Season 2 Finale (Episode 22). Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by Janet Greek
. Originally aired on November 1, 1995
war cruiser that survived the Narn-Centauri War
seeks assistance from B5.
Two representatives from Earth
arrives aboard station to announce a position in the Centauri
Tertiary Plot: Kosh
reveals himself in order to save Sheridan
Keffer searches for the myserious ship he glimpsed earlier in the year.
Ahhhh, now we finally find out why Kosh would be recognized "by everyone" if he left his encounter suit! Over the millenia, the Vorlons
has been subtly altering different species' basic religious myths so that Vorlons would look like angels, beings of light. Lennier
, a Minbari
, saw Valeria
. The Drazi
saw a human angel. Perhaps more telling is what Londo
saw: Nothing at all.
I've been unable to find information on whether Keffer was always intended to die here, or whether it was just because JMS realized what a dumb character he was. Either way, it's been pretty much universally accepted that killing him off was a Very Good Thing.
It's interesting that while Mr. Lantze initially appears to be in control, with Mr. Welles just being his associate, if you look closely it's clear that Mr. Welles holds more true power. It's a clear sign that the Nightwatch
and similar organizations back home are rapidly growing in scope
and influence. Even Sheridan is losing control of the situation, with Nightwatch personnel barely listening to his orders to stop bullying shopkeepers and sation residents.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Welles survives the purges that come at the end of the Earth Civil War and is still working for EarthGov
some five years later. He appears in an episode of Crusade
in much the same propogandist capacity.
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