Babylon 5: Season 3, Episode 11

Ceremonies of Light and Dark (8 Apr. 1996)

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After severing ties with Earth, the command staff must deal with some unexpected issues. Delenn suggests they go through a Minbari rebirth ceremony. Secrets are revealed, and hidden dangers... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Biggs ...
Vir Cotto (credit only)
Zack Allan (credit only)
William Forward ...


After severing ties with Earth, the command staff must deal with some unexpected issues. Delenn suggests they go through a Minbari rebirth ceremony. Secrets are revealed, and hidden dangers are revealed as a group loyal to Clark takes Delenn hostage. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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This takes place from April 16 to April 18, 2260. See more »


At the very beginning of the episode, you see the normal B5 emblem on the wall of C&C deck, a '5' with the olive branch. But supposedly the same day, we see Delenn with the Mimbari captains, and the conference table already has the new 'B5' logo with the upheld sword. After this, all other shots show the 'new' emblem (clearly seen in C&C at the beginning of 'A Late Delivery From Avalon') See more »


[first lines]
[Several transports are leaving B5]
Capt. John Sheridan: Are those the last of the Nightwatch?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, it's the last batch we could find. Garibaldi's still trying to track down the rest. The others are civilians heading back for Earth, Mars, and the colonies on Proxima and Orion.
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A natural continuation of the last two episodes
11 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Two episodes earlier, the Night Watch tried to take control of the station, but were thwarted by Sheridan and his new Narn friends. This episode is a natural follow-up, as there are apparently some undercover Night Watch members who have remained behind to continue working for the evil Earth Gov. Since Earth Gov is evil, it's not surprising that these agents are themselves amoral and willing to just about anything to destabilize the fragile new alliance.

In this case, the Night Watch plan is to kidnap Delenn as well as some other important Minbari leaders in order to use them against the Captain. Their plan also then includes using these hostages to force the Minbari warships protecting the station to leave. How the Captain is able to rescue Delenn and eliminate this threat is awfully well done and worth seeing. Good stuff with, as usual, excellent writing, acting and pacing.

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