Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 5

Learning Curve

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 18, 1998 on
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Four rangers arrive from Minbar with a status report to Delenn. Meanwhile, a Downbelow racketeer decides it's time to get rid of Zack.

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  • Learning Curve

    Learning Curve was a really good episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode as Lennier begins his Ranger training, Delenn welcomes some Rangers aboard Babylon 5, and Garibaldi is trying to figure out the new Captain while Zac deals with some thugs from down below. There were a lot of interesting scenes full of character development. It was also cool to see the Minbari begin to see that change is good, and that all species can contribute to the Rangers. The Captain holds her own against Garibaldi though Delenn puts her in her place. I thought it was interesting to see the tension between Delenn and Sheridan at the end. I look forward to watching the next episode of Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • four minbari rangers arrrive on b5 to see delenn.

    this is not a bad episode. garibaldi is in the station house talking to zac. he has the new captains personal file out and he wants to know what is in it. mean while down below a group of bullies are terrorising the people down below and they deciced to put a contract on zac. meanwhile a group of minbari are on the station and two of them go for a walk downbelow when one of them is attack by the bullies. after he gets out of medlab he has to face his attacker on his own. there are a group of minbari rangers there to help him stand up to the one bullie. they show us terror fear.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "A Late Delivery from Avalon" (from season 3), Marcus tells Dr. Franklin he had learned about the application of terror from the Minbari, but he refused to speak about it. In this episode, we actually see some aspect of that training.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Garibaldi: You, uh, got the captain's file there?
      Zack: No. Go away.
      Garibaldi: I could just peek...
      Zack: You know, Michael, you and the Minbari have one thing in common: You never know when to leave something alone.

    • Sech Turval: Attend, students. This is a classic archetype in action. The 'strong man' or 'bully', as the humans call it. Essentially a coward whose only skill is convincing others to do what he is afraid to do himself.
      Sech Durhan: Notice the lack of technique. No follow through. Another flaw in this particular personality type: all muscle, no brain.

    • Delenn: As Anla-shok, we choose to do that which frightens us, knowing that there are no guarantees. He may lose. We cannot help him.
      Lochley: Then he will stand alone.
      Delenn: At the end, Captain... we all stand alone.

    • Sech Turval: We create the meaning in our lives. It does not exist independently. Being Anla-shok does not mean worrying about what others will think about us. It does not mean deciding what to do based upon whether or not it serves our sense of ego or destiny. It means living each moment as if it were your last one. It means doing each right thing because it is the right thing. The scale doesn't matter. The where, the when, the how, or in what cause ... none of those things matter. In my life, I've discovered very few truths. Here is the greatest truth I know: Your death, Rastenn, will have a meaning if it comes while you're in fullest pursuit of your heart.

    • Tannier: This may not be a good idea.
      Rastenn: We should learn about all the dark places here, since that is where we will do our work ... In the dark.

    • Delenn: Our training methods were created by Minbari to serve Minbari. But if there is any lesson to be learned from the humans, it is that we are made stronger by our differences, not weaker. If the Pak'ma'ra cannot learn to be what we think they should be, then perhaps we should learn to use them for what they are.

    • Sech Durhan: We have no idea what to do with the Pak'ma'ra. They're slow, greedy, selfish, not very bright. They refuse to speak anything other than their own language, so we have to use a translator. And they're carrion-eaters. If it's not five days dead and decayed, they won't touch it.

    • Sheridan: You just keep doing what you're doing. Michael will come around, eventually. He's a good man.
      Lochley: I know. I just ... I just never thought I'd meet a second man as strong-willed, stubborn, and annoying as I am. My cup runneth over.

    • Garibaldi: Now, there have been a lot of rumors about you since you got on board this station, captain. Maybe everybody else is afraid to ask. I don't have that problem. You see, I don't work for you. I answer only to Sheridan. So I want to know, just for me, which side were you on?

    • Zack: It's good to see you down here again. Didn't know whether you'd still hang around with us grunts now that you've been promoted.
      Garibaldi: It's still just little ol' me, Zack. I don't change. I don't have the time.

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