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War Zone

Gideon - "Let's take a look, see how bad this really is."

Galen - "And so it begins."

Eilerson - "Nothing like the occasional surprise to keep things interesting."

Senator McQuate - "You're a dangerous man when you want to be, Captain. And right now, we need a dangerous man."

Mr. Ames - "We've had to make certain ... compromises ... to get this show on the road."

Gideon - "I'm not subtle, I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a lot of people along the way. But I'll get the job done."

Trace - "I've got plans for the weekend and being dead ain't part of 'em."

Trace - "I don't plan on being dead any time soon."

Dureena - "There isn't a lock made that I can't get through."
Senator - "That, we can vouch for."

Dureena, re: the ship - "It'll do."

Trace - "Why the hell am I asking a machine for an opinion?"

Galen - "Hello, Matthew. I just wanted you to know that I am here, and I'm watching, in case you should need help."
Gideon - "Who's this?"
Galen - "Have you forgotten me so soon? Sad, but the way of the world, I suppose. Expect me when you see me."

Eilerson - "You're bluffing."
Gideon - "I never bluff."

Galen - "I told you I will be here when you need me."

Dureena, re: Galen - "He's here!"

Leshok (Drakh Captain) - "And when your world is gone, who will support you? Who will you serve? Who will you be?"

Galen, to Gideon - "I will go with you."

Dureena - "Yes, I'm a thief, and a damned good one. Need to get inside something? Get out? Tunnel under? Go around? Go through? I'm it. You're going to hit some pretty strange places and you're going to need a lock pick. There isn't a lock made that I can't get through."

Eilerson - "I can appreciate dramatic irony as much as the next person, but this is pushing it a bit."

Gideon - "This is my command. I'll do whatever's necessary. If that means turning the entire galaxy upside down and shaking its pockets to see what falls out, then that's what I'll do. I'm not subtle. I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a lot of people along the way. But I'll get the job done."

The Long Road

Galen - "I'll go and get ready to meet them."
Gideon - "I haven't invited you yet."
Galen - "You will."

Galen - "You're strip-mining the place!"

Galen - "If I'm right, this is definitely something you should see."
Gideon - "And if you're wrong?"
Galen - "Oh well that hardly seems likely, now does it?"

Alwyn - "If they come with guns, they will leave in boxes."

Alwyn, to Galen - "There is much of your father in you."

Galen - "The teeth are a very nice touch."
Alwyn - "You think so? Not too big?"
Galen - "No, I think they are just about right."
Alwyn - "Yes, I suppose you're right."

The Well of Forever

Matheson - "Time to see Mister Jones."

Dureena - "Never gamble with a thief."

Mister Jones - "You know, Lieutenant, you've become something of a roll-model to a number of telepaths back home."

Galen - "What have you done to your quarters?"
Dureena - "I made it the right size. I don't know why everybody else always makes things huge. This is the way I like it, nice and small. Have a seat."

Galen - "Do you think I'm hiding things from you?"
Dureena - "Gideon says we all have things to hide."
Galen - "Does he? How unfortunate. I was hoping he'd come farther than that."

Galen - "They're called the Fen..."

Gideon - "No it's not! It's mating with us?"
Galen - "Well it's not exactly the first contact situation I would have envisioned, but ..."

Galen - "The ship is not entirely under your control, Matthew. I am sorry."

Gideon - "I didn't ask how you screwed me, I asked why."

Galen, to Isabelle - "Goodbye."

Gideon's message to Matheson - "Problem solved. Here's a gift to celebrate."

The Path of Sorrows *****

Galen - "Now that I have your attention, be a good fellow and humor me."

Matheson - "You like going nowhere at 120 miles an hour?"
Galen - "Of course. That is man's natural condition."

Patterns of the Soul

Eilerson - "IPX doesn't give paid holidays."
Gideon - "For a cause like this, I think we'd all happily chip in."

Dureena - "A lost tribe!"

Dureena - "Your colony is the last of our people."
Female Elder - "No!"
Dureena - "Yes. Xander Prime is destroyed. That's why I travel with the Humans. Our world as your remember it is dead. Until today, I thought I was the last of our race. If you don't seek help for the plague, it will mean the true end of our civilization."

