Minbari Mondays,A Race Through Dark Places, and, Standing Together

This week, Ranger Mayann did not send a report, so this 7th episode (in original, not viewing, order) of season 2, will be from my point of view, rather than from the Minbari point of view:

   I love the way this episode highlights two things:

1.)   institutional abuse,   and

2.)  how standing together can overcome and even prevent such abuse.

  Along the way, in this episode, we see the start of another soon to be Babylon 5 institution: the courtship of Captain Sheridan and Ambassador Delenn.  When they are not dining out, the captain is being unpleasantly surprised to discover that an interstellar version of The Underground Railroad is being run by his own chief medical officer, Dr. Franklin.  Those the doctor is helping to rescue must convince a loyal member of the ruthless PsyCorps to cooperate with them, at the very real risk of being tortured and killed for her trouble.  As someone who was raised by the Corps, for her, “the Corps is mother, the Corps is father” is really true.  So it takes a great deal of persuasion by telepaths whom she considers to be out of line and unreasonable, before she is willing to listen to the horrors that her beloved Corps has put them through.  And the fact that this episode shows them telling her through spoken words, rather than telepathically, indicates their level of respect for her privacy and for her decision not to listen.  But, she did listen, and then she learned.

May we all learn to do the same: listen, and learn, and stand with those who suffer.



Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.


Last week’s Spider in the Web, and next week’s Soul Mates,  are part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

Neatnik’s review of this episode has more plot and character details.

ps:  Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, here, but since the Minbari religious caste are vegetarians, and Captain Sheridan loves his meat, how did they ever eat anything but Flarn together?   🙂

Simply stymied Shira

-Shira Destinie Jones

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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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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

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a proposed Vision for a kinder world on Wondering Wednesdays…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

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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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9 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays,A Race Through Dark Places, and, Standing Together

  1. Within both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, mixed messages about submitting to and disobeying government exist. Different passages come from different voices and contexts. Exodus opens with the story of Shiphrah and Puah, midwives who disobeyed the Pharaoh and let Hebrew newborn males live. The text names the midwives but not the parents of Moses. Much later–in Revelation, the text associates the Roman Empire with Satan and mandates disobedience to the empire.

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    1. Yes, the Rabbis made many interesting comments on those two ladies being named, as very few women are named in Torah. As they and Talia show us, it is true that we must disobey an unjust law when it would have us harm innocents.

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