Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 9


Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 27, 1997 on
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When her clan has doubts about her reason for taking Sheridan as a mate, Delenn is required to go to Minbar to attend "the Dreaming". Sheridan sends Marcus and Franklin to Mars to make contact with the resistance there.

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  • No mercy!

    A poignant look into Delenn's history and the one truth about herself she feared the most. But the fact that she's tormented by this (quite understandable, especially with some human in her) emotional outburst, just goes to show that she is of course a good person who can easily be sympathised with.

    I'm curious whether Sheridan knows the full extent of her involvement in starting the war - I'm sure he'd understand, I just don't think secrets like that would be a good thing to go into marriage with. Perhaps that's dealt with later (or perhaps it has been - I took a break and forgot a few things).

    It's a little odd to think how there were kind of hints of romance between her and Sinclair in season 1 - it was open to interpretation as a platonic love I guess (like how Lennier excellent explained his a handful of episodes back) but it's just a bit of a mind bender to think that if it'd have gone further she could've ended up with the child of her great great great great grandfather or something :p

    Interesting also to get more insights into the Minbari. It doesn't paint the desire to be "pure blood" as nasty and bigoted and in some cases outright evil as the Harry Potter stories do, but the message is still there in a subtle form.

    This episode's comic relief comes from G'Kar's really camp exclamation of "it's not my proper colour!!" - oh you lovable Narn, you.moreless
  • A seek peek into the past of Delenn and to see the major events that took place in her past that would later shape her life in the future and the truth about Minbari genes.moreless

    A seek peek into the past of Delenn and to see the major events that took place in her past that would later shape her life in the future and the truth about Minbari genes. Things that she thought that would never have to relive again and once again she is forced to relive again, and this time in front of her aid Lennier. Who at the time before this episode had no clue of how much she was involved with the war against the humans. All he knew was the fact that she was on the lead ship that involved in the final assault on Earth and the one that selected Sinclair to be the human that would be look at.

    But Lennier learns just like the watcher of the show that it was Delenn herself that with a few select words started the war that almost killed the human race, because of simple misunderstanding on both the Minbari and human sides that resulted in the depth of her mentor. A grave mistake that she had lived with almost for a life time. A mistake that she had try to atoned for, to make right with everything that she done past that point and even after that she shows regret at what she did.

    While all of this socking, to learn that a beloved character who loves and respect humans almost killed the entire race with a rash decision at the worst possible time that a person should make a major choice that she was forced to make, at a young age as well. If either of these two factors were not involved in her decision making the result might have been different. But the real kicker in this episode is the fact that Delenn in a child of Valen, who in a much earlier episode we learned was Sinclair who turned himself into a Minbari and called himself Valen to lead the Minbari and the other races against the Shadows in the last great war against them almost a thousand years ago. Destroying the much held belief that the Minbari was a pure race without a tainted gene pool with genetic material that came from another alien race, that in fact that a good majority of current population of the Minbari have a least a trace of human genetic material in their blood. Thus it dose not matter if Delenn marry Sheridan and have children, because they wouldn’t be pure Minbari no matter what.

    Even with this truth that Delenn discovered via the use of The Dreaming who is bound and determined to get this information out to the public. She is stopped because it might cause confusing among the population so it decided that Delenn will be offered up as a sign of life to humans, sometime that was done in the old days before the Gray Council, where they war against each other. Where the caste that was victor would offer one of their own to the caste that had the most losses in the war. A choice that make both Delenn and the rest of her family happy so she heads back to Babylon 5 with the knowledge that her marriage between her and Sheridan is on good footing with her people.moreless
  • there was a purpose in my selection your heritage,you are a child of valens.

    what is the secret about delenn that not even delenn knows?.when she is summoned back to minbar to justify her relationship with sherdian, she is placed into a dream state in which disturbing revelations are made about her,and the entire minbari was she that cast the deciding vote to wage war on earth, a war in which millions from both sides died. refer to the second babylon 5 movie, thirdspace.meanwhile captain sherdian takes the fight back to earth when he dispactes franklin and marcus to mars to link up with the martian resistance.the beginning of the end is in sight for the corrupt and fascist earth goverment.moreless
  • Atonement

    Atonement was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was lots of drama, intrigue and revelation. I thought it was cool that Dr. Franklin was able to give G'Kar a second eye. I also thought it was interesting how Delenn had to defend herself and her relationship with Sheridan to her people. I thought it was great how Lenir has remained faithful to this day. Meanwhile Marcus and Dr. Franklin are on a mission and it was funny to see them working together again. I really look forward to watching more episodes of Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • Delenn's heritage

    So.. It was a matter of time when minbaris become worried about Delenn's doings and she has to answer for them.. facing a possibility of not returning but as always, there is a brilliant answer somewhere what solves all her problems. And this time, the solution was quite surprising.

    The whole concept of dreaming and having those flashbacks to war and opening up more of the background of Delenn. That was really nice. Having Lennier by herside.. on that dreaming.. like she used to do long ago.. that was great too.. and the whole new things we learned about mibaris.. their culture and way.. so.. great one.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the third of three episodes in which the closing credits were not accompanied by the orchestral theme music.