Ruling From the Tomb

Eilerson, to Thug - "You mess with me, you mess with my whole family."

Lochley - "You know what you are?"
Gideon - "Ruggedly handsome?"
Lochley - "A control freak."
Gideon - "Can't I be both?"

Matheson - "Ruggedly handsome?"

Dureena - "Gods, I am drowning in testosterone."
Eilerson - "Well, luckily for you, you're equipped with floatation devices."

Lochley - "Who was your old hero?"
Gideon - "Truthfully? John Sheridan."
Lochley - "John Sheridan? No kidding."
Gideon - "Were you ever under him?"
Lochley - chokes

Gideon - "You're telling me some guy actually managed to land you, get you to lower your defenses enough to make you commit, and then let you get away? God, he must be the biggest loser in the galaxy."
Lochley - "Oh, major loser. They don't come any bigger."
Gideon - "Loser have a name?"
Lochley - "John Sheridan."

Trace - "You're beautiful, Max."

Lochley - "Do you believe that there is a supreme being?"
Gideon - "Aside from John Sheridan?"

Rules of the Game

Gideon - "Plato one said that for everything that exists, there is a perfect form of it somewhere. A perfect Human being, a perfect chair, a perfect stick; so that everything is a Shadow of that one perfect form. Now, if we follow that train of thought, that means that somewhere in the universe there exists the perfect form of an absolute and perfect idiot. And he left here an hour ago."

Eilerson, to Rolf - "The term is prodigy. Seven letters, three syllables. I can see why it might give you problems."

Ris - "We are above corruption, above temptation."

Gideon - "You cheated."
Lochley - "Absolutely."
Gideon - "I like that."

Rolf - "In case you haven't heard, she's not your wife anymore."
Eilerson - "I know."

Cynthia's friend - "Mr. Kitty is back, and he is just fine!"

On-screen Message - "In memory of Mister Kitty, 198? To May 17, 1999. Now chasing star-mice."

Appearances and Other Deceits

Welles - "If anyone knows how to survive political change, it's me."

Dr. Chambers - "It's almost as if he willed himself to die."

Eilerson - "Never a Rosetta Stone when you need one."

Gideon - "Eilerson was right about all of this. I hate it when he's right. He'll be insufferable for days."

Alien - "I know what you're looking for! I know where you can find it!"

Gideon - "I look like a bellhop."

Racing the Night

Galen, to Gideon - "Never contradict a TechnoMage when he's saving your life. Again."

Gideon - "Don't think."
Galen - "Yes, quite right. If you wanted to think, you shouldn't have joined the military in the first place."

Holo-Galen - "Oh, my. Whatever should I do? They have all left without me. I knew I would forget where we parked that shuttle. I hope something dreadful doesn't happen to me. Oh, look. Something dreadful."

Galen - "It is wrong to withhold information."

Dureena - "Yes. Yes, it is, isn't it?"

Galen - "If I'm going to die, I'd rather do so in a room with a view."

Galen - "Ten years ago, I rescued a stray cat. That brings with it a degree of obligation. I can't exactly go wandering off every time he gets stuck up a tree, now can I?"

Gideon - "Shut up, Max."

Galen - "The answer is still no. For now."
Dureena - "Then there's hope?"
Galen - "There is always hope, only because that is the one thing no one has figured out how to kill. Yet."

Galen - "Expect me when you see me."

Gideon, to the A-Box - "Where to next?"

Gideon - "I thought you said you don't hold a grudge?"
Galen - "I don't. I have no surviving enemies. At all."

The Memory of War

Gideon - "Nothing much good on tv tonight anyway."

Gideon - "Drop probes."

Galen - "I want you to know that this thing just made a very large dent in my ship. Did you ever think about looking outside before you start throwing things overboard?"
Gideon - "Maybe next time you'll let us know when you're coming. So what brings you here this time?"
Galen - "An attempt, in all probability foolish and useless, to prevent you from going down to that planet."
Gideon - "Galen, my people have been looking for this place since we left Earth. Now that you're here, what could you possibly say that would change that?"
Galen - "Well how about if you go down there, they odds are that none of you will return alive? Clear me for docking. Put away the breakables. Turn on the landing lights. I'm coming in."

Eilerson - "Where are you going?"
Gideon - "To follow a friend into hell."

