerson: You're bluffing.
      Gideon: I never bluff.

    • Drakh Captain L'shan: And when your world is gone, who will support you? Who will you serve? Who will you be?

    • Galen: What do you want?
      Gideon: To find a cure for the Drakh plague before it wipes out all life on Earth.
      Galen: Where are you going?
      Gideon: Anywhere I have to.
      Galen: Who do you serve and who do you trust? (he pauses for a response, but doesn't get one) Who do you serve and who do you trust?
      Gideon: I don't know.
      Galen: Then I will go with you.

  • Notes

    • Tracy Scoggins is credited but doesn't appear.

    • One of the lines spoken by Mr. Ames to Captain Gideon on Mars is that they "had to make certain compromises to get this show on the road." JMS has stated that this was a deliberate reference to TNT's interference with the show.

    • This episode was made when the network decided that the original opening episode, "Racing the Night", did not explain the situation well enough for their target audience. So for this one, TNT wanted large amounts of exposition. They also wanted the episode to start off with a fist fight, to include a "cool" fighter jock, and to contain video footage of the riots on Earth. The latter was impossible to film within the series budget. This forced the producers to insert stock news footage.

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