Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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Born to the Purple 

Londo falls for a beautiful slave, whose owner wants to steal sensitive information. Garibaldi discovers that someone is using a restricted communications channel.


Bruce Seth Green


J. Michael Straczynski (created by), Larry DiTillio (as Lawrence G. DiTillio)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Claudia Christian ... Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn (credit only)
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin (credit only)
Andrea Thompson ... Talia Winters
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto
Bill Mumy ... Lennier (credit only)
Mary Woronov ... Ko D'Ath
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
Fabiana Udenio ... Adira Tyree
Clive Revill ... Trakis
Jimm Giannini ... Ock
Robert Phalen Robert Phalen ... Andrei Ivanov


Londo falls for a beautiful slave, whose owner wants to steal sensitive information. Garibaldi discovers that someone is using a restricted communications channel.

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Release Date:

9 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place from March 22 to March 24, 2258. See more »


When Drakus is listening to the device placed on Londo in down below. He is listening to the location of Nideera with N'Grath. At times when N'Grath moves around you can see gaps from the head showing that it is hollow and some of the hoses for the hydraulics for the puppet to move the head. You can also see there is a gap between where the eyes are and the rest of the skull as the light shines in from the background. See more »


[first lines]
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Ambassador Mollari! We need to talk about the Euphrates treaty.
Londo Mollari: My dear Sinclair. This is hardly the time or the place.
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Referenced in Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998) See more »

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Londo falls for the wrong woman and Garibaldi discovers an unauthorised transmission
26 May 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Babylon 5 is hosting negotiations between the Centauri and the Narn but Londo Mollari, the Centauri ambassador is distracted. He has fallen in love with Adira Tyree a beautiful dancer... he has no idea that she is a slave belonging to an alien called Trakis who is forcing her to steal Londo's 'Purple Files'. These files contain information about all the powerful Centauri families; the sort of information that could be very useful to an enemy. Meanwhile Security Chief Garibaldi has discovered that somebody is using the station's classified communication system without authorisation so sets out to discover who.

This is another solid episode that provides some interesting intrigue, further insight into Londo and the Centauri and a little bit of action. Peter Jurasik stands out as Mollari; he makes the character sympathetic and believable, guest star Fabiana Udenio also impresses as Adira, she too makes her character sympathetic as we see that she doesn't want to betray Londo. Their story doesn't exactly go as expected and has a touching conclusion. The secondary story involving Garibaldi and the unauthorised transmission is very much the minor story but also ends in a way I didn't expect leading us to learn more about a major character. It isn't all intrigue though; there is also a touch of humour; much of it provided by Ko D'Ath; G'Kar's new assistant who is severe even by Narn standards. Overall and enjoyable episode; we are only three episodes in but Babylon 5 is already really impressing.

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