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,
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.
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.
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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.
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