Season 3 Premiere (Episode 1). Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by Kevin Cremin
. Originally aired on November 6, 1995
A representative from Earth
, David Endawi, arrives to investigate the strange ship (Shadow
vessel) captured on film at the end of last season.
Secondary Plot: Londo
attempts to sever
his ties to Morden
Tertiary Plot: Sheridan
is introduced to the White Star
, a new class of ship constructed by the Rangers
The season openers on B5 were always a little weak, but this is probably the best of the five. Endawi comes across as a fairly reasonable and open-minded guy, serving as a counterpoint to all the slimeball
s EarthGov had sent to the station lately. I guess JMS wanted to get the point across that not everyone
in the government is part of this new order--but that it is
getting increasingly difficult to find people high up in the pecking order
, as always, does a great job of playing Morden here. You can just FEEL the slyness eminating from him when he "carves up the universe" with Londo, like he just knows
that there's no way in hell this is going to be the last time Londo has to deal with him. And, of course, he's quite correct. It's also neat to see Morden on Earth
at the end of the episode; just another level of intrigue added to the question of just how many pots he has his hand in.
joins the regular cast in this episode playing Marcus Cole
, a human Ranger.
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