Babylon 5 Season 1, Episode 18. Written by J. Michael Straczynski, directed by Janet Greek. Originally aired on July 27, 1994.

Primary Plot: The crew investigates unusual seismic activity from the planet B5 is orbiting, Epsilon 3.

Secondary Plot: One of Delenn's old teachers, Draal, visits B5.

Tertiary Plot: Riots break out on Mars.

Commentary: "Hey, there's a big planet that Babylon 5 orbits, let's actually bother to MENTION IT!" Even though Signs and Portents was the first arc-heavy episode, this was the one that for me signaled that this was no ordinary television series--the escalating problems on Mars had been mentioned in previous episodes, and they actually happen here. This kind of continuing storyline hadn't really been seen in American programming prior to this (outside of soap operas).

Also, Draal is one of the few Minbari in the entire series that actually have a sense of humor.


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