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MOMENTS OF TRANSITION
Babylon 5, Episode 4x14
Production number: 414
First aired: 19 May 1997
80th Babylon 5 episode to be aired
Production Credits
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed By: Tony Dow
Executive Producer: Douglas Netter
& J. Michael Straczynski
Producer: John Copeland
Production Designer: John Iacovelli
Director of Photography: John C. Flinn, III A.S.C.
Editor: David W. Foster
Music By: Christopher Franke
Episode Chronology
Story Date: May 20th - September 1st, 2261
Chronological Order
Preceded by: Rumors, Bargains and Lies
Followed by: No Surrender, No Retreat
Broadcast Order
Preceded by: Rumors, Bargains and Lies
Followed by: No Surrender, No Retreat
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Delenn must come up with a way to end the Minbari Civil War before the Religious Caste is wiped out. Bester returns to the station on some personal business.

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SummaryEdit

IntroductionEdit

Garibaldi is roused at a very early hour by a message from William Edgars. He wants Garibaldi to get a package through the station without drawing attention. Garibaldi complains but Edgars notes it is part of the job. He also notes the packages are highly-sensitive medical biotech that would draw the attention of rival companies: thus the need for secrecy. Garibaldi gets to the point. When can they meet face to face? Edgars is evasive.

Capt. Sheridan is having a restless night, worrying about his fiancé, Delenn. All he can get from C&C is that fighting was ongoing on the home planet, Minbar.

On Minbar, Delenn and Lennier observe wounded members of the Religious Caste. Conditions are grim, and the Warrior Caste has them surrounded. If they do not surrender by tomorrow, they will destroy the city and all within.

Act IEdit

Lyta Alexander is in a dilemma. With the Vorlons gone, she lacks a source of income to stay on the station. However, since she is considered a rogue by the Psi Corps, no one wants to hire her as a commercial telepath.

Aboard a warcruiser, Neroon meets with Shakiri, current leader of the Warrior Caste. Shakiri notes how much the Religious Caste hates Neroon for his apparent double-cross. It's their naivete that has brought the Minbari into so much trouble, so now it is time for their strong, directed leadership. And if cities and people fall, so be it. The cities can be rebuilt and the lost people reincarnated. Death, Shakiri notes, "is simply a release from our obligation."

Security Chief Zack Allan is working hard at customs check-in when he notes Garibaldi with a package. Before he can pursue, though, a guard brings Bester. They exchange sarcastic barbs before Bester explains he is on official Psi Corps business which doesn't involve anyone on the Babylon 5 staff. Zack finally catches up to Garibaldi in the Zocalo, but he denies ever having a package. He also deflects Zack's concerns about working for Edgars.

On Minbar, Delenn summons Lennier to deliver a message. After careful consideration, the Religious Caste have agreed to surrender. The Warrior Caste may select the time and place. Lennier notes the heaviness of Delenn's words; he realizes the decision had not been easy.

Act IIEdit

Ivanova continues to broadcast news of defections from the Voice of the Resistance. Lyta is watching this news when Bester approaches. He reveals that he has come for her. He realizes she is vulnerable now that the Vorlons are gone, but he has not come to capture her. Knowing she carried potential genetic secrets from the Vorlons, he proposes an offer instead: rejoin the Psi Corps as a "deep cover agent": with none of the normal rigors and rules. This would allow her to rejoin the Corps in the most tenuous sense, but just enough to regain legitimacy. In exchange, upon natural death, she would submit her body to the Corps for further study. He provides the necessary forms for her and then leaves to let her consider.

Having received the notice of surrender, Neroon proposes the surrender take place planetside at the Temple of Varenni, an important focal point in the days before Valen. Shakiri approves, noting both the vast symbolisms and the fact the temple also contains equipment capable of broadcasting throughout the planet. They will hold the surrender as soon as they arrive. However, Shakiri then notes that Delenn will need to be discretely killed after the surrender, to prevent another uprising.