A-Box - "Do not trust."
Gideon - "Do not trust who?"
A-Box - "Galen."

***Personal note - There is one scene, at the end of this episode, which is probably the most defining character moment I've ever seen in the Babylon universe. It involves Galen and Dureena, and without speaking a word, says volumes about these two. I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see Crusade, but I will say that is my favorite scene of the series.***

The Needs of Earth

Dr. Chambers - "There's something you don't see every day."

Gideon - "I may have an idea."
Dureena - "I don't think you've recovered from your last good idea."
Gideon - "That would explain it."

Matheson - "How odd. To know everyone's heart but my own."

Visitors From Down the Street

Durkani - "You can kill us, but you can't kill the truth."

Durkani - "Sooner of later, the truth is going to come out. The truth is -"
Kendarr - "-Out of fashion."

Matheson- "There are probably some who'll say that by doing this, we are interfering with their culture."
Gideon - "Probably. Screw them."

Each Night I Dream of Home

Lochley - "This is Delta One to Babylon Control. Do you read me, over?"

David, to Dr. Chambers - "I want you to infect me with the plague."

David, to Carol - "I'm coming home..."

Dr. Franklin - "Things are getting a little desperate back home."

Dr. Franklin - "Who the hell is steering this thing anyway?"

Matheson - "You're smiling."
Gideon - "No, I'm not."
Matheson - "With respect, sir ..."
Gideon - "It's gas. Look, who are you going to believe, me or my face?"

Lochley - "No, I'm fine, I'm fine."
Gideon - "Of course. You're just holding up the wall in case of emergency."
Lochley - "Yeah, well, I thought it looked kind of week. I try and do my part."

The Babylon Project: Crusade's final words --

Gideon - "Life goes on."
Matheson - "Indeed it does. Indeed, it does."

Value Judgements

Gideon - "If I lived up to my name, well, I'd be in every hotel room in Earth space."
Governor - "Not that the women would mind, certainly."

Dureena - "Just because you didn't see me doesn't mean I wasn't there."
Gideon - "I see you're taking after Galen again."
Dureena - "Actually, he's been taking after me."

Voice - "You've been stripped of all rank and commission. You are no longer a member of the Psi Corps. You have undeniably misused your power. The following charges have been brought against you."

Bester - "Under torture ... anyone will admit to anything about anybody. These are false accusations."

Voice - "How do you plead?"
Bester - "Not guilty."

Bester - "A cordial greeting to you, Lt. Matheson. It's been a very long time since we last saw one another."
Matheson - "Al ... ALFRED BESTER!"

Bester - "Crisis? It was a WAR, not a crisis. I don't know why everyone feels the need to minimize it. Won't you come in? I was just having some tea. I can make some for us all."
Gideon - "That's all you're going to say? It was a war, not a crisis, won't you have some tea?"
Bester - "Yes. And the tea is getting cold."
Eilerson - "I happen to *like* tea."

Bester - "I never fancied myself a martyr."
Gideon - "It's not martyrdom. It's due process."
Bester - "I'm sure there are a lot of women from the Salem Witch Trials who would argue that point with you, Captain."

Bester - "I guess it depends on which side of the right you're on. How much do you value what's in that vault? How much do you need my help to get it? How little time do you have left to find a cure before the body count starts?"

Eilerson - "This is it?"
Chambers - "Looks like we went all this way for nothing."
Dureena - "You guys are always missing the point. I keep forgetting that your culture has come to rely on everything but nature."

Pilot #1 - "Top Dog just wired in. He wants a full report."
Pilot #2 - "You go right ahead. I hate telling him bad news. He gets really cranky."

Pilot #1 - "This is UnderDog to Top Dog. When we arrived at the colony, Al Bester was not here. There are no records of him leaving the planet. I'm sorry Mr. Garibaldi. he got away again..."



To the Ends of the Earth

Gideon - "One more thing. These new uniforms, how long have we been stuck with them now?"
Matheson - "Almost two months."
Gideon - "And in those two months, have your communications with Earth given you any indication that the change to a more serious uniform has boosted morale back home?"
Matheson - "None whatsoever. You ask me, the change was made just to give the brass back home something to do."
Gideon - "I agree. So I want you to send a message back home. Tell them - tell them thereís been a horrible accident in the laundry. All of the new uniforms have been destroyed. Pending resupply, weíre going back to the uniforms we started out with."
Matheson - "Will do. But what happens when they check the computer logs and find out there was no accident?"
Gideon - "There will be, John. Iíll make sure of it."

