Season 2, Episode 9. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by Janet Greek
. Originally aired on February 1, 1995
Winner of the 1996 Hugo Award
for Best Dramatic Presentation.
The dying Centauri Emperor
decides to visit B5 and apologize to G'Kar
for what the Centauri did to the Narn
. Not knowing this, G'Kar plots to assassinate the Emperor. Also, Londo
and Lord Refa
prepare to embarass the Emperor to further their own political careers.
War breaks out between the Centauri Republic
and the Narn Regime
Tertiary Plot: Garibaldi
is stalked by a Ranger
A GREAT episode, probably my overall favorite. Establishes that Londo's new ruthless streak is not to be taken lightly, and also that G'Kar
may not be past redemption
. Turhan Bey
gives a first rate performance as the Centauri Emperor--you can truly feel the pain and misery he must be feeling just by glancing in his eyes
. A lot of the cast members were reportedly annoyed that Bey's character died, because they were looking forward to working with him again.
Also worth noting, as always, is the terrific interaction between Londo
. The scene where G'Kar offers Londo a drink--not knowing that the Centauri Republic
has just launched a full-scale assault on his people--is absolutely fabulous. Peter Jurasik
repeatedly impresses with the ability to just become
Londo in any big scene. This is, of course, Londo's first failed chance for redemption--even Vir
tries to talk him out of following his current path, but he won't listen.
The return of Michael O'Hare
in a small cameo
spot was a nice surprise, and it certainly added to the feeling of watching a truly special episode. He returns again in War Without End, Part One
and War Without End, Part Two
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