Season 2, Episode 18. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by Kevin Cremin
. Originally aired on May 24, 1995
A lethal plague
threatens to entirely wipe out one of the alien races aboard station, the Markab
This is an extremely powerful, moving, and downright sad
episode. Even though it has little to do with any of the main story arcs, it tells a fascinating and important story about the death of an entire civilization
and how the crew's complete inability to stop it from happening affects them. If you're easily moved to tears
, this is probably the one Babylon 5
episode that would get to you.
It's worth noting that even though this is mostly a "throwaway" episode, the Markab
s were not brought into this episode just to be killed off. As JMS says:
"On one level, this does indicate that we really *are* crazy over here at B5. Here we developed this race for nearly two years. Developed their culture. Mentioned them prominently just last episode. Had them speak before the full Council (in "The Long Dark"). Spent substantial amounts of money making them the biggest single alien group we've got (some of the group shots had 40-50 or more Markabs, all in full prosthetics and full costume)...and now, never to be seen again."
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