- The One who is to come may be Sheridan;
"War Without End,"
Zathras referred to him as "The One who will be." The main thing
arguing against it being Sheridan is the generally xenophobic
attitude expressed by many Minbari in the past (e.g. Callenn in
On the other hand, perhaps such xenophobia is only a disease of the
warrior and religious castes; the worker caste might have less
trouble accepting a human as their leader.
Another candidate is David, Sheridan and Delenn's future child
("War Without End, Part Two.")
As a direct descendant of all three of The One, and a partial Minbari
genetically, he might be more palatable.
She might even have meant Sinclair: in
she mentioned Valen's body was never found, and at least one Minbari
ritual, the extra placesetting seen in
"Confessions and Lamentations,"
indicates a belief in Valen's eventual return.
It's also possible Delenn didn't intend her comment in any sort of
prophetic way. She may simply have been referring to the next head of
the Grey Council. The Minbari went ten years between leaders after
Dukhat's death; perhaps there will be a similar period of mourning
for Neroon, and the new leader won't be chosen for a while.
- Both Sheridan and Delenn have accepted death (Sheridan
with Lorien in
"Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?")
Will the experience change Delenn as it changed Sheridan? Arguably,
this isn't the first time for Delenn -- she accepted at least the
possibility of death in
"Confessions and Lamentations"
and gave herself in exchange for Sheridan in
"Comes the Inquisitor."
- Despite Delenn's denial, the religious caste members on
her ship in
"Rumors, Bargains and Lies"
were at least partially right: her plan did involve
surrendering to the warrior caste, if only temporarily. If Lennier's
reaction was at all typical, that must have come as a horrible blow
to her caste when they heard about it.
- Delenn's line to Shakiri, "The warrior caste started this
war. Now the religious caste has ended it," echoes the lesson Sheridan
learned from his father
-- "Never start a fight, but always finish it."
- Neroon's loyalties at the beginning of the episode were
unclear. Shakiri's contempt for life clearly convinced Neroon that
Delenn's plan was the right way to go. But would he have carried out
her plan if Shakiri hadn't been so fanatical and had been able to
provide some valid justification for the war?
- Neroon's sacrifice will probably play much better in the
long run than Delenn's death would have. Shakiri's fear and
actions brought dishonor to the Warrior caste; had they
simply lost to the religious caste the resentment and stain
of dishonor would have remained.
By sacrificing himself for Delenn, Neroon gave honor back
to the warriors, since one of their own
remained and died in the Starwheel. His conversion to religious
caste assured that the honor would be shared with them as well.
Neroon's last-minute conversion meant both a religious and a warrior
caste member perished on the wheel. Thus, technically, neither caste
won, just as Delenn wanted.
- Neroon wasn't the first Minbari to switch castes. His
former commander, Branmer, was originally religious caste but switched
to warrior caste during the Earth-Minbari War
- Neroon's interaction with Delenn revolves around
"Grey 17 Is Missing,"
he was ready to attack or possibly kill her, but yielded when he saw
that Marcus was ready to sacrifice his life for her sake. Here, he
himself made that sacrifice. At the end of "Grey 17," Marcus asked
Neroon, "Next time you want a revelation, could you possibly find a way
that's not quite so uncomfortable?" Apparently not.
- While Delenn was bringing peace to her people, Sheridan
was preparing to go to war with his. What will Delenn think of his
decision when she returns?
- Ivanova's broadcast mentioned a Starfury squadron defecting
to Proxima 3. How many Earth ships have gone over to the resistance?
Presumably the Alexander is still at large
Are there other ships of that caliber, and if so, will they take
orders from Sheridan?
- Bester implied he'd seen the Voice of the Resistance
broadcasts. Does that mean the broadcasts are in fact reaching Earth
and/or Mars, or has he simply seen them because he travels a lot in
the course of his job?
- Bester's contract says he gets Lyta's body if she dies
of natural causes. Would the telepath disease in
"Conflicts of Interest"
count as natural causes? If so, Bester and the Corps may have a
specific reason to want to gain control of the cure. Perhaps Bester
was the one responsible for sending the telepaths to try to procure it.
- Lyta is slowly lifting the veil of secrecy she's
maintained about the Vorlons and their changes to her. In
she was only willing to obliquely acknowledge the possibility that
something might have happened. Here, she tacitly admitted it to
Bester, and told Garibaldi in no uncertain terms that she wasn't a
mere P5 any more.
- Will Lyta be more willing to scan Garibaldi now that he
has, from her point of view, turned against her? If she were to
discover evidence of Bester's involvement in whatever was done to
Garibaldi, she'd presumably want to investigate and find out what
Bester was up to. Of course, she might still consider Garibaldi's
privacy a more compelling concern, and presumably whatever programming
he received would prevent him from agreeing to be scanned.
- Sheridan's insistence that Lyta move to smaller quarters
to help the station stay financially afloat is somewhat hypocritical,
given his refusal to do the same in
"A Race Through Dark Places."
Lyta made the same argument Sheridan did against being forcibly moved:
her value to the station entitles her to special treatment.
It's worth noting that Zack said the order came from Station Resources,
not from Sheridan himself, but presumably if there were a reasonable
chance Sheridan would overturn the order, Zack would have asked him
before burdening Lyta with the news.
And given Bester's presence on the station, was Zack even relaying a
real order? Bester might have planted the belief in such an order
in Zack's mind without Zack being any the wiser.
- This is the second time Zack has been asked to relay
bad news to someone close: first Garibaldi in
"Conflicts of Interest,"
and now Lyta, who appears to have warmed up considerably to Zack
since he brought her pizza in
Though Zack is clearly loyal to Sheridan, bearing bad news to
friends probably won't have any positive effect on his attitude.
