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"Babylon 5" Ship of Tears (1996)

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Original Air Date:
29 April 1996 (Season 3, Episode 14)
Bester arrives in a starfury. He wants their help in tracking down weapons, which turns out to be telepaths captured by the Shadows. They discover why the Shadows wanted telepaths for their war. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Vejar 
Writing credits
J. Michael Straczynski (creator)

J. Michael Straczynski  writer

Produced by
John Copeland .... producer
George Johnsen .... associate producer
Douglas Netter .... executive producer
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Franke 
Cinematography by
John C. Flinn III (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Skip Robinson 
Casting by
Fern Champion 
Mark Paladini 
Production Design by
John Iacovelli 
Art Direction by
Roland Rosenkranz  (as Roland G. Rosenkranz)
Set Decoration by
Alexandra Rubinstein 
Costume Design by
Ann Bruice  (as Ann Bruice Aling)
Makeup Department
Fionagh Cush .... special makeup effects artist
Kim M. Ferry .... assistant hair stylist
Kim M. Ferry .... assistant makeup artist
Greg Funk .... special makeup effects artist
Mark Garbarino .... makeup effects supervisor
Jonathan Gording .... contact lens consultant
Rufus Hearn .... special makeup effects artist
Will Huff .... special makeup effects artist
Traci E. Smithe .... key hair stylist (as Traci Smithe)
John Vulich .... makeup effects creator
John Wheaton .... makeup effects sculptor
Cinzia Zanetti .... key makeup artist
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Skip Beaudine .... unit production manager
Susan Norkin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Chong .... first assistant director (as Ronnie Chong)
David McWhirter .... second assistant director
Rosemarie Unite .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Alan Kobayashi .... graphic artist
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator
John Risso .... paint supervisor
Mark Walters .... property master (as Mark-Louis Walters)
Brian Murray .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Caggiano .... sound supervisor
Linda Coffey .... sound mixer
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor
Paul Menichini .... sound designer
Mike Moser .... sound effects editor (as Michael Moser)
Terry O'Bright .... re-recording mixer
Keith Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Paul Sokol .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Paul Beigle-Bryant .... computer imaging supervisor
Eric Chauvin .... matte artist
Sherry Hitch .... composite 2d animator
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz .... senior computer animator
Stephen W. Pugh .... system engineer (as Steve Pugh)
Ted Rae .... on set visual effects supervisor
John Teska .... senior computer animator
Ron Thornton .... visual effects designer
Mike Donahue .... system engineer: Foundation Imaging (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Irons .... company grip (as James B. Irons)
Peter B. Kowalski .... camera operator
David H. Neale .... best boy electric
John Smith .... gaffer (as 'The' John Smith)
Wally Sweeterman .... first assistant camera
John Warner .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim M. Holly .... costume supervisor
Linda Huse .... key costumer
Muto-Little .... costume maker (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kathie Burr .... first assistant editor
John Burrus .... assistant editor
Jason Netter .... assistant editor
Other crew
Harlan Ellison .... conceptual consultant
Tracie Esparza .... assistant to producer
Carol Henry .... script coordinator
Joanne Higgins .... assistant to producer
Thomas Holbrook .... production assistant
Mike Hoover .... production accountant
E.J. Kavounas .... associate to producer
Haley McLane .... script supervisor
Chris O'Connor .... production coordinator

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J. Michael Straczynski  creator

Produced by
Robert Latham Brown .... producer (pilot episode)
Cinematography by
Fred V. Murphy (multiple episodes)
Makeup Department
Mark Alfrey .... special makeup effects artist
Nik E. Carey .... makeup artist
Matthew Jorgensen .... special makeup effects artist
Ron Pipes .... makeup artist
Tegan Taylor .... key makeup artist
Tania Wanstall .... makeup artist
Tom Irvin .... special makeup effects artist: Optic Nerve Studios (1996-1997) (uncredited)
Art Department
George Amaroso .... swing
Richard Berentsen .... set dressing
Dragon Dronet .... props
Derek Dutilly .... carpenter
Timothy M. Earls .... set designer (1996-1998)
Chris Grantz .... set dresser
Mark Hurtado .... storyboard artist
Evan Jacobs .... specialty prop fabricator
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator (1993-1998)
Karl J. Martin .... set designer
Michael McGee .... special props
Kevin Morrissey .... assistant art director
Sean O'Connell .... set dresser
Mark S. Turner .... painter
Jim Wallis .... set designer
Tamlyn Wright .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Shawn Kennelly .... adr mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Jason King .... sound editor
George Nemzer .... sound editor
Dov Schwarz .... dialogue editor
Brandon Walker .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Matthew Jorgensen .... special effects makeup
Elliot Worman .... special effects technician
Gene Young .... special effects props (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rob Bonchune .... digital artist
Adam Buckner .... visual effects assistant
Everett Burrell .... digital artist
Mark Kochinski .... 3D supervisor (season 1 and 2)
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz .... visual effects supervisor: Foundation Imaging (1993-1996)
Scott Milne .... visual effects
David Wainstain .... visual effects: Foundation Imaging
Tim Wilcox .... visual effects
Rick Avery .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt performer
Joey Box .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
James Jude Courtney .... stunt double: Garibaldi/Gkar
Danial Donai .... stunts
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Anita Hart .... stunt double: Claudia Christian
Terry James .... stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunts
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Kimani Ray Smith .... stunt double: Human Ranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator
Jeff Bova .... grip
Brian Cantrell .... electrician
Dean Jackson .... key grip
Larry Newberg .... still photographer
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Music Department
John E. Hudgens .... producer: music video
Edgar Rothermich .... music producer
Edgar Rothermich .... music recordist
Other crew
Brian Barney .... production assistant
Jeff Bova .... craft service
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Clark Credle .... production assistant
Bret Culpepper .... technical advisor
Alfonso Delgado .... key production assistant
Robin Johannsen .... assistant production coordinator
Keith McNulty .... teleprompter operator
Stephen W. Pugh .... system engineer (season 3) (as Steve Pugh)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance
Production Companies

Additional Details

44 min | 43 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to the Babylon 5 timeline, verifiable telepaths started appearing in Earth's population in the early 22nd century. Everyone assumed it was the result of natural evolution. In fact, it was because of genetic manipulation by the Vorlons.See more »
[first lines]
Michael Garibaldi:Did you hear? They're putting ISN back online.
Dr. Stephen Franklin:If ISN's broadcasting again, maybe that means things are better back home.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Yeah, it's "Bester time"!!, 19 January 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Of all the Babylon 5 episodes, the ones with Bester are among my favorites. That's because this character played by Walter Koenig (yes, that's the guy who played 'Chekov' on STAR TREK) is among the coolest of the series. He is so evil but also funny and engaging at the same time. He's the guy you love to hate!! This time, the ever-hated Bester arrives on a mission to HELP Babylon 5 by giving them some needed information--at a price. What is the price? Well, Sheridan needs to help Bester on a mission to rescue some unknown "package" and if he does this, Bester will reveal a Psi Corp plot to undermine B-5. Oddly, all that Bester does seems to work out just dandy for B-5,....making everyone wonder what the heck is REALLY occurring! I could easily say a lot more about this, but would hate to ruin the surprises in the show. The bottom line is that Bester's involved AND important aspects of the ongoing Shadow plot are revealed--a real "win/win" situation.

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