Mind War

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"Mind War"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 6
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Production code 110
Original air date March 2, 1994
Guest appearance(s)

William Allen Young (Jason Ironheart)
Felicity Waterman (Kelsey)
Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai)
Walter Koenig (Bester)

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List of Babylon 5 episodes

"Mind War" is an episode from the first season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


Talia Winters' old instructor at Psi-Corps, Jason Ironheart, whom she was also romantically linked with in the past, arrives on the station.

Alfred Bester also arrives on the station, in pursuit of Jason. Bester is a Psi-Cop, powerful telepath members of Psi Corps that pursue "rogue" telepaths under the premise that the general population is in danger from them.

Catherine Sakai goes to a planet named Sigma 957 despite being warned by G'kar of the dire consequences of doing so.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Sigma-957 is introduced. The ancient species first seen in this episode would later be recruited by Ivanova and Marcus to help the Army of Light defeat the Shadows.
  • G'Kar explains that certain species in the galaxy are billions of years older than most of the others. This is the first formal introduction into the concept of the First Ones, though it would later be revealed that the Vorlons were also First Ones.
  • Introduces the recurring character of Psi Cop Bester and the role of the Psi Cops in the lives of Psi Corps telepaths.
  • Introduction of Jason Ironheart's gift to Talia.
  • Quantium-40 is revealed as a necessary substance for the manufacture of Jumpgates.
  • First appearance of Garibaldi's Aide, Jack, who will last appear in Revelations.

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