A-Box - "The ship you have been searching for."
Gideon - "Yes .. what about it?"
A-Box - "It is on the move again."

Eilerson - "But I still think the main vault is in this area. Why else would these big towers be over here?"
Dureena - "To throw off people like you who think size is everything. If itís big is must be important, and if itís important it must be big."
Eilerson - "Well, thatís very kind of you, but letís not get distracted."

Gideon - "Itís no secret that the first ship I served on nine years ago was destroyed. According to the official records, the Cerberus went up when her jump engines malfunctioned. I was the only survivor. What is not reflected in the official report - what has been known to only a few of you in this room - is that the Cerberus was not destroyed by a malfunction. She was attacked and destroyed by a vessel of unknown origin. I saw it. No one back home believed me."

Gideon - "They arenít going to authorize this little diversion and I donít want any of our people filing reports that can be proven false later."
Matheson - "Already taken care of. I called EarthDome and told them we have reason to believe there may be hostile forces in the area."
Gideon - "Based on what?"
Matheson - "Well, it seems like everywhere we go, thereís somebody who doesnít like you, so itís a fair assumption."

Galen- "Itís cold."
Gideon - "Yes, it is."
Galen - "I meant the coffee."
Gideon - "I didnít."

Galen - "If we survive, then we did the right thing. If we donít - well, at least we wonít have to put up with anyone saying íwe told you soí."

Galen - "A TechnoMage has ways of knowing things that seem - well, mysterious to outsiders. Sources of information not generally available to the public. Some of them are quite dangerous. From what Iíve been able to piece together, you did not find out about this ship through conventional means. That leaves only unconventional means. I worry, Matthew. I worry that you are holding something back. I worry that you may be using something quite beyond your control. And that something quite beyond your control may be using you."

Eilerson - "Iíve been studying the record of the battle, and I found something I think might interest you. These ships were built by the Shadows, an ancient race that left known space about five years ago."
Gideon - "Iíve heard of them. The Drakh worked for them."
Eilerson - "Yes, but this design isnít Drakh. Itís definitely Shadow in origin. There arenít many close pictures of Shadow vessels because if you got too close you usually got destroyed, but as you can see, there is a definite resemblance. What if someone else - has been doing the same thing?"

Dr. Chambers - "Whereís Galen? Usually where you are, he isnít far behind."
Dureena - "Heís in his ship. One thing Iíve learned: When heís in there, I donít bother him. Ever."

TechnoMage Dirk - "Are you sure it was Shadow Tech?"
Galen - "Positive."
Dirk - "Then it seems your choice to leave us was correct after all. Does the Captain know of our involvement?"
Galen - "No. Not yet, but he will. In time."
Dirk - "Perhaps. But you should do all you can to delay that particular revelation."
Galen - "I will do - what is right."
Dirk - "That is not an answer, Galen."
Galen - "Quite true."

Gideon - "Today, everything changed. Until today, there were still days when I doubted myself. Wondered if Iíd really seen what I saw that day. No more. Iíve proven that these ships exist. But thatís not the same thing as proving that one of them killed the Cerberus. Before I can bring this back home, I need more information, to narrow the gap between what I know - and what I can prove."

End of the Line

Galen - "Matthew."
Gideon - "What?"
Galen - "Shhhhhh."

Gideon - "Marbles?"
Galen - "If youíve been wondering where theyíd gotten to, this may be the answer."
Gideon - "Thanks."

Gideon - "Lieutenant - we have a leak. I want it found and plugged. You have exactly ten minutes."

Galen - "Why exactly ten minutes?í
Gideon - "Last time we did this as a drill, he ran the whole com system in twelve minutes, which I believe was a record. What goodís a record if you canít break it?"
Galen - "Iím sure the first man to run the Greek marathon felt the same way."
Gideon - "Why? What happened?"
Galen - "He died."

