|Type||Full-length Feature Film|
|Launched||March 29, 2012|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution|
250 years in the future, humanity cohabits the galaxy with other sentient beings.
Power-hungry human and alien groups re-open a doorway, inviting in a malevolent, seemingly invulnerable and monolithic race from another dimension.
A resistance group seeks wisdom from ancient allies and former enemies which, through dreams, help them understand the nature of their foe, enter the alternate dimension and attempt to exploit their internal discord against them.
A decade has passed since the Babylon 5 station has been decommissioned and destroyed, Sheridan disappeared/died, and Delenn has gone into religious seclusion on Minbar. The Interstellar Alliance (ISA) is now led by bureaucrats interested in maintaining the status quo.
On Mars, as CEO of Edgars Industries, Garibaldi investigates a business deal too good to be true, following leads which take him to a covert Earth military research installation.
These installations, formerly investigating Shadow tech and building hybrids, found even more advanced alien tech. Barely escaping in time, Garibaldi learns that the Hand has planted 'seeds' in members of its servant races, which exert telepathic control, spread like a virus and eventually sprout enemy biomatter. Thus, the Drakh, Earth covert military research and other 'dark servants' are the first to fall.
Indirectly, we learn the Hand is a part of the Thirdspace aliens, mostly members of the First Ones (Vorlons, Shadows, ...) who were telepathically 'converted' to serve the enemy.
The Hand builds dimension portals which allow more Thirdspace aliens and their fleets to enter, who begin to destroy all other races after selectively assimilating some biology & technology into their hive and absorbing all energy from their suns.
The unprepared ISA, combined with other allies, is fighting a losing battle. Many willingly choose to give themselves to the enemy, with those of a race who arrive first hoping their technology and biology will be assimilated, giving them a degree of survival. This is combined with the Hand having a strong telepathic element urging surrender, this and other weapons technology implemented through cloaked nanobots floating in space that the ISA and other races learn too late about.
The only hope is to find the First Ones (Vorlons, Shadows, Lorien, etc.) and recruit their help or at least advice. From Coriana 6 a method is developed to track where the First Ones went and follow to that location. The fleet is ambushed before they can depart and only a few ships survive. When they arrive to the place 'between galaxies' after thorough searching they find nothing. They thus return to Coriana 6 to find the civilization annihilated, the star put out and the former fleet a graveyard.
In despair, Garibaildi retires to his quarters and begins to drink any alcohol he can find. Intoxicated, he examines the last empty container in his hand after his binge as alien markings begin to glow on it. Assuming it to be alien poison or nanotech, he is surprised to see Dureena Nafeel come out of hiding as he falls into a dreamlike unconsciousness. In her hand, she carries the Apocalypse Box, bearing the same glowing markings.
The dream depicts Adam (Vorlons), Eve (Shadows) and the Serpent (Lorien). Part of the story is replayed (with the Serpent convincing Eve to eat the apple & give it to Adam). Then they explain that the apple represents suffering but also free will (without the righteous suffering there could be no free will). By expelling the First Ones the younger races exercised it, without knowing the consequences (likely demise).
The apple is eaten and Eden transforms into a harsh environment. The Serpent loses its appendages and explains that the same can happen to the enemy, without it's Hand it is nothing. All the tools to counter it are already in place, given that the enemy's universe is the 'equal and opposite' of this one.
After Garibaldi's 'epiphany', he speaks with Dureena, who bears instructions from Delenn. En route to a secret destination, they rendezvous with Gideon on the Excalibur, with several white stars and Minbari ships for escort. Garibaldi is surprised to see Gideon, mentioning vids of him killed on Mars a few years back. Gideon explains that after infiltrating an Earth military research installation and learning of the impending invasion, he, Dureena and one other went into hiding to prepare.
Together, they continue on to the Technomage hiding place, an asteroid where Galen is waiting for them. With the help Galen's Technomage/Shadow tech, Garibaldi coordinates the Hand into an assault during which Dureena uses the asteroid as a diversion to take their small expedition through Thirdspace into the enemy's universe. Garibaldi explains that a 'homogeneous universe of pure evil' is not possible since with everyone evil there is no free will. In the 'equal and opposite' dimension the team uses intuition and modified enemy nanotech/telepathy to find enemy factions fighting the major group, and 'echoes' of other neutral sentients as well as 'more evil still' aliens. Opening a portal and leading the nearest fighting faction back to Vorlon space in the normal universe, the team's ships and the ISA fleet lure the two enemy factions in range of the Vorlon homeworld's planetary defenses. They surgically hit the portal generators as the Thirdspace alien factions, the Hand and the Vorlon automatic defenses fight a multi-way battle until most of them destroy each other or disperse.
On Mars, Garibaldi and Lise discuss the possibility that not all of the enemy was defeated or portals destroyed. Garibaldi explains that this is why he pitted the enemy factions against each other at the Vorlon homeworld: any one is a danger and has telepathic ability to completely subvert sentient minds. But the Vorlon homeworld has no sentients, just automatic defenses. Being a stationary, permanent target, it should serve as a 'bug zapper' to occupy any invader for some time. Maybe, he argues, the Vorlons knew this all along and left the defenses themselves as their greatest parting gift. On a more existential level, Garibaldi states that inevitably some enemy will always be lurking in the shadows, plotting; he wouldn't have it any other way. Without evil there could be no good and without dark no light. But he's not going to lose sleep or drink (too much) over it. Lise contemplates, then bringing up the possibility that Thirdspace could have been the original 'Eden' and the Universe exiled sentient beings to multiple dimensions, not just two. Thus, the portals to Thirdspace still in enemy hands are not just a danger, but a link to those other dimensions, and to original paradise that might one day be restored.