Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Monday 7:00 PM Jul 20, 1994 on



  • Trivia

    • Neroon's line, "You talk like a Minbari, Commander" nods towards the fact that Sinclair has a Minbari soul.

    • Continuity: When the Minbari war cruiser shows up, Sinclair is immediately hostile and suspicious because it has its gunports open. But he knows that the Minbari/Earth war started because of a similar incident, and that Minbari have their gun ports open as a sign of respect. Why would he react the same way in this instant, now that he knows so much of Minbari culture?

  • Quotes

    • Sinclair: You don't like it. Do you?
      Delenn: My preferences are not under discussion, Commander.

    • Ivanova: There is nothing more annoying than Mr. Garibaldi when he's right.

    • Franklin: Oh, by the way. Do you know what they say Narn taste like?
      Garibaldi: Yeah, chicken. Man, I really need a vacation.

    • Sinclair: Branmer's life was more significant than his battles. Let the warrior caste praise his courage in the war, and let the rest praise him for what he truly was, a man of peace.
      Neroon: You talk like a Minbari, Commander. Perhaps there was some small wisdom in letting your species survive.
      Sinclair: We'd like to think so.

  • Notes

    • This was the only episode to be pitched "cold" to Straczynski. She brought in the story itself, rather then it being one that Straczynski conceived and assigned to a writer.

    • This episode was originally to air after the episode "Babylon Squared."

    • D. C. Fontana's "Legacies" script is the only first season script that was developed outside the Babylon 5 offices. Dorothy Catherine Fontana, also known as "J. Michael Bingham" or "Michael Richards," has also writen for Star Trek, Earth: Final Conflict, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Dallas.

  • Allusions

    • The missing man formation is an aerial salute performed as part of a fly-over of aircraft at a funeral. The first fly-over of aircraft at a funeral occurred in World War I, when British fighter pilots honored the funeral of German ace Manfred von Richthofen ("the Red Baron"). The United States adopted the tradition in 1938 during the funeral for Major General Oscar Westover with over 50 aircraft and one blank file.

    • The Riderless Horse or caparisoned horse is the single riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups that follows the caisson carrying the casket in a funeral procession. The custom is believed to date back to the time of Genghis Khan, when a horse was sacrificed to serve the fallen warrior in the next world. The caparisoned horse later came to symbolize a warrior who would ride no more. In the United States, the caparisoned horse is part of the military honors given to an Army or Marine Corps officer who was a colonel or above; this includes the President, by virtue of having been the nation's military Commander in Chief and the Defense Secretary, having overseen the armed forces.

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