Babylon 5: The River of Souls

Synopsis: Captain Lochley now has solid proof that Garibaldi is a disaster magnet: when he comes to the station to meet with one of his new company's subordinates, she's being sued by the owner of an illegal virtual reality "holo-brothel" and besieged by Soul Hunters looking for one of their soul vessels, this one containing the souls of the long-lost Ralga alien species.
Director(s): Janet Greek
  1 nomination.
94 min

I'm sure it's only a little further

to the main vault.

You've been saying that for two days.

This is foolish.

There were other vaults

we could have tried.

- Smaller ones. Easier to get into.

- Exactly. They were easier to get into.

It's a good bet somebody's

been there already.

You've gotta be insane to dig

this far in soft ground.

Which is the other point I would make.

- Thank you for making it for me.

- Nothing good comes easy, Klaus.

Nothing bad comes easy either.

It is far more annoying when the

universe makes you work for damnation.

I'd prefer it just gave it to me.

Save me the effort.

- Dr. Bryson. Over here.

- Let me see.

- Yes. Yes, this is it.

- It's another wall.

- We have cut through others.

- This one's different.

There, the brickwork was plain,


This symbol is new.

Though I've seen it before

on a hundred worlds. No, this...

...this must be it.

Look, the others are tired.

They've been at this all day.

- They need to rest...

- Not yet. Not yet.

No rest. Not yet.



This symbol.

This is a death symbol.

And the other side, a symbol of life.

Not life or death

or life and death...

...but life in death.

Life eternal.

- Break this down. I've gotta see inside.

- Dr. Bryson...


You smell that?

That air's been sealed in there

for what, 50,000 years?

A hundred thousand.

Perhaps a million years.

- It smells like death.

- Maybe to you.

To me... is as sweet as perfume.



- What are they?

- Not "what," Klaus. Who.

Thoughts. Memories. Personalities.

Souls. If you believe in souls.

That's crazy.

I believe only in what I can see

and hear and touch.

If I believed in souls,

I couldn't exactly do this for a living.

Listen, you said there was money

to be made here.

There is, indeed.

But only as a byproduct...

...of the real gold, Klaus: Immortality.

You were saying, Klaus?

We have company.

Everyone, back to the ship fast.

- Get to the skimmers if you can.

- You can't leave now. What about...?

- We leave them.

- No!

You listen. If whatever built this place

has come back...

...they might let us leave alive

if we touch nothing.

There is nothing of value here.

Only whispers.

I do not choose to die

for your whispers.

No. Don't...

Don't worry.

We'll find a way.

I'll never let you go.


Captain, there you are.

I've been looking for you.

Just taking a moment to stop

and smell the roses, lieutenant.

- Ma'am?

- Do you realize it's been three days...

...since we've had any kind

of crisis around here?

- The last one wasn't even a big one.

- It's been pretty quiet.

- Captain...

- Not to fault Sheridan, because...

...he's got a rough job, no question.

And he's doing a great job with it.

But while he was here, he was

a lightning rod for all kinds of things.

Are you familiar with

the Pauli Effect, lieutenant?

No, I don't think so.

Dr. Wolfgang Pauli was a physicist

on Earth during the late 20th century.

Whenever he stepped inside the physics

lab, something would go wrong...

...or break down, usually a very

expensive piece of equipment.

It became a joke with the other doctors,

who called it the Pauli Effect.

- That's interesting, but...

- So they say, one day... extremely sensitive and expensive

piece of equipment exploded.

But he wasn't in the room.

So for the first time,

they had some proof...

...that the Pauli Effect wasn't real.

Until they found out that at the exact

moment the equipment exploded...

...he was on a train passing by

right in front of the place.

So now there's

the Sheridan-Garibaldi Effect.

- Captain.

- Thank you.

On a personal level, I miss Sheridan,

now that he's gone to Minbar with Delenn.

Hell, on some level, I even miss Garibaldi.

But at the same time,

with both of them gone...

...most of the problems that used

to follow them around are also gone.

- Your vase, captain.

- Thank you.

Over the last few months,

this place has become almost manageable.

I'm sorry, lieutenant. Obviously

you tracked me down for a reason.

- What is it?

- I thought you'd like to know...

...Mr. Garibaldi checked in at Customs

a few minutes ago.

- Hey, I've had enough of you, buddy!

- You go to hell!


Suddenly I have this great, blinding pain

right behind my left eye.

You know, I get that too. Right here.

I think I may have something for you.

Hey, Mr...

How are you? Come on in! Come here.

Yeah, right this way.

How are you?

- Is she ready?

- Is she ready?

I've been working on it all day.

Any more ready and I'd be blind...

...and you'd get a refund.

Not that we give them...

...but that's how ready she is.

You got the picture?

Oh, yeah. That's good. Yeah.

I just want you to be able to look

and compare for yourself, you know.

I'm an artist. That's why I'm not cheap.

Did he pay?

- In full.

- Well, then, she's all yours.


Oh, before I forget, you know how to use

one of those? There's one in your room...

...and in case you need instructions,

I don't want any problems.

No, that's fine.

I can figure it out.

All right. Knock yourself out, chief.

Have a good time.

Oh, another day, another holo.

I just made a pun.

You know, "another day, another dollar."

Another day, another holo.

I'm a literary kind of guy.

Okay, be that way.

Let's see how you like it as

the company motto...

...and you have to say it

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J. Michael Straczynski

Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski, is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004), and Sense8 (2015–2018).Straczynski wrote the psychological drama film Changeling (2008) and was co-writer on the martial arts thriller Ninja Assassin (2009), horror film Underworld: Awakening (2012), and apocalyptic horror film World War Z (2013). From 2001 to 2007, Straczynski wrote Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by runs on Thor and Fantastic Four. He is also the author of the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels, and has written Superman, Wonder Woman, and Before Watchmen for DC Comics. Straczynski is the creator and writer of several original comic book series such as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Ten Grand through Joe's Comics. A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, Straczynski is the author of the novels Blood Night (1988), Othersyde (1990), and Tribulations (2000), the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged (2004), and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting (1982). Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984. He is credited as being the first TV producer to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and allow their viewpoints to influence the look and feel of his show. (See Babylon 5' s use of the Internet.) Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup more…

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