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Recap and discussion 2 x 19 – Divided Loyalties

Delenn and John run into one another at the Universe Today kiosk. Delenn likes the ‘Eye on Minbari’ section. She says she can find out things that she isn’t told from home. Meanwhile on Mars, a man is running through sewers and hands a second man called Derek and data crystal and says tell her it’s not safe.

Ivanova is dining with Talia when she is called into the C&C for a ship without a valid ID. Talia says she has to find a place to stay for the night since her quarters have an air handler problem and Susan offers her place.

Franklin and Garibaldi get the one person off the ship and Garibaldi recognizes her. She is Lyta Alexander, the telepath who was on the station when it opened and left after she scanned Kosh when he was injured. Garibaldi fills Sheridan in.

She comes to in Medlab and goes all crazy, telling Franklin that there is a traitor on the station and she refuses to be alone with any of the command staff until she finds out who it is.

The meeting is called and Lyta tells them she joined a revolutionary group on Mars and found out that B5 has a Psi Corps sleeper agent among its staff. She says she has the password that will activate the person and it must be sent telepathically for it to work. She wants to test them all. Lyta is sent to a cell for her own safety while Sheridan decides.

Sheridan tells Delenn he’s had a tough day and she puts her hand over his. He is called away. Garibaldi says that all he can check of her story checks out and that he believes her. Susan asks Talia if she knew Lyta. Talia said she did and she had done an internship with the Psi Cops. Susan and Talia talk about trust. We certainly know by now that they are more than friends.

Garibaldi transfers Lyta to another, more comfortable cell and someone with black gloves on tries to shoot her but she gets away.

We see Talia reach across an empty bed for Susan, who is not there.

Lyta goes to Delenn while Sheridan has all his security looking for her. He is considering letting Lyta do her test but Ivanova objects. Lyta sends word via Delenn that she will meet them now and do the test… Susan is waiting for Sheridan and tells him she’s a latent telepath.

She says she doesn’t know who she is anymore and Sheridan remembers the dream: “Do you know who I am?”

The meeting happens and John tell Lyta to test people… they all pass and Susan finally lets her scan her… she finds Susan is blocking her then she sends the password and nothing happens so it isn’t Susan either. Talia comes in and Lyta sends the pw - it is Talia. The sleeper tells Susan she was a fool who played right into her hands.

They send Talia away – to Psi Corps, I presume.

Lyta tells Kosh she wanted to see him again and he allows it – all we see is something while and round in her eyes and whoosh sound.

Quotes:

Lyta to Kosh: I'm back. I can't stay. The Captain's made sure I can get away before the Psi Cops get here, but I had to see you again, before my ship leaves. I never told them. I never told anyone. I hid it all away in the smallest, tiniest corner of my mind. They could've killed me and they still wouldn't have found it. Only at night, alone, would I open that small door in my mind where I kept the memory of you and listen to your voice. Listen to you sing me to sleep. I hope I can come back again. But I don't know. Until then - Kosh - I want to see you again. Just one more time before I go.

MY comments: I wanted to comment personally on this one. I have always felt like this episode was contrived and awkward. I know that Talia was not the original sleeper and I thin that is why it never has worked for me. I seriously think Jason Ironheart would have seen something even if the other personality was hiding. Her character seemed to be in grooming to go against Bester and Psi Corps at some future time. She and Susan did not seem to be even good friends and all of a sudden they're lovers? AND after all the falderah with this episode, it was mostly dropped like it never even happened. JMS mentioned in his notes that she wanted lots of screen time and wasn't a team player, so to me, this really was a way of JMS saying "you're fired and your character can NEVER come back!"


Questions:

1. Did you notice that Derek on Mars was a Ranger? Do you think the Rangers are involved in revolution on Mars then?
2. Did anyone have a problem with Jason Ironheart not ‘seeing’ the nasty sleeper inside Talia, given that he was almost powerful enough to be a god?
3. Was Talia the shooter? How could she have done it? Was there time? Is there another traitor on the station?
4. Making Talia the sleeper always seemed very last minute and not very well thought out solution. What did you think?
5. Did you hear the sound Kosh made when he showed himself to Lyta? If you’d have known what he looked like, then you’d have recognized that sound.

Sources:

The Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/041.html
The Babylon Project: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Divided_Loyalties
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517645/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divided_Loyalties
ruuger: My hand with the nails painted red and black resting on the keyboard of my laptop (Lyta - Phoenix)
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Here you can post your fanworks about "Divided Loyalties" - icons, fanart, fanfic, vids - or recommend fanworks made by others. You can also suggest fic-prompts.

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ruuger: My hand with the nails painted red and black resting on the keyboard of my laptop (Lyta - Phoenix)
[personal profile] ruuger
This is the discussion post for the episode 2X19, "Divided Loyalties". Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware.

Summary:
Lyta returns to Babylon 5 to warn them about a PSI Corps spy among them.

Extra reading:
The article for "Divided Loyalties" at Lurker's Guide.

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