This week’s report, now that reports seem to have resumed from Epsilon 3, is part of a letter, for an incident taking place on Sunday, 24 September of our year 2259 CE, sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:
Greetings, from Tuzanor:
“How many lives is a secret worth?”
That is the central question, though not the only question, of this report. My order, the Anla’Shok, had been waiting for over a thousand years for this time to come, and when it came, we were not ready.
So we decided to keep the secret.
That we knew of the coming darkness, that we knew the ancient enemy had returned, that we were preparing, and that you Humans, with your ability to build communities, were the key.
Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar
Earth year 2278,
Shira’s addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report: I love this episode!
First, Vir decides to make a wish, involving Londo’s ‘friend’ Mr. Morden. (And I’m sure that he was very careful what he wished for, as he very much *wanted* someone to get it!) Seeing that alone is worth the pain of having been born, as they say: “Vale la pena haber nacido, nada màs por hacer/ver…” (* my favorite 16th century soldier).
It is gratifying to see how ‘little Vir’ stands up to being treated like a dog, by politely answering the famous question “What do you want?” with a devastatingly honest answer.
Then there is Churchill’s face, as related by Captain Sheridan, now in a not so different situation, at least emotionally.
And then, to cap it off, there is Sheridan’s Stoic response to the prediction of his death:
“Then I die. But I will not go down easily, and I will not go down alone.”
Neatnik gives more traditional plot and character perspectives of this episode.
-Shira Destinie Jones
* My favorite 16 century soldier is, of course, Alonso de Entrerios (“Sólo por tenerla en la mano ya merece la pena haber nacido” (Alonso con La Tizona en la mano/Alonso holding the sword of El Cid…), of El Ministerio del Tiempo.
Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.
I come in peace, I am your friend.
Shira Destinie and Ranger M.
There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.
1.) 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.
2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.
Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please. Guest posts are always welcome. Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.
What would yours be, if you had time?
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS