Franklin discovers one race's centuries-old secret. Byron and Lyta reach
Robin Atkin Downes as Byron.
Fiona Dwyer as Kirrin.
Jana Robbins as Ambassador Tal.
P5 Rating: 7.62
Production number: 508
Original air date: March 4, 1998
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Tony Dow
- The Hyach are a gerontocracy, with the oldest members of
society ruling the younger.
- The Hyach were one of two related races on their world.
The other race, the Hyach-doh, was systematically slaughtered by the
Hyach hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, the Hyach are now slowly
dying out because they had evolved to require interbreeding with the
- Some of the League worlds, such as the Drazi, have had
interstellar travel for hundreds of years.
- Byron has discovered the Vorlons' role in the creation of
telepaths, and intends to use it to justify demanding reparations from
the Alliance in the form of a homeworld for his people.
- What does Byron intend to do to force the Alliance to
give his people a world?
- The Centauri also shared their world with another
intelligent race, the Xon
("The Parliament of Dreams.")
Were the Xon a related species as well? How common is that arrangement?
Will the Centauri have problems similar to the Hyach's because of the
extermination of the Xon?
- Byron said he didn't know who had taken
revenge for the attack. That's odd, considering that he has previously
"The Paragon of Animals,"
that his people don't hide their thoughts from one another.
Perhaps Lyta was the murderer; she's the one person who has been
consistently shielding herself from him, and she certainly didn't seem
to share his nonviolent philosophy.
- How widespread among the refugee telepaths was the
desire to retaliate violently? Byron said not all of his people were in
favor of the idea. Are the majority of the refugees dedicated to
nonviolence? If not, would his presence have prevented the attacks?
His strong sense of self-importance lead him to believe he could have
stopped the murder, but that's not necessarily true -- it might have
happened over his objections had he been there.
- Given the Psi Corps' intense interest in telekinetics
they're not likely to take kindly to the news that Byron is harboring
at least one teek. And it appeared that Byron had given Peter some
kind of telekinetic training (Peter said he'd been practicing just like
Byron told him to) which suggests more than a passing familiarity with
telekinesis on Byron's part.
- Lyta followed Byron into the arrivals area in much the
same way she used to follow Kosh (especially the second Kosh, e.g. in
"The Hour of the Wolf,")
hanging back slightly but staying close. Has she simply replaced one
master with another?
- The Vorlons wore encounter suits even on their own world,
if Lyta's memory is to be taken literally. That may not be too
surprising, though, if they didn't allow the people in the tubes to
see their true forms; Kosh admitted in
"Matters of Honor"
that being seen by lots of people was a strain on him. Donning
encounter suits might have been an effort-saving move by the Vorlons
reflected in Lyta's tube.
- The races in the tubes next to Lyta appeared to be
Hyach (or possibly Markab,) Centauri, and Llort. Why did the Vorlons
have babies of those races, if they had already planted telepath genes
among those races long ago? Were they performing other experiments or
making other modifications?
It's also possible her memory was less literal than that; maybe it
was more a more representational image conveyed to her by the Vorlons,
Lyta's presence representing the Vorlons'
tampering with humans and the babies similarly representing that
their races had been altered. If so, the Vorlons have altered quite a
lot of races.
- If the Vorlons visited the Hyach homeworld, perhaps they
took Hyach-doh specimens. If so, the salvation of the Hyach race
may hinge on venturing into Vorlon space and finding the lab Lyta
- Where can Byron's people go? There are at least two
deserted homeworlds available. In
"Confessions and Lamentations"
the Markab race died out; Sheridan might consider it within the
rights of the Interstellar Alliance to grant that world to Byron's
people. It presumably still has modern infrastructure in place;
Sheridan blew up its jumpgate in
"Matters of Honor,"
soon enough after the plague that there wouldn't have been time for
looters to clean the planet out very thoroughly, so it'd be a good
deal from Byron's point of view. Populating the
planet with telepaths might dissuade any additional raids.
Another possibility is the Vorlon homeworld. In some ways Byron's
people are the perfect ones to inhabit it; if Byron is to demand
reparation for the Vorlons' manipulation of his people, offering up
their homeworld does have a certain symmetry. In addition, it'd be
the best possible place for his people to explore exactly what was
done to them and how. That's assuming, of course, that anyone knows
where it is, and that it hasn't been booby-trapped like Z'ha'dum was
One snag might prevent Sheridan from acting to grant Byron's people
any world at all: Lochley's promise to Bester to not allow the
telepaths to leave Babylon 5 for sixty days
If he tried to allow them to leave the station, he could justifiably
be accused of interfering with Earth's internal laws, the very reason
he wasn't able to prevent Bester from coming aboard to begin with.
- Pak'ma'ra can't eat fish.
- When Byron is released from the
brig, he talks to Zack for a few minutes, his hands bound. Then
he walks out of the room with the restraints still tied around his
wrists. The same thing happened after he talked to Lochley in
Is that symbolic, or simply a sign that restraints are removed in
some outer area rather than in the brig?
- Any special procedures for the scene between Lyta
I talked to both actors involved, made sure they were okay with it, and
then scripted it out in very detailed form, and shot with a closed set,
just necessary crew, nobody else.
(Funny item: in the script, I'm right in the middle of describing the
sex scene, and in the narrative description, I write, without even
thinking about it, "I wonder which is more embarrassing, reading this or
writing it?" It goes out that way.)
- Wasn't that considered a personal thing by Byron
and Lyta? The other telepaths seemed to be sharing the
I had the group there to further reinforce their tightness, and
that it's a different way of living...as for Pat, no, no body double
- Who was broadcasting Lyta's memories to the other
teeps? Lyta or Byron?
It was everything being stimulated, and coming to the surface,
mainly from her, but echoing off him.
- Yes, Neil's episode is up next...and as for the Xon, the
difference is that the Centauri main-line clashed with the Xon when
both were primitive and fighting for food, resources, that sort of
thing, similar to our Neanderthal - Cro Magnon struggle, whereas the
Hyach did it when they were more advanced, and it wasn't a struggle,
more of a program of extermination.
- BTW, the pak'ma'ra used a translator
before in "Legacies."