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Babylon 5

Season 3 Episode 13

A Late Delivery from Avalon

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Apr 25, 1996 on
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Episode Summary

A mysterious man comes to Babylon 5 dressed in chainmail and armed with a sword. His name? King Arthur - Son of Uther Pendragon, come to help when he is needed most.

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  • A story of forgiveness

    This one really surprised me. It seemed pretty weird at first - Arthur? Oh surely not, we've already had Jack the Ripper, what is this, Voyager? etc.

    But wow, what a story that unfolded, and who of all the men it should turn out to be.... but the very man who accidentally started the Earth/Minbari war.

    I can't even imagine the feelings someone like that would go through, to have compassion and to have started something like that.. the remorse, the regret, the "if only"s, and he was just a good man who was mistaken.

    I'm pretty sure it'd have driven me to insanity too, and also that desire to just help anyone and everyone possible. But ultimately, the need to be forgiven. By our equally compassionate Minbari and then, by himself.

    A powerful bit of fleshing-out for the backstory. Great stuff.moreless
  • A Late Delivery from Avalon

    A Late Delivery from Avalon was a great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode which applied the King Arthur myth the series. It was very interesting to see this story develop and Arthur making friends with G'Kar whom he bestowed a great honor and sense of hope for his people. I thought it was cool to see Dr. Franklin and Marcus back in action again. This episode was a fun side step from the larger story lines, yet it definitely makes contributions. There was action, intrigue, and humor in this episode. I look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!moreless
  • Different ways of dealing with pain..

    So.. this has been one of the episodes that just never manages to catch me. I mean, I love that Franklin and Marcus have some screen time but.. the story seems so irrelevant to everything else and even the whole Arthut setting on Babylon 5 (who is who..) It did not made it any better.

    But it wasn't that bad for an episode. The Arthur story, on its own was following.. there were some questions like why he thinks that and his ideal views.. helping other, getting into fight to get the picture back.. I liked that and the way G'Kar got involved.. so.. It had its pros and consmoreless
  • king arthur arrives on the station look for forgiveness.

    a man comes to babylon 5 carrying a sword claming he is no other than king arthur. what no one knows is that he is the one who opened fire on the minbar war ship and cause the earth minbar war. because of his guilt he has blocked out who he is. so king arthur goes down below and finds a old woman crying. she tells him that a group a theifs stole her picture fame her late husband give her. so he goes and gets it back. with the help of g'kar they fight off the bullies and return the frame. meanwhile steve tries to get the man to confront his demons and asks for forgiveness from the one person one the station who can forgive him delenn.moreless
  • A mysterious man comes to Babylon 5 dressed in chainmail and armed with a sword. His name? King Arthur - Son of Uther Pendragon, come to help when he is needed most.moreless

    In Arthur, we actually meet the Earth Force gunner who started the Earth/Minbari War. He was the man who, without orders, opened fire on the Minbari Leader, Dukhat's flagship. As Arthur, he headed to downbelow to roam and finds an old lady who is lying in her little alcove crying. She tells him why (some thieves stole her ramaining belongings, including a picture and frame, the only item she had to remember her late husband with) and sets out to find the thieves. After defeating the thieves, they refused to "submit" and warned Arthur that they "have friends". To Arthur's surprise, G'Kar was the only one who was honorable enough to stand at his side. For that, Aurthur "Knighted" G.Kar, dubbing him "Sir G'Kar, the Red Knight".

    The person that would eventually find this out would be Dr. Franklin, thanks to a DNA scan. Captain Sheridan also tries to convince the League Of Non-Alligned Worlds to sign the "Babylon Treaty" in which each world representative that signs agrees they won't start any wars against any other race that signs the treaty.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • G'Kar: (to Marcus) I will vouch for his character! I saw the entire thing... because I was there. I was in it. I was... and they made a very agreeable thump. Or did I mention that?

    • G'Kar: By G'Quan, I can't recall the last time I was in a fight like that. No moral ambiguity, no ... hopeless battle against ancient and overwhelming forces. They were the bad guys, as you say, we were the good guys. And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor."
      Arthur: It's wrong for the strong to prey on the weak. That idea was the very heart of the Round Table. To correct injustice, to promote a society of laws, not arms.
      G'Kar: Well said!
      Arthur: That is the purpose which God and the Crown have set before me. I can not achieve that locked away in some room.
      G'Kar: No, of course not! What room?
      Arthur: I sense in you a warrior born.

    • Garibaldi: What do you mean, a hundred credits?
      Mailman: I mean, more than ninety nine, less than a hundred and one. What, you got a hearing problem, or a math problem? Look, I can't get into conceptual arguments with you, I've got people waiting.
      Garibaldi: That's three times the delivery charge for package this size.
      Mailman: That was before we had a revolution around here. Now, in my little corner of Earth Force, the mail still gets delivered. If I've got to use trapdoors, alien transports and back channels to get the mail in and out of here, then that's what I'll do, because that's my job. Neither rain, nor snow, nor meteors, nor alien invasion nor ..
      Garibaldi: Look, this is extortion.
      Mailman: It's business. You see, when my costs go up, I have to pass that along to the consumer. That's... that's you. Just in case that's another one of those concepts you got a problem with.

    • Garibaldi: What are you so nervous about? We went up against entire Earth Alliance and two carrier groups!
      Security Officer: Yeah, but - this is the Post Office! This could get us in real trouble.

    • Marcus: (referring to Kosh) Next thing you'll be saying is he's NOT Merlin. Merlin was a great teacher you know.
      Franklin: I am not hearing this.
      Marcus: They say he aged backward. That was how he was able to foretell the future, by remembering it. Which means he came from the future. Maybe he had Arthur form the round table by remembering us. We're forming one of our own after all. Which makes you Percival. I'm Galahad, him being sinless and all. Sheridan as Arthur. Ivanova perhaps Gawain. I think we both know who Mordred is. So the question is: Who is Morgan Le Fay?

    • Arthur: You don't believe I am who I say I am.

    • Franklin: What else did they teach you?
      Marcus: Delight, respect, compassion, that for your actions to be pure, they must proceed from direction, determination, patience and strength. I'm afraid I'm still working on patience. They taught me how to live, how to breathe, how to fight, and how to die. And they taught me terror. How to use it, and how to face it.
      Franklin: I think I'd like to hear more about that.
      Marcus: No, you wouldn't.

    • Franklin: You know, I was noticing that pin you wear. All the other Rangers wear one just like it, but I don't know what it means.
      Marcus: The two figures on either side: one Human, the other Minbari. They blend together in the middle to signify the two halves of our souls uniting against a common enemy.
      Franklin: Hmmm. This jewel?
      Marcus: Minbari called that "Isilzha". It means the future, birth, beginnings, dawn of a new age.

    • Marcus: You know. I used to hate that life was so unfair. Then I thought wouldn't it be much worse if life was fair and all the terrible things that happened to us came because we actually deserved them. So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Post Office Worker: Neither rain, or sleet, or snow, or meteors, or alien invasions, or...

      The post office worker is playing on the well-known slogan associated with the United States Post Office, that goes "Neither rain, or sleet, or snow, or gloom of night...".