After rousing the others they followed a trail that led to the small town of Tuula. A plot by President Clark to frame Babylon 5 in attacking Earth Force blockade ships is foiled by the information Bester reveals but when Sheridan’s ship reaches Z’ha’dum they notice a small armada of vessels leaving via a jumpgate and Sheridan, suspicious, orders an about turn. He then came under fire from the other telepaths outside and called for bloodhound back-up. He convinced the senior staff that Ironheart was dangerous and scanned Talia Winters to make sure she had not had contact with him. Bester subjected him to subtle reprogramming in order to use him as a sleeper agent. Customers also shopped for. Alfred Bester is a Babylon 5 character played by Walter Koenig. This was acquired in person by either myself or an employee directly from the actor. As he predicted, he was very distrusted, but was able to convince them to go out to Sector 500 by revealing his suspicions of Shadow interference in Earthgov. [10][11] Lyta Alexander eventually agreed to remove the Asimov from Garibaldi's mind, once he had helped her destroy the Psi Corps. Alfred Bester is the name of a fictional character in the television series Babylon 5, played by Walter Koenig.The character was named in honor of science-fiction author Alfred Bester.. Bester is a senior Psi Corps agent who appears to be linked to the sinister alien race called The Shadows and the conspiracy which led to the seemingly accidental death of former Earth President Santiago. Bester also began volunteering to perform deathbed scans, where a telepath would scan a dying person's mind right up to the point of death. He became known for breaking procedures and commiting deep, illegal mind scans on mundanes that could be both dangerous to the subject and the telepath. After securing some transportation and a list of colony settlements from Uhl, Bester and Andersen set about narrowing down the most likely place to pick up a lead on the underground. He used Garibaldi ’s natural rebellious streak to hide the old personality under a new one. Bester realised that he had the power to keep a close eye on Babylon 5 through the mind of Garibaldi. After learning this, Garibaldi entered a fugue state, and alerted Bester and the Psi Corps. In 2195, at six years old Alfie Bester had already grown to be something of an outsider within his cadre house, often made to play the blip in Cops'n'Blips. However, after Michael Garibaldi was captured during an attack by the Shadows on the station, Bester was able to secretly recover and capture him in turn. First of all, Walter Koenig really relishes playing the part. Alfred Bester was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books. He accentuated traits of paranoia and distrust of authority, correctly believing that the conspiracy would view Garibaldi as a prime recruit once alienated from his friends and work. With Kelsey, he intended to use a "safe word" to subdue him. (See: Lyta Alexander's Family Tree.) [7], In 2261, after the end of the Shadow War, Bester returned to Babylon 5. He spent several years on the run before moving to Paris, France. Lyta Alexander noted that someone dying while a telepath was in their minds was a traumatic experience, and that it had badly affected telepaths she knew that had only done it a couple times. Further, he sensed the Shadow vessel and sent it away telepathically (and discretely). Alfred Bester. Alfred Bester: If I had my talent working, I could have warned you when he was coming. Shortly before his death, the Science Fiction Writers of America named Bester its ninth Grand Master, p All persons with Psi abilities are required to either join the Corps, face lifetime imprisonment, or submit to a lifetime of drug treatments to suppress their abilities. It was then that Bester detected a familiar psi signature in Stone's mind; Stephen Walters, The Black Fox. Furthermore, the most valuable commodity the resistance would have for barter would naturally be their Psi talent and since the ones most likely to trade what they need to live in return for illegal scans would be Mars's criminal underworld, Bester chose to start their hunt in the major population centres, beginning right there at the Syria Planum colony. The first one he tracked to B5 was Jason Ironheart, a psychic whose power had been raised by Psi Corp through illegal experimentation. Babylon 5 (TV Series 1993–1998) - Walter Koenig as Alfred Bester - IMDb. Alfred Bester: A pi?ata, huh? Bester would make several arrivals to Babylon 5 during the course of the show, typically in pursuit of an