Minbari Mondays, The Long Twilight Struggle, and Listening

       This week’s report, in 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: 

         This day was one of darkness, and of light.  Draal, formerly one of the Minbari religious caste, now travels out among the stars, guiding the Great Machine on Epsilon 3.  From it, he hears much, including the doings of those on your Babylon station.  In this set of incidents, Draal sent for Captain Sheridan and Delenn in order to put the vast power of that Machine at their disposal.  He dismissed them when the cowardly attack on Narn by the Centauri began.

     The Kha’Ri, in their desperation, had hoped to win one great battle, to hold a line against their night.  Shamefully, the Centauri had acted in the most dishonorable fashion possible, with Londo Mollari playing the crucial role.  Refusal to listen, on both sides, led to much pain.  Yet, the possibility of hope remained.

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

                  Shira’s addendum:                   

                 I was moved to tears thrice in this one episode.   First, watching the Centauri war crimes ala The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, then again, as G’Kar prays in vain, and then, finally, listening to his glorious words in Council chambers: “No tyrant…though it take a thousand years, we will be free.”  

     Such beauty, and such anguish.   So needless.  Like so much of human history, and human present day lives.

                And then, the hope:  those who “have sworn their lives, their fortunes, and their blood” (why not their “sacred honor” as in the rest of the original phrase??).  This army of light will hold the line against the darkness “no matter the cost.”

Last Monday’s review was Divided Loyalties,

Next Minbari Monday will Come The Inquisitor

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 Prompts:

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.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                       help build a kinder future: Do Better: … a Better World

( 5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and 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
(free: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.



 

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17 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, The Long Twilight Struggle, and Listening

  1. I was never a fan of Babylon 5 but my late wife was, so I watched it with her and we’d debate the logic of Straczynski’s universe. These posts, though brief, bring back fond memories of those times, so thank you for that (again, I’m off topic, but I’ve never been one for following rules. What can I say? It’s just my nature)

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    1. Thank you, Madd, for this comment: it is completely on topic, as far as I am concerned. The feelings that an episode brings up are perhaps more important than the details of the episode itself, imho. That these parts of Ranger M.’s “letter” bring a beloved lady to your memory, and that you have shared this with us, is the very highest compliment I could receive, and I thank you, Sir.
      I’d love to hear what it was, if you’d like to share, that she enjoyed, especially, about B5.

      May your wife’s memory be for a blessing.
      Much love,
      Shira

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      1. We were both sci-fi heads but it’s like that Donny and Marie song, she was a little bit country and I was a little bit rock and roll. She preferred B5 to my DS9.

        B5 had a dystopian view of the future that appealed to her (as opposed to the Star Trek Utopia) as well as the serialized nature of the show, each episode being a chapter that drove the plot forward. However, she reluctantly agreed with me that the plot lost some traction when Michael O’Hare left the show (and I will readily admit that DS9 had a rocky first few seasons).

        We disagreed on which show had better writing, even though one of my favorite authors, Harlan Ellison was a consultant on B5.

        She wasn’t completely satisfied with how the series ended, though, and thoroughly hated the spin-off series, Crusade.

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        1. I am with her entirely in that sentiment, Sir: I hated Crusade nearly from the first episode, and couldn’t even bear to watch all of what few there were. I find it interesting, the idea of B5 as a dystopia, but I suppose that by the time the Clark regime takes hold of EarthGov fully, earth certainly is Orwellian. I found the series ending to be a bit incomplete, somehow, as well, but I suspect that JMS meant to leave it that way.

          Personally, I love the writing in most of the B5 episodes, but I admit that I also like JMS’ writing style, despite my personal opinion of what sort of person he may or may not be, in person (or at least his online persona back in the late 90s, from the bits I’ve seen of his usenet replies to fans). Now I’ll have to go read more Ellison!

          Hmm, interesting, it must have been, to watch with such similar but divergent view points! I watched my first full run in England with a devout Church of England labour party phd student who firmly felt that faith and redemption were B5’s key themes, while I really didn’t get into it until the themes of questioning orders and doing one’s duty toward true patriotism came into view. So the first season was a bit of a waiting game for me, where she kept assuring me that the meat was yet to come. Many cups of Earl Grey tea also helped!
          🙂

          I thank you again for sharing the memory of your beloved wife, which is now a blessing for me, and I hope a reader or two also, as well.

          Much love,
          Shira

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          1. I’m afraid I can’t do justice to her love of the show, because quite frankly I remember very little of it. I watched B5 because she loved the show and I loved her. One day, when I’m emotionally stronger, perhaps I’ll give it a rewatch, though I read somewhere that JMS is planning a B5 reimagining for The CW network. I can’t imagine what that’s going to be like.

            Anyway, cheers for listening.

            And you can call me Rhyan, if you like.

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            1. Thank you, Rhyan.

              How long ago, now, has it been since she passed away? If you would like to talk more about her. Forgive my question, if it is painful.

              I’m not excited about the B5 reboot idea, personally. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I saw George Lucas’ changes to the original Star Wars, and didn’t like it.

              Much love and many safe air hugs to you, Rhyan, if you’d like them.

              Shira

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