Ship of Tears

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"Ship of Tears"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 14
Directed by Mike Vejar
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Production code 314
Original air date 29 April 1996
Guest appearance(s)

Joan McMurtrey (Carolyn)
Diana Morgan (Alison)
Walter Koenig (Bester)

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


Bester returns to Babylon 5 and proposes an unlikely alliance. A convoy of "weapons supplies" for the Shadows is intercepted in hyperspace by the White Star.

Arc significance[edit]

  • ISN comes back online, this time as a propaganda tool.
  • The Shadows have infiltrated the Psi Corps to acquire telepaths for use as living processor cores to protect the connection between the being and the ship from telepathic interference.
  • A woman Bester is in love with is one of the telepaths to be used by the Shadows, giving him a reason to temporarily side with Babylon 5.
  • The war room is seen for the first time.
  • A thousand years ago the Narn telepaths sacrificed themselves to drive the Shadows from their homeworld.
  • The Shadows invade Brakiri space.
  • The overt Shadow War begins.

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