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|Babylon 5 Season 1 Finale (Episode 22). Written by J. Michael Straczynski, directed by Janet Greek. Originally aired on October 26, 1994.|
Primary Plot: Garibaldi uncovers a plot to assassinate Earth Alliance President Luis Santiago.
Secondary Plot: Morden helps Londo eliminate the Narn presence in Quadrant 37.
Tertiary Plot: Delenn begins a mysterious transformation.
Commentary: This is affectionately known as THE EPISODE WHERE ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. It's amazing how much JMS' writing makes you actually care about Santiago's death, even though the character is never even seen on screen (except in one quick still shot in Midnight on the Firing Line).
The corruption of Garibaldi's aide (later identified as Jack) is foreshadowed in And The Sky Full of Stars. If you watch his reactions to various things in that episode, it's fairly clear (hindsight being 20/20) that he was part of the conspiracy in that episode. Also, when Jack meets Bester in Mind War, that's generally considered to be the first contact Jack had with the Psi Corps. Furthermore, in Eyes, Jack is the masked evil dude in Ivanova's dream (you couldn't possibly pick that up except by checking the credits, though).
The fact that Vice President Clark very conveniently came down with a cold right before Earth Force One exploded is the first clue that he was in on the conspiracy. This line of thought is resolved in the Season Two episode Hunter, Prey.
The scene where Clark takes the oath of office aboard Earth Force Two was intentionally made to look exactly like the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson taking the oath after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. While it's farfetched at best that a 2250s spaceship would enough look like a 1960s atmospheric airplane for the shots to be so similar, it is a nice homage.
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