Minbari Mondays, All Alone in the Night, and Deadly Struggles

      This  week’s set of incidents is the 11th report for our Earth standard year 2259, sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:

      Greetings, from Tuzanor:

     The three incidents of this report, only one of which takes place on your Babylon station, will have important repercussions for our Babylon station, once known as Babylon 4.  All are life and death struggles, and all are crucial history to The Anla’Shok.  For this reason, I take the time, in  what is now your earth year 2278, to write to you.  I write from over 200 years in your future, to tell you that you are not all alone in the night.  The Anla’Shok “have always been here” waiting for you.

Since your year 1260, in any case.

 

The first struggle is that of Delenn, who has made a historic choice not to lead our old Gray Council.  She has also made the choice to become a hybrid Human-Minbari. The Council tells her that her choices were made for the wrong reasons.  She then must fight to continue her life on Babylon 5, and the work of her calling.  These choices make her an outcast, and pave the way for her greatness to become evident.  And for her to become the head of my Order.

 

The struggle of your Captain Sheridan for his life is far more physical.  He uses compassion, empathy, and intelligence to defeat an enemy known to us but new to you, and to make a friend who will become the next torch bearer for a wiser Narn.  In his wisdom, the captain refused a request to let this Narn die, choosing life for both of them, instead.  Not only did they, together, open a door that one alone could not, but they also, together, built a doorway through which humans and Narns would one day connect, as brothers in arms on Babylon 5.  And in the Anla’Shok.

 

The last struggle to end in this incident is Dr. Franklin’s fight to save the life of your starfury pilot.  The information carried in his fighter was delivered, saving your Captain, but not your brave pilot, who carried out his duty with his dying breaths.  Intelligence and adaptability, even in death, is honored.  Both your prophet Octavia Butler and the Anla’Shok agree on this.

 

The struggle that began life at the end of this night was a conspiracy of light that saved not only your world, but perhaps ours, as well.  The alliances that began with a few humans this night, will expand, shining light into corners of my own world that illuminates my Order to this day, some twenty years later.  This struggle to follow the truth wherever it may lead, and to fight for that truth, was born in the agreement of three human beings, and carried to over a hundred worlds.  The choices made that night, to live and not to die, mattered for far more than one night.

 

 

Even alone:

       Struggle Matters.

   Choices Matter.

Life Matters. 

 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

Shira’s addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:  I have always felt a bit uncomfortable with this episode, for some reason.  I guess it is the feeling of being stranded, a warrior wanting to die, and a woman made outcast because others do not understand her.  Even doctor Franklin’s vain struggle to save a heroic pilot, perhaps, contributes to my malaise around this episode.

 

What saves it all is Lenier’s loyalty, that dead pilot’s brilliant struggle to save and deliver vital information, and the determination of the command staff to follow the truth to the dark corners they know it will lead them into, no matter the cost.

These are the things of legend.

 

Neatnik gives a more traditional plot and character perspective of this episode.

 

Last week’s review was of the season 2, episode 10: Gropos,

Next week’s review will be of episode 12: Acts of Sacrifice

 

-Shira Destinie Jones

Shira

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

Action Items:

1.)  What do you do, or turn to, when you feel alone in your struggle(s)?

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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   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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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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19 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, All Alone in the Night, and Deadly Struggles

  1. Babylon 5 helped to prepare me for how deeply more philosophical the sci-fi universe became for the 90s, in ways that would dwarf even the Star Trek shows which says a lot.

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      1. It may be how I became attuned to the sci-fi of the 90s. But to be more specific, Babylon 5 had more depth in how we question many things in this universe. Especially ourselves. In much of Star Trek it’s most often tied up neatly, either happily, sadly or neutrally. But B5 often feels like it’s more open to our imaginations. Speaking from my fandom of 2001: A Space Odyssey, that’s the kind of space age adventure that can work best for me.

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