Convictions (Babylon 5)

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Babylon 5 episode
Convictions 1.jpg
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 2
Directed byMike Vejar
Written byJ. Michael Straczynski
Production code302
Original air dateNovember 13, 1995
Guest appearance(s)

Patrick Kilpatrick (Robert Carlson)
Louis Turenne (Brother Theo)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Morishi)

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Convictions is an episode from the third season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


Groups of religious sects from the various races arrive at Babylon 5 after Ambassador Kosh revealed his true form to all in saving Sheridan's life. Among these are Brother Theo and a group of humans (that request to actually live on the station) to Ivanova. Theo points out they are all intelligent people and experts in several fields and may be able to offer their services, if needed.

An explosion kills two civilians, and after investigating, it's determined to be set off by explosives. Ivanova warns Sheridan they have been receiving messages about "chaos is coming" in the hours prior. Another bomb goes off on arrival of a shuttle from Minbar. Lennier pulls both Delenn and Mollari away but is trapped behind a blast shield. Once safe, Lennier is rushed to medlab where Franklin stabilizes him. However, Lennier remains in a comatose state. Mollari quietly spends time with Lennier knowing that if their roles were reversed he likely would not have saved him. He calls Lennier a better man.

Sheridan orders a full security sweep for additional bombs, increased security measures to prevent others from getting hurt, and an investigation into the bomb's origins. A third bomb is found but the area is cleared in time before it goes off. Sheridan wonders if their bomber was in close proximity to these events, but investigating the security camera footage would be a daunting task. Ivanova realizes this is a job for Brother Theo and his group, and they gladly set to work quickly identifying a face common at all events: that of Robert Carlson, one of the station's maintenance crew.

Mollari is preparing to return to his quarters by elevator but finds the current car has G'Kar in it and says he will wait. Just then another bomb goes off and Mollari is forced to dive into the elevator for protection. They are both trapped in there. Mollari finds it odd that G'Kar does not kill him. G'Kar says that with the heat from the fire and smoke they will likely die soon, and he would rather wait for that to happen than to kill Mollari and face the death of 500 Narn as punishment.

Sheridan, Garibaldi, and a team of security approach Carlson's quarters. Carlson has rigged the door and demands to see Sheridan alone, threatening to blow the station with another bomb that he is ready to trigger. Sheridan agrees but secretly hides his com-link so that Garibaldi can overhear. Sheridan tries to plead with Carlson who is bitter about having lost everything in his life. Garibaldi hears Carlson talk about the potential threat of detonation and instructs another team to search for the bomb in the fusion reactor. Sheridan is able to delay Carlson long enough for the bomb to be found and ejected far away from the station. Carlson is taken into custody.

Lennier eventually awakes from the coma and is expected to recover from his injuries. G'Kar and Mollari are located and rescued before they die.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Religious men and women come aboard, a reference to the final episode of the second season.

Production details[edit]

  • Lennier says that he has Netter's Syndrome to scare off an obnoxious man. This is in reference to series executive producer Douglas Netter.

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