G'Kar is a fictional character, played by Andreas Katsulas, in the universe of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. He appears as a villainous diplomat opposite Londo Mollari, being engaged in insidious, if petty and comical schemes driven by his hostility to his people's historical enemies, the Centauri, whom Londo represents. However, in the course of the series, he is transformed into a Messianic figure and the foremost spiritual leader of his people. G'Kar was a pouchling during the first Centauri occupation of his homeworld, his family served as servants in a Centauri household. This was during the time when the Narn resistance movement was gaining in strength and their increased aggression was driving the Centauri out of Narn. After G'Kar’s mother became ill, only he and his father remained fit enough to serve in their Centauri master’s household. One day his father accidentally spilled a bowl of hot jala upon the mistress of the house; as punishment, his father was hung up on their family prayer tree.
He lasted for three days before he died. G'Kar was with him, his father told him just before he died that he was proud of him, to do all the things that he could not – Fight the Centauri. In rage, G'Kar ran away and killed his first Centauri that day, he on joined the resistance movement. After the Centauri were driven off, he worked in the military, participating in at least one invasion during the expansion of the Narn Regime. By his own admission on, during this invasion he participated in atrocities. In addition, G'Kar dealt with the Earth Alliance during the Earth-Minbari War to secretly sell needed weapons that could be effective against the invincible Minbari. To G'Kar, the fact that this profitable exchange could falsely implicate the Centauri Republic was worth the risk of incurring the wrath of the Minbari themselves. G'Kar was Narn ambassador to Babylon 5, member of the third circle of the Kha'Ri, the heart and the ruling body of Narn Regime. During his time as ambassador, he was notorious for his hatred of Londo Mollari, of the Centauri Republic Mollari represented.
His hatred led G'Kar in 2258 to be a party to various underhanded schemes intended to further the goals of his government whether they be sheltering the notorious Dilgar war criminal, Deathwalker, to attempting to incite riots on the station. In mid-2259, the dying Centauri Emperor Turhan visited Babylon 5 so as he could "stand with a Narn in neutral territory and apologize" for all the evil and suffering the Centauri have inflicted upon the Narn. G'kar was prepared to assassinate the Emperor. After the Emperor’s intentions were relayed to him, he sought Mollari and offered him a drink in celebration of a new understanding between their two peoples. By a sad irony, at that point Mollari had arranged for the Shadows to attack the Narn base on Quadrant 14 to ensure that Refa and his allies could consolidate their power at the eve of the Centauri Emperor’s death. After learning of the attack on Quadrant 14 “by the Centauri”, G'Kar attempted to attack Mollari but was stopped by Sheridan. Sheridan gave G'Kar a choice – if he attacked Mollari, he might well end up dead and would be of no use to his people.
But if he restrained himself, he would be able to help his people greatly. In a feat of tremendous self-restraint, G'Kar stayed his hand. Instead he sat on the ground. After the second Narn-Centauri war, the subsequent surrender of the Narn Regime, G'Kar was the only member of the Kha'Ri not captured. Mollari returned to Babylon 5 to announce to the Babylon 5 Council the defeat of Narn and its being turned into a “Protectorate” of the Centauri. Mollari proceeded to deliver the terms of the Narn surrender, including the arrest of all members of the Kha'Ri. However, because he had asked for sanctuary, G'Kar had been placed under the protection both of Babylon 5 and of the Minbari Federation for as long as G'Kar remained ON the station. Londo had G'Kar removed from the Council as he was no longer the official representative of Narn. Instead of leaping across the room to snap Mollari’s neck, G'Kar calmly rose and addressed the council in one of his most memorable lines in the history of the series.