escaping or rebellious psychic. As soon as they approach the domicile they're fired on by unseen assailants, catching them in a crossfire. By 2209, the pair were still a couple, having managed to sneak away together here and there, either on leave in Geneva or when their respective room-mates were away. Every time Bester arrived at B5 it was clear that he was unable to get along with any of the staff (despite his best efforts) due largely to their distrust of Psi Corp and his condescension to mundanes. Dark Genesis - The Birth of the Psi Corps, "1953 Hugo Winners," Official Hugo Awards site, https://babylon5.fandom.com/wiki/Alfred_Bester?oldid=66451. McCleod had been shot but not by them and Al brings an inco-operative Durst with a mindflash. He is shown to mourn the deaths of several telepaths who opposed him (the loss of Byron and Byron's followers hit him especially hard) while showing no remorse at the loss of any non-telepath life, even those who side with or ally themselves with him. Despite this, he does not appear to have much taste for military strategy or tactics. He is named after science fiction author Alfred Bester, who was known for using psychic characters in many of his stories and novels. Later Alfie is taken to see the ancient looking Director Vacit. Occupation Eye color Fiona Dexter (Mother)Matthew Dexter (Father)Kevin Vacit (Grandfather)Ninon Davion (Grandmother)Alisha Ross (Wife)Unnamed Son (by Alisha)Unnamed Daughter (by Alisha)Unborn child (by Carolyn Sanderson) However, Lyta Alexander triggered the planet self-destruction before they arrive. He was surprised to find that Sheridan this time had Minbari telepaths present to prevent him from probing their minds. Alisha Ross-------+-------Alfred Bester-------+-------Carolyn Sanderson He is a senior Psi Cop and a recurring antagonist in the series. | | | The others soon join together, shouting at the top of their minds for the Grins to stop it. Please look at pictures for condition | Even from birth, Alfie's talent had been fully manifested which, combined with his rating as a strong P12, made him very special and rare telepath. Fiona Temple--+--Matthew Dexter P12 14 September 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American actor. They follow the telepath's trail to Babylon 5, where he isn't as popular. At the same time, he wanted to get a read on the command staff. Bester was really cold, manipulative and calculating in pursuit of his goals. They arrive just in time to see that McCleod and Durst had gotten there first, confirming Al's suspicion that Uhl's supposed disinterest was a lie and the local office intended to claim the capture of Walters for themselves. After a brief questioning, Durst reveals that the assailants that had shot at them were with Barsoom Autonomous, the Martian independence organization that Uhl and most of her officers were unofficially involved with. By dawn they're met by the heavily armed contingent from Sigma, lead by Natasha Alexander herself. With the initiation complete, Bester and the other new members of Cadre Prime are dressed and at last receive their very first pair of gloves. Al and Erik react quickly and after a brief exchange of PPG fire they had taken down their mundane attackers and find an unconscious Chandler within the apartment, along with none other than Durst and McCleod. series and Walter Koenig was only in … Three weeks later, shortly before the final exams for entering the Psi Cop internship program, Elizabeth, still not happy with a life in the Corps and having found out that nobody who had qualified as a Psi Cop had ever left the Corps decided that if she was ever going to be able to leave, it would have to be now. After convincing his superior to allow him to personnally follow up on this new lead on the Psi Corps' most wanted, Bester left for the Mars colony. Unnamed Son Unnamed Daughter Unborn Child. Edgars insisted that Garibaldi draw out Sheridan before he would bring Garibaldi fully into his confidence. After an incident whilst accompanying Alfred Bester, she transferred to commercial work. | | | Black During the Telepath war Lyta Alexander released Garibaldi from the Asimov programming that Bester had imposed on him. Treachery In 2222, Bester now a well regarded and successful Psi Cop after a three month hunt Bester tracked and captured the rogue Johnathan Stone to his home among a Polynesian community in New Zealand. After making it out into the woods, Walters leaves the baby with a young girl named Valerie in the basement of an abandoned house with orders to stay and wait for him to return. Powers/Skills The first two dozen pages are spent on a Babylon-5 like getting away from fugitive hunters and then Bester working with people on returning to Earth. He gladly made the trip to B5 to provide assistance for capturing the telepaths who had closed themselves inside their compound. