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THE PARLIAMENT OF DREAMS
Babylon 5, Episode 1x5
Production number: 108
First aired: 23 February 1994
5th Babylon 5 episode to be aired
Production Credits
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed By: Jim Johnston
Co-Producer: Richard Compton
Editor: Skip Robinson
Episode Chronology
Story Date: Wed 30th March - Sun 3rd Apr, 2258
Chronological Order
Preceded by: Born to the Purple
Followed by: The War Prayer
Broadcast Order
Preceded by: Infection
Followed by: Mind War
Episode Gallery

The Parliament of Dreams is an episode from the first season of Babylon 5, which is collectively entitled Signs and Portents.

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Intro Edit

In customs, Michael Garibaldi explains to a Drazi pilgrim that he will not allow him to bring a ceremonial dagger aboard the station. The Drazi storms off insulted. Garibaldi then speaks to a fellow security officer, bemoaning Earth Central's idea to have Babylon 5 host a weeklong series of festivities demonstrating the dominant religious beliefs of the various races aboard. He notices a woman walking through customs and makes a point for her not to see him, then takes off immediately.

In his quarters, G'Kar prepares dinner for himself, singing merrily as he prepares to eat. Just as he sits down, however, his door chimes and a Narn diplomatic courier named Tu'Pari enters with an important message. G'Kar has him leave the message and orders him to leave immediately. G'Kar plays the message, which is a personal recording from an old political rival, Du'Rog, who explains that by the time G'Kar receives the message he will already be dead – but then shortly thereafter G'Kar will be dead too.

Act I Edit

Du'Rog's message explains that G'Kar should have seen this coming since G'Kar once ruined Du'Rog's family name and humiliated him before the Kha'Ri. Du'Rog explains he has hired an assassin who will kill G'Kar within 48 hours of receiving the message. The assassin is already close to G'Kar and will strike at the right moment. Just as the message ends, G'Kar's new aide, Na'Toth, arrives and reports for duty.

Garibaldi goes to Jeffrey Sinclair's quarters, where the commander is preparing for the Centauri religious ceremony (a daylong feast). Garibaldi explains how he saw Catherine Sakai in customs. Sinclair says he does not want to see her, but does ask if she was with anyone. Garibaldi explains she was alone.

Londo Mollari and Vir Cotto are the hosts for the Centauri feast, which includes much food and even more drink. The entire command crew is there, in addition to Ambassador Delenn. Vir explains that the feast dates back thousands of years, when the Centauri were engaged in a constant, planet wide warfare with another race on their planet, the Xon. Londo explains that the Xon were eventually all wiped out. Sinclair is noticeably distracted, thinking about Catherine. Ivanova asks Londo about the statues on the table. Thoroughly intoxicated, Londo jumps on the table and explains the statues are idols of their household gods. He then "becomes one with his inner self," as Vir says (i.e. he passes out).

Sinclair slips away to the customs area, where he finds Catherine. While they both almost walk away, they then approach. Catherine explains she did not know he was the commanding officer until she came aboard. Sinclair tries to play it cool, and they have an awkward moment of catching up. Jeff invites her to dinner to catch up, saying he'd like to show off his station a little. While commenting this is usually how things get started between then, Catherine agrees.

G'Kar is suspicious about Na'Toth, especially since his first aide, Ko'Dath, died in an accidental airlock incident only a week before. He asks her if she knew Du'Rog, who sponsored her own patron, Li'Dak, but she says she never met him. He then explains how Du'Rog hired someone to kill him sometime suddenly in the next two days. Na'Toth speculates that maybe Du'Rog just wanted to frighten him. She points out that if he had been serious, he would have gone to the Thenta Makur (an assassin's guild), and they always leave a Black flower near to one of their impending victims so they will know to get their affairs in order. G'Kar happily realizes he has received no such flower.

That night, G'Kar awakens from his sleep and screams when he sees a black flower in the bed next to him.

Act II Edit

The next morning, G'Kar shows the flower to Na'Toth. She asks why he doesn't appeal to the station commander for added security. G'Kar explains that it would require him to tell the whole story about his past with Du'Rog, a story that could affect his position. He says he does not care if the information comes out for his own sake, but it would hamper the Regime's standings in the upcoming negotiations. Na'Toth asks why he is telling her all this if he still suspects her, and he responds that he is merely keeping his eye on her. He then charges her to track down Tu'Pari the courier, and bring him back to him. Meanwhile, he leaves to arrange some protection.

In customs, Delenn greets her new aide, Lennier of the Third Fane of Chudomo. She instructs him that he does not have to keep his eyes downcast to her, as is custom. She also instructs him not to use her title Satai nor to mention the Grey Council, as no one on the station is aware of her true rank. Lennier is confused, but swears obedience. Delenn then asks Lennier to help her arrange for a Minbari religious ceremony.

In the Alien sector, G'Kar visits N'Grath. After mocking the "mighty Narn" for needing to come to him, N'Grath offers the services of a bodyguard (a large alien thug), which G'Kar accepts. He asks N'Grath to send the bodyguard to the Minbari ceremony in a few hours.

Sinclair takes Catherine to dinner at Fresh Air in the Gardens. They reminisce about the cycle they seem locked in – meeting up every few years, getting together and breaking up. They both admit to missing one another, but resolve they cannot keep going through the same process.

Later, Sinclair and the command staff attend the Minbari Rebirth Ceremony, along with Londo, G'Kar, Vir, and many other prominent persons. Part of the ceremony involves eating small pieces of fruit. Sinclair is one of the ones who eats the fruit. Delenn completes the ceremony by looking at Sinclair and remarking, "And so it begins."

