Minbari Mondays, The Fall of Night, and Risks

       This week’s report, the last of our year 2259 CE,  is sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:

Greetings, from Tuzanor: 

          As the Captain did what was right, coming to the very brink of war with the Centauri to do so, your Earth government fell deeper into darkness.  The courage of Ivanova, in resisting the temptation of an early promotion through dishonorable vigilance, showed again during the battle, as it would later on, in even larger battles.  I am not permitted to say more.  My order has become aware of this letter, and is not happy with me, as a result.

         We have all taken grave risks, this day, from your Captain, in risking war to do what was humanitarian and right, to Ivanova, risking her career, in refusing an easy way up your chain of command, to Kosh himself, risking “being recognized” by the wrong ones, to me, risking my place in my order to bring you this letter.  Not all risks win the day. 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann


                  Shira’s addendum:                   

                 I love the beginning of the episode with the attachés meeting for drinks and complaints, and the “Makes me nervous.” at the end! 

                 I was stunned by the ending: “Sometimes peace is another word for surrender, and secrets have a way of getting out.”  What a beautiful Chanukkah implication of the miraculous victory, as Ivanova lights the candles and proclaims B5 “our last, best hope for victory.”

    And it’s made more poignant by the Jewish-looking store owner’s shop being closed by Nazi-like arm band wearing Ministry of Peace thugs, sorry, “officers” as they’re called.


    Neatnik’s review has a more traditional discussion of  this episode.

Last Monday’s review was Comes The Inquisitor,

Next Minbari Monday is the start of the year 2260, and of Season 3: Matters of Honor



Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.


There are earlier episodes, as part of Ranger M’s 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?

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Read, Write

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

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 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, 2022 CE = year 12022 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 let us know, if you have a moment, how you liked it.

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


21 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, The Fall of Night, and Risks

    1. Quite true, and it’s worrying how apt those implications are for our current times. It’s as if we’ve refused to learn from our history, and from that of Franco, and of so many other dictators who started by vilifying and then banning press coverage, persecuting journalists, and then…

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    1. This is generally true, Patti, but it does Not have to do so.

      That is the pain, the crying shame, of our world.

      It’s not an immutable law of the universe: we could actually change things, if we just worked together to Do Better.

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  1. My story from this episode would focus on what has mankind learned in the future to prevent war. Critical mistakes seem to be still be made to continue war’s wrath from what I’ve read here.

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