Minbari Mondays, Grail, and Health as a Quest

  (update:  since the image that I featured, and  Aldus  love, for this post, is too small to show up in the Top Posts, I am replacing it with this one above, which expresses my sentiments for this episode…


    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 17th report:

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

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is just past the middle of the second year of operation of the station. The Anla’Shok have used part of the official Minbari ambassadorial archives, some of which were salvaged from the fires during the Civil War, for this report.

An Honored Seeker from your world came to the station in search of a cup known to you Humans as the Grail.  So much conflicting mythology seems to swirl around this object that it is very difficult for a Minbari to grasp the significance of the object itself, but the search that it represents was well understood by Satai Delenn, who welcomed your Seeker in her role as ambassador from our planet, to Babylon 5.  I am pleased to report that this Seeker, derided though he was by you, his fellow Humans, found a worthy successor, as he was on the point of death, allowing him to  Go to The Sea in tranquility.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: Excellent ending: Aldus dies, but his search, and his order, continues.  Thus, his essence lives on.

 And Sinclair’s character arc, from Garibaldi’s ‘blaze of glory’ talk to Delenn’s “then, you do not know yourself…seeking” talk, we now start to see a bit of what the Commander might be seeking.  Stay tuned for next season…

Oh, yeah, and:

this is a great episode for Lt. Commander Ivanova quotes, and for showing her perspective on perspective!

“…somebody’s got to have some damn perspective around here.


Sooner or Later… Boom!

Ivanova to Garibaldi and Sinclair

Beautiful perspective, Lt. Commander

Garibaldi’s part of the episode illustrate the problems law enforcement has in protecting witnesses long enough to make sure that justice gets done.

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 15, which I  highly recommend seeing!!


See Ranger Mayann’s report from last week, Minbari Mondays, TKO, and Health Defense: physical and spiritual on questions and context…

and the next week was https://shiradest.wordpress.com/2021/06/21/minbari-mondays-eyes-and-honor-as-health/  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many possible forms of seeking.

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.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.



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31 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, Grail, and Health as a Quest

    1. Likewise! And I love how they always related directly to the point of the episode, like Thomas not being Jinxo anymore, but there will still always be a boom, sooner or later, and so we must prepare today, for tomorrow!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Patti.

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        1. Yup, unless we plan and prepare ahead to prevent though education, using all of our tools, like Ivanova did, right?

          I love how The Seeker’s mantle passes to the one we’d least have expected.

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  1. “Grail” is one of the lesser episodes of the first season. Relatively bad B5 is better than other series at their best though. And even relatively bad B5 episodes provide crucial character and plot points.

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    1. LOL! Very good points!!

      I think this episode sets up some important background for later, as you point out, Neatnik, and I personally love the idea of the Seeker, who never gives up on the hopeless Quest.

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        1. Indeed: and I’d never thought of it that way, nor of the value of seeking, until I first saw this episode (around 2001 or so), and dismissed it! 🙂 I liked the redemption of Thomas, but it never really looked credible to me in such a short period of time. Only recently, as I started writing up my Baby Acres work on Wondering Wednesdays, did I begin to see the Seeker, or the Quest, as valuable.

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            1. Wow! 🙂

              I took a while to get to see the entire series, and then still needed some time to get to like Thomas. Now, as I have the perspective of a couple more decades, I find that I am starting to see characters like Thomas, and Aldus, differently.

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