During the six months or so after the Narn-Centauri war, G'Kar had offered much assistance to the underground resistance back on Narn. In exchange for G'Kar’s cooperation for toning down these activities, Sheridan was able to pressure the Centauri into releasing the Narn colonists on Quadrant 14, he maintained control of the Narn aboard Babylon 5 to ensure that the others would be more sympathetic to their plight. He helped expose a plot to use Babylon 5 as a Centauri munitions drop point. With help from Michael Garibaldi, he was able to establish a safe location for smuggling weapons into Narn and its colonies. G'kar spent the part of the year 2259 as well as early 2260 being obsessed with avenging his people against the Centauri in general, Mollari in particular, he maintained the steady flow of smuggled weapons onto Narn. As the last of the Kha'Ri still free, G'Kar inspired those on his homeworld to rise up and resist their would-be invaders, his authority was challenged, at one point, by a fellow Narn, Na'Far, appointed by the Centauri as the new official ambassador of the Re
William Morgan Clark is a fictional character and a major antagonist from the universe of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, portrayed by Gary McGurk. His character appeared on-screen, but is a major off-screen presence in the show. Clark became president when EarthForce One, carrying President Luis Santiago, was destroyed in 2258, he was complicit with the assassination. He believed Earth to be in danger of being overrun by extraterrestrial races, so the Nightwatch, a fascist, paramilitary organization, was formed to find out people suspected to be alien infiltrators or sympathizers. EarthForce's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General William Hague, suspected that Clark was involved in the assassination, began a low-level counter-conspiracy that included Captain John Sheridan. In 2260, John Sheridan and General Hague found evidence that Clark had arranged the assassination of Santiago. Hague managed to get the evidence introduced in the Senate. At about the same time, it was revealed that Clark's forces had found a Shadow vessel buried on Ganymede.
Clark was having the ship studied in order to learn its secrets. John Sheridan took the White Star back to Ganymede, destroyed the vessel. Clark soon issued a decree of martial law using the Ganymede incident as a pretext; when martial law was declared, Hague began armed resistance against Clark's government. Hague was soon killed in a firefight between his ship, EAS Alexander and the heavy cruiser EAS Clarkstown. Meanwhile, Mars rejected martial law, Clark responded by bombing Mars. Clark dissolved the Senate, nationalized the media outlets. In response, Proxima III and Orion VII broke away from the Earth Alliance, setting themselves up as independent states. Babylon 5 soon followed these two colonies by breaking away, after Clark attempted and failed to seize the station and put it under command of the Nightwatch. Clark turned the Earth Alliance into a dictatorship, making ISN into a propaganda machine. Considering Sheridan to be a threat, Clark targeted Babylon 5 and Sheridan with a blockade and a propaganda war.
In the fall of 2261, Clark put a policy in place of killing refugees trying to leave the colonies that he was taking military action against. When Sheridan learned that in one case 10,000 innocent civilians were killed by an Earth Alliance vessel, he realized that the time had come to remove Clark. After the Shadow War, Sheridan had built a powerful alliance of races and held command of the White Star Fleet, giving him the military muscle to fight Earth directly. Sheridan's forces began a systematic campaign against Clark's forces, including a televised message of their own dubbed the "Voice of the Resistance". Large numbers of Earth Force personnel defected, Sheridan scored his first major victory against Clark by defeating his forces blockading Proxima III. Sheridan himself was captured by his former chief of security Michael Garibaldi and tortured, but was rescued and returned to the fleet soon afterward, which by this time had grown to include a large number of Earth Force ships fighting alongside him.
Clark decided to trap Sheridan's forces with advanced model destroyers, fitted with Shadow technology. When Sheridan's second in command, Commander Susan Ivanova, learned of this, she engaged the destroyers with White Star ships, leaving the rest of the EarthForce vessels behind. Captain James of EAS Agamemnon opposed Ivanova's decision, but soon realized that Clark would have his destroyers target the Earth ships rather than the White Stars. While Ivanova managed to destroy all the vessels, her White Star was damaged by a collision with debris from one of the destroyed vessels and she was injured and left in a near-death state. Sheridan took the fleet directly to Earth, sent a message saying that they had come home to fight against Clark's tyranny. Realizing that he would soon be captured, Clark committed suicide with a PPG. In one last vindictive act, he turned the planetary defense grid back on the Earth under a "scorched earth" policy – the parallels with Adolf Hitler's end and final policies at the end of World War II are notable.
