"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

Zack Allan, reciting an old saying

Zack Allan was a member of Babylon 5 Security. [1]

History Edit

Zack spent much of his early life in city environment, but one summer he went to visit his favorite uncle in the country. During the visit, he wandered in the forest when he saw a sight of a dead possum surrounded by insects. Zack would remember the sight—and the stench—for many years to come.[2]

Zack was transferred to Babylon 5 in 2258 and joined Babylon 5's security force, shortly before Jeffrey Sinclair was reassigned as an ambassador to Minbar.[3]

He became Garibaldi's fugleman or second in command in 2259, after it was discovered that the previous holder of that position, Jack, had shot Garibaldi, leaving him in a coma and almost killing him.[4]

Allan was part of a security group protecting Talia Winters as she went to meet with Amanda Carter. He supported Garibaldi as he found out she was in danger and charged in after him.[1]

Allan was with a group of security that encountered an enraged G'Kar when he had found out about the Centauri attack on Quadrant 14.[5]

When Nightwatch first came to the station in 2259, Zack ecstatically joined primarily based on the 50 credits a week he would be paid in addition to his regular paycheck. Over the next year he slowly began to realize Nightwatch's fascistic nature, developing serious moral qualms with their actions and tactics. After witnessing firsthand what they did to a shopkeeper who had badmouthed President Clark, he agreed to help remove the organization from the station.[6]. For his actions he was later offered the EA's Medal of Outstanding Valor, but refused to accept it.

Following Garibaldi's resignation, Zack was appointed as Babylon 5's Chief of Security in 2261, a position he went on to hold for the better part of a decade.[7]

Several years later, he either resigned or retired from Earthforce and went back to Earth for a while, but quickly got bored. Reactivating his commission in July 2280, he returned to Babylon 5, which was now in the process of being decommissioned. Resuming his post as head of security, he stayed there for six months before the station's decommissioning and destruction in January of 2281.[8]

After Babylon 5 was destroyed, Zack later became a security adviser and counsellor to Centauri Emperor Vir Cotto.[8][9]

Personal Life Edit

Zack was a good friend of Michael Garibaldi, to the point that Garibaldi even told him about his feelings toward telepath Winters and how they seemed to always bump into each other in transport.[2] When Garibaldi disappeared on December 25 2260 as the Shadow vessels withdrew from around Babylon 5 he searched for him. On January 17, 2261, he successfully rescued him and brought him back to Babylon 5.[10]

Zack had been fired from several jobs and had many personal problems that proved to be a problem in keeping a job for very long. When he sobered up he got a job working for his old friend.[11] As Garibaldi said to Zack during a discussion: "You had a lot of problems before you came here, and I know, I know you had some problems after you got here, too. But did I say anything to you about it? No. You wanna know why? Because I knew, I knew you would work it out, and you always did." [12]

After Lyta Alexander came to the station, Zack began harboring romantic feelings for her. He kept it deep inside, however, and was afraid to admit this fact. He finally tried to make his move when he and Lyta were stuck in a transport during the crisis involving the Thirdspace artifact, but Lyta did not respond as she was possessed by the Vorlons at the time.[2] She finally discovered that his feelings were more than simple friendship when he tried to deter her from staying with the rogue telepaths around Byron,[13] but she never returned his affection.

Between 2263 and 2281, he was injured, with his right leg becoming almost inflexible.[8]


TV movies
The Coming of Shadows
Point of No Return
No Surrender, No Retreat
Wheel of Fire
Novels/Short stories