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Overview -Backplot -Questions -Analysis -Notes -JMS

Overview

Sheridan is kidnapped and also taken come an alien ship. The Grey council decidesDelenn"s fate. General Hague provides an unofficialize visit to the station.Robert Foxworth as basic Hague.Marshall Teague as the Narn.Sub-genre: Action/intrigueP5 Rating: 8.33Production number: 211Original wait date: February 15, 1995DVD relax date: April 29, 2003Written by J. Michael StraczynskiDirected through Mario DiLeo

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Backplot

The Minbari have actually installed a brand-new leader. Sheridan"s meeting to Babylon 5 was more than a coincidence. Hewas picked by Santiago, that knew the his record made the look like ahard-nosed military man, simply the type Santiago doubt Clark wouldwant to replace Sinclair with. But Santiago also knew that Sheridanwas a patriot who would stand against the forces seeking come underminethe earth government. In his very first months ~ above the station, Sheridan"sreal assignment was to evaluate the crew, discover out who could betrusted. basic Hague, and others, room working to expose the machinationsbehind Santiago"s death and also other recent events. They suspect thePsi-Corps is behind the conspiracy, but so much have to be unable toprove anything. Alit Neroon (head of the Star Riders clan, cf."Legacies")has changed Delenn on the Grey Council.

Unanswered Questions

Sheridan"s dream is a big unanswered question, lent load by Kosh"scomment after ~ Sheridan"s return. Watch Analysis. Why was Neroon appointed to the Council? What go Delenn think is about to happen? Why walk she think sheis around to descend right into darkness and fire? Is the foray by the Streibs pertained to what the Shadows are doing,or is it simply coincidental timing? how did the Narn understand so much around the Streibs and also their ship? What to be done to Sheridan? He to be left with 3 scars ~ above hisface, among them on his forehead. Might he be transferring an implantof some sort now?

