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Babylon 5

And the Sky Full of Stars

By Number Two

Episode No. 8
2258 Signs and Portents
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Janet Greek
Guest Starring
  • Judson Scott as Knight One
  • Christopher Neame as Knight Two
  • Justin Williams as Mitchell

Episode Synopsis
Sinclair is kidnapped by 2 people who are sure Sinclair is lying about his inability to remeber what happened at the Battle of the Line; they believe he may now be a Minbari agent. Using a combination of psychotropic drugs and a cybernetic simulation suit, they probe Sinclair's mind. Sinclair manages to free himself; the agent probing his mind suffers brain damage and memory loss. The other is killed.

Story Arc
The two agents are working for some organization; whether this organization is inside or outside of the government is a matter of speculation. The agents seem to be sympathetic with the ideals of the Homeguard. The surviving agent is immediately transferred to Earth for trial.

Sinclair begins to remember some of what happened to him at the Battle of the Line. He was taken aboard a Minbari ship, tortured and interrogated, presumably by the Grey Council. Aparently his memory of the experience was wiped, and then he was released. The Minbari surrendered to Earth. Sinclair remembers seeing Delenn as one of his interrogaters. Afterwards, Sinclair tells Delenn he remembers nothing of the experience.

Delenn is informed that if Sinclair should begin to remember what happened to him at the Line, it would be necessary to kill him.

Background Information

  • Franklin used to hitch rides on starships, offering services as ship's doctor in exchange for passage. During the war, he was asked for his notes about Minbari biology and physiology; he declined, and destroyed his notes instead.

Quotation
Sinclair, to Garibaldi: "Everyone lies, Michael. The innocent lie because they don't want to be blamed for something they didn't do, and the guilty lie because they don't have any other choice."

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