The Long Dark

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"The Long Dark"
Babylon 5 episode

Ivanova and Garibaldi
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 5
Directed by Mario Di Leo
Written by Scott Frost
Production code 205
Original air date 30 November 1994
Guest actors

Anne-Marie Johnson (Mariah Cirrus)
Dwight Schultz (Amis)

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"The Long Dark" is an episode from the second season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


A cryonic exploration vessel from a hundred years ago approaches Babylon 5, bringing with it a deadly creature and a human from the past. A lunatic named Amis (Dwight Schultz) begins making grand assertions of doom; when Garibaldi investigates his past, he discovers that Amis was a decorated combat veteran. Garibaldi takes an interest in Amis, and asks him to explain his story. Amis explains that when his unit was attacking a remote enemy base, they came across a ghostlike alien that began feeding on his men.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Z'ha'dum is mentioned as being a possible destination for the creature that attacked the station. A stylized depiction of the creature is also shown to be in the Book of G'Quan at the end of the episode.
  • Jumpgate technology was given to humans by the Centauri, in exchange for trade.
  • Garibaldi was a ground-pounder "Gropo" (see episode "Gropos") during the war.

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