This third videotape from Season 2 of "Babylon 5" offers up a pair of mysteries, although only the second of the pair relates to the larger picture of the show's second season. Episode 5, "The Long Dark" (Written by Scott Frost, Aired November 30, 1994) starts with Babylon 5 picking up a weak signal from deep space as a craft approaches without using the jump gate. The vessel turns out to be the "Copernicus," a ship over a century old with one crewmember still alive in a cryogenic freezer. Mariah Cirrus (Anne-Marie Johnson) is revived and Sheridan and Franklin are confronted with a mystery regarding the death of the other crewmember on the "Copernicus," Mariah's husband His organs are missing and they are no where to be found on the ship. Meanwhile, Garibaldi has his own problems with a former ground pounder named Amis (Dwight Schultz), is running around the station yelling that, "Judgment Day is coming!" However, when Amis sees the "Copernicus," it appears there is a connection between the two plot lines (revolutionary idea, huh?) and the next thing we know G'Kar wants Mariah off the station, fearing the darkness she brings. "The Long Dark" is actually a decent little mystery in terms of how things come together in unexpected way. Then there is that Shadow ship that Lt. Keffer sees in hyperspace.
Episode 6, "Spider in the Web" (Written by Lawrence G. DiTillio, Aired December 7, 1994) finds Talia Winter is still on B5 as the telepath becomes caught in a web of intrigue (hence the title) after she witnesses a murder. An old friend of Talia's, Taro Isogi (James Shigeta) shows up on the station to meet with Amanda Carter (Adrienne Barbeau), an outspoken advocate of independence for Mars. But then Isogi is suddenly murdered by a man (Michael Beck) who yells "Free Mars!" Talia gets some strange visions from the man's mind and then things get very complicated as this story line touches on a number of ongoing plotlines. Clearly, the coming of the Shadows is not the only massive plot going on in the "Babylon 5" universe, and one of the things that is attractive about the show's second season is how there are plans within plans and we are only getting bits and pieces of the big picture. One of the strengths of this show is that so much is part of the larger tapestry that defines the five-year story arc created by J. Michael Straczyinski.