A girl entering puberty exhibits telepathic abilities, and the crew
must decide whether to turn her over to the Psi Corps. The corpse of the
Minbari military leader who oversaw the Battle of the Line is the focus
of a diplomatic incident.
John Vickery as Neroon.
Grace Una as Alisa Beldon.
P5 Rating: 7.87
Production number: 115
Original air date: July 20, 1994
Written by D. C. Fontana
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
The Grey Council ordered the surrender at the Battle of the Line.
Many among the Minbari warrior caste do not approve of the surrender, a
fact which has caused something of a rift between the religious and
Caste membership is determined by heritage. Membership in the religious
caste takes precedence if one parent is in the religious caste and the
other is a warrior. (This is ambiguous; Delenn's statement on the matter
could be interpreted to mean that the mother's caste takes precedence over
The Earth-Minbari War began with the death of Dukhat, the head of the Grey
Council at the time.
The war was regarded as a holy war among the Minbari, and had the full
support of the religious caste at least part of the time.
One of the warleaders (heads of the military clans?) committed suicide
rather than obey the order to surrender.
Telepaths are highly regarded among the Minbari, and are fed and clothed
by people in exchange for providing their services.
The Narn keep alien slaves, or at least are reported to do so.
What is the significance of the word "chrysalis?" Note that this is the
title of the first-season finale.
How was Delenn able to sense that she was being probed?
Delenn's identity doesn't seem to be a secret among the warrior caste, or
at least its upper echelons. The warriors seem to be playing along and
keeping her secret safe.
As JMS mentions below, in the original airing order, this episode came after
If that is the intended chronological order of the two episodes, then
Delenn's statement to Neroon that she speaks for the entire Grey Council
takes on different connotations; it is plausible in that case that she is
lying and hadn't even consulted the Council.
Likewise, the device used to stun the guard appears to be a triluminary;
its presence makes much more sense if this episode is after
Its exact function is still a mystery; did it in fact stun the guard, put
him in some sort of stasis, or something else?
The only first season
script that was developed outside the B5 offices.