Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
Sheridan clashes with the League ambassadors over G'Kar's declaration of principles. Garibaldi attempts to enlist the aid of the refugee telepaths. Robin Atkin Downes as Byron.
P5 Rating: 8.16 Production number: 504 Original air date: Feburary 4, 1998 Written by J. Michael Straczynski Directed by Mike Vejar
So the question is, what's Lyta's motivation for returning to Byron and asking to learn more about his ideas? Is she genuinely interested in joining his cause, or does she sense that he's a potential danger? If it's the latter, she might be engaging in a covert operation of her own, learning all she can about Byron's plans with the intent of reporting them to Sheridan if they turn out to be a threat to the Alliance.
If Byron's group really does spark a conflict between telepaths and mundanes, it would explain the 2361 commentator's view that allowing the colony was the biggest mistake in Sheridan's career ("The Deconstruction of Falling Stars.")
If they're former Corps members (or even if not) the possibility exists that there are Corps agents in Byron's group. The Corps is capable of implanting hidden personalities such that extremely powerful telepaths don't notice them (e.g. Talia's implanted alter ego, which wasn't noticed by Ironheart in "Mind War.")
That's assuming, of course, that Byron's group is legitimate at all; they might all secretly be working for the Corps, their refugee story simply a cover to convince Sheridan to allow large numbers of telepaths to gather unquestioned on the station.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice.
The language is not Narn or Human or Centauri or Gaim or Minbari.
It speaks in the language of hope. It speaks in the language of trust.
It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion.
It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul.
But always it is the same voice.
It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us.
And the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born.
It is the small, still voice that says we are One.
No matter the blood, no matter the skin,
No matter the world, no matter the star,
We are One.
No matter the pain, no matter the darkness,
No matter the loss, no matter the fear.
We are One.
Here, gathered together in common cause
We agree to recognize this singular truth and this singular rule:
That we must be kind to one another.
Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us,
And each voice lost diminishes us.
We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation,
The fire that will light the way to a better future.
We are One.
Your son served with honor and died bringing us news that may help to save the lives of literally thousands of people, people he did not know, but whose lives mattered more to him than his own.
Re: Hamlet...one of the wonderful aspects of Shakespeare's work is that it lends itself to reinterpretation and reinvention; cynical lines can be read with hope, and vice versa, and somehow, the darned thing tracks. One recent version of Hamlet mounted by Joseph Papp starred a woman actor in the title role, and it worked beautifully.
Some of them have trained at it a bit, and learned little tricks that can help...one such tries it later this season.
"As for Lyta, I felt like she was sort of an abused child, always looking for that benevolent authority figure."
Yep, that's what she's doing, looking for someone to believe in.
"I don't know if I buy the idea of death of the soul, but if it explains Bester, I guess I can swallow it."
Bear in mind, though, that Lyta also said that that's the mind's only way of interpreting what it's seeing, not that it *is* what she's seeing, so it doesn't necessarily validate or invalidate the notion of a soul.
Intelligence against whom? Logically, this would involve in part keeping tabs on worlds not in the Alliance...and some that *are* in the Alliance. If you think the Drazi are up to something, and you have Drazi telepaths on your team...are they going to cooperate against their own government? If you leave them out, won't they find out if they're in the company of the other teeps on a daily basis? The covert part also goes out the door.
Maybe they would..one hopes they would...but why take that chance if you're in Sheridan's shoes, trying to make this thing work?
One other thing I forgot to mention in my note to Nancy...if you put out the word that you want 2 teeps from each world...that kind of kills any chance of putting together a group of telepaths that's going to operate IN SECRET, a covert unit, yes...?