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Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS


Overview

Londo summons his three wives to Babylon 5. A mysterious man from Talia's past reappears. Jane Carr as Timov. Lois Nettleton as Daggair. Blair Valk as Mariel. Keith Szarabajka as Matthew Stoner.
(Originally titled "Pestilence, Famine and Death.")
Sub-genre: Comedy
P5 Rating: 7.68

Production number: 208
Original air date: December 14, 1994
DVD release date: April 29, 2003

Written by Peter David
Directed by John C. Flinn, III

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Backplot

Centauri culture is built largely on family stature, and virtually all of an individual's position and influence derive from the relative standing of the family. Links between families can be very important, and marriages are the primary way of forging these links. Marriages are almost always arranged by the families for the benefit of the families, regardless of the wishes (if any) of the Centauri being married. Londo's marriages are notoriously bad. Indeed, he calls his three wives Pestilence, Famine and Death, and it's been hinted that he took a post to Babylon 5, a post where he knew he'd be forced to concede defeat after defeat to the hated Narn, simply to escape the three of them.

The control Psi-Corps maintains over its members is quite pervasive, extending to all levels of their personal lives. In one respect they are similar to the Centauri -- they arrange marriages between their members. This, coupled with the fact that all persons showing any psi talent at all are pressed into the Corps or nullified, makes them a budding closed society. Most importantly, once in Psi-Corps you are theirs forever, and they can do anything with you they want.

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Notes

Peter David speaks

jms speaks


Compiled by Steven Grimm and Dave Zimmerman

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