Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 5

Learning Curve

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 18, 1998 on



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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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