Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 16

Grail

3
Aired Monday 7:00 PM Jul 06, 1994 on
7.3
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A man comes to Babylon 5 asking the alien ambassadors for information that can help him with his quest to find the Holy Grail, while a Downbelow gangster gives security problems by mindwiping all who oppose him.

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  • No boom?

    9.0
    What a weird, but wonderful, episode. As the commenter before me says, charming.



    Coming from Star Trek (I guess I'm going to end up saying that a lot), I love the idea of being highly respectful of other cultures and beliefs - something that TNG in particular pushed a lot - and enjoying their merits instead of picking at their weaknesses. Delenn is quite right - it's about the quest, the way of life - they know as well as anyone else that they probably won't find the Grail, but that's not the point. They've already found what people are *really* looking for.



    Which is why it did grate on me early on when Sinclair and Garibaldi were snickering and smirking. I don't know if I was instinctively holding them to Trekkian standards or something but: really, guys? Someone has found a purpose in life that means something to him and that keeps him positive and kind-hearted and you can't keep a straight face about it in front of the guy? In the 23rd century? Goodness, do grow up!

    Thankfully they did. They got to learn the merits of this guy and what he believes in and seemed much more open minded and educated by the end. In a sense that was very satisfying.



    Yeah all in all I really enjoyed this, it made me all warm and fuzzy and that's what good TV is all about, for me anyway.



    I could take or leave the gangster part of the story, but it helped flesh it out a bit.



    That and I got to see the context of the famous "no boom?" clip that is a bit of an internet meme :) Very funny.moreless
  • A very charming episode.

    9.0
    This was a very enjoyable episode. The grail storyline is interesting, Jinxo's story about the Babylon stations was intriguing, the redemption of Jinxo was very sweet and the reactions of the different ambassadors was delightful.



    I particularly enjoyed Delenn's reaction – her childlike excitement about Aldous' arrival then Sinclair and Garibaldi just snicker. At first it seemed like just a strange Mimbari reaction until she explained why the Mimbari are so respectful of Aldous' quest. I found her explanation very charming – that's it's not about the quest or whether it's a realistic goal but it's the motivation behind the quest that matters. I always like Delenn but this was really sweet.



    There must be a considerable difference between the religious and warrior castes because knowing Delenn and trying to associate her with the war is nearly impossible – yet we know from Sinclair's memories that she was actually on board the cruiser the day he was captured. I am sure this is all leading up to the explanations about the Mimbari abruptly ending the war and I look forward to learning more about that. To date, we've only really seen the Mimbari from Delenn's perspective and the pieces have never really fit – how do such a spiritual people go to war with Earth and nearly wipe it out? Hopefully the end of the season will bring those answers.



    This was a great episode – charming, sweet and funny. Enjoyed it immensely.moreless
  • Grail

    8.5
    Grail was a great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode as it had interesting characters, suspensful action, and intriguing drama. I thought this was an interesting take on the Grail. I also thought it was creative to have the feeder disguised as a Vorlon to portray authority and power. This episode gave more insight into some of the characters and even had some humor. I thought it was funny how easily jinx-o went from being a theif to a True Seeker named Thomas. Over all the story was good, and we did get a glimpse of the actual Vorlon. I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • a holy seeker comes aboard the station and londo hides in his room while there is a creature from he's home world running around the station.

    9.9
    in babylon 5 the grail a spiritual crusader who has combined the galaxy 's most farflung corners in his search for the holy grail comes to babyon 5 to continue his search. meanwhile when he offers to rehabiliate a low life who was to be sentence in the ombuds wellington court who has massive gambling debts he doesn't count on the crime boss deunce who runs things down below or his uncoventional method of debts collection. to scare of any witness he gets hes hands on a hideous tentacled monster from centurai home world which can suck out your mind.moreless
  • Seekers

    7.4
    We all are looking for something and in this episode, man named Thomas founds it. I loved the Babylon curse idea - and in the end, when Thomas was leaving - no boom. And the way Susan responded for that. It was the pearl of this episode.



