In Babylon 5 season 2 episode 2, "Revelations", G'Kar is seen escaping a dark world as Shadow Fighters chase him.

Is this world Z'ha'dum? He talks about visiting worlds on the outer rim, but I thought the Shadows where based only on Z'ha'dum in the outer rim?

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No, G'Kar doesn't go to Z'ha'dum personally.

G'Kar and other Narns go out to investigate the possibility of the Shadows returning, but they only find indicative hints and rumours. As he says to Na'Toth:

When you told me about the destruction of our base at quadrant 37, I knew that only a major power could attempt an assault of that magnitude. But none of the governments here could've done it. Which left only two possibilites: a new race, or an old race. A very old race.

His own investigations lead him to think the Shadows are stirring again, but he doesn't go in person to Z'ha'dum, instead convincing the Narn government to send a reconnaissance ship:

G'kar address the council about what he encountered at the rim. "...which leads me to believe that the ancient race described in our holy books may have returned. If true, this holds grave danger for all of us." Sheridan suggests that the dead worlds where he found life may have been colonized by another race, but G'kar will not accept this, as he says that the ships that fired upon him looked very much like the drawings made by G'Quan. But, because the rulers of the Narn homeworld have reservations about what he has found, no official confirmation of his findings have been given. G'kar tells the council that he has convinced the rulers of his planet to send a ship "to the heart of the enemy's own domain, located at the rim of known space...a dark and terrible place known as Z'ha'dum. It has been dead for a thousand years. No one goes there...no one. Our ship will arrive in twelve hours, coming out of hyperspace as close to the enemy's homeworld as possible. They will scan the planet for signs of life and return to hyperspace before anyone can attack."

Source: Midwinter synopsis page

If he'd been there himself and escaped, then surely he wouldn't need to send another ship to Z'ha'dum to scan it. The planets he was investigating must have been other worlds influenced by the Shadows, perhaps places where Shadow vessels had been hibernating since the last great war, but not the Shadow homeworld itself.

Also, there's a lot of talk later in the series about how nobody goes to Z'ha'dum and survives, or nobody comes back from Z'ha'dum.

Until Jesus Sheridan, of course.

If G'Kar himself had been there, surely it would've been mentioned at that point.

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    I tracked down and rewatched the episode and agree with you G'kar clearly states about half way through that there is an ancient world named Z'ha'dum that the Narn will be sending a cruiser to. This shows he was on a different planet, one the Shadows where hiding on waiting for the sign to reemerge.
    – Richard C
    Dec 30, 2017 at 18:22

Yes. It's Z'ha'dum.

The world that G'Kar is seen fleeing from is indeed Z'ha'dum, as you can see from the visual below depicting the two worlds side-by-side (from the episodes B5: Revelations and B5: Z'ha'dum). Technically he didn't actually go there, he merely jumped in, had a look-see and jumped back out again.

In the episode G'Kar explicitly states that he went looking for the system in which Z'ha'dum is based, and evidently found it.

G'KAR: G'Quan said that before the enemy was thrown down it dwelled in a system at the Rim of known space. I searched for days, going from one system to another. Then on dark, deserted worlds, where there should be no life where no living thing has walked in over a thousand years something is moving gathering its forces quietly. Quietly.

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This is how he knows that "an ancient enemy has returned", by looking at their home planet and being attacked on arrival. Presumably he wasn't able to get any seriously looking done (his small fleet consisted of just five one-man reconnaissance craft), hence his desire to send a cruiser with the ability to scan the planet for life-signs. Armed with some substantial evidence, he can then persuade his government to take more concerted action.

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    having rewatched the episode I think the same image was used but it was not actually Z'ha'dum (G'Kar later states that he has requested the Narn send a ship to an ancient world deep far out on the rim)
    – Richard C
    Dec 30, 2017 at 18:21
  • @RichardC - You are mistaken. He says that he went looking for the Shadow's homeworld. It beggars belief that he found another identical-looking world that merely happens to be in the vicinity of Z'ha'dum.
    – Valorum
    Dec 30, 2017 at 18:35
  • @Valorum --- Another point in your favour: at 02:18 in s2e02: Revelations, G'Kar escapes the planet in question through a jumpgate with three struts. These are unusual; gates generally have four struts. At 33:15 in s4e07: Epiphanies, the Drakh escape the destruction of Z'Ha'Dum, through a jumpgate with three struts. Dec 31, 2017 at 23:21

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