Sheridan and his forces, were able to destroy the defense platforms before they fired. During his entire presidency, Clark accused others of being traitors to the Earth Alliance and humanity – though he arranged the assassination of his predecessor President Santiago so he could assume office and turn Earth into a fascist police state. Further, he pursued a massive Orwellian propaganda smear campaign to present any who opposed him as traitors to humanity as a whole, he tried to kill everyone on Earth rather than let it fall to opposition forces. After Clark's suicide, footage of his body was shown on an ISN broadcast to confirm his death: someone had unceremoniously hung a taunting handwritten note around his corpse's neck, which read "Traitor to Earth" – Clark had done more to undermine and destroy the Earth Alliance than the fictitious "alien conspiracy" he scapegoated to seize power. After Clark's suicide, Senator Susanna Luchenko of the Russian Consortium was named president. President Luchenko announced that the Justice Department would prosecute those who had committed crimes during Clark's reign of terror and offered amnesty to those who had followed Sheridan.
Sheridan would resign in the aftermath of the civil war, but to the
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers is the fifth telefilm set in the Babylon 5 universe. Airing January 19, 2002 on the Sci Fi Channel, it was written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Mike Vejar. Though shot as a pilot for a possible new series, it aired opposite NFL playoffs and the subsequent poor ratings led to it not being picked up; as the Shadow War ended, hundreds of civilizations were devastated. It is up to the Interstellar Alliance, with the help of the Rangers, to rebuild what the great war had destroyed and to hold peace among the worlds of the ISA. In the year 2265, David Martel, a Ranger, is given the command of a twenty-year-old Ranger starship, is asked to escort a Valen-class cruiser to a secret location carrying several diplomats, including Ambassador G'Kar. Upon arrival, the two craft are attacked on behalf of an unknown and ancient force known only as The Hand whose lethal power is far greater than any known to Earth or any other world in the Interstellar Alliance.
Dylan Neal: David Martell Andreas Katsulas: G'Kar Alex Zahara: Dulann Myriam Sirois: Sarah Cantrell Dean Marshall: Malcolm Bridges Warren Takeuchi: Kitaro "Kit" Sasaki Jennie Rebecca Hogan: Na'Feel Mackenzie Gray: Kafta David Storch: Tafeek Enid-Raye Adams: Firell Gus Lynch: Tirk Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers official site. Archived from the original on April 8, 2002. Legend of the Rangers on IMDb Babylon 5:The Legend Of The Rangers at AllMovie Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers at The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
Crusade (TV series)
Crusade is an American spin-off television series from J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5, released in 1999, its plot is set in 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, just after the movie A Call to Arms. The Drakh have released a nanovirus plague on Earth, which will destroy all life on Earth within five years if it is not stopped; the Victory class destroyer Excalibur has been sent out to look for anything that could help the search for a cure. Like Babylon 5, Crusade was intended to have a five-year story arc, although as Straczynski notes in the DVD commentary for A Call to Arms, it was intended to resolve the Drakh plague after a season or two and move onto other storylines. Conflicts arose, between the producers and executives at TNT, production was cancelled before the first episode was broadcast. TNT's research had indicated that the audience for Babylon 5 did not watch other TNT programming, TNT's main audience was not watching the show, making another related program unattractive to the network's management.
Straczynski believes that the network's "interference" with the production was an attempt to get out of their contract by allowing them to argue that he failed to deliver the series they wanted. Thirteen episodes were broadcast by TNT, with at least four more scripted; the Sci-Fi Channel attempted to pick up the show and continue production, but was unable to find room in its budget. In 2267, six years after the end of the Shadow War, the Drakh, a former ally of the Shadows, attempt to destroy the Earth with a leftover Shadow Planet Killer. Interstellar Alliance president John Sheridan takes command of Excalibur and Victory and leads the EarthForce and ISA fleets to victory. During the battle, the Drakh released a viral weapon into Earth's atmosphere, infecting every living thing on the planet. In five years, the virus will kill everything. Victory was destroyed in the battle. Command is turned over to Captain Matthew Gideon, given a mission: explore the galaxy to find either a cure or an ally capable of producing one.