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Any infected telepath would quickly die without regular doses of the antidote they had also created. Based on the hit SF television show, this finale to the new epic trilogy finds the Psi Corp's reign of terror reaching new heights and a civil war developing to overthrow Alfred Bester's monstrous regime. He is a senior Psi Cop and a recurring antagonist in the series. "Little Stee" as they like to call him was named for Stephen Walters, his godfather and a trusted friend of his parents. Bond Destroyer, Alfred BesterMr. Stephen Kevin Dexter (Birthname) In 2257, she was assigned as Babylon 5's first commercial telepath. Next time, show a little gratitude. When Sheridan obtained agreement from Earthgov to get jurisdiction back, he decided to contest the meeting where Gordon and some telepaths gave themselves to B5 crew. [8] Garibaldi, not suspecting why he was so driven to find out the innermost secrets of the plot, betrayed Sheridan to agents of the corrupt President Clark. He also met with Winters again in order to cultivate a better working relationship and ask her to report back any information about escaped telepaths and any help they might be receiving. In the series, he was portrayed by Walter Koenig, who is best known for playing Pavel Chekov on Star Trek. Brown He agreed to take a telepath suppressant for the sake of the stated mission, and worked with Garibaldi successfully in finding a shipment of dust and dealer Lindstrom. Years later, following the Telepath War (which remains undocumented in any of the B5 series or novels) Alfred Bester is on the run, wanted for war crimes he had committed. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. To be absolute ruler of humanity whether it is mundanes or other telepaths (failed). He is also very overconfident, egotistical, and prideful, which tends to lead to him underestimating his opponents. Durst further explains that her orders to take out the blips first did not come from the local office but from Department Sigma, the widely rumoured but very secretive "black box" operation within the Corps. The wealthy industrialist William Edgars, the plot's mastermind, believed that a civil war among humanity would be counterproductive no matter how totalitarian the current regime. Through intel from the staff, he was led to an area in Downbelow where he found a captured Winters with the telepaths. A firefight ensued, and a volatile chemical spill forced a cease-fire. Among those he tracked down was resistance leader Stephen Walters, who was a close personal friend to both his parents. Both of Bester's parents were killed in systematic purges lead by Psi Corp director, Kevin Vacit, who was also Fiona's father and Bester's grandfather. The pair had been caught in a crossfire, and Walters only arrives in time to feel their mindscreams as they perish together. Condition is New. Durst agrees and secures them an ATV while McCleod is taken to the local infirmary and drive though the night out into the outer lowlands. |___________________ | ", Alfred Bester was a senior Psi Corps officer and one of the more notorious Psi Cops in Level 12 Investigations.[3]. J. Michael Straczynski named the character after the science fiction writer Alfred Bester, since telepathy is a recurring theme in his work (most notably The Demolished Man). Before long, Bester and Andersen find themselves at a local casino where there's a man named Cheo known to be uncannily good at winning poker. Bester considered killing Garibaldi, but found it better to leave him alive, forced to deal with the fact that he had betrayed everyone he'd ever been close to. He would have reprised his role in Crusade, but the series was canceled before production. When the two met and Walters revealed the truth to Bester, Bester unloaded his PPG into the man, killing him. He hoped that his colleagues would arrive in time to help scan the command staff's minds, but they left quickly. With no hint as to what their location or objective might be, the group hunted around for a while until they picked up the trail of a blip, speeding away in a car. The plan had worked, and Bester was able to use this in to take the conspiracy down, but, as a result, Garibaldi was also forced to betray Sheridan and turn him over to the Earth government. Goals