Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “A Late Message from Avalon” (B5:s3e13) from Charles Dickens on Housing & Health Care

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Victorian “workhouses” are not the best solution to poverty.

          2.  It is easy to “deplete the surplus population” when there is a war on, but this does not solve the problem of hunger.  In fact, wars increase food supply problems.  Instead of withholding health care, why not prevent illnesses and unwanted pregnancies, instead?   Nutrition, self-care, and birth control turn out to be far cheaper, no?

   I love this  episode!!    Marcus makes excellent use of Charles Dickens quotes to point out that the Banth flu he diagnosed early, to Dr. Franklin’s surprise, was easy to predict, given that it is

“normally contracted by …eating out of a waste bin.”

    Then there is his admiration of the Minbari (Religious caste?) language:

“…a subtle language for a subtle people.   …  Direction, determination, patience, and strength.”

    And then there is M. York as King Arthur, and his excellent portrayal of Dr. Franklin’s failure to listen (again), and the devastating consequences that must be solved by Delenn, the Lady of the Lake:


   Garibaldi, meanwhile, tangles with a different problem.   And of course there is G’Kar’s good arm lent to the battle to save the old woman’s picture frame from the thieves, and that

“…satisfying thump when they hit the ground!”

   Beautiful ending, as “Sir G’Kar” sends “King Arthur” to help train the Narn resistance, in need of ideas for a new Round Table, as they fight for justice, and to protect the weak and the vulnerable. 

  Let’s learn from this, and to build community, before we have to bury more needlessly starving people, please.  

We, as a society and globally, really can Do Better.


Last Monday’s review was S3e12: Sic Transit Vir, and

Next Minbari Monday is Season 3 ep14: “Ship of Tears”   …



Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.



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.


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