102: Soul Hunter

Written by
J. Michael Straczynski

Directed by
Jim Johnston

First broadcast week of
31 January 1994

Dr Stephen Franklin arrives as new Chief Medical Officer, replacing Dr Benjamin Kyle who was mysterious recalled to Earth (presumably in regard to his knowledge of the Vorlons).  His first patient is the sole occupant of a mysterious spacecraft which almost collided with the station.  Delenn claims he is a Shag Toth, a "Soul Hunter", an order who preys on the souls of the dead or dying, collecting them and keeping them imprisoned.  Soon after, a second Soul Hunter arrives, telling Sinclair that the first is a renegade from their order, driven mad by a succession of personal failures.  When the Soul Hunter awakens, he intends to capture Delenn's soul for his collection - realizing she is a member of the Grey Council.  The second Soul Hunter helps track down his colleague, who is killed by Sinclair turning his own soul-harnessing machine against him.  Delenn releases the captured souls.

Notes: Delenn's position on the Grey Council (see The Quality of Mercy), and of the importance of souls to the Minbari (see Points of Departure) are mentioned here.  Soul Hunters were present at the outbreak of the Earth-Minbari War (see In the Beginning), and Delenn admits to being with Dukhat at the start of the war when he died (Atonement, In the Beginning).  The Soul Hunter also makes mention of Delenn's secret intentions (Chrysalis).

Guest Cast: W. Morgan Sheppard (Soul Hunter) played Dr Ira Graves in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Schizoid Man; the Klingon guard of the Rura Penthe prison colony in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; and Blank Reg in the TV series Max Headroom.  He was also originally a contender for the role of G'Kar, but ended up playing his uncle G'Sten in The Long, Twilight Struggle instead.