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,
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? ,
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