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Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 14

Meditations on the Abyss

Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 27, 1998 on
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Episode Summary

Delenn reassigns Lennier to a Ranger training mission on the border of Centauri space, hoping he can find some proof regarding the Centauri involvement in the shipping line attacks. Vir undergoes some dramatic changes when he learns that he is the new Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5.moreless

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  • vir gets a promotion. and lennier is send out on a mission.

    londo comes back to babylon 5 and while he is in his room he starts to talk to vir. when vir brings back some shopping londo finds out that his bags are being bugged. he asks vir where he got theses things from. vir got then from the drazi. vir then goes to see the drazi shop keeper and a comfrontion brakes out. vir returns to londo room and graps a sword from the wall. he then attacks the shop keeper stall with the sword. meanwhile delenn gets lennier to take on a mission to find out who is attacking the shipping line. and mr garibaldi is lying on the floor of his room drunk and starts to sing a song before ordering a pizza.moreless
  • Vir is awesome

    More Ranger stuff, blah blah blah. Some great stuff with Londo and Vir. Londo finding the bug the Drazi planted and saying insulting things about the Drazi ambassador's wife, and Vir getting shoved around in the market, going to Londo's to fetch a sword and then going apesh*t on the Drazi vendor's stall ("Something I can do for you Vir?" "No, I just need to borrow this for a minute"). Fantastic ;D. And I like that even though it's looking like the Centauri are to blame for the shipping lane attacks, the members of the council are still sort of on Londo's side, believing he doesn't know about it. Garibaldi was kind of a funny drunk at the end, but I don't think this is going to go well.moreless
  • Meditations on the Abyss

    Meditations on the Abyss was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode as Delenn sent Lennier on a secret mission aboard a Ranger Training White Star, Londo discovered a plot of his own, Vir gets a surprise, and G'Kar continues to help the Narn learn new patterns of thought. This episode had a little of every thing. It was interesting to see Delenn and Lennier interact and for Lennier to help his fellow Ranger in a time of chrisis. G'Kar finally gets his permanent eye implant and Dr. Franklin gets a taste of G'Kars wisdom. It was really funny to see Vir confront the Drazi. Garibaldi continues his path of alcoholism and no one notices yet. I look forward to watching more!!!!!moreless
Martin East

Martin East


Guest Star

Richard Yniguez

Richard Yniguez


Guest Star

Carl Ciarfalio

Carl Ciarfalio

Drazi Vendor

Guest Star

Ron Campbell (II)

Ron Campbell (II)

Drazi Ambassador

Recurring Role

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson

Narn Acolyte

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • G'kar: If I take a lamp and shine toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume the light on the wall is god. But the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing. What we perceive as god is the byproduct of our search for god. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished. Not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes, we stand in front of the light and assume we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do, or turn to look at our shadow and assume all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and all its flaws, and in doing so better understand the world around us.

    • Delenn: He knows me, but he also loves me. Sometimes the one gets in the way of the other.

    • G'kar: But we can't be free, till we learn to laugh at ourselves. Once you look in the mirror and see just how foolish we can be. Laughter is inevitable. And from laughter comes wisdom.

    • Garibaldi: Sh ... Show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I had a little ... oh, that's a big drink ... about an hour ago and it went right to my head. ... What did I do ... with that link? You Linky, Linky, Linky? Here, Linky? Ow, the missing link!

    • Zack: What happened to Vir?
      Londo: Oh, I promoted him. ... Now, now he's ready to be the ambassador for Centauri.

    • Captain Montoya: To be Anla-Shok means understanding that there is nothing to fear in death except the failure to complete our assigned mission. Death is not the enemy, death simply is.

    • Narn Acolyte: Ah, yes, but what is truth and what is God?
      G'Kar: Truth is a... river.
      Narn Acolyte: And what is God?
      G'Kar: God is... the mouth of the river.

    • Lennier: It is not necessary to know. It is only necessary to try.

    • G'Kar: All our holy books are reproduced exactly as written. Line for line, word for word, right down to the flaws in the paper.

    • Findell: He often leaves out important piece of information like that. It is ... frustrating.
      Lennier: It is, I think, the human way of doing things. They try to encourage initiative so that we may better react to sudden changes. Our own techniques tend to be ... rigid.

    • Londo: So, Ambassador, how is the wife? Not too tired, I hope.

    • Findell [to Lennier]: No, the captain does not believe in indiscreet questions. He believes the only way to get pertinent information is to ask impertinent questions.

    • Londo: It's politics, Vir. Never take it personally.

    • Londo: What do you eat when I am gone?
      Vir: Well, I ... obviously we have plenty of ... uh ... I eat at McBari's.
      Londo: McBari's? Is that the new place in the brown sector? With the golden, uhm ...
      Vir: Golden head bones. Yes.
      Londo: Vir! You are not biologically equipped to handle fast food.
      Vir: I know, I know, but it ... it tastes so great going down. Coming up again it's not so terrific, but ...
      Londo: Well, you'll have to change that. We can't have someone in your position eating at McBari's, now can we?
      Vir: Yes, but ... what position?

    • Delenn: As a friend he would need to protect you. As my husband he would need to protect me from anything that might happen to you.
      Lennier: I think, in that respect, he does not know you as well as he should.
      Delenn: He knows me, but he also loves me. And sometimes the one gets in the way of the other.
      Lennier: Yes, I ... imagine it could do that.

    • Delenn: I said we had reason, not proof. We can't go public with what we suspect until we can prove their involvement.

    • Delenn: I was beginning to wonder if you're going to make it, Lennier.
      Lennier: I said that I would never leave you, that I would be here when you needed me the most. Tell me what you want done and I will make it happen, no matter the cost.

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    • This episode alludes to the "fast food" called "MacBari's" which is an allusion to "McDonald's." Ironically, Stephen Furst, who's character, Vir, ate the fast food had just lost a large amount of weight by dieting between seasons of the show.