Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
Sheridan is in hot water when he kills a Minbari warrior in self-defense. Caitlin Brown as Guinevere Corey. Sean Gregory Sullivan as Ashan.
Sub-genre: Mystery P5 Rating: 7.75 Production number: 215 Original air date: April 26, 1995 Written by Peter David Directed by Mike Vejar
The lesson? When things are at their absolute worst, don't simply satisfy your basic needs (eating, sleeping), take time out to enjoy something that will make you feel better despite the conditions. It will help you deal with adversity. Alternatively, the lesson is that even in some of the worst places/situations, there can still be beauty if you allow yourself to look for it.
The Latin lyrics:
Puer natus est nobis et filius datus est nobis;
cujus imperium super humerum ejus;
et vocabitur nomen ejus,
Cantate Domino canticum novum;
quia mirabilia fecit.
One English translation of which is:
Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
on whose shoulders the world's dominion rests;
whose name is;
He who was sent to us from the great Heavenly Wonder-Counselor.
Sing unto the Lord a new song. He has made wonders.
There are two quotes here, one from Isaiah 9:6, the other from Psalm 98:1:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
Whether this particular chant has any bearing on the story, or was just selected because it sounds good, is an interesting question, but a couple rather tenuous connections can be made:
The second verse mentions a "hand" being victorious; recall that Sheridan was told, "You are the hand," in "All Alone in the Night."
The fourth issue of the comic series, dealing with Sinclair's appointment to the Minbari homeworld, is titled "The Price of Peace," one letter removed from the description of Jesus above. (That one is probably just a coincidence.)
Specifically, on page 13 of their 1994 Winter Collection Catalogue, they have the Custom Embroidered Bears. Ordered with a baseball shirt and hat (NOT jacket), he's 20 inches high and his fur color is 'Pockets (thick milk chocolate)'...
I should point out that ordering the bear for Joe was my wife's idea. She's a big bear fan. At present she's hard at work on a Minbeari...
"Are you really going to use that?" he asked.
"Absolutely," I said. "It's fall-down funny."
Long pause. "You people really ARE dangerous over there, aren't you?"
Once the show is finally off the air, be assured that the model will end up in THIS captain's office.
I hate cute. Everybody knows me, knows that. So after buying Peter David's script #2, Peter sends me a gift. A bear. A teddy bear. With my initials JS in front, and Bear-ba-lon 5 in the back. I call Peter back. I say that I must now get him for this. He asks what I had in mind. I said wait and see.
So I wrote the entire bear thing at the end of the show, and inserted it into his script.
Never send me something cute.
Best part was during filming, we shot the bear against blue-screen to be composited into the CGI. And there's our EFX supervisor, standing there on film, against blue-screen, with this long rod up the teddy bear's ass, spinning it round and round and round....
Whilst doing that, I also wrote and inserted the Kosh/Perfect Beauty scenes, since I was already in it at that point anyway, and I figured it'd be cool.
It also keeps the Sheridan Learning Stuff thread going, and works in a nice balance to the rest of the episode. Here he's going nuts, being harrassed, and his command is on the line...so he has to learn to bend his knee, accept silence, give up his command symbolically by giving up the stat bar, and finding one perfect moment of peace.