Analysis

Neroon"s meeting to the board of directors is troublesome. Presumably newmembers are approved by majority vote. The three warrior-castemembers probably voted because that him; that method one or 2 of the remainingfive members must have actually voted for him together well, more than likely from theworker caste. Valen"s desire seem come be hosted in much less than the highestregard by some Minbari. With four members, the warrior caste now properly controls theGrey Council. On any issue they require only win over one other memberto have a majority. That is uncertain how much the Council"s powerextends now that a new leader has been installed, and that leaderconceivably sides through the religious caste, yet it looks like hardtimes have arrived for Delenn"s compatriots. the being the case, exactly how does this mesh v Sinclair"s gathering ofrangers? (cf."The resulting Shadows")Some that them, recall, space Minbari. Space they primarily religiouscaste? Is there enough difference of opinion in ~ the warriorcaste around humans the he"s may be to entice warriors? We never ever actually hear Sheridan"s answer to Hague, though it isprobably "yes." If that isn"t, Sheridan"s meeting with therest that the command staff might be a ruse to attract Hague"s civilization outinto the open -- on the presumption that Hague will try to workvia among the others -- and also expose the counterconspiracy. Sheridan"spossible attach with Psi-Corps (see listed below and"A Race through Dark Places")makes this at least a plausible scenario, if an unlikely one. There"s an ext to the dream sequencethan is noticeable at first glance,and it"s chock full of ambiguities. A shot-by-shot outline withanalysis (another, simpler, feasible interpretation complies with therundown): Sheridan is in his quarters, in uniform. The lights are out.
Ivanova is in the quarters through him, in uniform, hair drapedover her left shoulder. The door is open. She raises herfingers to her lips and says, "Shh."Analysis: who or something has gotten in Sheridan"smind to offer him a message, and also is warning the to clock andlisten, not try to participate. The "something" might alsosimply be part of Sheridan"s own subconscious. This probablyrelates to Kosh"s answer to Sheridan"s first question. Sheridan look at confused. Ivanova, now with a crow perched on her appropriate shoulder,says, "Do you recognize who i am?"Analysis: The raven is typically symbolic of death;Ivanova may represent destruction, perhaps at some point sidingwith the pressures of darkness. In enlarge literature, the ravenwas frequently a thief, rather than a harbinger the death. Sheridan looks to his right, and finds himself in a Babylon 5corridor. He looks up. On a catwalk, in harsh lighting, gripping the railing, isanother Sheridan. The looks to his right.Analysis: It"s unsure what kindof uniform the Sheridan on the catwalk is wearing; possiblya Psi-Cop uniform. The edge of the shot is similar toSinclair"s first view that Knight 2 in"And the Sky full of Stars." ThisSheridan maybe represents an additional side of Sheridan"spersonality (more on the below.)
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Garibaldi, likewise apparently top top the catwalk, is in uniform andhas a dove(?) ~ above his left shoulder. "The man in between issearching for you," the says.
Analysis: "The man in between" may refer to theSheridan on the catwalk, a part of Sheridan that isn"t surewhich side it have to be on.Of course, it could be a recommendation to who elseentirely: someone in between light and darkness, for instance.(Sinclair?)As for Garibaldi"s dove, the dove is traditionally a symbolof peace, probably implying that Garibaldi will work-related to stopthe great War."Babylon Squared"strongly says that Garibaldi will certainly ally himself v theside the light. Ivanova, in a veil and also black dress, is standing behindSheridan, who is currently wearing a turtleneck and a jacket.Analysis: This funereal garb lends some weight tothe idea that Ivanova represents death. (It yes, really isIvanova, though some readers have disagreed; seejms speaks.)
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As the turns, we get a brief glimpse the a metal pin top top theleft chest of his jacket: a Psi-Corps badge. And in fact,his jacket appears to be the uniform of a Psi-Cop, through theleather strap under the best side in front.
Analysis: Sheridan"s change of clothes is possibly themost ominous component of the entire sequence. Linked withBester"s comment in"A Race with Dark Places"that he to be told to expect Sheridan to be sympathetic tothe Psi-Corps, it argues some yet-to-be-revealed connectionbetween Sheridan and also the Corps, miscellaneous that may causea dispute of interest as he works with Hague"s people. Ivanova, tho veiled, says, "You room the hand."Analysis: hand abound in Babylon 5,from Kosh"s hand in"The Gathering"to Londo"s dream hand in"The coming of Shadows."Presumably Ivanova isn"t referring to Kosh"s hand. If sheis referring to the hand native Londo"s dream, it argues thatSheridan will become a pawn in Londo"s machinations; recallElric"s comment in"The Geometry that Shadows" --the hand reaching out throughout the stars is Londo"s.Alternately, if Sheridan"s Psi-Cop uniform is required to meanthat he"s symbolic that Psi-Corps as a whole, possibly she meansthat Psi-Corps, not Sheridan, is the hand. Or, an ext sinister,that Sheridan is unknowingly acting on instead of of the Psi-Corps,perhaps as the result of some mental conditioning (whichwould define Bester"s comment in ~ the end of"A Race with Dark Places.") Kosh is stand behind Sheridan in the corridor; Sheridan isback in his regular uniform. Sheridan beginning to revolve towardhim. In what seems choose a an easy switch of camera angles, Sheridannow appears to be sitting under in former of a backlit wallwith an organic look no unlike the of the Streib ship"sinterior. "Why space you here?" the asks.Analysis: The change of scenery says that "here"refers to a various place or time or context 보다 the restof the sequence. Perhaps the question means, "Why room theVorlons involving themselves with the various other races?" Ofcourse, it might mean what the looks like: "Why are you inmy dream?" "We were never away,"Kosh answers native the corridor. "Forthe very first time her mind is quiet enough to hear me."Analysis: depending upon the meaning of Sheridan"squestion, the prize says different things. If the formerrefers come the Vorlons in general, the answer can be bring away tomean, "We"ve just just enabled you to an alert us." The secondpart the the answer suggests that Sheridan"s inquiry refersto the dream, though. See below for a feasible explanationof this question and the rest of the dream. Additionally note thatKosh provides both "we" and also "me" -- seejms speaks. Sheridan is earlier in the corridor, standing. "Why am i here?"he asks, in a ton that makes the concern sound unconnectedto the vault one.Analysis: Again, it"s unsure what "here" means.Babylon 5? The dream? His circumstances? "You have always been here," answer Kosh.Analysis: Kosh"s repetition of this declare afterSheridan"s return may mean that is an extremely important; or perhapsKosh was indirectly informing Sheridan the the dream wasn"ta an easy construct the his subconscious. (Of course, Koshmight have read Sheridan"s mind outside medlab and pulled theline from Sheridan"s memory of the dream.) together for the meaningof the heat itself, only time will tell. "You" can referto Sheridan himself, or to some team (e.g. The person race)of i m sorry Sheridan is a part. Another way of looking at the dream sequence, much more metaphysical,is the Sheridan gotten in a psychic continuum, an astral plane, forlack of a much better term. That makes numerous of the comments much less ambiguous: "We were never ever away. For the very first time your mind is quietenough to hear me." This is the first time Sheridan hasbeen in a mental state come consciously identify the plane;Kosh and everyone else have always been there to some degree. "You have constantly been here." Sheridan has constantly had somepresence in this psychic world; he simply hasn"t to be able toconsciously acknowledge it. "The man in between" refers to someone in between the physicaland spirituality worlds. Probably the Sheridan in the sequenceis Sheridan"s spiritual side, and "the male in between" isSheridan, searching for his greater soul. Ivanova and Garibaldi, as presented in the sequence, are eitherthe projections into this other human being of the genuine people,or room abstractions because that something else (darkness andlight?) Sheridan"s Psi-Cop uniform may mean that the Corps playsa part in bridging the physical and astral worlds.

