Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 9

Atonement

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Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 27, 1997 on
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  • 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.

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    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.
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