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Babylon 5

Infection

By Number Two

Episode No. 4
2258 Signs and Portents
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Richard Compton
Guest Starring
  • David McCallum as Vance Hendricks
  • Marshall Teague as Nelson

Episode Synopsis
Vance Hendricks, an archeologist who was one of Franklin's professors at university, comes to B5 with an amazing find: organic artifacts excavated on a long dead world. He wants Franklin's help in analyzing the artifacts, hoping to crack the secret of organic technology. It turns out that the artifact was one of a series of ultimate weapons designed for defense against any enemy; these weapons ultimately destroyed the civilization that created them, and the one left now threatens to destroy B5. Sinclair makes it realize what the living weapons did, and it shuts itself down.

Story Arc
Garibaldi is concerned that Sinclair is taking to many life-threatening risks; he wonders if Sinclair has had anything to live for since the Minbari War.

An isolationist, Pro-Earth movement is starting to gain strength on earth. Many humans believe that space travel and commerce should be abandoned.

Background Information

  • Lloyds of London set the odds of Babylon 5 lasting one year at 500 to one against.

Quotation
Sinclair: "Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics - and you'll get ten different answers. But there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on: whether it happens in a hundred years, or a thousand years, or a million years, eventually our sun will grow cold, and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us, it'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-tsu, Einstein, Maruputo, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes - all of this. All of this was for nothing, unless we go to the stars."

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