The command staff are caught in a conundrum when Sheridan agrees to give sanctuary to a Narn warship fleeing the Centauri, at the same time that Earthgov attempts to placate the increasingly aggressive Centauri Republic. The Nightwatch begins to expand their influence on the station.

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Captain Sheridan oversees a Zeta Squadron Starfury training run. Warren Keffer made a mistake and Sheridan makes a point of it. He also notes that some non-humans can withstand g-forces better than humans and it is worth it to get out of the line of fire if alien craft get a better bead on them. The Sentri class fighter allows the pilot to temporarily black-out while the AI completes a combat manuever.

On Babylon 5, Lennier has quick words with Vir Cotto at a bar, both commiserating at being left out of the momentous and worrying things their superiors are involved in. They agree to meet again, same time tomorrow.

After the training run, Captain Sheridan entertains a joint audience of Drazi and Pak'ma'ra representatives seeking help from Centauri aggression as they occupy planets at the fringes of Narn space. The Drazi states that Earth Alliance is at risk of border skirmishes.

Act I[edit | edit source]

Sheridan confronts Ambassador Londo Mollari over the aggressive actions of Centauri "presence" but Londo pushes back that his authority ends at Babylon 5. Sheridan seeks Garibaldi's advice as he is his 'closest friend'. Garibaldi states that Londo views the situation as riding a wild horse, he is holding onto the horse to avoid the risk of being killed in a fall. As long as Londo is afraid of the political anarchy that is occuring, he will adhere to the Centauri Republic's policy of invasion. They are interrupted by the arrival of Frederick Lantze from the Ministry of Peace. Sheridan and Ivanova greet Lantze who is here to investigate the Centauri. Lantze also introduces Welles, his co-director in charge of the Nightwatch.

Meanwhile, Starfury pilots suiting down from off-station activity discuss the occurrence of "the ghost", a spidery form in space. Lt. Keffer approaches a veteran pilot, Mitch Harvey, to question him about the ghost – saying that he saw it too, and that it killed Commander Galus. Harvey initially tries to leave thinking Keffer isn't serious, but it's soon apparent he is. He advises Keffer not to go trying to find it.

Ivanova comes to pick up Lantze at his quarters, who regales her of tales of Earth and family. In C&C, a Narn Heavy Cruiser is detected to arrive. Sheridan hails them, and they reply, revealing that they had been in deep space patrol when the Centauri invasion of the Narn Homeworld begun, and had been on the run since. They request for sanctuary on Babylon 5.

Act II[edit | edit source]

Welles visits Ivanova in her quarters. He praises her record, and attempts to establish cooperation from her for the Nightwatch for her own command. She rejects him in the name of loyalty and the ideals of the Earth Alliance. He leaves, but the offer still stands. In the C&C, G'Kar is delighted to learn from Sheridan that assistance is being extended to the heavy cruiser and Sheridan is likely to extend sanctuary to them.

Welles meets members of the Nightwatch onboard "informally", but singles out Zack Allan for not sending in any reports. He hints that any thought could be seditious and it was up to the administration to decide what is seditious or not. Allan admits there was a complaint but not that it was serious. Welles presses him, noting the reports others have made about the inconsequential but, to Welles, significant, grievances of others. Allan is clearly uncomfortable reporting this, but Welles forgives it, saying he shows promise.

Harvey later returns to Keffer with a data crystal of sensor recordings of the ghost, hinting that it gives away a neutrino emission signature, but refusing to get involved any further.

Ivanova and Lantze complete speaking to the representatives of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds when G'Kar finds them in the corridors. G'Kar seeks an audience, but Lantze shrugs him off.

In C&C, Sheridan assures the Narn cruiser that they will protect them when they take their engines off-line. Lantze enters C&C, asking Sheridan to stop conducting fighter exercises and drills against Centauri combat tactics. Ivanova is surprised at this line, and asks his real purpose. He reveals that he was investigating the situation in order to sign a Non-Aggression Treaty with the Centauri – and build a Human-Centauri alliance before he leaves.

Act III[edit | edit source]

A younger officer catches Welles in the lift with some new information.