    • Factual Error: Marcus misquotes the song "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General." He says, "quote the facts historical," when the original lyrics are, "quote the fights historical."

    • Continuity: During the conference scene between Sheridan, Franklin, and Marcus, Franklin is reading over his documents with the folder flat on Sheridan's desk. When the view shifts, however, Franklin is holding the folder.

    • Revealing Mistake: The ship carrying Franklin and Marcus to Mars supposedly has zero gravity. Exterior shots of the ship show its engines firing. The resulting acceleration would have pushed everything in the cargo bay toward the back wall. One possible explanation for this, however, is that the ship's engines were not firing, but rather were glowing because they were in some sort of stand-by mode.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Zack: Oh yeah, I should listen to a Minbari about fashion. I mean, robes? Hoods? No offense, but I've seen Vorlons with more fashion sense. (the Minbari seamstress stabs Zack with the needle) Ow! She did that on purpose!
      Lennier: Yes, I believe she did. I will deal with this. (in Minbari) Good work. Give me a moment with the Human, and next time... use a bigger needle.
      Zack: Yeah, and don't you forget it!

    • Lennier: Then it was your order that began our war with the humans.
      Delenn: Yes. The council was divided. Mine was the deciding vote. They killed Dukhat. I was furious. I never knew I was capable of such rage. All I could see was death.
      Lennier: Is this what you were afraid I would see? Then you were not thinking clearly Delenn. The fault is not yours. The humans misinterpreted the gesture of respect. They thought it to be a prelude to attack. You were...
      Delenn: The one who gave the order.

    • Franklin: Marcus, this is the kind of conversation that can only end in a gunshot.

    • Lennier: The guards resisted at first. The Grey council is suspended, but the security remains. I managed to explain matters to them. They will recover.. in time.

    • Dukhat: There was a purpose in my selection. Your heritage.. You are a child of Valen.

    • Delenn: There is nothing to fear in the dreaming. Only that which we bring with us. Walk with me in the dreaming, Callenn.

    • Delenn: I am become Grey. I stand between the darkness and the light, .. between the candle and the star.

    • Dukhat: Raise your eyes and look at me.
      Delenn: It's disrespectful.
      Dukhat: I can not have an aide who will not look up. You will be forever walking into things.

    • Dukhat: I could override their decision, but nothing would be served. Authority should never be used as a club, Delenn.
      Delenn: But, then why?
      Dukhat: When others do a foolish thing, you should tell them it is a foolish thing. They can still continue to do it, but at least the truth is where it needs to be.

    • Delenn: Valen said: 'The greatest enemy is the one you do not know. You can predict the actions of those who are familiar to you. The one you can not predict is the one who can harm you.'
      Dukhat: And what do you say?
      Delenn: If we do not know these humans, then they are a mystery to us. The universe puts a mystery in front of us as a gift. Politeness requires that we at least try to solve it.
      Dukhat: A-haa! You are curious, you would like to know, to simply understand. Simple curiosity.

    • Dukhat: For two days we have been debating an issue of some small importance. We have from time to time heard of a race known as humans. The Centauri have had dealings with them for some time. They are reportedly primitive, passionate, .. dangerous. The question: do we establish contact with these humans? They have each said no. All for different reasons. Would you like to hear them?
      Delenn: Perhaps another would be better suited..
      Dukhat: The correct answer is 'yes'.
      Delenn: Yes.

    • Dukhat: What was your name, child?
      Delenn: Delenn.
      Dukhat: Delenn.
      Delenn: Yes.
      Dukhat: Of the family of Mir.
      Delenn: Yes, Master.
      Dukhat: You have a proud heritage, Delenn of Mir. Prouder than you know. There is nothing to fear in the dreaming. Only that which we bring with us. The dreaming takes us forward and the dreaming takes us back. Walk with me in the dreaming, Delenn.

    • Sheridan: Sheridans are survivors, always have been.

    • Delenn: It also occurred to me, as I told you, it is tradition for Minbari to spend three nights together. The female.. and the male sleeps until his true face is revealed, I know. Whatever you see in a face mashed against a pillow and drooling, I don't know, but I try not to be judgmental about alien cultures, when they are dressed like that.

    • Delenn: Where did you say you were going?
      Sheridan: I was.. I was just going to... Nowhere that can't wait for a little while.

    • G'Kar: It's not my proper color!

    • Franklin: I think I got it.
      G'Kar: Just as long as it isn't in backwards. I've peered into my own soul more than enough lately.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jerry Doyle, Patricia Tallman, Stephen Furst, and Peter Jurasik are credited but don't appear.

    • One of the Earth Alliance cruisers in the Prometheus convoy is the Hyperion (last seen in "A Voice in the Wilderness (2)"). According to Co-Producer George Johnsen, this was intended to suggest that the Hyperion escaped from the Minbari counter-attack after the Prometheus incident.

    • While the credits are rolling, Marcus is singing "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.


    • Sheridan: Whatever you see in a face mashed against a pillow and drooling, I don't know, but I try not to be judgmental about alien cultures, when they are dressed like that.
      This line is based on a message from the newsgroup which was commenting on a Minbari tradition introduced in "Shadow Dancing".