Minbari Mondays, By Any Means Necessary, and Interpretation

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 14th 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 revolves around a twin set of events that seem, at first glance, as you Humans say, unrelated.  Yet, they are more alike than it would first appear.

We continue to watch the apparent rivalry between Ambassadors Mollari and G’Kar: turned, by Sinclair in his growing toward greatness, into an unwitting partnership, once again.  He did it when a Centauri woman’s life, and Mollari’s honor, was at stake, and he has managed here, when Centauri pride and G’Kar’s honor are at stake.

And the honor of Commander Sinclair shines as brightly as his wisdom in this incident.  Here we learn of the use of tactics, which will lay so much groundwork in Minbari culture as he helps us to win the last great war, and teaches us to cease our quarrels, in preparation for the next great war, which for you Humans in your Earth year 12021, is still to come.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira:  Ranger Mayann is wrong, by the way.  The A and B plots of this episode are in fact related -they share the same Inciting Incident, at the start of the episode.  When the Narn pilot panics and disobeys Ivanova’s order, the ensuing explosion sets off both the “last straw” strike by the Dockers Guild as well as the plant problem for G’kar.  In the end, a sleep-deprived Cmdr Sinclair essentially uses the same technique to solve both problems.  He shows that the interpretation of a word is extremely important.

Excellent way to fork two great plots from one starting event.

This episode is definitely my favorite episode of this season, and one of the biggest reasons that I love Babylon 5 so much.  Thank you, Workers’ Rights!   Since I hate summarizing already much-summarized episodes, I will quote the poster of the S1E12 video clip on how the title of this episode is a fantastic sign of things to come, in terms of the play on initial expectations:

“Instead of using security personnel to end the strike as the Senate intended, Sinclair finds a loophole in the orders that allows him to divert funds from the military budget (which had received extra funding when the dock workers did not) to hire new workers and upgrade the dock equipment, as well as to grant amnesty to the strikers. “

Oh, yes, and hey, look: Garibaldi has lots of hair!!

That was part 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 12, which I very highly recommend.


See Ranger Mayann’s report from last week on coping after surviving, and next week on Questions and the importance of Context…

To see all of her reports as an on-going PDF version: B5EpsThr10.


Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many possible ways that a phrase can often be interpreted, and why it is not safe to accept wishes from Djinn, nor to piss off your House Elf, 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.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

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1. #PublicLibraries,
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ReadWrite -one can freely read Stayed on Freedom’s Call via  GoodReads

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1 …)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.


Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

17 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, By Any Means Necessary, and Interpretation

    1. Yes, in fact, there was a very famous man, born with one name, made famous under the name Malcolm X, and then Went to The Sea under his final chosen name: Malcolm Shabazz.

      The memory of his famous transformation after making the pilgrimage required by his faith is a blessing to many of us.

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        1. Thank you for pointing this out, Neatnik: Very very good points, both!!
          That was the best part of it, watching it get turned on ‘his’ head…

          Sheer brilliance, and a much needed point of view.

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