C3: A Day in the Strife
Airdates: 20 November 1995 (US), 28 April 1996 (UK)
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by David J. Eagle
Cast: Na’Far (Stephen Macht), Ta’Lon (Marshall Teague), Dr. Gonzales (Anne Betancourt), Lt. David Corwin (Joshua Cox), G’Dok (Michael Bailey Smith), Narn #1 (Neil Bradley), Narn #2 (Mark Hendrickson), MedTech (Larita Shelby), Troublemaker (John Saint Ryan)
Plot: Na’Far, the new, Centauri-approved Narn Ambassador to Babylon 5, arrives at the station to take over from G’Kar as leader of the local Narn population. He tells G’Kar that unless G’Kar hands himself over to the Centauri, the families of the Narn still on Babylon 5 will be imprisoned and harassed. G’Kar resolves himself to his fate, but Na’Far’s bodyguard, Ta’Lon (the same Narn befriended by Sheridan in B11), convinces both G’Kar and the local Narn population that G’Kar can do more good for their world here on Babylon 5. Na’Far realises he will never be accepted as the Narn leader and returns to Narn. Ta’Lon decides to stay behind to assist G’Kar.
Londo is becoming concerned that Vir may be swept up in the troubles that he feels are coming. He calls in the favour Delenn owes him (A19) and has Vir assigned to Minbar as the first Centauri ambassador granted permission to live there for several years. Vir departs for the Minbari homeworld.
Garibaldi is becoming concerned that Dr. Franklin is relying too much on stimulants to stay awake and work extra hours. Franklin assures him he has the situation under control, but Garibaldi doesn’t know if he can believe him.
A robotic alien probe arrives at the station. It offers to give the inhabitants of Babylon 5 new technology, including medical advances and weapons, after determining whether or not they are worthy. If they fail to answer its 600-odd questions on physics and chemistry, it will explode and destroy the entire station. The answers are gathered, but Sheridan ponders why the aliens are using an all-or-nothing approach. He suddenly realises that if they answer all the questions then the aliens will realise they are advanced enough to be a threat and then the bomb will explode. Sheridan withholds the answers and the alien probe, convinced Babylon 5 isn’t a threat, leaves peacefully. Sheridan waits until it is well out of range and transmits the answers anyway, which causes the probe to explode and removing it as a threat from other races.
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