Meanwhile, Ivanova visits Sheridan in his quarters and presents him with a Christmas gift: a piece of shrapnel from the Black Star. They are interrupted by a call from Ambassador Mollari, who has learned of the Narn heavy cruiser and demands its surrender to Centauri authority. Ivanova thinks that Welles might have something to do with it. They rush to C&C to inform the Narn cruiser that the Centauri are now aware of their presence. As Sheridan does so, a Centauri battle cruiser jumps in, and Sheridan orders Zeta squadron to surround the Narn Cruiser. Just then, Lantze barges in to berate the captain for jeopardising the incipient Human-Centauri non-aggression pact, but Sheridan notes it's not effective yet and asks him to be escorted out of C&C. Sheridan then warns Ambassador Mollari that he has extended shelter to the Narn cruiser and will be escorting it out of Babylon 5 space. A copy of his call with Mollari is sent to the Centauri cruiser and the station's defense grid is activated. After a tense moment, the Centauri open fire and a skirmish commences. Zeta Squadron and Babylon 5 return fire, giving time for the Narn ship to escape through the jumpgate. The Centauri cruiser overwhelms the station's interceptors and sheers off one of the cargo stabilizers forcing Sheridan to throw the entire arsenal of weapons on to the attacking cruiser.

The Centauri cruiser is critically damaged by the counter attack by Babylon 5 and Zeta Squadron as the Narn cruiser leaves the battle. Before they can scramble medical ships to the crippled cruiser, Sheridan watches in horror as the cruiser explodes from the damage they sustained in the fight.

Act IV[edit | edit source]

Lantze and Welles confront Sheridan for destroying a Centauri ship. Sheridan defends his actions as the Centauri fired first and states he has an obligation to protect the station, and give assistance to the Narn cruiser, citing General Order 47 to assist any vessel not in direct conflict with Earthforce. Lantze counters that his actions provoked the Centauri to accuse Babylon 5 of moving to a pro-Narn position. Welles intervenes just then, saying that the Joint Chiefs support Sheridan's act, but also points out that they should have been informed of the sanctuary request immediately. Lantze says that the Centauri are willing to accept an apology in exchange for the loss of the Primus class battlecruiser, but Sheridan opposes it. Then, Welles threatens to replace him if he doesn't do it in a meeting with various ambassadors due in an hour.

Sheridan changes to his formal uniform and practices his apology speech but relishes the thought of admitting his pride in his actions. Meanwhile, at the Ambassadorial meeting in Hydroponics, Ivanova spots a hiding G'Kar who wishes to publicly express his support for Sheridan.

Lt. Keffer, meanwhile, is in space looking for the ghost and its neutrino emissions. Finally, he sights the Shadow Vessel. He begins recording it. He attaches a homing beacon to the recording and ejects it before the Shadow ship fires on his Starfury, destroying it.

While on the public shuttle to the meeting, Sheridan spots a bomb on the train. He is quick enough to activate an emergency override on the doors to jump out over hydroponics. The ambassadors watch in horror overhead, and Delenn begs Kosh to act. Kosh exits from his encounter suit, emerges as a glowing angel, catches the falling Sheridan and safely returns him to ground.

Act V[edit | edit source]

Sheridan is recovering in his quarters when Delenn checks up on him. He expresses that everyone has been talking about the incident but saw Kosh as a different being of light. Delenn reveals that the Vorlons have been guiding the various younger races as angels but warns that Kosh's actions may have gained the attention of the Shadows.

Elsewhere at the bar, a Drazi asks Ambassador Mollari what he saw, to which he replies nothing and walks away.

A few days later, the Earth Alliance-Centauri Non-Aggression Treaty is announced, and the Centauri further expand their "presence" to more of the Non-Aligned Worlds. Allan witnesses the shopkeeper being arrested for sedition and their shopfront closed by decree of the Nightwatch. Finally, Keffer's homing beacon is found by ISN, publicly revealing the existence of the Shadows to the broader galaxy.

Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Before I leave here, there will be an Earth-Centauri alliance that will guarantee peace for Earth. We will, at last know peace in our time."

Frederick Lantze

"Apologize for doing my job, like hell"

Captain Sheridan to Mr. Lantze

"I apologize. I'm…sorry. I'm sorry we had to defend ourselves against an unwarranted attack. I'm sorry that your crew was stupid enough to fire on a station filled with a quarter million civilians, including your own people. And I'm sorry I waited as long as I did before I blew them all straight to hell! As with everything else, it's the thought that counts."

Captain John Sheridan, practicing his "apology" in the mirror

References[edit | edit source]

DVD Release[edit | edit source]

This episode, along with the other 21 from Season 2 have been released on DVD with extensive Special features.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Episode guide page for The Fall of Night at the Lurker's Guide

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