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.
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? 🙂
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