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Comes the Inquisitor

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"Comes the Inquisitor"
(Babylon 5)
Season 2, Episode 21
Air Date (UK): 8 August 1995
Air Date (US): 25 October 1995
Production No.: 221
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Mike Laurence Vejar
Guest Stars: Wayne Alexander
   (Sebastian)
Jack Kelher
   (Mr. Chase)
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Comes the Inquisitor is an episode from the second season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.

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Plot synopsis

The Vorlons bring an inqusitor to the station, a man named Sebastian, to test Delenn and Sheridan's readiness to lead the Army of Light. Utilizing incessant questioning and torture, Sebastian eventually concludes that they are, indeed, the "right people, in the right place, at the right time." Sheridan does some investigating, and discovers the shocking truth abut the inquisitor: Sebastian was a serial killer on Earth, in London, in the year 1888, at which time he was abducted by the Vorlons, and taken into their service. The Vorlons have been keeping him alive in "storage" for 400 years, pulling him out whenever his "unique abilities" were needed. That serial killer has been remembered by history as Jack the Ripper.

G'Kar begins buying weapons in order to be smuggled back to the Narn homeworld for an underground resistance against the Centauri occupiers. Garibaldi learns of this, and orders G'Kar to not use Babylon 5 as a port through which these weapons are sumggled. G'Kar agrees, and Garibaldi provides G'Kar with an alternative, safer route.

The Narn population of Babylon 5 begins to question G'Kar's credibility as leader of the Narns on the station. In order to gain their loyalty, G'Kar agrees to get a personal message through to the Narn homeworld, to which all communications have been cut off by the Centauri. G'Kar turns to Sheridan for help in doing this, and Sheridan enlists the Rangers, who successfully get the message through, ending all challenges to G'Kar's leadership of the Babylon 5 Narns.

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Jack the Ripper had been previously referenced in "Legacies", an episode of Babylon 5's first season, where the dubious Earth Alliance agency Psi Corps was claimed to have "all the moral fiber of Jack the Ripper" by series regular Susan Ivanova.

This episode was referenced in an episode of Babylon 5's fourth season, "Intersections in Real Time". Wayne Alexander, who played Sebastian, alias Jack the Ripper, appeared in that episode as well, portraying a tortured Drazi prisoner.

Due to a mistake in the screenplay, Sheridan remarks that Jack the Ripper committed his murders on the west side of London, when in fact that murders took place on the east side.

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