Notes

The Streibs are most likely a reference to Whitley Strieber, who popularbook "Communion" faced alien abduction. impacts glitch: when Ramirez" damaged Starfury jumps backto normal space, the vortex is orange, not blue together it usually is whena ship is arriving. Marshall Teague, the Narn, additionally played Nelson Drake, the assistantturned life weapon, in"Infection." Ravens and doves, from the King James Bible: and also it involved pass at the end of fourty days, that Noah openedthe window of the ark i beg your pardon he had made; and also he sent forth araven, i m sorry went soon to and fro, until the waters were driedup from turn off the earth. Additionally he sent out forth a dove native him, tosee if the waters were abated from turn off the face of the ground;but the dove discovered no remainder for the sole of her foot, and shereturned depend him right into the ark, for the waters to be on the faceof the totality earth; and also then he put forth his hand, and also took her,and pulled her in depend him right into the ark. And he remained yetanother 7 days, and also again he sent out forth the dove out of theark; and also the dove came in come him in the evening; and lo, in hermouth to be an olive leaf pluckt off; so Noah knew the the waterswere abated from off the earth. And also he stayed yet one more sevendays, and sent soon the dove, which returned not again unto himany more. --Genesis 8:6-12 and also Elijah the Tishbite, that was the the citizens of Gilead,said unto Ahab, together the lord God the Israel liveth, prior to whomI stand, over there shall no be dew no one rain this years, butaccording to mine word. And also the word of the Lord come unto him,saying, gain thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and also hidethyself by the brook Cherith, the is prior to Jordan. And itshall be, that thou shalt drink the the brook; and also I havecommanded the ravens to feeding thee there.So the went and did follow to words of the Lord; forhe went and also dwelt by the brook Cherith, the is before Jordan.And the ravens lugged him bread and flesh in the morning, andbread and flesh in the evening; and also he drank of the brook.--1 monarchs 17:1-6 some raven recommendations in miscellaneous other mythologies: Hugin and also Munin: Odin"s two ravens (thought and memory) Kurkil: Mongol creator god who flew to develop the earth andmankind Mictla or Mictlantecuhtli: Aztec god who rules the underworld Moragga: Celtic. The incarnation of the Goddess together war. Raven: Amerindian creator and also trickster god. Developed all livingcreatures the end of wood and clay. Comparable to Coyote. Yangwu: Chinese. The sun-crow. Yetl: Amerindian. The thunder-raven who dragged the floodedearth above the water. In Japanese culture, the dove symbolizes war because doveswere supplied as messengers throughout battles.

