Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e17) “The Face of The Enemy”: Trust vs. Differences

I love the juxtaposition of Garibaldi and Captain Sheridan’s voices in the opening credits, which so makes sense, now:

Garibaldi: “The year is 2261”

Sheridan: “The place: Babylon 5”

And I love these ship names!!

So we are headed into the beginning of the endgame…

Lyta, Dr. Franklin, and the human cargo they have chosen to sacrifice are on their way to Mars, where Garibaldi has betrayed Captn Sheridan’s trust “for everyone’s good,” despite being aware that

“the last guy got 30 pieces of silver for the same job.”

We see much suffering in this episode, both from the ‘good guys’ and bad. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell which is which. As with life. Almost no issue is ever simply binary.

But Lyta Alexander seems to have the worse of the lot -having to actively sacrifice her own ‘kind’ while working to endure hostile suspicion, and trying to explain what it was like as part of a persecuted minority forced to do horrible things to protect themselves

“because no one else would.”

Everyone suspects the teeps and refuses to even entertain the thought that one might put human loyalty above ‘tribal’ loyalty. As if trustworthiness actually ran in one’s veins. Why can they not see the difference between the blind brutality of the PsyCorp’s ‘bloodhound units’ and the difficult sacrifices being made by Lyta, a teep who hates the PsyCorp just as much if not more than the ‘mundanes?’

Last Monday’s review was s4e16: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e16) “Exercise of Vital Powers” Against The “Other” ,


Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e18: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e18): “Intersections in Real Time” and Human Rights


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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11 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e17) “The Face of The Enemy”: Trust vs. Differences

  1. Babylon 5 was quite the change from Star Trek for not only showing how such dangerous attitudes could still dangerously persist into our space age future, but for dramatizing quite profoundly how insane it can get. When we find the sense to question the logic of tyrants to sacrifice innocent lives for the so-called greater good, we are reminded how healthy it is to question everything about how the world should be. We can therefore create the most realistic heroes for Babylon 5 and Star Trek even if their efforts are not always so satisfyingly rewarded.

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          1. Sadly I don’t get much time for reading as I did when I was younger. Except for what I read nowadays on WordPress. That’s why I always find reviews like yours most helpful.

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