Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
The station becomes a hotbed of galactic controversy when Sinclair is forced to protect a notorious war criminal -- a scientist who's invented an immortality serum. Ambassador Kosh hires telepath Talia Winters to oversee a very unusual negotiation. Sarah Douglas as Deathwalker/Jha'Dur. Robin Curtis as Ambassador Kalika. Cosie Costa as Abbut. Aki Aleong as Senator Hidoshi.
Sub-genre: Intrigue P5 Rating: 8.21 Production number: 113 Original air date: April 20, 1994 Written by Larry DiTillio Directed by Bruce Seth Green
That ain't our universe. That ain't even *this* universe.
Sinclair must follow orders. He didn't want to escort Deathwalker off and on to Earth, those were his marching orders. *The same marching orders would be given to an ambassador representing Earth*. So your career diplomat would be in exactly the same position. What, do you think that career diplomats are independent agents of goodness? They all work for SOMEone, representing their interests.
Earth put in the majority of the money required to build and operate B5. They have the right, as such, to appoint a provisional governor, nad (and) that is the function that Sinclair mainly serves. He runs this place, AND he is responsible for maintaining good relations with other representatives. He is also on a short leash. And in some cases, as in "By Any Means Necessary," other people are sent in to handle certain kinds of negotiations.
Yes, it is a conflict of interest. So what? Do you think Earth cares much about that? Is it awkward? Yes, of course. It *should* put him in moral quandries. The Earth Government is constantly getting him into binds. What they wanted him to do in "Deathwalker" was more or less of a dubious nature. But in the end, he found a fairly moral solution to the problem. That's what he does. He finds anhonorable way out of very difficult and morally ambiguous situations. What you suggest is that we remove the moral ambiguities. Ehhh. I find that boring as hell.
Do the other species like it? Of course not. Okay, so what're they going to do? Boycott B5? And let other species take advantage of all the economic and political benefits the station provides? Let others grow in familiarity and form alliances that might in time turn against them? Not a chance. Fair or not, it's the only game in town.
So I don't buy your solution because I don't think it's a problem. You do. That's life. Political situations are rarely fair, or logical, or ethical. If politics were based on ethics this would be a MUCH better world. But politics are generally based on who has the power, and the money, and the guts.
He had a cold.
In point of fact, virtually *none* of the new tech stuff is just gone...you'd be surprised what'll be showing up again down the road a piece....
The women I write are often very close to many of the women I've been involved with over the years. So far, no one's sued....