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One episode will look really much unconnected come the arc till thelast 5 minutes, in ~ which point there"s a revelation that will likelyastonish some and confirm suspcions because that some other viewers. Streibs, actually. Similar to, yet not rather the same as theGrailbunch. Delenn"s flyer is referred to as Zhalen. Re: we/I...yes, it"s interesting, isn"t it? You"d almost think itwas contradictory or something. and also of course there"s the story of the guy who dreamy he to be abutterfly, and when the awoke, wondered if he was in reality a humanwho dreamed he had been a butterfly, or a butterfly that was dreaming hewas a human.... Who to be the woman in the veil?It"s Ivanova. In a way, there are numerous Sheridans in that dream, signifyingchanges right now in the works, transforms yet come come, messagesforthcoming or unrecognized. It"s a an extremely reflective dream, i m sorry willgrow fingerprint the depth one gets into the show. certainly there are some archetypes that constantly creep right into a workof this sort; because that all we all not Jung at heart...? You"ll see at least one item of Sheridan"s vision decoded beforeseason"s end. Remember, Kosh to be the one who sent those photos into Sheridan"sbrain, not anybody else; he was communicating helpful information thatmay come up down the road, but in rather symbological form. Yes, Sheridan to be speaking in the Drazi"s aboriginal language, trying(without success) to gain through; they"re a cranky varieties to startwith, and also this didn"t help. Sheridan learned a smattering of assorted languages while on patrol onthe Agamemnon. throughout the Minbari war, the Narns were offering usweapons, for this reason Sheridan and also other Earthforce captains had actually to discover atleast a smattering the Narnish for objectives of negotiations. The aliens native Grail are similar to, and distant loved ones of, thestreibs, but not the same, no. A closer shoot would"ve revealed redslitted eyes rather of the black color eyes the the one in Grail. Pledging oneself come someone"s next is no common, and also carries greatsignificance. Indigenous that point onward, you space bound to the personuntil your death, and also you must defend that person at the price of yourown life. some tie-ins...remember Sheridan in "A far-off Star" saying that hewas emotion beached, abandoned? His unsureness in taking on this post,what if it was a mistake? A number of his action come into a clearerlight when you understand he was in significance checking them every out, and puttingon a hard "I"m a quite guy" attitude. Wasn"t attack the Streibs an action of war?The Streib experienced an alliance between Earth and also Minbar at that moment,which is the LAST thing they want to go up against. Also, you don"tgo to war at the fall of a hat just since somebody sink or shootsdown among your ships. This is just one of the cliches in storytelling.And what the Streibs were doing was totally unjustifiable in any event.Do you gear up for the enormous hassle of full war -- it is provided lines,fleets, all the remainder -- therefore incident? Remember, the purposeof the ship to be to discover races weak enough for lock to strike withimpunity; castle don"t want to go up versus a force that have the right to strikeback. i doubt we"ll be seeing these males again for a lengthy time, if ever. So ns don"t think about them on the level of certain shadows or stuff. They came, they grabbed, we whomped. through the way, in enhancement to the re-appearance that Neroon, you might havenoticed that the an initial Grey council member Delenn addresses is thesame one we observed in "Points that Departure." member in the Grey the supervisory board is usually for life; a personcan pick to leave however only under important extraordinary circumstances(kind of favor being appointed to the supreme Court). In Delenn"s case,though, remember the she didn"t quit, she was booted out. Sheridan and also the various other fighters flew at a slim angle right pastthe window in C&C. Ns don"t see where the difficulty is in this. The home window wasn"t supplied as a monitor, that was provided as a window. The starfuries came out the the cobra bays together the station rotated castle planet-side, they banked, and headed towards the gate, passing C&C. Ejecting would certainly not have purchased Ramirez"s life since when thesystem came ago on line v its analysis, it announced that theradiation to be "already at terminal levels." indigenous the immediate he heard that, he was a dead male waiting to avoid moving. The could"ve sent out the delivery back, risking a faulty autopilot...and might"ve died for nothing if it encountered the *slightest* glitch en route. among the themes in this present is exactly how you confront life...and just how youface death. Ramirez faced his honorably. In the end, honor and dignity space all we have left. If you to trust Sheridan, there"s no require for a an extensive report; plus,a created report, no matter exactly how well encrypted, can be damaged or fallinto the not correct hands. The best record of a secret meeting that couldget friend fired or killed is no record at ALL. Re: Kosh"s voice transferring some emotion...starting at around "All Alonein the Night," or possibly one prior to (memory fades), ns took top top the project of directing the voice sessions because that Kosh. The was relocating from a neutraldelivery to things that had actually to carry details emotions and implicationsfor the future, and nobody else knows what every this stuff means, so itfell come me. Also, I detailed somewhere in a preview because that upcoming episodes, amongst thethings coming, "conspiracies the light as well as dark." perhaps thatis currently clearer.
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