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Recap and discussion for 2 x 17 – Knives

This episode seemed really short to me – maybe it’s because there were just 2 plot lines.

We begin with Sheridan hitting baseballs and joined by Garibaldi, who mentions Grey Sector and the B5 Triangle. John, who is always curious, decides to check it out.

Londo and Vir are singing Centauri opera when someone tries to choke Londo. It is his old dueling pal Urza Jaddo, who has come to ask a favor. Londo and Urza were both very prominent duelers at one time and Londo’s family was highly placed. They go to drink Brivari.

Sheridan goes down to Grey Sector and finds a dead Markab with his head bashed. It jerks and grabs Sheridan and there is a strange glow. Franklin checks Sheridan out and finds him okay though Sheridan does seem to be seeing things.

Londo tells Vir of their family alliances and how Urza is a better fighter than he is. Urza and Londo drink and Urza says he is bring accused of being at traitor.

Sheridan awakens to a monster in his room and when he shoots at it, it disappears. Garibaldi thinks he is hallucinating and Sheridan foes to C&C while Garibaldi checks things out. At the C&C, he sees the Icarus come through the gate and explode. He goes to Medlab.

Londo calls Refa about Urza’s problems. Refa tells Londo that he is a traitor and that Londo should distance himself from him,

Sheridan is again playing baseball and Garibaldi tells him the Markab passed through Sector 14 on his way to Babylon 5 – then he tells Sheridan about B4. AND we find out that Earth has removed all records of this from B5 - not knowing that Garibaldi has a copy as well.

Urza throws a banquet for Londo and there, we find out what is going on… Londo and Urza talk and Londo finds out that Refa is the one who accused Urza of Treason because he did not go along with the death of the old emperor and the murder of the PM. Londo says he cannot change his course and must see it through to the end… Urza gives his famous sword to Londo and challenges him to a duel.

Sheridan figures out something while watching the B4 vis report and takes off, leaving his comm in his room.

Vir tries to talk Londo out of the duel but Londo says he must fight urza.

Sheridan takes off for Sector 14 in a Starfury and Garibaldi follows him.

The thing in Sheridan leaves him but almost pulls the Starfury into the rift… Garibnaldi saves him.

Londo and Urza fight and Urza lets Londo kill him… and Londo later tells Vir that the victor becomes responsible for the losers’ family. Urza knew that he would be killed for treason and he wanted to make sure his family was safe. Vir tells him he can turn back but Londo says he must see it through.

Sheridan says he finally figured out that he was host to a being who really just wanted to go home and he took him.


Franklin to Sheridan: Well, anyone willing to command Babylon 5 has got to be slightly insane, but I don't think that you're ready for the asylum just yet.


1. Could Londo have turned back? Or would he have suffered the same fate as Urza?
2. With the story arc material, did Sheridan’s part seem strange to you? Out of place? Or a way to let us know that Earth covered up the B4 incident AND to let Sheridan know it happened?
3. JMS said this episode was supposed to come before In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum. Do you think it makes any difference?


WikipediaL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knives_(Babylon_5)
The Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/039.html
The Babylon Projext: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Babylon_5_(TV_series)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517662/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu
ruuger: Londo from Babylon 5 with the text "Let it all burn". (Let It All Burn)
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Here you can post your fanworks about "Knives" - icons, fanart, fanfic, vids - or recommend fanworks made by others. You can also suggest fic-prompts.

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ruuger: Londo from Babylon 5 with the text "Let it all burn". (Let It All Burn)
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This is the discussion post for the episode 2X16, "Knives". Spoilers for the whole of the series, including the spin-offs and tie-ins, are allowed here so newbies beware.

Londo gets a visit from an old friend, while Sheridan is visited by ghosts of his past.

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


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