Two Minbari Rangers-in-training come to the station and learn a difficult
lesson. A new underworld boss tries to take control of DownBelow.
Nathan Anderson as Rastenn.
Turhan Bey as Turval.
Brendan Ford as Tannier.
Trevor Goddard as Trace.
Brian McDermott as Durhan.
P5 Rating: 7.65
Production number: 506
Original air date: February 18, 1998
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by David Eagle
- Lochley wasn't on Sheridan's side in the civil war,
though she may not have been on Clark's side either. She
feels her role as a soldier is to follow orders until she's given a
specific order she finds immoral. As a soldier, she says, the most
important words in her vocabulary are loyalty, duty, and honor,
and turning against the chain of command would mean sacrificing one
of the three, rendering the other two meaningless.
- Sheridan and Lochley appear to have had a relationship of
some sort in the past.
- Several races are now represented in the ranks of Ranger
trainees, including the Pak'ma'ra, who will specialize as couriers
and infiltrators since they're so unpleasant to most other races
that everyone goes to great lengths to ignore them.
- The two telepaths supplied by Byron to Garibaldi
("The Paragon of Animals")
have begun their training.
- Lennier, according to one of his instructors, is pushing
himself too hard in his Ranger training, most likely in an attempt to
- Did Lochley disobey any of Clark's orders during the
war, as Garibaldi tried to discover?
- What history do Sheridan and Lochley share?
- Lochley said Garibaldi was the second man she'd met who
was as stubborn as she was; who was the first? Sheridan?
- Did Garibaldi read Lochley's file after Zack left?
- One aspect of Ranger training is Mora'Dum, the application
of terror. Marcus referred to that aspect during his conversation
with Franklin in
"A Late Delivery from Avalon."
- The friction between the Minbari castes hasn't gone away
completely, but does seem to have been reduced to the level of
conversational sarcasm, at least within the ranks of the Rangers.
- Durhan has been mentioned once before, during the
fight between Marcus and Neroon in
"Grey 17 is Missing."
Marcus was given personal training in pike combat by Durhan.
- Turval's philosophy about meaningful deaths isn't shared
by Delenn: in
"The Paragon of Animals,"
she told Franklin that the Ranger's death would be meaningless if he
took his information to the grave with him. Turval wouldn't consider
it meaningless, since the Ranger was pursuing a noble cause when he
- This episode marks the second time Lochley has been
overruled on something she considered a station matter (the first was
Sheridan's decision to allow the telepath colony in
Given her insistence to Sheridan that she be allowed the authority to
run the station her way, this incident probably isn't sitting well with
her. At what point will she decide she's had enough and begin to
confront Sheridan on the subject?
- It's not clear whether Lochley actually fought for
Clark or not. By her own admission she didn't support the rebellion,
but as she pointed out to Garibaldi, not every conflict has only
two sides. Her comment about making a decision that affects only
oneself suggests she might have deserted or otherwise refused to
cooperate. Perhaps she was even punished for it.
- The station's underworld has had a hole in its power
structure since the departure of n'grath
among other episodes.) It wasn't explicitly stated, but the implication
was that n'grath was assassinated.
- Turhan Bey played the Centauri Emperor in
"The Coming of Shadows."
- A conceptual error on Trace's part: Trace's right-hand man
told him that "everybody in security went up two levels or down one."
Moments later, Trace posited that whatever was going on was "just
these three levels." But if security went up two levels or down one,
it'd only leave two levels empty: if, for illustration's sake, Trace
were on level 5, the security people would have gone down to level 6 or
up to level 3, leaving levels 4 and 5.
- Lochley would never get away with chewing out a
superior like she did Garibaldi.
That might apply in a straight hierarchical organization, but
Garibaldi is not her superior; they are on parallel lines of command,
not vertical, he doesn't answer to her, she doesn't answer to him. She
has total and complete authority over the station and is answerable
only to Earthdome and, in political matters, to Sheridan.
You may not think this sort of thing happens, but it does, and
it would. You're talking to the only producer to go out and berate
Angela Lansbury's son who was then directing an episode of Murder, She
Wrote, in front of his whole crew, and still remain employed afterward.