Act IIIEdit

Zack comes in to see Lyta. Unfortunately, he's come to inform her she needs to move to smaller quarters. She protests but appreciates the news coming from someone familiar in Zack. He then offers a discrete job: scan Garibaldi. Lyta refuses on privacy concerns. Zack realizes her morals matter more than money, so he drops it.

She eventually goes to Garibaldi herself. She tries to get him to hire her since he seems less interested in clean backgrounds. He notes he could use a lookout and it would annoy Bester at the same time. But then, Bester himself appears, stopping the conversation. The situation deteriorates rapidly after Lyta catches Bester scanning Garibaldi. He chases and causes a scene that gets him taken away by Security. Lyta passes a knowing glare at Bester as she leaves.

At the Temple of Varenni, Delenn hands Lennier a scroll containing instructions should she not survive the day. Then, she steps into the center of the temple and officially declares the surrender of the Religious Caste. But then, she reveals a surprise. She also knows about the history of the temple. The surrender was merely to end the open warfare. Instead, they will settle their war the way the Castes did before Valen came. Here, before all witnessing and all those watching through the broadcasts, she invokes the laws of the Ancients. From the temple's ceiling, the Starfire Wheel, the method used to determine leadership before Valen, activates. Delenn steps into the Wheel's beam of energy and insists Shakiri join her inside.

Act IVEdit

Shakiri refuses at first but then Neroon notes he is acting like a coward. Urged by both of them, Shakiri joins Delenn in the Starfire Wheel. As the beam intensifies, however, Shakiri soon flees. Neroon then reveals to Lennier that this had been his and Delenn's plan all along: to reveal Shakiri as a coward and shame the Warrior Caste. However, contrary to the plan, Delenn was not leaving the Starfire Wheel after Shakiri. Lennier reveals she intends to sacrifice herself as proof of her devotion. Shocked, Neroon enters the wheel, lifts the barely-conscious Delenn, and passes her to Lennier. Still inside the beam, Neroon then reveals the Calling of his Heart: his heart belongs to the Religious Caste. He asks his people listen to Delenn just before the Starfire Wheel incinerates him.

Back on Babylon 5, Garibaldi gets another overnight call from Edgars. He firmly tells Garibaldi not to take on Lyta. He doesn't want telepaths in his employ: not even indrectly. Meanwhile, Bester records a personal log, noting things moving as planned with Garibaldi. He's growing more and more distant from his former friends on Babylon 5. He also notes he got a bonus out of the deal: Lyta back in the fold.

Act VEdit

Despite the burns she received from the Starfire Wheel, Delenn insists on conducting business on the Valen'Tha as soon as possible. She needs to direct her people before more uncertainty unfolds. With broadcasters set to transmit all across the planet, Delenn steps into the Grey Council's chamber and announces the process of rebuilding will begin today with the reforming of the Grey Council. But as she "summons the Nine", she introduces a significant change. Where the Council once had three of each Caste as a sign of balance, the new Council has two Warriors, two Religious...and five Workers. In a remarkable gesture, she is ceding power to the Worker Caste, noting that in the continual disagreements between the Warrior and Religious Castes, the Worker Caste had been caught in the middle. Now, with majority rule, the humble Worker Caste can do what they do best: to build and shape the future, with the Warrior and Religious Castes still present to lend their voices and advice. She then steps out of the light in the center of the chamber, declaring it vacant in memory of Neroon and reserved for "one who is to come". She bids the new Council to "judge wisely and well" before leaving.

Sheridan answers the door to his quarters only for Ivanova to storm in fuming and cursing. She eventually reveals the source of her rage: a Data crystal containing video footage from a ship near the Proxima III jumpgate. Without warning or provocation, two Earthforce Omega class destroyers opened fire and destroyed a convoy containing 10,000 refugees from the planet. Sheridan understands her fury and quietly rages himself. This is the last straw; the atrocities must be answered. He orders Ivanova to rally all available forces. It's time to assume the offensive and take the fight to President Clark..."and God help anybody who gets in our way."

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DVD releaseEdit

This episode, along with the other episodes from season four, has been released on DVD with extensive special features.

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