A View from the Gallery
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|"A View from the Gallery"|
|Babylon 5 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Janet Greek|
|Written by||J. Michael Straczynski|
|Original air date||February 11, 1998|
"A View from the Gallery" is an episode from the fifth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. The episode is unusual in that it is told from the viewpoint of two maintenance workers (Mack and Bo) as they witness the station being attacked.
With most of the White Star fleet protecting Enphili, an alien race uses the weakness of Babylon 5's defenses to launch a major attack. Captain Lochley's preparations and measures taken during the attack are told through the eyes of Mack and Bo, two senior maintenance workers on the station otherwise seemingly indifferent to the calamity that is happening. As they go about their duties, Mack and Bo have encounters with the main station personnel, keeping them up to date on events.
When the main attack does start, Mack and Bo see a breaching pod heading for the station and they move towards shelter. However, the lift leaves them on the floor where the breach occurred. They narrowly avoid the fight and take shelter with Byron and the other telepaths who by using their telepathy are able to turn away the attacks on them. As they wait out the attack Byron learns Bo has been interested in piloting. He briefly swaps Bo's consciousness with one of the Starfury pilots so he can better understand what it is truly like.
The attacks continue with part of Babylon 5's hull ruptured. As Mack and Bo are reporting to help extinguish fires, Sheridan orders them to take Delenn to an escape pod. As they near the pods, Delenn learns their names and uses hypothetical logic to suggest to them that she is in as much danger in the life pod as aboard the station. So they let her go. Soon thereafter, White Stars start jumping in around the station destroying the rest of the alien vessels and thus ending the battle.
Mack and Bo work to help make repairs. Mack tells Captain Lochley that she did a good job--which she takes as a compliment. The two, moving onto another assignment, bicker about how others take all the credit and they have to do the cleanup work. Then they run into a triage center where Dr. Franklin is tending to several dead bodies. As Mack and Bo move on, they pass Sheridan and Delenn in the hallway, and both men and Sheridan are surprised when Delenn calls them by name.
"A View from the Gallery" is a standalone episode in the sense that it doesn't advance the prevailing storyline of the season, but instead provides an outsider's look into how the station operates and how two civilians deal with issues commonly faced by the station's military and diplomatic personnel. Events from the episode are also self-contained in that the alien attackers are of a previously unknown alien race that is not mentioned again.
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