Babylon 5: Season 1, Episode 12

By Any Means Necessary (11 May 1994)

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While the station's dock workers stage an illegal strike, G'Kar tries to hold a Narn religious ceremony, but Londo holds the plant he needs and won't relinquish it.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ...
Delenn (credit only)
Richard Biggs ...
Dr. Stephen Franklin (credit only)
Talia Winters (credit only)
Vir (credit only)
Lennier (credit only)
Na'Toth (as Caitlin Brown)
Peter Jurasik ...
Neeoma Connally
Patricia Healy ...


While the station's dock workers stage an illegal strike, G'Kar tries to hold a Narn religious ceremony, but Londo holds the plant he needs and won't relinquish it.

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Jeffrey (Michael O'Hare) Sinclair's five o'clock shadow is real, not makeup. At the time of shooting, O'Hare had just returned from New York City where he'd been appearing in a Broadway play. Babylon 5 producer, J. Michael Straczynski, told O'Hare not to shave, as the whiskers added to his character's haggard look. See more »


When Sinclair orders security to break up the strike, during the fighting Garibaldi escorts Neeomi Connaly out of the area. Later in the scene when the security forces are ordered out, you can see Neeomi being escorted out at the far end of the hallway. Between these two scenes she is talking with Garabaldi in a different corridor. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Earthforce ship Omega, you may proceed to the jumpgate. Shuttle Copernicus, you're clear for dockingbay 4. Tal'Quith, please hold. Earthforce ship continue to hold. Minbari ship, hold.
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Babylon 5, this is the captain of the Tal'Quith. What is the delay?
Narn Captain: Tal'Quith, there's a priority shipment ahead of you. You'll be able to dock in 25 minutes.
Narn Captain: Unacceptable! We have a very perishable cargo for Ambassador G'Kar and must deliver it immediately!
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'll do what I can. Please stand by.
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Good, but still it's a "filler episode"
3 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For much of the first season of Babylon 5, the series still hadn't established any sort of over-arching plot to connect the episodes like it would have in seasons 2 through 5. In some ways, it was as if the genius behind the series, Michael Staczynski was still trying to feel for a sense of direction. Because of this, so many of the season one episodes are self-contained in that they don't connect well with previous or later episodes. This is pretty much the way of sci-fi shows like Star Trek, but for B-5, this makes these earlier episodes less satisfying.

This is a well-written episode and did hold my interest. However, once again like so many season 1 episodes, it didn't really do much to address the themes seen in later shows. In many ways, this episode seemed like it was addressing contemporary labor issues and placing it in the year 2258. In particular, the landing bay workers on B-5 are upset that the incoming traffic is far greater than what they'd been promised and as a result, working conditions were becoming dangerous and the workers were feeling burned out and angry. Earth Gov's response was, "you agreed to the contract so fulfill it or else!"--refusing to acknowledge in any way that the workers had some reason to feel used. And, overall, it was engaging and the final resolution of the problems with work hours, wages and conditions was pretty clever.

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