Season 3, Episode 13. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Mike Vejar
. Originally aired on April 22, 1996
A man who believes he is King Arthur
boards the station.
Secondary Plot: Garibaldi
deals with the post office
Tertiary Plot: Sheridan
convinces the League of Non-Aligned Worlds
to sign a mutual defense treaty
to protect the station.
One of the most underrated B5 episodes, which is as powerful as it is mostly due to the efforts of the guest starring Michael York
. York is a noted Shakespearean actor who perfectly fits the role of the former gunner who goes insane and believes he's King Arthur
. Some of the interaction between G'Kar
and "Arthur" is priceless:
G'Kar: "They were the bad guys, as you say, and we were the good guys--and they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor!"
The music, masterfully composed as usual by Christopher Franke
, is the other shining star of this episode. The Celtic
composition is entirely
different from Franke's usual B5 themes, and perfeclty fits the Middle Ages
look and feel pervading this episode.
Garibaldi's banter with the postal worker
falls a bit flat, but it's certainly adequate in conveying the difficulties of surviving on station without Earth's assistance.
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