At some point between 2262 and 2267, a civil war broke out on Earth between the Psi Corps and a group of rogue telepaths, with mundanes caught in the middle. As a result of the war, the Psi Corps was disbanded and the laws were rewritten. Few telepaths have advanced far because of how recent the war was and due to the common fear of telepaths. Telepaths are still banned from scanning others' thoughts without consent and are required to be "deep scanned" by powerful telepaths on a regular basis to ensure that they are not violating any laws. After the Earth Alliance Civil War in 2261, Earth joined the ISA; as promised by John Sheridan, Mars was granted independence since ISA laws required members to free any colony where the majority of colonists want independence. There is still resentment between the two sides. Earth controls most of the information systems and resources in the solar system and Earth-based corporations control much of the Mars economy; as a result, there is some hostility among Mars-born humans towards Terrans and many in EarthForce do not feel obligated to risk their lives to help Earth fight the plague.
The galaxy is dealing with the Shadow technology legacy, among other things, includes the release of the plague on Earth by the Drakh, made out of Shadow technology and Earthforce's use of it, which Gideon had to experience tragically ten years before. This is a list of season star cast members. Gary Cole as Captain Matthew Gideon: captain of Excalibur, he was chosen by Interstellar Alliance president John Sheridan because he would be willing to take chances and would not let diplomacy get in the way of completing the mission. Tracy Scoggins as Captain Elizabeth Lochley: commanding officer of Babylon 5, she first encountered Gideon on Mars during an interstellar conference on the plague where she was heading security. She and Gideon clashed due to similarities in personalities, but soon developed a relationship as casual lovers, she appeared infrequently. Daniel Dae Kim as Lieutenant John Matheson: second in command and P6 telepath, he is considered to be a role model among human telepaths since no other has advanced so far in the EarthForce military.
He served as Gideon's first officer on his previous assignment as well. He was assigned to Excalibur at the insistence of Gideon. David Allen Brooks as Max Eilerson: a successful archaeologist from Interplanetary Expeditions, he has a gift for understanding alien languages. He was not assigned to Excalibur but was recruited by Gideon during their encounter in "War Zone". Peter Woodward as Galen: a technomage, who had saved Gideon's life 10 years prior to the series, he was exiled from the technomages' order in 2267 after he helped Earth and the ISA fight the Drakh in the battle that resulted in Earth becoming infected with the plague. Marjean Holden as Doctor Sarah Chambers: ship's medical officer, she was on Mars at the time of the Drakh attack and was willing to risk the plague to go home to Earth and be with her family and help, but was persuaded that her medical expertise could be put to better use by h
Andrew "Andreas" Katsulas was an American film and television actor. Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a working-class Greek American family, Katsulas earned a master's degree in theatre from Indiana University. From 1971 to 1986, he toured with Peter Brook's International Theatre Company, performing improvisational and prepared theater pieces. In 1981 and 1982, he appeared on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light as Lucien Goff. Katsulas appeared in various films, including The Sicilian, Next of Kin, Someone to Watch Over Me, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Executive Decision, he played the one-armed villain Sykes in The Fugitive. Katsulas was a regular on the television series Babylon 5, he played the Romulan Commander Tomalak on Star Trek: The Next Generation. A lifelong smoker, Katsulas died of lung cancer on February 13, 2006, at the age of 59, he was survived by his wife, Gilla Nissan Katsulas, his two children from a previous marriage and Katherine. Official website Andreas Katsulas on IMDb Andreas Katsulas at AllMovie Andreas Katsulas at Memory Alpha "Andreas Katsulas is gone" posted by J. Michael Straczynski on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated Memorial video by John E. Hudgens Andreas Katsulas at Find a Grave
Babylon 5: The Gathering
Babylon 5: The Gathering is the test pilot movie of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, aired on February 22, 1993. It is the first of six feature-length films in the Babylon 5 media franchise; the Gathering covers events which take place one year before those of the first-season episode "Midnight on the Firing Line", providing a framework of backstories, political agendas, personal relationships for some of the series' major characters. Following the success of the movie, Warner Bros. Television commissioned the series for production in May 1993, as part of its Prime Time Entertainment Network. In the Earth year 2257, a multitude of humans and non-humans gather deep in neutral space at a new station, Babylon 5, which has become operational. Babylon 5 was built as a neutral venue for discussing and resolving issues between the five major spacefaring races of the galaxy, the humans, Centauri and Vorlons. Commander Jeffrey Sinclair is in overall charge of the station; as the crew awaits the arrival of the fourth and final alien ambassador, Ambassador Kosh from the Vorlon Empire, a transport ship arrives from Earth, bearing Lyta Alexander, a human telepath who joins the station crew, Del Varner, a civilian.