    I cannot say the whole story was very good. It was acceptable. But I adored the idea - the way minbaris saw Gajic a totally different way than others and that they did not think he was little mad and the gift Delenn give form Thomas to but on Gajic's grave.. it was a beautiful moment. A decent episode.moreless
Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson

Talia Winters

Andreas Katsulas

Andreas Katsulas

G'Kar

Bill Mumy

Bill Mumy

Lennier

Claudia Christian

Claudia Christian

Susan Ivanova

Jeffrey Willerth

Jeffrey Willerth

Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek (1994-1996), Vorlon Ambassador Ulkesh Naranek (1996)

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle

Michael Garibaldi

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity: When Aldous Gajic meets with Delenn and Lennier, Lennier says that there are two castes of Minbari, religious and warrior. This is in deep conflict with the rest of the series, in which it is often established that there are three castes, not two.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sinclair: You need to find another witness.
      Garibaldi: When the word gets out about Miriam, I've got as much chance of doing that as seeing a Vorlon doing strip-tease.

    • Garibaldi: You think he's genuine.
      Sinclair: Aldous? Yes. Question is: a genuine what? One man's lunatic is another's true seeker.
      Garibaldi: You have been hanging around Delenn too much.

    • Londo: Vir! What are you doing?
      Vir: Why, I'm being efficient, sir.
      Londo: A few more like you, Vir, and the entire Centauri Republic will efficient itself to extinction.

    • Londo: Fools to the left of me, feeders to the right. I need to find a real job.

    • Sinclair: Deuce wanted the people to think that he had the Vorlons working for him. Figured it would add to his image and intimidate people.
      Kosh: Why?
      Sinclair: Well, after all, no one knows exactly what you look like. That makes some people...a little nervous.
      Kosh: Good.

    • Garibaldi: No boom?
      Sinclair: No boom.
      Ivanova: No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here. Boom, sooner or later. Boom.

    • Sinclair: They say food digests better if you chew it first.
      Garibaldi: Don't talk - I've seen you eat. Does the term Doppler-effect ring a bell?

  • NOTES (8)

    • The episode contains the first totally CGI alien, the Na'ka'leen feeder.

    • Several B5 production crew have played roles in Babylon 5. In "Grail," the Director of Photography, John C. Flinn III, plays "Mr. Finn." He will later appear in the episode "Convictions" as the "Obnoxious Man."

    • Writer Christy Marx named the character Aldous Gajic after Mira Furlan's husband whose last name is Gajic. Mira Furlan plays the Minbari Ambasador Delenn.

    • The writer of this episode is Christy Marx who is also known for authoring several games and comics.

    • Originally, Vorlon Ambassador Kosh was to deal with the Na'ka'leen feeder. The scene was changed because it did not seem to fit the Kosh character and was similar to the ending of the episode "Deathwalker".

    • The Grey-alien trial scene was the only part of Christy Marx's script that was not written by Christy Marx. According to producer J. Michael Straczynski "I dropped it into Christy's script because it was something I always wanted to do. I just figured, okay, if these things really ARE happening, and it gets found out, and we make contact with aliens, and find the ones responsible... somebody's gonna want to sue their butts off. So it became a very logical extension of the judicial system... And...well, it was a hoot. I'll forgive much if it's a hoot." He adds "The human won the case, but damages awarded were minimal."

    • According to J. Michael Straczynski the feeder was let out by "Stupid bureaucrats who couldn't afford to maintain a quarantine enforcement team in the sector".

    • J. Michael Straczynski has said the following about the score and composer Chris Franke: "After 'Grail,' we had a discussion with Chris about funny music. We do not anticipate further discussions. In a full season of music for B5, this is the only discussion we've had of a critical nature, which is extraordinary for any series; he's done a lot of wonderful work for us..."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Ship Name: Von Braun
      This ship is named after Werner Von Braun, the father of the American space program.

    • Londo: Fools to the left of me, Feeders to the right.

      This is a play on the third stanza of the poem Charge Of The Light Brigade, by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

      "Cannon to the right of them,
      Cannon to the left of them,
      Cannon in front of them
      Volley'd and thunder'd."

      OR it could be an allusion to the 70's song, "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right."

    • The Doppler Effect, named after Christian Andreas Doppler, is the apparent change in frequency or wavelength of a wave that is perceived by an observer moving relative to the source of the waves. A sound wave's pitch sounds higher as the sound source approaches and lower as the sound source recededes from the observer.

    • Ship Name: Marie Celeste
      At the end of the episode Jinxo who survived the loss of the four earlier Babylon station boards a transport named Marie Celeste. This is a reference to a sailing ship found adrift in 1872 by the crew of the ship Dei Gratia. The crew of the Marie Celeste and a single lifeboat were missing, but half-eaten meals were in the mess hall. Captain Morehouse of the Dei Gratia had dined with Captain Briggs of the Marie Celeste the night before departure. Captain Morehouse and his crew were tried for murder, but acquitted. The missing crewmen were never found.

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