Galen - "Think about what you are doing, Matthew. There is a point of no return in such things."
Gideon - "I know itís dangerous."
Galen - "I was not speaking of the physical danger, although thatís part of it. You could be killed if you are found in the wrong place at the wrong time. But more than that, if you go, you may learn things you do not wish to know. See things you should not see. There is very little innocence left in you. Are you sure you want to sacrifice the last of it?"

Dureena - "Youíre up late. Going somewhere?"
Gideon - "I have - things to do. I need a favor. Iím about to break just about every regulation in EarthForce, and if things go wrong, I need to get some information to Lt. Matheson. If I leave it for him directly, itíll look as if he was in on it, when Iíve deliberately kept him out. Heís got a great career ahead of him. I donít want my mistakes to be his mistakes."
Dureena - "What do you want me to do?"
Gideon - "My personal logs are kept in six datacrystals hidden in my quarters. They have all the information Iíve been able to gather about the ship that destroyed the Cerberus. If this doesnít go well - I want you to break into my quarters and get the datacrystals."
Dureena - "Where are they?"
Gideon - "If I wanted them found that easily, I wouldnít come to a thief. Mess up the place, donít be subtle about it. The more they look stolen, the better. When the timeís right, give them to John. Tell them to hold onto them until after a cure has been found. Them ask him - to finish what I couldnít."
Dureena - "Consider it done."
Gideon - "Goodnight, Dureena."
Dureena - "Goodnight, Matthew."

Major Lee - "Your ship is a combination of Minbari and Vorlon technologies, highly advanced, reverse-engineered so that we could incorporate them into our own designs. Did you think she was the only one of her kind? .. or that we werenít looking at other possibilities? There was another race, just as old as the Vorlons, and just as advanced."
Gideon - "The Shadows."

Major Lee - "I donít see why youíre being so judgmental about our tactics, Captain. After all, someone very close to you has been using Shadow Tech for a very long time."
Gideon - "Whatíre you talking about? Are you saying that Eilerson-"
Lee - "No. Not Max Eilerson. Galen."

Lee - "Captain, where do you think the TechnoMages got all that advanced technology? Technology so advanced it looks like magic. Ships that have a mind of their own - personal control systems that are merged right into their own bodies. Itís organic tech, light years beyond anything anyone has got. Shadow tech, Captain. Stolen, same as ours. Thatís why they left known space during the war. They werenít running from the Shadows. They were running from us. Because we wanted what they had - and they wouldnít share. So now you know the truth. The question is - what do you want to do from here? The Cerberus was an accident, the unfortunate by-product of our efforts to try and keep Earth at the forefront of new technology. Youíre a sharp man. You can choose to join the right side and be a part of the solution, or make yourself part of the problem. So whatíll it be, Captain?"

Gideon - "You were right about one thing, Galen. I did learn things I didnít want to know. About you, and the other TechnoMages."
Galen - "What you saw back there - those things - that was why we left. That was the secret we were afraid we had discovered that -"
Gideon - "can wait. You know - I must be an entirely new and undiscovered kind of stupid not to have put it together until now. Why you and all the other TechnoMages who were running away just happened to be passing right through the area where my ship was destroyed. Why youíve been keeping an eye on me ever since. Why you came back from your hiding place. And why you volunteered to come along. You wanted to find out how far weíd come in trying to adapt Shadow tech."
Galen - "My job - my responsibility - was to keep track of left-over Shadow tech. It was the only thing that could pose a threat to us. Whether it was the Drakh, or our own race - didnít matter."
Gideon - "Is that why you saved my life ten years ago, Galen? And why youíve stayed so close to me ever since? Because you know that I was a connection to that technology? That sooner or later Iíd lead you to it? All this time, Galen - have you just been using me?"
Galen - "What does your heart tell you?"
Gideon - "Not to trust anyone, ever again. For any reason."
Galen - "I should give the ship new orders. They will try to follow us."
Gideon - "One more thing. I want you to drop me off at Mars. Tell the others to meet me there. Iím going to blow this little secret wide open, and Iíll need their help to do it."
Galen - "And what do you want me to do after that?"
Gideon - "Just drop me off - then - go away."
Galen - "For how long?"
Gideon - "I donít know. I honestly donít know."

Crusade, first seasonís final words:

Galen - "No! Matthew! Matthew! GET DOWN!"