Ambassador Kosh arrives two days ahead of schedule, is on board the station less than a minute when he falls ill from poisoning. Babylon 5's chief medical officer, Dr. Kyle, conducts a medical investigation and seeks to prevent Kosh's death, while Security Chief Michael Garibaldi conducts a security investigation. Worried that, if Kosh dies, the Vorlons will attack and destroy the station, Dr. Kyle and Lt. Cmdr. Takashima persuade Lyta to perform an unauthorized mind scan on the unconscious Kosh; as she conducts the scan, Lyta sees. Lyta accuses Sinclair of attempted murder. A meeting of Babylon 5's Council, made up of delegates from all five races, resolves to extradite the Commander to the Vorlon homeworld for trial. Sinclair is told. Garibaldi comes to suspect; when he enters Varner's quarters, however, he discovers Varner dead in a fish tank. Lyta enters the medical lab, where she begins adjusting some of the settings that are keeping Kosh alive. At that moment, the real Lyta Alexander enters the room.
Upon further investigation in Varner's quarters, Garibaldi learns that Varner had been smuggling illegal items between systems, that he most had gone to the Antares sector to acquire a changeling net: a device that can make an individual appear to look like somebody else. The crew realizes that Kosh had not been poisoned by Sinclair when he arrived at the station, but rather that he had been poisoned by someone, using the changeling net to imitate Sinclair. Since the use of such a device would put out a lot of energy, Takashima uses the station's scanners to pinpoint an area of the station with a high concentration of unidentified energy use. Sinclair and Garibaldi head for that part of the station, just as a Vorlon squadron arrives in the vicinity of the station to pick up Sinclair for his voyage to the Vorlon homeworld. Sinclair and Garibaldi confront the mysterious assailant. Garibaldi is injured in the firefight and Sinclair faces the assassin himself; the changeling net is disabled. The assassin is a member of the Minbari warrior caste, wanted to discredit Sinclair as retribution for Sinclair's role in the Earth–Minbari War ten years earlier.
Sinclair asks the assassin. Sinclair, being informed that the assassin has triggered an explosive charge, manages to get away just before an explosion rips a hole in the station's hull, throwing the station off its axis, beginning to tear it apart from the inside. Takashima uses the station's stabilizers to reestablish its axis; the Vorlon delegation, now satisfied that Sinclair is innocent, drops all charges against him. In the station's garden, Sinclair reveals to Delenn what the Minbari assassin had said about the "hole" in Sinclair's mind. Delenn claims. Sinclair, tells her that he had fought in the climactic battle of the Earth–Minbari War, that there is a twenty-four-hour period in the climactic battle, just before the Minbari surrendered, for which he can't account. Takashima declares Babylon 5 open for business. There are two versions of The Gathering; the original version was a TV movie aired in 1993 on the Prime Time Entertainment Network as a pilot for the series. After a four-year run on PTEN, Babylon 5 moved to Turner Network Television for its fifth and final season in 1998.
