Garibaldi investigates a death on the station which leads him to a terrible discovery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Talia Winters (credit only)
Na'Toth (as Caitlin Brown)
Lurker #1
Edward Conery ...


Garibaldi investigates a death on the station which leads him to a terrible discovery.

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26 October 1994 (USA)  »

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This was the final episode involving Michael O'Hare as a series regular. O'Hare's increasingly debilitating case of schizophrenia made it nearly impossible for him to continue working with such a demanding production schedule. The only other person at the time who was fully aware of the diagnosis was series show-runner J. Michael Straczynski, who utilized a so-called "trap door" plot line to have O'Hare's original story-lines transferred to Bruce Boxleitner, who took over at the beginning of Season 2. At O'Hare's own request, no one else in the cast and crew was aware of the diagnosis, and his difficulty in controlling it led to some strained relations at the time with several members of the cast and crew. See more »


As the crowd celebrates New Year the actor in the purple shirt counts down the seconds with his fingers - as he reaches 1 he briefly "flips the bird" before swapping back to the first finger to end the countdown. See more »


[first lines]
[arguing before the Council]
Londo Mollari: These unprovoked attacks must stop!
G'Kar: The attacks will stop when the Cenaturi government stops sending hostile ships across the border into Narn space.
Londo Mollari: Quadrant 37 is neutral territory! The treaty makes that perfectly clear.
G'Kar: The Narn government no longer recognizes the treaty since it was imposed upon our people by force.
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Referenced in Arrow: So It Begins (2016) See more »

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Babylon 5--Chrysalis
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bouncing back from the ordinary previous episode, "The Quality of Mercy", "Chrysalis" is typical of the standards of the storytelling process so important to major fans of Babylon 5. It starts with the death of a lurker named Patrov who had been asked to help load cargo, learning that the items were important in helping to assassinate the President of Earthforce. Garibaldi investigates and is eventually shot in the back by one of his own security officers (part of the conspiracy to assassinate the President). With Garibaldi heavily injured, in the Medlab, and in need of medical assistance to rescue him from such a terrible injury, Commander Sinclair is distraught. Sinclair had just asked Garibaldi to be his best man in marriage to Catherine, too. When the President is killed approaching Io, the resolve of Babylon station is shaken. Subplots of importance galore: the Narn have captured an outpost on a Centauri planet, with military in place to protect this siege of power, Delenn will undergo a certain transformation that is significant in the alliance of Earth-Minbari (with Sinclair later finding her in a cocooned state in her quarters, after shown throughout the episode building the device that would begin the transformation process), Dr Morden of the dangerous Shadows race offers Centauri Ambassador Londo a "favor" to end the Narn capture of the Centauri world in return for a promise in the future (in essence, selling his soul to the devil), and Vorlon Ambassador Kosh seems involved in Delenn's transformation and Sinclair being there to experience it first-hand. There are pivotal moments in any series, and "Chrysalis" is no exception. As Kosh mentions to Sinclair, "And so it begins…"

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