Episode 11 of 22 within Season One : Signs and Portents. Item 12 of 117 overall.
Production number 111.
Marc Scott Zicree - Writer
Jim Johnston - Director
509 votes

A suspicious explosion in a docking bay just prior to a scheduled Presidential visit brings an investigation by his personal security officer, a young woman who knows Garibaldi from the past and is more than ready to believe the worst when it appears he had a hand in the sabotage.

original airdate--May 04,1994


Music --Performed by: Christopher Franke and The Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra


Goof --When the strike leader lists historical examples of suppression of labor movements or strikes in the past, she mentions Matewan (as in the Matewan Massacre in Matewan, West Virginia in the 1920s where workers clashed with company goons), but pronounced it "mat-uh-wan" instead of "mate-wan" as this town is actually pronounced. Given that this is set 430 years after the Matewan massacre, and given that she, most likely, would have never heard it pronounced, but had read about it, the mispronunciation is entirely understandable.

Trivia--Jeffrey ('Michael OHare) Sinclair's five o'clock shadow is real, not makeup. At the time of shooting, O'Hare had just returned from New York City where he'd been appearing in a Broadway play. Babylon 5 producer, J. Michael Straczynski, told O'Hare not to shave, as the whiskers added to his character's haggard look.


"It was the dawn of the third age of mankind – ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. The Babylon Project was a dream, given form. Its goal: to prevent another war, by creating a place where humans and aliens can work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call – home away from home – for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens, wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal… all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5".

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alternative title

Also known as - A Knife in the Shadows

regional titles

Le complot
Ein Wiedersehen mit Folgen
I sopravvissuti