Series creator and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski supervised a special edition of Babylon 5: The Gathering, which aired on TNT following the new TV movie, Babylon 5: In the Beginning. Scenes were edited to move at a faster pace, allowing the restoration of 14 minutes of footage adding exposition and character development. Among the notable additions is a prophetic line spoken by Kosh. Lost in the special edition is a trip through the station's alien sector that some viewers felt looked too much like a zoo; the original music, composed by Stewart Copeland, is replaced with a score by Christopher Franke, who composed music for the rest of the series, played by the Berliner Symphoniker. The special edition is included in the Warner Home Video DVD releases Babylon 5: The Gathering/In th
Babylon 5: Thirdspace
Babylon 5: Thirdspace is a made-for-television film, part of the Babylon 5 science fiction universe. It was directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño; the movie was shown on July 19, 1998 on the TNT cable network, during the run of season five. In addition to members of the regular cast of the Babylon 5 TV series, it features the notable guest-stars Shari Belafonte and William Sanderson; the horror-based story, which ties into the Shadow/Vorlon plotline, centers on the return of an ancient and overwhelming alien force which had once attempted to destroy life in the Milky Way. The film deals with an enormous artifact, discovered in hyperspace and towed to Babylon 5 for investigation; the xenoarchaeology corporation Interplanetary Expeditions sends a representative, Dr. Elizabeth Trent, to take control of the artifact's examination; the artifact begins to influence the dreams of many inhabitants of Babylon 5 controlling many of them during their waking hours as well. These thralls, led by Deuce, first demand that the excavation be accelerated, become violent towards the rest of the Babylon 5 population.
Dr. Trent conjectures that the artifact is a Jumpgate that takes one neither to normal space nor to hyperspace but to a "third" space. With the reluctant support of her colleague, they order the device to be turned on, without notifying Captain Sheridan. Sheridan and Delenn visit Lyta Alexander, transmitting a "race memory", explains that the gate was built by the Vorlons a million years ago with a purpose that cannot be expressed in human terms except as an attempt to make contact with the gods; the Vorlons discovered that Thirdspace is a parallel universe inhabited by a violent, telepathic alien species older and more powerful than the Vorlons, bent on exterminating all life other than their own. Long ago, the Thirdspace aliens telepathically converted a small army of Vorlons to fight and die for them; the ensuing battle ended in a stalemate. Lyta telepathically informs Captain Sheridan how to deactivate the gate; when the device is reactivated, the Thirdspace aliens stream out from the portal in small fighters and begin a devastating assault on Babylon 5, obliterating large cruisers with little effort.
The violent behavior of the individuals under the artifact's control is intended to disrupt the station's defenses. The struggle is ended when Sheridan enters the artifact via flight suit to plant and detonate a thermonuclear device, destroying the artifact just as the first wave of Thirdspace heavy warships begin to emerge. Once destroyed, the telepathic influence the station returns to normal. Trent, shaken by the way in which the artifact affected her, turns over her final report and goes on an indefinite hiatus. Sheridan and the others conceal the true nature of the artifact from those who ask questions, confidently assure themselves that the incident is unlikely to occur again. In private, Lyta broods with the knowledge that the artifact was only one of many mistakes the Vorlons have made in the past; the central theme of Thirdspace is hubris. The artifact was created because of the Vorlons' belief that they were equal in power to the gods, a reference to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
A stand-alone episode, the film is set after the Shadow War and before war was declared with Earth. The presence of both Dr. Franklin and Delenn, along with changes to Zack Allan's uniform, further place the events just before episode 409 "Atonement", to the extent that its continuity problems can be resolved. While a stand-alone story, it does include a scene in which Zack Allan reveals his feelings outright to Lyta Alexander, unaware that she is being telepathically dominated and not hearing a word he says; this sheds some new light on their somewhat uncomfortable friendship and his jealousy of her relationship with another telepath, that would occur in Season 5. In the season 5 episode "The Fall of Centauri Prime", Delenn appears to refer obliquely to the events of this film by pondering, "Who knows what's out there; the fictional artifact was designed by science fiction and fantasy artist Wayne Barlowe after the script was written. In the novelization, the description of the artifact does not match.
Most notably, the artifact in the novel formed into a jump gate, larger than the station when it became operational. In the film, however, it rearranged itself and decreased in size. Babylon 5: Thirdspace on IMDb Babylon 5: Thirdspace at AllMovie Babylon 5: Thirdspace at The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5