A traveller comes to B5, seeking the Holy Grail. A series of unexplained
attacks on several Lurkers may be linked to Ambassador Kosh.
David Warner as Aldous Gajic.
Tom Booker as Jinxo.
William Sanderson as Deuce.
P5 Rating: 7.43
Production number: 109
Original air date: July 6, 1994
DVD release date: November 5, 2002
Written by Christy Marx
Directed by Richard Compton
- Babylon and Babylon 2 were sabotaged. Babylon 3 blew up before it was
finished. Babylon 4 vanished without a trace in front of witnesses.
- The Minbari highly value people who spend their lives searching for
something. Delenn seems to believe that's true of Sinclair.
- Delenn seems to consider Sinclair a true seeker. What is he seeking?
- Why didn't the feeder want Gajic?
- What happened to Babylon 4? (cf.
- Perhaps Delenn's comments about Sinclair simply refer to his
search for the truth about the Battle of the Line, if she realizes
he knows something of what happened to him. Or there could be
a deeper meaning.
- This episode features the series' first
CGI alien (the na'ka'leen feeder, pictured above.)
- The transport Marie Celeste, which Thomas boarded at the
end of the episode, is a reference to a sailing ship
found adrift on the sea in 1872 by the crew of the ship Dei
Gratia. The Celeste's crew was missing, as was her
single lifeboat, but there were half-eaten
meals in the mess hall and other evidence the crew had left suddenly.
Investigators found that Captain Morehouse of the Dei
dined with Captain Briggs of the Celeste the night before
departure, and Morehouse and his crew were tried for murder. There was
no hard evidence, and they were acquitted. The missing crewmen were
- In an earlier version of the story, it was indeed Kosh who appeared out
of nowhere and scragged the Feeder, saying, "Some things we do not
allow," but it seemed kinda un-Kosh-like on one level, and it repeated
the Deathwalker finish, so it was dropped.
- The grey-alien trial scene from "Grail" will be excerpted for a
two-part "Sightings" on alien abduction.
I'm *still* laughing.
- The human won the case, but damages awarded were minimal.
- Yes, this Christy Marx is the same as the one who writes games and
has written comics as well.
- Actually, Christy has gone on record (otherwise I would not have
noted it myself) that the trial scene at the top of "Grail" was
written and inserted by me, since it was a bit short.
- Yeah, it's a lovely scene. I dropped it into Christy's
script because it was something I always wanted to do. I just figured,
okay, if these things really ARE happening, and it gets found out, and
we make contact with aliens, and find the ones responsible....
somebody's gonna want to sue their butts off. So it became a very
logical extension of the judicial system (tongue somewhat in cheek).
And...well, it was a hoot. I'll forgive much if it's a hoot.
- Actually, it was Christy Marx, who wrote Grail, who named Aldus after
Mira [Furlan]'s husband.
- I don't think I've really said that much about "Grail." The trick,
though, is that I don't approach the episodes in quite the same way
that a viewer does. I have somewhat different agendas and goals, and
there are times when hassles in *doing* the episode -- which in no
way affect the show itself - - affects my *perception* of the episode.
I did a small screening of "Grail" here about a week ago, to get some
other reactions, and they were all very positive; they enjoyed the
episode quite a bit. (Similarly, there were people who thought that
"Infection" was one of the best of the season.) There is *no one* who
is harsher in critiquing the episodes than I am. I want each one to
be absolutely perfect. And sometimes that means that I see flaws that
no one else ever will.
In any event, I definitely want people to come at this from an open
minded point of view. For reasons that have nothing to do with
Christy's script, it still isn't one of my all-time favorite episodes;
if I said otherwise, I'd be lying through my teeth. But different
opinions are what makes horse races, and as stated, most of those
who've seen it so far *do* like it, so at the moment I'm considerably
- John Flinn, who is our DP, has at various times also been an actor,
and so we used him to play Mr. Flinn in the episode as well. A
cameo by yet another member of our talented and multifaceted
- There were no asymmetrical aliens in the pilot, but there's a real
dandy coming your way in the B5 episode "Grail." You want nonhumanoid
aliens, you *got* non-humanoid aliens....
- Yeah, the Feeder is pretty cool; wrapped up Foundation's rendering
machines for the better part of a week just to pull that one off.
- On the feeder being sentient...neither Sinclair nor anyone else on
"our" side of the story ever heard it speaking; all they knew was that
it was a killer, and it was dangerous, and had to be stopped.
- Who let the Feeders out?
Stupid bureaucrats who couldn't afford to maintain a quarantine
enforcement team in the sector.
- The hardest part is always writing Kosh, because you have to be very
careful how much you use him, and what he says. Too much and he
loses his sense of mystery, and you don't want him spouting fortune-
cookie type aphorisms. He has a very deliberate way of speaking in
which everything, every smallest nuance and inflection means something,
but sometimes not what it appears to mean, or comes at it from a very
different angle than normal conversation. So I go as minimalist as
possible, to get the meaning down to the smallest number of words
possible. And in one scene, one of only two he appears in, I got him
down to *one word*, and that one word -- and it's a totally inoffensive,
neutral word on its own terms -- should scare the hell out of
Ah loves this show....
(Editor's note: the word in question is "Good.")
- At one time we were working out what the time-reference would be on
B5. One of the early things we talked about were cycles, but in
fairly short order I decided against it because it didn't seem to mean
much. But this was, sadly, after "Grail" had been produced, and we
couldn't dub over the cycle references with anything else, so it
stayed. It won't be appearing anywhere else henceforth. One of our
few continuity glitches.
- After "Grail," we had a discussion with Chris about funny music. We
do not anticipate further discussions. (In a full season of music for
B5, this is the only discussion we've had of a critical nature, which
is extraordinary for any series; he's done a lot of wonderful work for
us . . . .)
- Yeah, it was a bit of *really* perverse humor...Jinxo survives all
five Babylon stations, and leaves thinking all is well...on a ship
named the Marie Celeste?
We're a sick bunch, but we're fun.
- "...what company in their right mind would name one of
their ships the "Marie Celeste"?
Dunno, but I'd bet good money that whoever it is, it's an Australian
company. Nothing frightens those people; they're fearless.
- I would love to have David Warner do another episode, though it
would have to be an alien, for obvious reasons.
- And the grail story was fairly self-contained, not much in the way of
arc related stuff there.