Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 9

Atonement

2
Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 27, 1997 on

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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..
      Sheridan:...watches 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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 rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated which was commenting on a Minbari tradition introduced in "Shadow Dancing".

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