Minbari Mondays, Deathwalker, and Context for Understanding

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 11th report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is the second year of operation of the station. This  incident, though rumored within the Religious Caste to have had something to do with our Warrior Caste sheltering some sort of mad genius, has no report on record with the Anla’Shok…

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, or lack thereof for this week, by Shira (go figure that the WindSwords would have buried this one, somehow, to prevent the shame of admitting what the Minbari, like some Human Beings I know, remember, but won’t talk about…):  This episode has one of the most fascinating, and oft-cited, Kosh quotes in the entire series:

“Understanding is a 3-edged sword.”

We’ll come back to that one in a year or two…

This episode is all about context, which is probably 2/3 of that understanding which makes up the three edges of our comprehension sword.

And poor Talia winters.

The theme of Justice or immortality seems not to have anything to do with this telepath being psychologically tortured, but no one seems to understand what’s going on. Not Talia, hired for ‘cautious’ negotiations, nor those on the station who were trying to deal with the dilemma of the immortality serum.

Understanding comes only after the fact in both cases.

Interesting how “all secrets long kept” seem to take on a life of their own, and new victims. 

(Reminds me of an episode of my favorite Turkish show Sihirli Annem, where the littlest Fairy is suffering because she must keep her magic secret from her best friend, who is a human girl her same age…)

The survivors of atrocities have a right to justice, to truth, and to healing, but how to protect those rights from the greed of more powerful interests?

And Kosh and the Vorlons? What do they gain from all of this?

That was part eleven of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project. It can be seen from another point of view by watching the Babylon 5 Season 1, Episode 9: Death Walker, which I thoughtfully recommend.


See Ranger Mayann’s 10th report (episode 8), from last week on Survivor’s Guilt.

To see all of her 12th report: Minbari Mondays, Believers, and Health care vs. saving life? ,


Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on context, understanding, and justice vs. revenge for war crimes, and on individual versus collective benefit , if you will.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.


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19 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, Deathwalker, and Context for Understanding

  1. Survivors of atrocities most certainly have a right to justice, but to revenge – I would disagree. The bloody chain of revenge never ends, whereus justice is (or supposed to be) objective and impersonal.
    Much love,

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        1. Forgive me for replying off a comment chain but I see no button to start a reply. Shira, apologies for being silent; work has been all-consuming lately.
          You make a stellar point about: what’s in it for the Vorlons? Are they just guarding something jealously? They are interfering with a potential development of a species. But knowing what Deathwalker says, maybe they are interfering to prevent a greater tragedy. Don’t forget the movies unintentionally add context to this decision. The Vorlon’s know that humanity is needed to unify the others. If Deathwalker’s action was successful, that may never have happened. ML

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          1. That’s really bizarre: I’m able to make a new comment from my other account on this post, so I don’t know what to tell you, Doc, but thank you for commenting (sorry, Dolly, if this reply is off-person, but I don’t know how to move a comment in the Reader…).

            I think it makes sense that the Vorlons are preventing a greater tragedy, but also, they are correct, in that none of the sentient species yet has a sense of self-sacrifice or compassion for others sufficient to prevent them from developing into a dead-end, even if there were no tragic (galaxy-wide) life-ending war, which there would be, anyway.
            But that is giving them the benefit of the doubt…

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