in the first season?
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first season, titled "Signs and Portents," introduced
the players and plot elements. The Psi Corps, an agency on Earth
governing the the telepaths that some humans have become, is shown
to have a very strong control of the government back home. Commander
Sinclair's involvement in the sudden Minbari surrender in their
war with Earth ten years before is partially explained, and it is
clear that Delenn is more than just an ambassador on Babylon 5.
A strange man named
Morden does a favor for Londo Mollari, who doesn't realize how dearly
he will pay for that favor. The planet under Babylon 5 turns out
not to be lifeless, but its caretaker does not want any visitors.
Babylon 5's predecessor, Babylon 4, which had mysteriously dissapeared
just after going online, appears again, and is being yanked through
time to serve as a military base for a war in another time; a much
older Sinclair seems to be involved in that war.
Finally, on New
Year's Eve of 2258, Delenn, acting on a prophecy, builds a device
which produces a physical transformation for her; the Earth Alliance
president is assassinated and it appears that the political climate
back home is getting worse; and Londo calls upon his new friend
and his mysterious associates to wipe out a Narn base which will
plummet the Centauri and Narn into war.
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Commander Sinclair is reassigned, Captain Sheridan takes over command
of the station, unaware of his fate. G'Kar realizes that there is
a new race lurking in the shadows. Delenn emerges, transformed to
be half human, though not fully explained. The mystery of the Minbari
surrender is finally revealed: The Minbari discovered that Minbari
souls were being reborn in humans.
The situation on
Earth is getting worse; an unknown "Bureau 13" is working
in the background and the "Night Watch" program is stomping
down on dissidents; meanwhile, Sheridan is part of an underground
movement to gain control back from the corrupted government; he
brings his trusted officers into the fold. On the eve of an historic
speech that would have prevented a Narn-Centauri War, Londo calls
upon his unknown agents to attack a major Narn colony, starting
The mysterious shadows
behind the Centauri brutality are finally revealed to Sheridan;
it has been known that this ancient race has been building up strength;
Delenn and Kosh enlist Sheridan to help in the upcoming war against
the shadows. The Centauri, with the aid of the shadows, end the
war with the Narn decisively by bombing the Narn home- world "into
the stone ages." The Centauri soon begin annexing other worlds,
Kosh has finally revealed himself, and a shadow has been caught
The Great War
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Minbari give Sheridan a powerful new ship, the White Star, to command
in the upcoming fight against the Shadows. Further corruption in
Earth government is revealed when it is learned that the Shadows
have been cooperating with certain individuals in government. The
Earth alliance plunges into civil war as martial law is declared
back home; Sheridan is forced to secede from Earth and is only able
to keep the forces at bay with the help of the Minbari. The shadows
begin attacking openly (and seemingly randomly); Sheridan builds
an alliance among the many races by enlisting the help of the Vorlons,
an act which results in the death of Ambassador Kosh.
to the station with a message from the past; with the help of the
machinery on the planet below, The White Star takes Babylon 4 through
time to assist in a war against the Shadows of 1000 years ago. Londo
continues his ascension to power in the Centauri government, removing
his political rival. Using a discovery that telepaths interfere
with the functionality of Shadow Ships, Sheridan and Delenn organize
their alliance in to a preemptive strike against the Shadows, celebrating
a difficult victory.
appears, returning from Z'ha'dum, the homeworld of the Shadows,
and attempts to convince Sheridan that the shadows really aren't
the bad guys; Sheridan rejects her plea when he discovers that her
personality has been altered; instead, he rigs the White Star to
crash onto and detonate a bomb on Z'ha'dum; Hearing the advice of
Ambassador Kosh in his head, Sheridan jumps into an abyss below
him just before the explosion; he is presumed dead. Immediately
after the explosion, the shadow ships that had been threatening
B5 dissapear, possibly returning home; one of the ships seems to
have taken Garibaldi along with it.
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finds himself at death's door and finds the galaxy's oldest resident,
Lorien, there to guide him back to life. Londo returns home to find
that the new Centauri emporor is dangerously insane, planning on
the destruction of Centauri Prime. G'Kar, searching for Garibaldi,
is captured by the Centauri and tortured. Garibaldi is found, but
is acting peculiarly and soon resigns.
Ivanova and Marcus
discover that the Vorlons are gathering to battle the Shadows directly;
Sheridan and Lorien battle with the new Vorlon ambassador. The Army
of light begins a battle with the Shadows and the Vorlons; the war
comes to an abrupt end when those races find that they cannot get
the younger races to choose their way. Londo assassinates the Emperor,
detroys the Shadow base on Centauri prime, and withdraws from Narn.
With the Shadows gone, President Clark on Earth launches a plan
to recapture Babylon 5. Garibaldi comes upon a plan by a tycoon
on Mars to control the telepaths, but then discovers he has been
a pawn of the Psi Corps as they eliminate that problem.
Civil war erupts
on Minbar; Delenn and Neroon, a warrior caste member, manage to
bring the war to an end. Sheridan undertakes a campaign to recapture
Earth, starting first with the outer colonies and working inward.
Sheridan is captured by Clark's forces, and tortured. Ivanova leads
a rescue, and Sheridan's forces finally liberate Earth, mortally
wounding Ivanova. Using an ancient healing machine, Marcus saves
Ivanova's life but dies in the process. Delenn founds an Interstellar
Alliance, and Sheridan is elected President.
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