Walters confronts Bester, with the truth of his parentage. Bester is a senior Psi Corp officer and high level telepath, possessing dangerous mind reading and controlling capablities. While he is never above trading insults with the more aggressive members of the crew (particularly Garibaldi and Zack Allen, the two security chiefs) he is always very respectful and polite in his manner, and never shows frustration or displeasure with them (except a few rare occasions). Every time Bester arrived at B5 it was clear that he was unable to get along with any of the staff (despite his best efforts) due largely to their distrust of Psi Corp and his cond… I love Alfred Bester In the face of all the galaxy-spanning, imagination-defying conflict that is happening, throughout the series Bester is the constant rock of plain, mundane, self-centered jackassery. 2281 (Age 92) Of particular note was Commander Geoffrey de Vries who had Bester transferred from his command purely because the young man made him nervous. Psi rating When they finally do, the Grins proudly take off their masks and robes, revealing that they are in fact Teacher Hua, Teacher Roberts, Teacher Alverado, Nurse Childress - all of their carers and teachers who had raised them from infancy. "[4], On March 14, 2259 (1015 EST), Bester, through torture of an escaped telepath, became aware that escaped telepaths were using Babylon 5 as a hub to coordinate escape from the Corps. Bester came to Garibaldi, still locked in his robotic paralysis, and revealed the details of the brainwashing and the deception. Al served with distinction and was cited for showed outstanding courage under fire. Babylon 5 é uma série de televisão norte-americana criada, produzida e majoritariamente escrita por J. Michael Straczynski.A séria gira em torno da estação espacial Babylon 5: um ponto focal para política, diplomacia e conflitos durante os anos de 2257 - 2262.Por conta do efetivo uso de arcos de história, a série foi frequentemente descrita como uma "novela para a televisão" [1] [2]. After Bester told her that he'd had their DNA checked and found that they were genetically compatible by Psi Corps standards, Elizabeth confided in Alfred that she wanted to travel and see places like Mars, Kalevala, Narn and Centauri Prime and didn't like the idea that she needed the Corps's approval or permission to live her life the way she chose, including having children with Alfred, even if that was what she wanted too. BesterPsi-CopFred TozzerClaude Kaufman Psi-Corp Officer He went with them on a White Star and helped locate the transport in hyperspace. Unbeknownst to anyone other than the late resistance founder Monkey, Little Stee's grandfather (Fiona's father) was none other that the Psi Corps Director Kevin Vacit, himself a powerful but unregistered telepath. Shortly after emerging from hiding, Little Stee was with his parents and Walters at the Styx Hotel fortress when the Psi Corps picked up one of their people, Jenny Winters, in the nearby town. Stephen Kevin Dexter was born in August 2189 at a secret location while his parents, Matthew and Fiona Dexter, resistance leaders both, were in hiding. While on Babylon 5, Bester exhibited a polite and urbane manner as a tool that allowed him to easily build rapport with and manipulate others. Bester was really cold, manipulative and calculating in pursuit of his goals. Alfred Bester is a Babylon 5 character played by Walter Koenig. Bester lived there for a while before eventually being exposed by Michael Garibaldi. The Corps murdered William Edgars and captured the only known samples of both the virus and antidote. Alfred Bester é um personagem fictício da série de televisão de ficção científica Babylon 5, interpretado pelo ator Walter Koenig. As the fighting dies down Andersen finds Bester collapsed and in a fugue state by Stephen Walters's body, his fist still clenched tight around his spent PPG, unable to let go. Spending time with his family and lover Honestly, I never thought Bester was that old in the T.V. [6], Bester eventually agreed to work with Captain John Sheridan at several points during the second Shadow war. Bester was kept in a high security cell overlooking Teeptown. He played Alfred Bester in Babylon 5. He insisted to command staff that communication with Gordon was fruitless since he could not be trusted and sabotaged Sheridan's effort to do so. Walters makes his way back to the stronghold through the woods swarming with Bloodhound Units in an attempt to help Matthew and Fiona. [12], Bester went to visit Sheridan after he turned himself in at Earth Dome following