|RIVER OF SOULS|
|Production number: TNTCF3|
Release Date: 8th November 1998
| Written By: J. Michael Straczynski|
Directed By: Janet Greek
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: Suzanne Chambre Sternlicht
Music By: Christopher Franke
|Story Date: Tue 8 - Sun 13 June, 2263|
|Preceded by: Objects at Rest|
|Followed by: The Legend of the Rangers|
|Preceded by: The Wheel of Fire|
|Followed by: Objects in Motion|
River of Souls is the fourth of six Babylon 5 TV Movies. It is set six months in the year 2263, over half a year after the end of the Fifth Season.
- Jerry Doyle as Michael Garibaldi
- Tracy Scoggins as Captain Elizabeth Lochley
- Richard Biggs as Dr Stephen Franklin
- Jeff Conaway as Security Chief Zack Allan
- Ian McShane as Dr Robert Bryson
- Martin Sheen as Soul Hunter
- Jeff Doucette as 2nd Man
- Wayne Alexander as Soul One
- Bob Amaral as Customer
- Beece Barkett as Woman
- Joel Brooks as Jacob Mayhew
- Joshua Cox as David Corwin
- T.J. Hoban as Male Hologram
- Stuart Pankin as James Riley
- Ray Proscia as Klaus
- Nikki Schieler Ziering as Female Hologram
- Jeff Silverman as Man
- Jean St. James as Sheila
After death, Then what? Questions of eternity arise when a supposedly infallible harvester of souls proves to be very fallible.
StoryEditCaptain Lochley is happy that nothing of consequence has happened to Babylon 5 since Sheridan and Garibaldi left the station. She mentions a term she coined, the Sheridan-Garibaldi-Effect, which describes the chaos the two have brought to the station in past. As she finishes explaining her theory to Lt. Corwin, he regretfully explains to her that Michael Garibaldi has arrived a few minutes ago. While Garibaldi is chatting with his employee Bryson, an archeologist who searches for eternal life, Security Chief Zack Allan is visiting an illegal holobrothel in Brown 11 to shut it down. The holobrothel uses photos of people to create a three dimensional copy of that person and people can have their fun with it with the help of a special suit. But instead of closing his facility the owner Jacob Mayhew calls for his lawyer James Riley who sues Lochley for damaging the reputation of his client, because Zack told the people there that it is dangerous to use these suits. A few hours later a Soul Hunter arrives at Babylon 5 because someone has stolen a special vessel with a billion Ralga souls. Garibaldi's employee Bryson turns out to be responsible for the theft of these souls. The mad Ralga souls manipulate Bryson to help them to get their revenge. The very powerful souls use the reactor to pass through the station and try to kill the Soul Hunter. But Lochley thrusts the Soul Hunter away and is almost killed by the electric shock. For a moment she is dead, which in that small window of time some of the Ralga souls bring her into their vessel to talk to her. Lochley finds out that the Ralga were not really dying when the Soul Hunters captured their souls they were evolving to an existence of pure energy. When she regains conscious she tells the Soul Hunter about her experience. He is shocked to hear that they may have made a mistake.
Meanwhile many other Soul Hunter ships arrive at Babylon 5 and demand the soul vessel. The Soul Hunter aboard tries to tell them about their mistake but they don't believe him because they think they never slip up.Garibaldi and Zack search Brown 11 because that is the location where most of the reports of strange occurrences had happened the previous few hours. They find a dead man who looks like he was frightened to death. There Jacob Mayhew appears again and verbally assaults Zack for impairing his business. When he realizes that shutting down the sector wasn't to keep his customers away he shows them a strange energy stream coming out of his holobrothel. At this place they see a holographic illusion of Captain Lochley.
At this moment Captain Lochley, who has left the Med Lab, joins the group and sees the holo of herself. She is offended, and further shocked to hear that her image is more frequently used by the brothels female patrons. They realize that the souls are using the holograpic system to get bodies.Lochley, Garibaldi and Zack follow the souls to a hall. The holo of Lochley talks to the other souls about revenge. When the lights flicker and the souls not Lochley gets the idea that these souls are using another resource than the reactor. They assume that these holographic illusions are used only to distract them from the real situation. So Lochley runs back to the holobrothel with a hand grenade and blows it up. Mayhew is not happy about that.
Afterward, they find out that the hacking into the reactor takes place in Grey 4.As they arrive in Grey 4 they find Bryson in the middle of a pillar of lights and faces. He's in a kind of trance and holding the vessel of Ralga souls. Garibaldi tries to talk to him but as result the souls try to kill him. Security around Zack starts to shoot at the pillar but without harming it. So they stop shooting.
The Soul Hunter decides to sacrifice himself as a bridge between his people and the souls of the Ralga. He wants to bring them back to their home world where they could find a way to release the souls from the vessel without killing them. The souls accept his offer and he dies. The souls release Bryson.
Later Captain Lochley hands the vessel over to another Soul Hunter with the assurance that they keep their promise.
Finally Riley appears at Lochley's office and tries to sue her for violating the rights of his client and destroying his facility. But she shoots it down with the fine print of his client's contract about military operations.
This TV Movie was released with four others and some limited special features on Region 1 DVD. For more information see:
This TV Movie was released with five others and some limited special features on Region 2 DVD. For more information see:
This TV Movie was released with two others and some limited special features on Region 2 DVD. For more information see:
- River of Souls at the Internet Movie Database
- Episode guide page for River of Souls at the Lurker's Guide
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