- Zack no longer calls Garibaldi "chief." Likely he's given
up hope of Garibaldi's return. Any respect Zack had for Garibaldi
was probably destroyed by Garibaldi's use of a duplicate identicard
to get past customs
("Conflicts of Interest.")
- In response to an earlier JMS
message saying the cruiser wasn't the Agamemnon
I have to recant my correction.
The image as shown in the monitor was supposed to be shown
*only* on the monitor, not blown up. The animators figured,
it'll be too small to read the name on it, so we may as well
grab a ship out of the library rather than building a new one
(a sensible choice)...but when John and I got into editing, we
grabbed the original video and did that close-up...and neither
of us, NObody, ever even noticed the Aggy name until after it
was mentioned here...and I then checked, and to my chagrin, it
But in true Soviet Revisionist fashion, you can be assured that
down the road, this will mysteriously be replaced by another
- If you had been 100% sure there'd be a season 5,
would this have been the season 4 finale?
No, this could never have been the finale for 4.
- Will John Vickery return, perhaps as Mr. Welles from
"The Fall of Night?"
No, not as that role, but we're definitely open to using him in
other roles, as with Wayne Alexander.
- We'll keep our eyes out for a way to bring him around again,
same as with Wayne.
- How does this story relate to G'Kar's speech?
In a way, it was the second half of G'Kar's sentence...that life
can be broken down into moments of transition and moments of
revelation...and there with Neroon at the end we had both.
- Did he really realize he belonged in the religious
caste, or did he just do it for Delenn's sake?
Whether it was true or not, he knew his actions would bring the
castes back together...so out of respect for the dead, best to leave
the issue unresolved, and accept his gesture for what it was.
- What was wrong with Walter Koenig's hand?
As for Walter...he made the decision to play Bester
with a deformed or useless hand, which he's compensating for as a teep.
- Then how does he put his gloves on?
- What's been great about B5 has been the chance to give many
talented actors like Walter and others a chance to show the many other
hues and colors they are capable of delivering, but which were rarely
seen because the material didn't allow them the opportunity. I know
Walter's loved it, and it's been great for us as well.
- Were Delenn and Neroon secretly in contact, or was
the whole plan worked out in advance?
They were worked out in advance, and the instructions were
for posthumous use.
- Did Delenn's instructions include a message for
- Are any members of the old Grey Council on the new
Yeah, some of the new council would've been on the old one.
And Bester was named for a well-known SF writer, now gone.
- The Grey Council stucture, visually, is designed to bring
the Starfire wheel to mind. Valen, being something of a smart cookie,
figured it would be wise to tie in whatever he was doing to the
traditions that preceded him. So they're arranged in a circle, with a
series of lights above them, and the one central light (for Dukhat, for
instance) reserved for the one who had endured and grown to leadership,
but through a somewhat less violent means.
"Finally, the diversity of cultures on Babylon 5 must be a
satisfaction for you as a writer to have so many different voices to
express. "MoT" for me was almost like seguing between playwrights --
Damon Runyan (Garibaldi) to Oscar Wilde (Bester) to Aeschylus (Minbar).
One of the things I have found most appealing about Babylon 5 as a
whole is that the language is similar to the language of the stage.
That seems rare in a television milieu defined for the most part by
diseases-of-the-week, talk-show spew and courtroom maneuverings."
Yeah, I like that part a lot, being able to write in lots of
different voices, lots of different styles. You have to remember that
I cut my teeth writing dialogue back when I was writing plays and
getting them produced. I love theater, love plays, and love really
well done or rich dialogue. So it echoes that now...which as you say
isn't necessarily the style of dialogue seen on most television (which
is why a few react weirdly to it), but I like it, and it's my show....
- Lyta refused to scan Garibaldi, but was willing to
scan the Centauri in
"Passing Through Gethsemane."
Yes, it's an inconsistency; because humans are inconsistent.
But it's only an inconsistency subject to Lyta's
rationalizations...which are quite reasonable.
She didn't know the Centauri; she knew Garibaldi...they knew
beyond a shadow of a doubt that Brother Edward's *life* was in
jeapordy, and that this person may hold the key to saving his life and
every instant they waited meant he could be dying, whereas there is no
such crisis in the Garibaldi situation...they were able to hide her
identity from the Centauri whereas they would not be able to do so with
her and Garibaldi....
The decision to scan or not to scan is essentially a moral or
ethical decision. When someone's life is on the line, that raises one
ethical concern, as opposed to Zack just having a vague suspicion about
Garibaldi's character and asking her to engage in a fishing expedition.
There is a quantum difference between the two of them.
Would a physician give someone the tools necessary to end his
life? No. Would he do so if the person were chronically ill and in
constant, terrible pain? Very possibly. It's the *context*. You
can't expect people to act the same in every situation regardless of
context, context is everything.
People are not robots, they rationalize, they are inconsistent,
but they generally have *reasons* for it that they can justify. As
somebody once said, rationalizations are more important than sex,
because you can *go* a day without sex.... [Ed. note: this is
a quote from "The Big Chill."]
- Why didn't Lyta go to Sheridan for help?
I think Lyta had just emotionally gotten to the place where she
had to do something on her own rather than continuing to rely on the
kindness of strangers.
- Did Bester tell Edgars that Garibaldi had hired
- Is Edgars really Bester?
Not a chance.
Edgars is played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr., which by itself
- Bear in mind that Edgars also has Wade working for him
right there on the station, and he is more or less Garibaldi's liaison
with Edgars, so logically that would be his source of information.