the conclusion of the Civil War. When she saw him her joy quickly turned to heartbreak as she saw he had betrayed her, reporting her intentions to the Corps. | Unnamed Female--+--Unnamed Male A day in the life of Alfred Bester, who starts his day in Psi Corps HQ, where he is well liked and respected. | During these scans, he followed his subject to the void and had near-death experiences where he experienced a complete emptiness and it is implied this is experienced because he is personally empty. After his internship ended Bester's first assignment was to the St. Petersburg office where he earned an exceptional arrest record, making Lieutenant in just under four years. Once Bester has ripped the information they need from Chandler's now ruined mind he makes a deal with Durst; Sigma's support and manpower in raiding the resistance stronghold in exchange for it's location. When Bester arrives in Paris he becomes a mere mundane. Afterwards, in Sinclair's office, Bester was forced to agree to a false statement, as he lost Kelsey in the incident and would not be able to explain it. However, he is very intuitive and very good at reading people (both with and without his powers). For the contribution history and old versions of the merged article please see its history. As Bester's career progressed he served at a number of postings across Earth and while his record spoke for itself his reputation often preceded him, prompting concern in a number of his superiors. Race Date of Death Prolonged treatment with these drugs has a depressing effect. The card pictured is the actual card you will receive . He bid Sinclair farewell by saying "be seeing you. Hue tells them that the children are all of Cadre Prime, just as they were. He also kept track of the senior staff as they found leads. This would reduce telepaths to a slave race and avert the war which many normals and telepaths believed loomed on the horizon. A brutal and deep scan of Stone eventually gave Bester the lead that he needed. He was found by Psi Corp and renamed by his grandfather, who didn't want him to know of his parentage. He is a senior Psi Cop and a recurring antagonist in the series. Raised within the Corps, Bester was told that his parents had been murdered by the resistance and were highly regarded members of the Corps. Bester decided to go outside the Corps and tricked Sheridan into rescuing her and the 99 other telepaths, by telling Sheridan the ship contained Shadow "weapons." He managed to escape Bester after deconstructing his physical form. … Stephen Kevin DexterFred Tozzer [1]Claude Kaufman [2] One day the more popular Brett agrees to play the blip with Al and the two take off for the statue of the grabber with Milla, Keefa and Azmun hunting them. Bester watched as Gordon decided to set off an explosion, killing the telepaths. This presented a much more significant challenge as the blip would be much harder to track with a few thousand minds to use as cover, compared to the deserted open country. During the ensuing raid, Fiona and Matthew entrusted Little Stee to Walters and sent him to lead a group out to escape though the caves while they set the self-destruct. But Michael Garibaldi eventually tracked him down. While he was willing to use Byron's telepaths for his own agenda, his was filled with an extreme rage towards Psi Corps and Alfred Bester in particular. They storm the buried complex, capturing or killing everyone inside. Bester, still stung by the betrayal of Hue and the others, determines that he can never trust individuals ever again. Official Website. Alias In 2201, Alfie now twelve and preparing to enter the Minor Academy was in his room with Brett when the Grins swept into the dormitories, ordering them and the other cadre children to strip before parading them outside in front of the older classes. Arriving by train, Bester and Andersen quickly make their way up the side of the roofed off canyon and along the cliff face avenues from East Street to Lowell Avenue. Bester, speaking to a still frozen Sanderson, promised to made them pay for that.[5]. Alias He is heavily reliant on his charm and powers, and tends to have no recourse when either are taken from him (however, he is very adept at espionage). Al, who had been quietly monitoring Cheo's surface thoughts by line of sight got the lead as soon as the two cops pulled it out of his mind; a telepath named Thurston Chandler at 12 Lowell Avenue, New Harappa settlement. Edit ; Active discussions: an Interview with Walter Koenig conspiracy taking place on Mars career. 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