G'Kar tears into his quarters after the ceremony, yelling at Na'Toth that the bodyguard never showed up at the ceremony. Na'Toth tells him to go into his bedroom. G'Kar finds the bodyguard – murdered, with a black flower next to him.

Act III Edit

G'Kar has Garibaldi and a security team investigate the death, but he lies, saying he does not know who the alien was or why he was in his quarters. Garibaldi is skeptical, but concedes that G'Kar does have diplomatic immunity.

Na'Toth finds Tu'Pari in customs and orders him to return with her to G'Kar's quarters. G'Kar interrogates Tu'Pari privately, demanding to know who gave him the data crystal he delivered, since Du'Rog would have already been dead. Tu'Pari replies that it was Counselor Shu'Toth, Na'Toth's father, convincing G'Kar she really is the assassin lying in wait.

Catherine meets with two of her business associates to discuss a survey she had recently completed. They inform her that the last planet she surveyed had large quantities of Quantium 40, entitling her to a very large commission. She is taken aback by the amount of money.

Sinclair rests in his quarters, listening to his favorite poem, when Catherine comes in with a basket of food and a bottle of wine. After teasing him about being stuck on the same Tennyson poem for as long as she can remember, she admits she has never gotten over him. He admits the same and they embrace.

G'Kar makes a call to Narn, insisting that Na'Toth be recalled immediately. The Narn he speaks to confirms his request and apologies for the delay in dispatches. She explains that the official courier, Ru'Dak, met with an unfortunate accident the day he was supposed to leave for Babylon 5. Confused, G'Kar turns to Tu'Pari – who brandishes a weapon and fires on him.

Act IV Edit

Jeffrey and Catherine enjoy the night together, wondering if they are making the same old mistakes, hopeful about the future.

G'Kar awakens in a remote corner of the station with pain givers around his neck and wrists. Tu'Pari is nearby and explains his instructions: G'Kar is to "know pain, know fear, and then die at the appointed hour." He tortures G'Kar using the pain givers. G'Kar offers to pay him off, but Tu'Pari explains that it would violate the spirit of the Thenta Makur to betray his commission, and the guild would have to kill him for it. Despite the pain, G'Kar refuses to cry out.

Na'Toth, finding G'Kar's quarters empty and some sings of struggle, figures out Tu'Pari is the assassin. She manages to track down where he is keeping G'Kar. She tells him that she is really his backup, sent by the assassin's guild to finish the job should he fail. Criticizing his use of pain givers, she proceeds to kick and stomp G'Kar, violently knocking him around. Tu'Pari says he is not so foolish as to trust her. However, Na'Toth's beating of G'Kar was enough to disable the pain givers. G'Kar charges across the room and knocks Tu'Pari unconscious.

Tu'Pari awakens to find himself in the customs area with G'Kar and Na'Toth, who tell him they gave him an injection that left him unconscious for 72 hours, well past his deadline. G'Kar then explains he decided to compensate Tu'Pari by transferring a substantial amount of money to his personal account. Tu'Pari realizes this will make it look like he broke the contract for money and the Thenta Makur will come after him. G'Kar confirms that, happily, the commission was Tu'Pari's alone, so no one else will be coming to kill him – but the guild will not be so dismissive of Tu'Pari. They have arranged for him to leave the station, however, sarcastically wishing him luck.

G'Kar and Na'Toth pass Sinclair and Catherine in a corridor – he is walking her to her ship. She promises she'll be back soon, as she intends to stay with him and work from the station from now on. Jeff tells her he does not know how he will show Earth's dominant belief system, thinking there is no way he can top the Minbari Rebirth Ceremony. Catherine mentions that the Rebirth Ceremony can double as a marriage ceremony, depending on the circumstances.

Act V Edit

The command staff, the major ambassadors, and their aides are all assembled, awaiting Sinclair's demonstration of Earth's dominant belief system. He takes them to a corridor with a very long line of humans – each one representing a different Earth religion.

Memorable quotes Edit

"Are you Ambassador G'Kar?"
"This is Ambassador G'Kar's quarters. This is Ambassador G'Kar's table. This is Ambassador G'Kar's dinner. Which part of this progression escapes you?"

Tu'Pari and G'Kar


"In a world where every day is a struggle for survival, you need all the gods you can get... gods by the bushel, gods by the pound! Gods for all occasions!"

Londo, to his guests at the Centauri religious ceremony


"And you have no idea how that got into my bed?"
"Ambassador, it is not my place to speculate on how anything gets into your bed."

G'Kar and Na'Toth.


"Earthers have a phrase: 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.' I believe they stole it from us."

G'Kar, to Na'Toth


"I don't mean to alarm you, but your pants are talking to you."

Catherine, to Sinclair


"I cannot have an aide who will not look up. You will be forever walking into things!"

Delenn, to Lennier, at their first meeting


"That hurt!"
"It was the only way to disable the pain givers. I had to hit them as hard as possible, as often as possible, and still make it appear as though I was beating you into another incarnation."
"And you didn't enjoy it in the least?"
"I didn't say that!"

G'Kar and Na'Toth, discussing her zeal in enabling his rescue


"That's your flight. I suggest you board quickly. With luck, they may never find you, but if they do, you will know pain..."
"And you will know fear..."
"And then you will die. Have a pleasant flight!"

G'Kar and Na'Toth, to Tu'Pari, on his departure


Behind the Scenes Edit

  • During production, 'The Parliament of Dreams' was originally titled 'Carnival!' and the initial draft differed significantly from the final shooting script.[1]

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit

Episode guide page for The Parliament of Dreams at the Lurker's Guide

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