Minbari Mondays, Chrysalis, and Recognizing…

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 24th report:

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

In this report, in the end of your Earth year 2258, it is also the end of the second year of operation of the station. The Anla’Shok claims not to know very much, concerning the events surrounding the great Delenn, in this incident, but we have much intelligence to offer related to the other important events on the station during this terrible day. We do know, though, that she asked a crucial question of then Commander Sinclair, regarding our most sacred relic from Valen. We also know that she then used that relic to make a transformation that was not approved by our Gray Council of that time, yet, she took the risk of helping to fulfill what indeed did bring out the better in us, eventually.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode is easily the most dramatic of season 1, and is full of foreshadowing to the next season. Quadrant 37’s situation is changing dramatically, as will that of Ms. Sakai and Commander Sinclair, shortly.

I love Londo’s question to Vir on just how many of their gods he must have offended to have to give territory to the Narn, whom Sinclair accuses of acting “like abused children who’ve grown big enough to do it to someone else.”

Then there is Garibaldi’s heroic trip to warn the others, coming too late to save the human beings the tears of an assassination, as Lenier sheds tears for Delenn, while the Narn have a terrible day of their own, most unexpectedly, as Londo believes his fortunes to be turning to the good, although he is quite wrong, of course. And then the politics, as Commander Sinclair is ordered to maintain silence on what really looks like evidence of an important cover-up.

“And so, it begins…”

Last week, next week: That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many means of recognition, and how important it can be to recognize each side of a particular truth as such.

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.

4.) Please see Neatnik’s excellent review of this episode and tell us what you think.

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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

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.

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13 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, Chrysalis, and Recognizing…

  1. One of the major differences between “Babylon 5” and “Star Trek” (the real stuff, not the tripe that passes for new “Star Trek”) is that B5 goes to the dark places and eschews the reset button. “Deep Space Nine,” more than any other “Star Trek” series, explores the darkness, but still falls prey to the reset button, especially in the early seasons.

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  2. This is where the turn is to really focus on the crisis that’s coming. A lot of the first season is character development, although there are many nuggets and clues as to what’s coming. That J. Michael Straczynski shifted the whole story he’d set-up when Michael O’Hare had to leave the role is pretty impressive. Sinclair was poised here for everything that’s going to now be done by Sheridan.

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      1. He did, but this was still a huge change – he’d really just spent the whole first season building up Sinclair as the main focus with a good backstory and then it was gone. From what I understand, it was a struggle just to get O’Hare back again to close out the altered Sinclair story.

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